Lord grant me quick fingers to capture fleeting moments.
May I not necessarily see smiles, but love.
Help me to set up good staged and fake pictures so opportunities for real ones can spring out of them.
May the dad not kill me with his dislike for dressing up.
May the mom know she's beautiful and that the camera can't see half of the things she's worried about.
May the children be mischievous, but not holy terrors. Pensive but not unhappy.
Let there be truly delicious lighting somewhere...anywhere.
Please may my camera not spontaneously combust and the memory cards not hate me and die.
Above all, help me freeze moments that matter, and may they bring happiness to the people who look at them.
(and may they please please please feel like they got their money's worth)
I always hold my breath until all the pictures are uploaded onto the computer, and I see a picture like this. And I remember that I do really love doing this stuff.