Thanksgiving Weekend Extended Family Session

Now the holiday craze is over let us spend some time and look back at some of the late Autumn sessions last year.

Besides shopping what else can you do on Thanksgiving weekend? Having an extended family session done would be a great choice. They make timeless holiday gifts.

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This photo session is a holiday gift for the parents (the kids’ grandparents). The parents had asked for an updated family picture of all of them. They had done it in the past, but it had been five years and the children had changed quire a bit.
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The siblings: Left – Wendy; Middle – Rob; Right – Dianna

“My parents would plan family vacations where we would travel around the country in their station wagon for two-three weeks at a time. Although it was a lot at the time to be trapped in a car for that long a period of time, those times consist of some of my favorite family memories.” – Dianna

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Now when all the families get together they just relax and talk about all the things going on in their lives as well as reminiscing about times when they were young.
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Dianna’s family – Dianna, Jackson, Cole, and Mike. Mike and Dianna have been married the shortest amount of time, but have lived in three different houses.
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Wendy’s Family – Wendy, Bill, Liam, Emily, and Colin. All the boys in this family are Eagle Scouts.
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Tammy’s Family – Rob, Ava, Emma, Robby, Andrew (front), and Tammy. Rob and Tammy are both doctors and have the most kids.

Tammy chose the outfits. In the past, each family would pick a separate color, but this time they decided to do something different. They also felt white shirts and blue jeans were the easiest to match.

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All the girls
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All the boys
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All the grandchildren

They did worry about the weather. Tammy’s family was up from Virginia and everyone could only meet on this one day. If it was raining, it would have made for a much different experience.

“Have a back-up plan for the weather. We were very lucky that it worked for us on the day that we chose, but it could have gone either way. Coordinate colors in advance. Try to make it easy on everyone if you have a big family, because the last thing that you want to do is annoy people before you even start the pictures. HAVE FUN!!! This is either for you or loved ones. Although it can be stressful, try to make it fun. It gives you a better memory to reflect upon.” – Dianna shared some words of wisdom for anyone planning an extended family in the future.

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All the ladies
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All the gentlemen
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Yay! They did the “walk” for me! – MuSen

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“Karen was so accommodating!!! Anything that we wanted to try or do, she obliged. We were a large group, but she was organized and very easy to work with. Also, Karen was honest. If a picture wasn’t working, she let us know and we would try something different.”

From MuSen:

Extended family session is fun, but could be difficult to coordinate and stressful at times. Treat it as a get-together event for everyone and enjoy the moments! I love how easygoing everyone is and wouldn’t mind trying out different ideas with me, and if the ideas didn’t work, we just laughed it off. Weather was great that day and not too cold. It was a clear day and at the time of the session the sun position was high and the lighting condition was harsh. This imposes some degrees of challenges as we need to constantly change our locations and directions in order to avoid direct sunlight and blotching spots. This problem can also be resolved with proper use of shades and flash.

A 8×10 hard cover photo-book is included with the session. It is a prefect holiday gift choice. To find out more about the Oak package, visit here.

Ready to book your own Oak session? Contact me now.

Christmas Tree Farm Extended Family Session

This holiday season brings me a very special session. I have always wanted to do an outdoor holiday session at a Christmas tree farm. Lots of thanks to Giamarese Farm & Orchards for providing the location.

What makes it even more special is that it is an extended family session with 11 little cousins. Their grandparents have been asking forever for a picture of all the grandchildren. Their parents can never organize it so they thought it would be a great holiday surprise!

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They just love to be together with their cousins. The girls love to play dolls and the boys love to play Nerf War!

“We tried to be not matchy matchy but still coordinate. We started with maroon and went from there. ”

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Tyler – The first born, the Prince! Jameson – The Happiest; Dylan – Cries all the time, “LOL but really she does!”
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Isabella (Right) – First born girl , rule follower, always does the right thing; Mia (Left) – Spunky.  “Born three weeks after our Mom’s Dad passed away and she is just like him!”, said Mia’s Mom; Brody (middle) – Idolize Tyler. “He is funny!”

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Glorianna (Left) – Kindest! Best best best friends with Mia; Gianna (Right) – Best smile ever! The silliest.

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Ava (Right) – The perfectionist, so smart! Emma (Left) – Miss independent! Max (Middle) – Last baby cousin! Shares Isabella’s birthday!

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Their parents favorite part of the session: Watching the kids interact, laugh, and just be happy to be together!

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The parents were worried about coordinating them all. “Even though it seems undoable, you will love the pictures no matter how they come out because they show cousins who really care for each other. ”

From MuSen: What a fun fun fun session! The kids have so much energy! For this session I added bonus winterize effects to every picture. Clients get both original and winterized versions. There is no need to wait for real snow day. Session took place on a fairly warm day as you could see from the outfits. As many like to dress light for photo sessions, including winterize effect helps to erase your worrying about kids getting sick from the cold weather.

Again I cannot thank enough for Giamarese Farm & Orchards for this! Instead of charging us for location fee, the Giamarese family asks everyone to help support Farmers Against Hunger! We made our donation. Join us and donate here.