Photographing children is rewarding but also very challenging. I have one adorable grandniece whom I love with all my heart, but trying to get her annual birthday portrait on her third birthday gave me more lessons in patience. She’s shy (I get that, so was I — and still am — and I have total empathy with her). What she has taught me is that she will warm up and open up, given time and loving encouragement. I love this little munchkin so much, and I’m happy she gave me some big smiles after her initial shyness. The little ones have as much to teach us as we have to teach them.