Normally, I try to keep the number of extended family sessions I do to an absolute minimum. They tend to be very difficult to coordinate, lots of stress for Grandma ( who is nearly always the one who has hired me) and full of crying babies.
I have to say, this session has made me rethink my policy. Mona came to me after seeing the portraits I've been making of her grand daughter, Ruby, and I agreed to help plan and execute a family portrait with a 'timeless' quality.
We spent weeks planning clothing ( another blog post altogether!!), location, and logistics. I spent the same time also wracking my brain for a way to make these images that was more intense and exciting than the standard white polos and jeans party.
Day of, we had 5 kids and 5 adults and RAIN. I was so worried but miraculously, the rain cleared about 10 minutes before our session and the clouds gave us a wonderful dramatic effect. We got all our formal set ups done and in between, I spent time trying to really capture the connections and personalities of each family member.