Extended families are a lot more work than a regular family session. There are more kids, more people, ideas, and a lot of energy expended making funny farting noises and getting all the littles to smile. We lucked out with everything on this session though. The weather was wonderful and everyone was in great spirits. With extended family sessions, I always try and get a few different big family photos, smaller family units, grandparents with grandkids, siblings, in-laws, and as much candid and individuals as I can fit in the time. It can be crazy, but I have a system where I strive to be as fast as possible and get everyone on their way to being with each other over dinner or at home.
If you grew up in rural Idaho, chances are that you harvested potatoes during the fall. I was no different. My dad grew hay and grain, but those crops were done usually by the time potatoes were ready and I found myself sleeping on the couch at my cousin’s house and driving truck in Hamer during the day. The Ball family were fun, crazy, and an adventure. I fondly remember so many fun summer nights with them running all over Idaho Falls and dancing in their barns. They milked cows and Aunt Debbie always had the best homemade food. I felt so much love and acceptance in their home.
Now all the cousin’s have kids! It sometimes surprises me how we are adults. I was thrilled that I would be able to catch up with them again and give them photos of the entire crew together. I’m glad I was able to bring my photography assistant, my husband, to help get all the smiles we got. I only had to do one face swap!