Extended family sessions can be a lot of work. When you've got people with all different work and travel schedules, it can seem almost impossible to get everyone together on the same date! Add crappy weather that won't go away, and it seems nearly impossible. BUT once it happens, it's completely worth it! We tried shooting this session last fall, but the cold weather came early and after rescheduling a couple times, we decided to call it and wait for summer. I'm so glad we did. The beautiful light and warm weather were perfect! A look at my summer evening with the Cazemiers:
This family is spread all over the place, so they took the opportunity to get pictures done while they were finally all together! And I'm so glad they did. An evening in Red Deer with the Keogh Family:
Ahh, the Slomps. I've known this family since high school, photographed one of their weddings, and know that they're some of the best! We spent the afternoon at the farm, and it was full of laughs, a few beer and a good time. I'd say that's about as good as it gets! A little look at our time together:
There's always the saying of 'it all started with two people...' and then shows the whole family, and shows how much the group has changed and grown. The thought of that with this family is crazy when you think about it, though. This group is large, and still growing, and they're amazing. I LOVED shooting these guys. They were fun, not quiet at all, and made my job so easy. Big groups can be scary and a bit overwhelming to photograph, but I love the challenge, and I love the relationships between everyone. Especially with families like this.
The Muizelaar Family:
Photo by Lindsay Nichols Photography
Extended Family Sessions. They can be chaos with so many kids, a nightmare getting everyone together at the same time in the same place, expensive and there's sometimes a lot of complaining before hand. BUT it can be fun chaos as the kids play together and fool around with the rest of the family, you can hang out with everyone and have dinner afterwards, worth every penny, and once everyone realizes how relaxed and easy it is, the complaining ends pretty quickly!
I come from a large family - pictured above. My mom always made sure we got family pictures done on a regular basis when we were growing up, and now that we're all grown with our own families, those pictures continue. And while it's a job getting that many people together - especially kids! - it's worth it every time.
People change. Kids grow. And to be honest, we don't know how long people are going to be around. Having pictures with the people you love is not only nice to have, but I really think it's so important! Doing extended sessions makes me excited. I know these families are going to have beautiful, sentimental pictures to hang on their walls. Pictures that show who they are as a group, and pictures that show the relationships between them. Grandparents with their grandchildren - always a favourite!!! Grown siblings together, parents with their own kids, moms with their daughters, fathers with their sons. Sometimes even three generation pictures, which I LOVE!
Family is everything. And for me, having pictures with the people you love is a pretty big deal. Let me capture you all together, and we'll have a great time! It goes MUCH smoother than you think, each family gets their own family pictures (BONUS!) and you'll never regret having them. Make sure to book well in advance so that you can find a date that works for everyone, and you have time to prepare. Give me a shout and let's get you booked!