I actually had a family photography session with these guys one year ago as well. The sole girl child of the family went to pre-school with my youngest daughter. They became “friends” (as much as 2yo’s can be friends) and she was invited to my daughter’s birthday party which was in my home. I’d never met them before. But they came over and she fell in love with the photos on my walls. Turns out she has 5 children and had never had them professionally photographed before. So she decided to hire me. That was last year.
Since that session we’ve become friends! Our daughters aren’t in the same class anymore (but she is invited to her party again this year). It’s a different experience when you’re photographing your friend’s kids.
They are still the largest family I work with (though feel free to try to break that record) … and some of the oldest kids. But they put up with my posing for about 5 minutes before I let them run around. Those are the best pictures anyway, right?