This on-location family session was just down the road from my studio! It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and everyone had gathered for a little celebration.
The two sisters were going to be together with their husbands, grown children and all their spouses and grandchildren, so it just struck them as the perfect opportunity to get a family portrait captured.
Once your kids have grown and married we all know how hard it is to get everyone back together at the same time. I was so glad they decided to give me a call, and though it was a little short-notice, we were in luck and it just so happened to work out for me as well.
Normally though, if you want to schedule for a specific date, especially a weekend, it’s good to call at least a six weeks in advance.
We did lots of fun combinations of the smaller family groups and then the whole big clan. By the time we got done, the kids were really tired and ready for their naps. I have to admit, I was ready for one too!
Well, I had a very fun and very busy day when I drove down to Osage, Iowa to meet with Kendra and her mom for a morning of on-location portraits in their hometown. I photographed Kendra’s older brother, Kolby a few years back and so they were all very excited to create some amazing images for this beautiful young lady.
I’m always honored when my customers return to me. And I’ve done lots of returning families with younger siblings becoming Seniors this year, which makes me VERY HAPPY! I know just how many other photographers there are out there these days, creating facebook pages and trying to lure my customers away with lower prices or fancy photo treatments. I know I’m doing something right when people tell me they want MY EXPERIENCE, MY TALENT… I love that they enjoy the simplicity of my images and the natural expressions I am able to coax out of their loved ones.
I can’t imagine trying to do anything else. This is who I am, this is my style and my brand. I dabble in the props and cutesy stuff a little bit with newborns, but I just can’t help myself… what else are you going to do with a sleeping baby??? LOL!
But back to Kendra, and her images…
We did some at her grandparent’s place where they have this fantastic gazebo built into the bluffs overlooking the river below… such a magical location!
Then we went down to the river itself, and around town… finding sources of inspiration everywhere we looked!
We also took some with her (very tame and docile) award winning heifer… it’s almost like it’s a girl relaxing by the tree with her horse! A beautiful creature indeed!
After the morning festivities, we gathered up her immediate family for a little session at their home farm.
But, we still weren’t done!!! Once we finished that, we drove over to Kendra’s grandparent’s farm to photograph the whole Berg clan!
Look at these cute little cousins she has! They are just too cute!
All in all, it was a jam-packed day and I was darn happy to set my heavy camera down at the end… but it was definitely worth it when I saw all these great memories we created together.
I’ve known this gal, Myra, for a long time. We are in a study club together, called Interse, and I’ve always enjoyed her sense of humor and spirited personality.
She had the whole family down for a gathering a few weekends ago and asked me if I could come over on my Saturday afternoon to take their portrait together. I happily obliged and was glad I had the day free. I do offer weekend sessions… they cost a little bit more ($30 weekend premium) added to the base session fee, but they are worth it if that’s really the only time you are able to get everyone together.
I didn’t always have to charge extra, but since I had my son it requires a little extra planning and running him to a babysitter and I just feel like my weekend hours are extra valuable because that’s the only real good opportunity I have to spend with my family.
Anyhow, back to Myra… We started with some on their front step, since it was in a nice, shady, evenly-lit area and offered some flexibility with posing. I LOVE this one of her and her hubby. You can really sense how young at heart they are!
Then I worked on the different family groups. Myra wasn’t sure at first if her boys would want to do those, but I told her even if they didn’t want it, I was pretty sure SHE would. 🙂 And since we were all together, dressed up, and I was there anyway it only takes another few minutes to do them. So simple!
Luckily she said she didn’t have to lean very hard to get them to agree. I love the image of her two grandchildren!
And, of course, the big family portrait! The biggest challenge was trying to get all the men to smile at the same time. 😉 Good thing wonder dog, Morgan, was so well behaved!