Every summer these snowbird grandparents come up to visit their granddaughters for a couple weeks in Sun Prairie. They’ve made it a tradition to get family portraits done while they are here. There’s a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren that I love to capture. These two girls adore their grandparents and loved to laugh with them.
The Archwamety family joined me for an extended family studio session. It’s always great to included the grandparents.
I know I always say this, but it is true…it feels like just yesterday that I did Natalie and Mike’s maternity session at their house in Sun Prairie and now their little Landon is 1 year old! It was great to go back out to their house and capture this milestone in the same location. It was even more special this time around since Natalie parents were in town and we were able to get a few pictures of Landon with his grandparents.
Last Christmas BJ reached out to me to purchase a session for a gift for his family. Since everyone in his family is spread across several states, it took a little time to finally get everyone together but it finally took place. We had so much fun at their family home in Sun Prairie. Even Eddie the dog joined in. I think their family photo with everyone rubbing grandpa’s head is by far my favorite extended family photo I’ve ever taken. So many laughs by all.
I’ve been photographing Ethan and Elliot since they were babies and I love that their mom contacted me to schedule a grandparent/grandchildren session. These are moment that go by too quickly and you never want to forget. I’m so glad she thought of scheduling a short session with them while they were up visiting from Florida.
It was a beautiful summer evening when I met the Meyer family out for their extended family session. Erik had contacted me months to set up this session as a gift for his parents 40th wedding anniversary. Full family picture are always great ideas for gifts even if the logistics of getting multiple family schedules to line up is a little tricky. This is a gift grandma and grandpa will treasure forever. And something the children will love to look back on.
We had a beautiful evening at John and Cheryl’s home in Stoughton for their extended family pictures in their backyard. We had fun and laughed the entire hour but I’m sure everyone would agree that the best moment was when Tom got down on one knee and surprised the family by proposing to Kaitlyn!
Rachel contacted me to do an extended family portrait session as a Christmas gift for her parents. The window to get it in was tough since 2 of their families live in the Twin Cities and would only be visiting for one weekend in October. We lucked out with weather and had a beautiful day at their family home in Middleton. What a great gift to give your parents! I’m sure they will treasure these photos forever.
We even made time to breakout and do pictures for each family!
A month ago I was contacted by a woman asking if I was available to do an extended family session in early December. Family that lives all over the country was going to be all in the same town to celebrate Christmas and they wanted to surprise her mother-in-law with a gift of a family portrait session so she could get the full family together in one picture.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly nervous about photographing 11 people in December….in Wisconsin but the plans were set and we had one shot to do it. Luckily this winter has been very unusual for Wisconsin and our December morning wasn’t too cold. Foggy, yes, but not bitterly cold as I would have expected this time of year. The family was on spot with their coordinating outfits which was very impressive since they all live in different states and that Grandma didn’t even know about it until 24 hours before it took place.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love doing extended family sessions. These are the ones that are always looked over and missed. I would do anything to have a picture of me with my siblings and parents in front of the house I grew up in. What a special gift they gave their mother this Christmas. I hope they enjoyed the morning as much as I did.
18 month old sessions are always challenging. This is the age when toddlers are on the go and are usually hard to please unless it’s their idea. Sarah was an exception to the rule and we had a great mini session. She did keep us on our toes and loved to show me how she can jump. It was also a special session since we were able to squeeze in a picture with her and her grand parents visiting from Minnesota.