I come from a large family and I now have a large family. It is lovely chaos and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but large groups of children and adults can be a challenge to photograph. Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a few such groupings. When planning a photo session for a large family there are a few things to consider: What to wear? Which location? What time of the day is best? No worries, before your session we will decide on all of this together. My clients fill out a quick on-line survey and then we are ready to go!
My first example is the Harry Family. I had photographed this family of 6 last fall at their farm in Orange County, North Carolina, just outside of Chapel Hill. The matriarch, Kim Harry asked me if I would be available for a Family Story at the North Carolina coast this summer. Her extended family would all be together so it was a golden opportunity for a BIG family portrait. So the week after school let out we arranged to meet at Kure Beach. I loooove the clothing they chose and we ended up having so much fun at Fort Fisher.
A second example of a large family portrait was for the Broun Family. I met Margie Broun and her husband, Ken at the Dispute Settlement Center’s Silent Auction. She bid on and won a KPO Photo Family Story. They have two adult boys who are both married with two children each. She really wanted a great photo of all of them together as well as some smaller groupings. They have lived in Chapel Hill forever, close to the UNC campus. So we met at the Forest Theatre on the UNC campus and then finished the shoot at their home so we would have a lot to choose from. Here is what we came up with.
We put them all together for a great holiday card that year.
A third example is the Grabowski Family. I photographed Shannon and Chuck’s wedding 14 years ago, as witnessed by the photo below. Chuck’s parents asked me to come to their home on a Saturday morning when their large family was visiting in honor of Henry’s 70th birthday. The timing was perfect and the kids could not have been more adorable!
A final example is the Norman family. The grandparents were visiting this family of six so it was a perfect time for a family portrait. I came before nap time and after breakfast, which is a great time for children and adults alike!
Do you have a family gathering coming up that would be a great opportunity for a big family portrait? You can sign up for KPO Photo Family Story here.