“The bribery tactics were flying full force, and they still weren’t working,” Cannici said.
Cannici took off their outfits and let the bored toddlers play for a while before bringing them back into the studio for another try. On the spur of the moment, she laid them on the floor and placed a newborn next to each of them.
That’s when magic was created.
“They immediately held hands and wrapped the other arm around their baby sisters,” Cannici told the Huffington Post.
She said she brought beatific smiles to the older twins' faces by telling them to "act goofy," their latest favorite phrase. When she posted the photo to her business Facebook page, alongside several others of their family, that particular photo went viral.
Cannici told the Huffington Post that she and her wife, who have been married for 11 years, struggled for years before getting pregnant with Nico and Siena. To find themselves expecting a second set of twins was a shock.
She said the photo shows the bond that the children have already forged with one another.
"Several times a day, Nico and Siena each say, 'I just love my baby sisters. I will keep them safe forever,'" Cannici told the Huffington Post. "We are taken aback by how seamless a transition it has been for all of us."