I have known parts of The Anderson Family since about 2009. I have followed along on social media as their families have grown. When they contacted me to capture their Extended Family session over Christmas in Draper, UT.
While planning their session, we looked at a few studio options to find what would meet their needs and the aesthetic they were going for. We settled on The Life and Style Studio in Draper, UT. I am so glad we did, because the session turned out so beautiful, clean and bright. Something I love about a simple, plain background is that the family is truly the focus point.
Yes, you read that right! We had 11 children under the age of 6 years old for this beautiful extended family session. The studio was quite loud at points, but these parents let me take control and shake my booty. I am not afraid to do what it takes to get a good laugh out of a kid! What truly makes for a successful session is parents that allow their children to just be, and allow the photographer to take control. It’s hard to let go as a parent, but they did well and the result was lovely! Images that make a Grandparents heart soar!
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What can I say about the Tall Family, except that they are lovely. I have photographed a portion of the Tall Family in years past, and was lucky enough to photograph their extended family session. Yes, I said lucky!
Many shy away from extended family sessions, or even pretend to enjoy them. Personally, I enjoy them! There is something so satisfying about creating beautiful images that a Grandma can proudly hang on her wall.
There are many ways to pick a location for an extended family session. Here are a couple of ideas; one that is easy for all parties to arrive on time at, one that is indoor or a location that means something special to you. Picking a location based on ease of location is a good thing to consider as typically a few children are involved and you don’t want to make a toddler sit through a long car ride just before a session. So sometimes its a better idea to pick something closer, and easier for all – than a dream location. You could also consider doing an indoor location like this one linked here. Lastly, this family choose a location that was special to them!
Grandma and Grandpa Tall are moving to Utah to be closer to family and are building a beautiful home. They decided it would be special to do a session on the land where their new home would be built. This was such a fun idea, and it was an extra bonus that the land was gorgeous! Enjoy these special, beautiful moments. Especially these darling kiddos! These pictures will make you excited for your next extended family session!