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.
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 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…
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.