I take a lot of photos of my kids. I generally try to do them in a series. That's usually the plan anyway. I never take my kids to the park with the thought of possibly getting one good photo. I always plan on getting a series of good photos with one that is hopefully really, really good. Obviously really, really good is relative so I just try to please myself and say "screw the world," which is what I say in most situations. It works for me.
When Owen was a baby I took some excellent photos of him in our sunroom. The sun was blazing. He had an orange shirt on and he just looked like a perfect little cherub! I've always loved those photos and have often thought of taking photos of River in the same spot as well. We had the pear tree removed so the back drop is different but I closed the curtains so our cars wouldn't be in the photos.
Owen was in the room with us watching his Thomas the Tank Engine DVD for the 5 millionth time and since he'd peed (among other things) in his big boy underpants at least 4 times within 2 hours, I left him butt naked. I'd heard this sometimes helps them say they have to go so I gave it a shot. I was tired of changing him out of wet pants while hearing his indifferent fake whine. I felt like if I heard it one more time I might hang myself from the shower curtain rod so I did what I could to prevent it.