July 13, 2020
The Jordan family from Oklahoma decided to make the most of their vacation with an extended family photo session in Colorado! They stayed at a cabin in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Photographing extended families has its challenges. There are many things that can be difficult:
However, I thrive photographing extended families.
Whether it’s photographing families after a wedding ceremony or is a colorado family vacation session like this one, I overly prepare for the session. My preparation and delegation skills enable me to keep things running as efficiently and smoothly as possible.
To prepare for extended family photo sessions, I start with a consultation. We choose a location, coordinate schedules, and I also get everyone’s names, relationships to one another, and ages. Then I plan out the session ahead of time. I do this so I can plan to accommodate the short attention spans of young children to make sure appropriate accommodations are available for any older family members.
My extended family sessions typically include:
When the Jordans look back on this session, they will probably remember the good time they had exploring RMNP together, the beauty of the mountains, the cuteness of the babies, and the grumpiness of the twins. Yes, the toddlers were grumpy! And understandably so – it had been a very full, good, tiring vacation (plus they were at a high altitude, which makes one sleepy)! But that is totally ok. Your children don’t need to behave perfectly for a photo session. I am flexible and patient.
Just look at these sweet moments dad spent with each child to help calm and reassure them.
This extended family photo session in Colorado was wonderful and it was so wonderful to see Linda and her family!