I get a lot of requests for family reunion photography and I absolutely love these sessions! I love seeing a whole family come together, being able to laugh and enjoy each others company. Being from a large family (baby of 11 here :) ) I know how hard it can be to get everyone together, and how rewarding it is when it actually happens. If I can ever get my WHOLE family together and do a professional photoshoot that will be a dream come true for me. Make it happen when you can. Life is full of unexpected turns, and every moment together counts.
When you have littles that don’t have much of an attention span, a mini session (15-20 min session) is absolutely perfect. Most of the best photos are going to happen in that 15-20 minutes anyhow, since that is when your little ones are the most engaged. After that they are ready to get down and run around. So if you just want a quick session with a few fantastic photos, and have little ones who melt down quickly, this is the option you will want to choose. We will have fun, get smiles, and they won’t hate photos the next time around! I love this family, they are always so shy, but so much fun to photograph and so so beautiful!
I’ve known this family for quite some time now. Some families you photograph over and over again start feeling like family. Such is the case with this sweet girl. And I fell in love with her mama too. She was always so kind to me, would come to many of photoshoots for her grand babies, and would always give me heartfelt thanks and hugs. I was so sad when I heard she had passed away. Having lost a parent myself, I knew the grief this little family would be going through. It is never easy to lose someone you love so dearly. I know they have missed her so much. Especially these sweet little kiddos!
I know I know! You are seeing a million blog posts from me coming through. I’m playing catch up! I hate for any of my beautiful shoots to not be shared. My business had to be put on hold the last few mths for any of the little extras like blogging, facebook and instagram. I took what time I could and spent it visiting my brother in law and spending family time before he died in November. Then it was grieving time, then Christmas, and here we are. Months behind on posting, but it was needed. Thank goodness I work for myself and it allows me to take the time I need to put family first. But now I’m loving going through all my past shoots and getting them out there for the world to see.
First let me start off by telling you how much I love this pretty mama! She is strong, amazing, kind, gracious, talented, and such an amazing mom! She does all the things with her kids that I wish I could muster up the energy to do. Her kids are so kind, and so talented. I had such a wonderful time on this shoot with them all, and it turned out so beautiful thanks to these sweet kiddos participating in the experience so well!
I might be pretty biased because I love this family so much, but they are all gorgeous people!! And so much fun! This is my sister in law Angies family and they are all so fun, I think I’ve about photographed them all. They love to travel all over, and Angies mom bought the girls all hats while they were in England, it was so fun to incorporate them into the photos! And this was right before my nephew left on his mission. It was fun to all be together.
I was waiting to share this cute families session until she announced her pregnancy!! They are such a gorgeous little family and they were so tough about hiking to this location to shoot. Sweet Jessica hiked pregnant without any complaints and we got the best views! Thank you for letting me take your darling families photos! And a huge congratulations on your new one! Can’t wait to see that baby!
I never knew a time without Jack being part of my life. He was there before I was even born. It was always Jack and ShaMayne. He blessed me as a baby. He and ShaMayne took me in every summer and off my parents hands so they could work with their 9 other children who were still home, and my grandparents who lived with them, my grandmother needing much care with her alzheimers.
I loved to visit ShaMayne and Jack because they had babies for me to play with and spend time with, and I loved the babies. I also very much loved every moment I could spend with Jack in the yard working, or singing songs with him while he played the guitar. Or watching Star Wars or Pride and Prejudice. John Denver became one of my very favorite singers from spending so much time singing the songs with Jack. Jack knew how to listen, and he knew how to give gentle guidance and correction. He was always so inspired in what to say and how to say it. He didn’t rush the process and would sit with you until you understood what you needed to.
I always knew he loved me. He was always like a second father. I've never really considered him an "in-law" because he has been in the family longer then me. He's just always been there. Always and forever has been brother to me. Imaging life without him is very difficult. The future family get togethers where we won’t hear his guitar playing or hear his gentle voice singing. The tickles he gave to everyone. (It was a tender mercy that the last day I got to see him, was his last good day, and even though he was on Morphine, he was in a good mood, and he knew who I was, and he even reached over and tickled me when I hugged him goodbye.) We will miss the wisdom he shared with us and the time he’d put aside when we needed someone to talk to. I texted him more then once with things that were bothering me, and he’s always get back to me and explain and talk until I could feel better and understand. I loved how much he loved my sister and how good he was to her. He was so gentle with her, you could always see how much he adored her. He loved to give her gifts and surprises, and he was the most respectful, loving husband to her.
I will miss him so much. My life has been blessed to have known him my WHOLE life. My life was blessed because he was in it. He left a wonderful legacy behind.
Till we meet again…
The cute little girl in this family is one of my daughters best friends. They are two peas in a pod and it reminds me of my days hanging out everyday with my best friends. I love seeing my children make relationships that mean so much to them. This location was perfect, and I loved every shot I got from this session, it was so much fun hanging out with this family.
It's been full on family reunion time, and I love it! Coming from a big family myself, I enjoy seeing big family groups together. What you don't realize when you are young, is how limited your time with your siblings really is. Eventually you see each other less and less. You go on to have your own families and getting together gets harder, and before you know it, you are only seeing your siblings a couple times a year if you are lucky. It's always hard for me to see families who don't appreciate the time they could spend together and don't show up for it, because having lost a nephew, and a dad, and seeing my brother in law dying from Stage 4 cancer...I know how fleeting this time on this Earth is. Next time you are thinking of not going to that family reunion...think again. That time is so important, and don't wait until it's too late!
Spring is here with Summer close to follow and it's the BEST TIME to book your Family Reunion photo shoot. I just heard from a grand daughter of a family I shot for this past summer. Her sweet grandma booked me, and she and I had talked a lot this past summer setting up the shoot, talking details of what was important to her, printing out some large gorgeous canvases from their shoot, and I just grew to love her so much. She was so sweet and I remember after the photo shoot she pulled me into her arms and kissed both my cheeks. Her grand daughter texted that she just passed away. Not even a year after we did the photos that meant so much to her. How this touched my heart. This life goes so swiftly, and recording these memories for the next generation is so incredibly important! I know they meant so much to her. Don't put it off another year... you never know what the year will bring. Now is the time to be sure you preserve what is most important in this world...your family.
I have had the privilege to photograph this family below for the past couple of years and I love them so much! Every session with them has been so beautiful and such a fun time with an amazing family.