Large family sessions are what my photographer dreams are made of. As a mother of 4, I love meeting with other moms with big families. From the get-go, we just get each other. Now I know it can seem daunting to get everyone ready for a family photo session, especially when you have five, six or even more people to plan outfits for. Several moms have told me trying to come up with outfits can be crazy. (Which is why I came up with this guide on how to dress your kids for family photos, to help you out!). However, they have all come back and said, it was so worth it after seeing their gallery of photographs featuring their family.
I take the traditional “family photo” first. I know that you got everyone ready and want that “perfect” shot to show off to friends and family, you know the one that shows that despite a large family, you’ve got your stuff all together. We start here because most kid’s attention span is short.
But then the rest of the session is about capturing the photos you didn’t even realize you needed.
Our need for family photos may start with wanting a nice Christmas card photo or a gift for the grandparents, and anything beyond that is just gravy. But trust me, the gravy is the good stuff. When you see photos of your family playing, laughing, loving on one another, when you see how beautiful your “chaos” is, you will realize how worth it is was.
The story is in the layers of your family.
After I photograph a wide shot, I will come in closer to get portraits of each child surrounded by their family. The reactions, interactions and looks in the background often add so much to an image, telling your story more fully.
We will capture those special dynamics within your family.
When you have more than two kids there are so many different dynamics within a family. In my own family, my oldest two are super close and have a special bond. But then my daughters have a different relationship, and my oldest son with his baby brother just melt my heart. Don’t even get started on my kids and their dad, they each have this relationship with him that is so treasured.
We take time for photos of just mom and dad.
When you’re in the trenches of raising a family, it is easy for you to get lost in the daily list of to-dos. You spend your days putting your kids first and your evenings trying to catch your breath before the next day. I want to help you see that spark you and your husband still have for each other all these years and kids later. Plus, the kids usually want to get in on that action, leading to more family photos that show off your family’s true personality.
Your session comes with a custom designed album that you do not have to create.
The last thing you need is another thing on your to-do list. That is why I put together an album design for you, giving you a beautiful lay-flat album for your coffee table, to show friends and family, to pour through with your kids, to simply enjoy without any work on your part.
If you want to get images onto your walls, I make that easy for you, too. I have can put together wall displays, give ideas on what prints would look great as canvases or large prints, or what collection of images would work well together to tell a story.
In essence, I am here to help you get those digital files off of your computer so that you can truly enjoy your photos, enjoy your family, and see for yourself regularly that having your large family photographed was, in fact, totally worth it.