Meet Ernest and Elizabeth Ann.
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.
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.
This is Pinky’s side of the group. His wife Sandra is responsible for these gorgeous flowerbeds. She has the touch.
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.)
The whole family. Extended-group sessions are so special, especially when folks are coming in from out of town to be together.
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!
Pinky is a little mischievous.
Look at Emily’s little toes!
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.
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…
I should have known from the very beginning that if anyone would be willing to take the plunge, it’d be Pinky.
Cheers and applause!
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!