It doesn't happen that often...
Summertime is when families gather from far and wide and often want a portrait made. As the variables of ever expanding families and schedules; coupled with easier modes of long distance communication, make it a very rare thing to have everyone under one roof at the same time. marking the occasion with a portrait is smart.
This extended family is a perfect example of that dynamic. I enjoy seeing everyone having fun. It was a casual affair and most of the time was spent photographing small groups, kids running around being kids, and the separate families. It's a great way to introduce myself and allows the opportunity to get a sense of the family and what the mood of the portrait should be.
This is the extended family on the back porch, facing the sunset.
Some kids are reluctant to have their photo taken. There were not those kids.
I try to be as informal as possible and let people pose themselves. A lot of times a family wants me to have them do something. I prefer to show who they are not what they do.
This guy had everyone's number on speed dial and he knew it.
Sometimes I just let kids be kids and see what happens. It can be fun.
This was between family portraits. The kids just kept running around in the yard.
You can see several generations in this face.
He was a rascal and I had my boot on his stomach. He survived
This is the picture of the parents and their children.
The original two