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 🙂
This gal is truly one of my favorite people in the entire world. Pure Sunshine.
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.
Brooke teaches private photography lessons as well as monthly photography classes in Logan, Utah.
I don’t know if it’s because I actually know this family, but I FELT something looking at these photos. You captured ‘THEM’ in every sense of the word. You are a master at your craft, Brooke! Proud to know you!
These are so delightful! You have done beautiful work once agian. I do have to say you have great subjects to work with though! Stunning Family!!! I do love these people. I wish everyone in the world was as caring and respectful as these two parents. They treat people so good! Lovely, you portray them well!!
That fourth pic down is gold! Very NICE!
oh these are just so GOOD! I have such a hard time with big groups but here you are doing it so well again and again!
You are the master of light. I just don’t get how you can get such incredible exposures in broad daylight like that! Such beautiful photos. Can I photoshop MY families face over the top of theirs?
Beautiful pictures Brooke. I love the setting, the emotion captured, and the people. What a treasure for them.
You are officially my hero!
Brooke! These are so beautiful!I can’t tell you how much I love the ones of our family. So nice. Can’t wait to see the rest. I must come around the corner and take a photo class or two. 🙂
Nancy! You should definitely come around the corner! That would be fun to have you in class, and you obviously have some stunning subjects!
Simple setting, but so much drama. Very beautiful Brooke!
PS When do I get to see pics of the snitch and quiditch?
Beautiful. I think you captured them very well.