Extended family sessions. Those three words can instantly strike terror into a photographers soul. Extended family sessions usually have more than 10 people, they almost always have little kids who don’t care to look at the camera, and there is always someone who blinks!
That being said, I actually kind of love big family sessions. It’s fun to get that one group shot where everyone is looking (and yelling “stinky cheese!”) and then break that family down into groups. I feel honoured every time I’m hired to do an extended family session because these types of photos are so rare for most families, usually because it’s hard to get everyone in the same room, let alone in front of a camera! These are the photos that will be pulled out at reunions for years to come and I hope that everyone will smile at the memory.
This is the Watson Family.