When arranging a family photo shoot, arrange for everyone to be in town. This is the first and hardest step.
Next, be sure to choose colors that co-ordinate with your blog: Just kidding. That's not really how we chose what to wear. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a group of eleven dressed in somewhat complimentary clothes? *small shudder*
Take lots because someone in the family is always a Blinker. (Contrary to popular opinion, the blinker in our family is not me. Or maybe Prince Charming was just really sleepy the day we had our pictures made.) Try to remove pacifiers from mouths (Fennec) and cover under-roos (Sweet Pea). Just give up on everyone looking the same direction. It's not going to happen:
At least pretend to be interested in what's going on: Try to be finished before the cutest, littlest members of the family are tired (I refer, of course, to Fen and not anyone else who may consider him- or herself the cutest): Oh, whatever, just take as many as you can of the littlest before he starts screaming, pacifier or not: That's all there is to it. (Top secret: A red feather boa helps coax some reluctant smilers in the group. Not to name any names...)