I'm delighted to work beyond the confines of the boxy studio for my family sessions. Children have a natural resistance to containment. Indeed, I'm thoroughly uncomfortable asking them to be at ease in, for want of a better description, a foreign and sterile environment, in an attempt to tease a toothy grin or two from them. Far better to be outside and allow them to embrace their familiar and explore the unknown. Of course, the proverbial door is flung open to a whole lot of unpredictable crazy. That's fine. Crazy is desirable when documenting families. It's the reality of many of our lives. It's an energy we should embrace. Therein lies the essence of our family life.