Whilst the children seem happy for their friends to snap them constantly for Facebook and Instagram, they became strangely shy and withdrawn whenever their parents ineptly pick up a camera.
The solution of course was to use a photographer who knew what he was doing and then use a series of bribes and guilt-inducing harangues to get the children to agree eventually to take part in a family photo shoot.
And so it was that a couple of days ago we all went for a walk down the beach with Jesse, our springer spaniel and Jason Hedges, a Chichester-based photographer who works nationally.
Jason somehow coaxed out of us dozens of really wonderful photos and we couldn't be happier with the results. So if a similar urge takes you, just do it. It's a bit awkward but so worth it.
Thanks again Jason.
Here's a selection of photos of the real star .....