An extended family photo session is a special gathering where a photographer captures moments with your big, loving family! It’s more than just your immediate family—it includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends too.
During the session, everyone gets together for group shots, individual portraits, and fun candid moments that show your family’s unique personality and connections.
The photos from these sessions become cherished keepsakes, preserving memories and showcasing the joy and togetherness of your extended family. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate your family’s bond and create timeless treasures for everyone to cherish!
Plan Ahead and Communicate: Start planning early to coordinate schedules with all family members involved. Discuss expectations, preferences, and any specific shots desired. Clear communication ensures everyone is on the same page and helps the photographer understand your vision for the session.
Choose the Right Photographer: Selecting a skilled photographer experienced in handling extended family sessions is crucial. Look for someone who specializes in group photography and has a portfolio that aligns with your style and preferences. Research and book your photographer well in advance to secure your desired date.
Location Scouting: Decide on a location that reflects your family’s personality and style. Whether it’s a park, beach, or a meaningful place, consider factors like lighting, space, and accessibility. Once your session is booked with me, I will send out a questionnaire to help you plan the perfection location.
TIP: If you have elderly family members, it’s best to find a location that is a short drive from their home and that the location is handicap accessible.
Coordinate Outfits: Coordinating outfits can greatly enhance the visual appeal of your photos. Choose a color scheme or theme that complements each other without being too matchy-matchy. Avoid busy patterns and opt for solid colors or subtle patterns that photograph well. Comfort is key, so ensure everyone feels confident and relaxed in their attire.
-Avoid white an stick with cream colors.
-Stick with neutral colors that compliment each other and the location. For example, pick a pastel pink over a hot pink color.
Plan for Younger Members: If there are younger members in the family, plan activities or bring along props to keep them engaged and entertained during breaks. This can prevent them from getting restless and help capture genuine, joyful moments.
TIP: Prepare the younger family members by telling them they will have a very important job coming up. Bribe them with their favorite treat they will get to have by the end of the session. And my biggest tip- tell them the better they cooperate, the faster the photo session is over.
Timing is Everything: Schedule your session at a time when everyone is well-rested, especially if young children or elderly family members are involved. Consider natural lighting for the best results – early mornings or late afternoons typically offer beautiful, soft light for photography.
Be Flexible and Patient: With a larger group, things may not always go as planned. Be flexible and patient, allowing the photographer to manage the session smoothly. Embrace the spontaneity and genuine moments that unfold naturally within the family dynamics.
Capture Candid Moments: While posed group shots are essential, candid moments often result in the most cherished memories. Encourage natural interactions among family members, such as laughing, playing, or sharing stories, to capture authentic emotions and connections.
Relax and Have Fun: Lastly, relax, enjoy the moment, and have fun during the session! A relaxed and joyful atmosphere contributes to genuine smiles and creates a positive experience for everyone involved.
Preparing for an extended family photo session involves thoughtful planning, effective communication, and a touch of creativity. By following these tips, you can ensure a memorable and enjoyable session that captures the essence of your family’s love and connection. Trust your photographer, embrace the spontaneity, and cherish the beautiful moments captured during this special gathering.
Remember, these photos will serve as timeless keepsakes, preserving the bond and love shared within your extended family for generations to come.
Your photos are something that you should cherish for years to come. By choosing me to photograph your extended family cherish who understands exactly what you want, you can have beautiful memories to display in your home. If you have been looking to scheduling an extended family photo session, I would love to chat with you! Contact me today to find out to get the conversation started.
December 4, 2023