Being an Austin photographer, I have the pleasure of meeting some of the nicest, most beautiful families. And the Paloian family was no exception!
Family and Photographer Expectations
As an Austin photographer, I never know exactly what to expect when it comes to children. Even if I’ve worked with the family before. I don’t think the family really knows either! So I prepare for anything! And I try to prepare the families, as well (see this blog post).
This being the first time I’ve met the Paloian family, and the first time baby Oakley being photographed, I figured it would be a challenging session.
But Courtney and husband, Michael, know that children are unpredictable. Are they going to have fun with the session? Throw a tantrum?
You never know what you’re going to get! So they came in with an open mind, lots of snacks, and support from their family.
After arriving in a residential area in Austin, we started our session. Parker, their son, was definitely not a fan of smiling for the camera, or for this strange Austin photographer. But with the help of his favorite grandparents, aunt, and baby sister (not to mention lots of treats), we succeeded in capturing his personality and cutest expressions.
Baby Oakley was unsure of where to look! But that’s okay, because the top of her head and that bow is just darling!
It’s these in-between moments that I live for:
Grandma loving on her sweet granddaughter:
Giving Oakley all of the love:
Parker may pay no attention to me but his interactions with his baby sister are everything. All he wanted to do was love on her!
This is the perfect example of when you just go with the flow and have fun, you get some of the most beautiful photos. And none of the stress!
Just letting Parker be Parker and do his own thing!
Three generations of ladies:
Loving how much Oakley looks up to her big brother!
Who else just wants to grab those cheeks?! And look how her dimples come out when she smiles. I just can’t get enough!!
As the session was coming to a close, I was able to sneak some photos of Parker, who was running around with snacks in one hand, and rocks in another.
Oakley was also just as thrilled that her time in the spotlight was over. Little did she know that I was photographing her from a distance, capturing her genuine smiles as she was being loved on by her parents.
This is what family time looks like:
Sisters and best friends:
The proud parents of these two lovely ladies:
Oakley loves her grandma!
Okay, and if the below series doesn’t make you smile, I just don’t know what will!
I had so much fun working with this adorable family ! Until next time …