I’ve shared this little secret before: that I do extended family photography sessions. It’s hard to make them as documentary as I’d like, but they are such a blast! We get the whole-family-smiling-at-the-camera shots done at the beginning, then it’s time for silliness and fun. My favorite thing about these sessions is how we get so many interactions that might not usually get photographed. In this extended family, the immediate families all mostly live pretty far from each other. They don’t see each other often, but they surely do love each other. They were all in Columbus for a wedding this weekend, and we squeezed this session in just before lunch that day. Love watching the aunts and uncles play with their nieces and nephews! Grandpa holding little one’s hand… Spontaneous ring-around-the-roses and balloon fights…
Hugs and kisses… A birthday party! I mean, think of your own extended family. You act a little differently when you’re all together, right? Siblings interacting in ways reminiscent of childhood, getting to see your sisters as mamas and your parents as grandparents, everyone getting extra silly when playing with the kids. It’s an environment that is unique to your family. It’s pretty special!
I was amazed by how well they all got along, how well they all blended together, if that makes sense. The sisters’ husbands all got along and were laughing together, the kids felt comfortable with all their aunts and uncles, even if they hadn’t seen them in a while. It was quite beautiful! And at the end, they all piled up on the slide.
I knew these sisters from back in my high school dancing days. They have remained always in mind as the kindest family I knew back then. It was such an incredible joy to see them again, to see them as mamas and aunts, to see their kids, and to see their parents as grandparents. And it’s true – they are STILL one of the kindest families I have ever known!
If you would like an extended family photography session – documentation of all those family members loving each other the way only aunties and uncles and cousins can, tell me about your family! I’d love to start up a conversation!