14 family members? …. and 4 are young children? ….. and a dog? That’s the kind of session that tempts comtemporary photographers to go old school and do formal posed portraits with everyone gazing into the lens and smiling. This family of 14 helped me avoid that temptation by just being themselves; a spirited state of chaotic happiness that immediately made me feel comfortable and welcome.
They were fabulous with the kids, averting 3 or 4 meltdowns with a natural talent, redirecting them to fun activities, distracting them and occasionally, offering a short term bribe. They kept it very positive and fun for the children.
Here they are; Jim, Mary Ann, James, Heather, LJ, Khobi, Serena, Francois, Dalen, Chris, Sandra, David, Gillian and Russ.
Their session slideshow video: