Are you ready to see the images from the biggest family session I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting? Let me welcome the Young family in their woodland extended family photoshoot! Nine family members in one session, really was a first for me!
Rudi got in touch with me last December looking for a unique gift for his Mum. An extended family photoshoot including his parents Wendy and Nigel, their grown children Rudi and Lauren, daughter in law Cath, son in law Lauren and their three grandchildren Maya, Alana and Millie.
We planned the session to take place in April in a local wood I often recommend to my clients. It’s a beautiful spot, with a variety of plant life, trees, a flowing stream it’s full of spots for children to explore and the perfect place for this extended family photoshoot.
We started our session with lots of shots of the entire family then worked through some various groupings of everybody. Millie who is only two was a little unsure at first about what was going on during the extended family photoshoot. This is perfectly normal for young children and I don’t believe in trying to force them to take part and causing them any stress. Instead I suggested that we focus on the rest of the family allowing Millie to simply watch what was going on for a while until she felt ready to join in.
Thankfully, Millies big cousins Maya and Alana showed Millie the ropes, being excellent at taking any direction and showing off their lovely smiles. The whole family was simply a breeze to photograph, easy going, full of real laughs and smiles. We all worked together to orchestrate who needed to be where, very handy with 9 people to photograph!
I absolutely love the idea of having an extended family photoshoot. There are certain milestones we think of capturing with a photographer such as pregnancy, newborns maybe a first birthday. But why stop celebrating when children reach a certain age? These images are full of love and pride. I cannot imagine how special it is for Wendy and Nigel to have photos which document their grown children, the children they are now raising and the bond they all share!
As well as capturing lots of full group shots during this extended family photoshoot I wanted to focus in closer on the family members too. Capturing several organic moments, cuddles and laughs. Including one of Millie giggling with her Dad looking right down my lens, I swear this wasn’t posed! In fact by the end of the session little Millie was in full swing and we were able to capture lots of portraits including her lovely smile.
This really was such a fun extended family photoshoot capturing three generations in one session! If you would like to ask me about having your own family session please get in touch here.
To see a much smaller family session where an Auntie arranged a secret photoshoot of her niece and nephew as a surprise gift for her brother and sister in law! Click here,
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