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!
Extended family sessions are always a little nerve racking, not because I don’t know what I’m doing, but because I know we may not have an option of rescheduling. I had two set up back to back and the weather forecast was predicting rain. With family members flying in from all over the country, I knew these sessions were make or break with the weather and the timing. Fortunately, the weather report wasn’t right (I know, surprise) and I had a great day for both sessions. The grandpa said this to me, “You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to have this done!” That is a heart warming moment when I hear things like that and make me thankful for the job and clients that I have.
The grandma here in this photo said to me, “This is the best gift EVER!” That is a wonderful compliment for me, but I definitely have to agree. One of her children got her a gift certificate for family photos when all 6 of her children were in town all the way from Canada and California to Michigan. It was a beautiful snowy morning and I hope they are overjoyed when they receive their discs.