It was the only way to get him to be still for more than a second. And the only reasoning that convinced him to wear the hat. In an 100% candid photo session during which I accrued more foot mileage than any other, it was all about getting in on the pirate story. Although I do think his stick wielding skills would make him an excellent wizard-in-training also. Confundus, you foe! Expelliarmus!
It's cold out, for California. I always hope that this doesn't deter parents from doing an outdoor shoot (unless we're talking little babies, in which case they'd just disappear into their bundled layers). I like photographing the textures of winter wear. I personally think that living in San Francisco, we should embrace the wet coldness, instead of avoid it, less we cloister ourselves indoors for most of the year. A good pair of rubber boots, that's all I've got to say.