My website and blog definitely features a lot of young families, but my client base has many families of different ages. I actually photograph a large amount of extended families in the Edmonton area, often for family reunions or milestone birthdays. I really enjoy these sessions as I know they will be important heirlooms for these families, documenting huge moments in their lives. A another area of my business that doesn’t get near enough recognition on this blog are the families with grown up children. The families who are documenting their “big kids” leaving home for college or the “last family session before everyone gets married”. These sessions are such a unique part of my business. The “kids” actually listen to me when I pose them and there’s a whole lot less embarrassing moments of me singing or dancing trying catch someone’s attention. So in some ways, photographing families with grown kids is easier, but on the other side, adults seem to get their guard up more, are less willing to laugh at Dad jokes, and tickles generally aren’t the answer for someone with a case of the grumpies. But with this family, nobody was grumpy in the least. In fact, I laughed so hard I cried and I pretty much wanted to be adopted by the end. They kept me on my toes the entire shoot.
In order to keep my sessions running smoothly, I always send out a tips sheet with ideas and suggestions for my families, and these guys were no exception. They followed the tips and brought all the fun, all the snacks and all the accessories. I loved how they incorporated their favourite foods (pizza and popcorn FTW) and different activities into our session, just for fun. Family portraits don’t have to be stuffy! We can relax and have a great time, all while still getting our posed images for Grandma. Send me a message if you’re interested in booking an extended family portrait session or lifestyle photography session with your “big kids”
Thanks again N family for being pretty much the best family ever.