Rule No. 1: Three days prior to Christmas portrait event there will be no running by children whose portraits are being taken (that includes tripping and bumping heads on hard basement stairs.)
Rule No. 2: Scissors will not be left in full reach of said children thirty minutes prior to Christmas portrait event, resulting in one previously long-haired blonde girl who now sports a pixie-ish
Rule No. 3: The portrait
Rule No. 4: The photographer will not attempt to create studio conditions when all she has to work with is a king-size sheet and a 42" plasma television on a stand.
Rule No. 5: The photographer will, prior to the event, take the maximum amount of Advil allowed.