Extended family sessions can be a challenge to photograph, but even more so a challenged to coordinate with all of the families. These families were meeting at the lake shore from all over Michigan to have a fun family day. The forecast didn’t look great and the skies looked even worse on my drive out. Well, we hustled through the pics with just a mist of rain here and there and as I was driving home it started pouring. Thank you Lord for providing great weather for this family. I know they were praying for it!
This is a close family friend of mine. I love the JOY letters on the right and they are going to use that shot for their Christmas card this year. Extended family sessions are with all the cousins and grandparents and then each family separately. I suggest families have them taken at least every 3-5 years. Grandparents love this pics!!
It only makes sense that the more people in a photo, the more challenging it can be. Well, this extended family group had LOTS of children. Just one of the families had five boys on their own! With a lot of energy, a lot of grown ups acting goofy (including me), we were able to capture some amazing shots of the whole group. I hope grandma and grandpa cherish these forever!
This family had a very exciting two weeks. One set of grandparents flew in for a week and then the other was staying for the next week. They overlapped for a fun weekend where we were able to capture these priceless shots. Extended family photos are so important. I think families should make a point of getting them done at least every 5 years!
The best thing about an extended family session is seeing how the children interact with different family members. In the sequence below you’ll see the kiddos having fun with their uncle, a father/son shot with amazing fun and natural smiles, and then the classic shot of grandpa running with his grandson in the water. I think they are all priceless in their own way.