As this family has a young toddler, I suggested they read this blog post, where I discuss a previous successful experience with photographing these young, independent thinkers! Mama came prepared with a whole bag full of cute toys and friends of Gabriel’s. As Gabriel hadn’t napped, Mickey, McQueen, and Woody took turns providing comfort, play, and making an appearance in this family’s photos. I especially loved when Gabriel and dad held Mickey’s hands like he was part of the family. I may not have been funny enough to elicit many smiles yesterday, but we were rewarded with a fairly calm session, and plenty of eye contact. With Riverwalk providing a beautiful backdrop to this equally beautiful family, I’d say we achieved holiday portrait success!