This week I did a shoot with a family. They wanted formal shots at there home (outside, in the yard/garden) and then some casual shots. It was a nice day, overcast, good light. I was nervous, of course. I showed up early to find a few good locations, and I was upset with what I found. There was no real garden - they only had a liliac bush that they thought we be a great backdrop. I suggested we go to a local park (I had sugested this when they contacted me about the photos) and they reluctantly agreed. And, 3 of the family of 4 had transitions lenses. And nobody would smile. I had a good 20 or so poses in mind that I wanted to get, plus whatever else I came up with on site, but they really told me what they wanted, and when I suggested things, they were dismissed. No one wanted to sit on the ground, climb up on a tree (2 feet off the ground) or get into any fun poses. The result is a bunch of crappy, boring pictures where everyone looks like they are wearing sunglasses. Exposure wise, they are good. But the compostion just blows. How do you direct clients to do what you would like? Or do you let them do what they want (at least for a family like this with their own ideas about what would be "good")? I want my clients to feel comfortable, but, they choose me as a photographer because of my style. How do you get them to loosen up, have some fun, and be comfortable? How do you balance what they want with your creative vision?