The biggest challenge for me in photographing large extended family groups, surprisingly, is not “getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time”. I must be lucky, because thats never a problem for me (especially if you own THIS BOOK ;) ) Rather, its my limited time with so many people.
I really truly thrive off achieving authentic moments. It’s my experience that authenticity is more likely to be achieved with a little bit of a warm up period. 20-30 minutes is usually plenty of time for me to begin to see those moments unfold. When working with this amount of people though, I usually get closer to 5-15 working minutes per group. I have to work fast, and I’m praying my little heart out that my lovely subjects will warm up quickly and open their hearts to me faster than usual.
I was so thrilled to find several “vignette” moments from this session that I feel beautifully portrays individual hearts.
Please allow me to share some vignettes of a favorite family of mine :)
And our fabulous entire family group:
Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. She recently learned how to yodel so she could perform upbeat polka songs in the kitchen for the baby boy she is smitten with. Her delightful husband sings bass and does a great oom pah line to accompany the yodel chorus. She wrote an opera once, and dabbles in cowboy poetry.