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:
I've photographed this family a few times now as their family has grown, and I'm so excited for them as they add another little babe to the group! Shelley and Dan are expecting baby #4, and I got to hang out with them as they take some time to stop and enjoy and celebrate the pregnancy and time before the little one comes! These kids are as sweet as can be, love to explore in their matching boots, and were so fun to photograph. Here's a little look at our morning!
A couple years ago I photographed these guys, and decided it was one of my favorite sessions ever. And then I did this session. New fave! This is the Nichols, with their newest family member Toby! He's the CUTEST pup ever, and I just want to take him home! The best part of this session was that we did it in their yard. Just hanging out at home, no shoes, staying comfy and playing with the dog. Honestly, it was the best, and I now want to do all sessions at peoples homes! Such a different feel and I love it!
These guys are near and dear to my heart, and these images capture hopefully a bit of how awesome they are! The Nichols:
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: