If you think getting a good family shot for your Christmas card is tough, try taking one for the front of a national blog.
Even with a professional photographer, it’s never easy pulling off a fantastic shot of multiple kids. They are rarely looking the same direction. Some are smiling, some are not. Often they are trying to walk out of the shot.
My family is never particularly cooperative for group shots. No one likes to sit still. Hands invariably are placed over brother’s or sister’s faces. Well meaning hugs to create a tighter shot turn into headlocks, and silliness often reigns.