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  1. Sep
    05

    TOPIC: Extended Family Sessions.

    Christmas in June | Southaven Family Photography

    I say this truthfully: without my mom’s best friend Cindy, I don’t know what we would have done over the last three years.  She has stayed with my mom in the hospital, cooked us meals, prayed with us, wrapped our Christmas presents, and about a million billion other things that make her one of the best-hearted people in the world. Knowing how generous she is, I wasn’t at all surprised to hear her plans when her daughter Sarah and her family came home for a weeklong visit from their missions work in Egypt. Cindy made every day special: one day, they celebrated Christmas, another was Halloween, another was a “birthday” party, and so on, every day of the week.

    I arrived to take a few photos of the whole assembled group on “Christmas.” Everyone changed out of their Yule attire and posed for a few photos on a windy June afternoon. Cindy really wanted to pile everyone in the pickup truck, and I have to say that’s one of my favorite shots. It’s such a happy Mississippi moment.

    We only regret that it was too soon for Amanda and Timothy’s new little boy Miles to make an appearance, as he didn’t arrive until a few months later. But his newborn pictures are coming up soon, so he gets his due!

    Southaven extended family photography

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  2. Mar
    15

    TOPIC: Extended Family Sessions.

    2.O | Pittsburgh Family Photography

    During my fall Pittsburgh trip, we celebrated the second birthday of my friend Laura’s son, Mr. O. Last year we did photos of their whole family prior to his birthday party, so we decided to continue the tradition. (Next year they’ll have a new member, since Laura is expecting again. Yay!!)

    This year O is chatty and into everything, but most especially trains, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and his morning milk snack. He’s just about the most agreeable kid ever. His uncle Bob got him a play workbench, and he spent the next morning yelling, “Ham ham ham!” as he hammered away. The cutest.

    Here are the family pics and a couple from his cupcake feast. (As always, he was more interested in his vegetables, which is a statement that, sigh, I wish I could make about myself.)

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  3. Jan
    21

    TOPIC: Extended Family Sessions.

    Happy Mayhem | Memphis Extended Family Photography

    In my last Project 365 post, I referenced that one of the coolest parts of taking portraits is that I get to hold onto connections made long in the past.  Specifically, I was referring to my kindergarten teacher Carol (who will always be Mrs. Cordon to me) and her wonderful family.  Her daughter Holly, who was one of my best elementary school friends, just had her twins, Taylor and Austin, a few months ago, and her son Cole is now four.  She decided for a Christmas present for her whole crew to do a marathon extended family shoot.  And a marathon it was–a delightful, happy marathon.

    Holly’s husband Tyler’s parents came first, and then Carol and her husband Glenn arrived, along with Holly’s sister Rachel and her kids Zadie and Peyton.  The kids could not have been more fascinated with the train car at Oaklawn.  The icing on the cake was when an actual train passed by.  There were so many moments I loved from this afternoon: Zadie and Cole tossing leaves at each other and then adopting the exact same pose while hanging off a tree, Peyton’s glee at the train, Carol’s ringing laugh as she attempted to wrangle Peyton for the big Cordon group shot, Glenn casually starting a leaf fight and turning Cole into a leaf monster…

    We had a blast.  And I bet everybody slept really well that night.

    Memphis Germantown TN extended family photographer

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  4. Aug
    07

    TOPIC: Extended Family Sessions.

    Someone’s Going in the Pool | Somerville Extended Family Photography

    Meet Ernest and Elizabeth Ann.

    Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    They’ve been married more than 50 years, and they have an incredible family.  Many of those family members came to visit them over the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate Elizabeth Ann’s 84th birthday.  We all gathered at their son Pinky’s house to do some photos of the whole group.Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    This is their son Reece and his family.  Special shoutout to Reece, who was holding my reflector in every shot he’s not in.  The sun was super-tricky that day, and he was not only the tallest person there and thus the only person able to block it, but he also straight-up knew what he was talking about.  With a large group like this one, it’s so awesome to get an expert assist.Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    This is Pinky’s side of the group.  His wife Sandra is responsible for these gorgeous flowerbeds.  She has the touch.Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    The shade in the yard wasn’t spacious enough to accommodate the full group, so we ventured over to a nearby park.  It took us a minute to get set up because my mom and I had to actually run all the ducks off!  (They clearly wanted to be in the photos, so I obliged with just this one frame.)Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    The whole family.  Extended-group sessions are so special, especially when folks are coming in from out of town to be together.Memphis and Somerville Extended Family PhotographyMemphis and Somerville Extended Family PhotographyMemphis and Somerville Extended Family PhotographyMemphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    We tried the great-grandkids’ patience about as far as it would go during the full-group shot, so we released them to the playground they’d been eyeing the whole time.  Luckily, the third generation was thrilled to have photos with their grandparents!Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    Pinky is a little mischievous.Memphis and Somerville Extended Family PhotographyMemphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    Look at Emily’s little toes!Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    Elizabeth Ann’s fondest wish was that we get a photo of the whole group on Pinky and Sandra’s backyard water slide.  Since this session was her birthday present, we wouldn’t think of refusing!  Sara Beth and Patrick were first to get into place, and Patrick was loving splashing around.Memphis and Somerville Extended Family PhotographyMemphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    We did the pool shots last because I was absolutely convinced someone was going in the pool, and I wanted to make sure we had several good shots of everyone before chancing complete outfit ruination.  All that taken care of…Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    I should have known from the very beginning that if anyone would be willing to take the plunge, it’d be Pinky.Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    Cheers and applause!Memphis and Somerville Extended Family Photography

    This was a very fun (and very patient) group.  The sun was in and out all morning and just not eager to make our lives easy, but they all hung in there and were so laid-back and great to work with.  It was quite an honor to capture their love for each other!

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  5. Apr
    16

    TOPIC: Extended Family Sessions.

    Sunshine Girl

    A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Molly for the first time on the morning of her first birthday.  She looked every bit the part of the spring baby in her bright yellow outfit, and we added some pretty pink tulips for good measure.  She was so sweet showing me her room and her toys, and then both sets of grandparents came over to toast her on her special day.  You can tell this girl is so loved by her whole crew–they couldn’t wait to come over and give her birthday hugs!

    Look at these amazing baby blues.  And those curls!

    Molly's first birthday photos

    Playing with her friends.Molly's first birthday photosMolly's first birthday photos

    In half these photos, it’s what she’s doing with her little hands that gets me.  One of these days when she gets a little older, she’ll be one of those people who instinctively knows where to put their hands in photographs.  You know, unlike 99% of the rest of us!

    Molly's first birthday photosMolly's first birthday photos

    The tulips were primarily of interest as a sort of makeshift popsicle.Molly's first birthday photosMolly's first birthday photosMolly's first birthday photos

    Grandma’s here!Molly's first birthday photos

    The center of attention.Molly's first birthday photos

    After all this excitement, sometimes a girl needs to take five in the rocker.Molly's first birthday photos

    Grandpa’s hilarious.Molly's first birthday photosMolly's first birthday photosMolly's first birthday photos

    Loved getting to meet this sweet family and be a part of such an auspicious occasion!

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