Photographing young children is a thrill because it is both fun and spontaneous and requires the photographer be able to react quickly. Even though I always set out to capture posed portraits of the children, there is also another goal I have in mind - to let them be themselves and capture those youthful and playful spur of the moment shots. I shot this session of twin siblings Emily and Drew as they reached their two year old milestone. I decided to shoot in Highland Park because it offered beautiful scenic backgrounds along with areas for the children to play. I knew the posed portraits would be a bit more tricky so I brought along my "pet chicken", a plastic squawking chicken which I named "Chickie." I introduced Emily and Drew to Chickie right from the start, and they immediately grew fond of him. With the help of the twins parents, we were able to use Chickie to capture the children's attention and make them laugh as the chicken squawked. Their expressions were priceless and unbelievably adorable. Afterwards, we took Emily and Drew to a nearby fountain and playground letting the children play and explore. I captured the children as they interacted both with each other and with all the interesting finds around them. At one point, I asked Emily and Drew to stand and reach up to the bars that were near the playground never expecting them to be able to support themselves off the ground. I was shocked by their athleticism at such a young age and was happy to capture this as something their parents can show to them as they grow older. At the end of the session, Emily and Drew giggled as they grabbed a drink from the fountain and then gave Chickie a hug and kiss goodbye. I could not help but smile.