I think it’s really special to get photos taken with your kid and their grandparents. I’ve loved how many clients have decided to include grandparents in their sessions over the past year, including these parents for their summer Birmingham family session. This session also celebrated 18 months of Emma! And what a little personality she is now; here’s her at 5 months at an in home session.
Eighteen month olds can be one of the trickiest ages to photograph. They are moving and grooving but they aren’t able to understand bribes or negotiation quite yet. So we had to be crafty with how to get Emma to cooperate. I think we succeeded – she is just adorable, don’t you think?
We used one of my favorite spots for families – it’s an easy in and out of the car and a short walk to a great spot. I prefer to make it easier on clients with littles.
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I remember extended family sessions when I was younger – they were mostly of my cousins and I. Like most of the family photo sessions we did, we took them at Sears studio. Remember that? This Livonia extended family session isn’t like that at all!
Dani booked this Livonia extended family session as a celebration of her parents’ wedding anniversary and for a refresh of their family’s photos. At Dani and Matt’s wedding, they couldn’t include the family dog Luna.
There are so many reasons you could schedule an extended family session: an anniversary, a new baby, a yearly tradition, redecorating, etc. I think it’s lovely to have some professional photos of your extended family periodically, plus what’s cuter than photos of your parents. You don’t have to be getting married to have photos together!
We met at Greenmead Historic Village in Livonia, which is one of my favorite spots for families. There are a lot of different settings very close together and I love the textures of historic buildings.
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As I’ve said time and time again, the best part of this job is being able to reconnect with SO many people from my past, including the Cordles! Carolyn and I went to school together since the fifth grade. We played softball together during the summers, and Mr. Cordle helped coach. I remember when her oldest nephew was a wee baby. So naturally, I was able to get them altogether for an extended family session for Mrs. Cordle’s Christmas gift. We did a Goldner Walsh family session in early November, which was perfect as the weather was just starting to turn.
Goldner Walsh also does weddings, but you can shoot there for $50 and the Cordles jumped at the chance. It truly is a gorgeous setting for photos and we enjoyed using many spots to get all the combinations in. Sometimes family photos can seem stuffy and boring, but I try really hard to get some laughs and interaction. The look here and smile thing gets old after awhile, especially when you’ve got teenagers who think they’re too cool for the camera.
I’m so glad we were able to do this session and I love how they turned out! I’m booking May and June sunset sessions right now…don’t wait until fall when the weather is honestly not as nice and my calendar isn’t as open!