Today I’m featuring this large family session and offering some posing suggestions for extended family shoots. I had a wonderful time photographing this large bunch and I’m excited to showcase some of my favorite images from the session!
Below are just a few of my favorite images from our session together! The rest of the gallery is coming soon! Enjoy W Family!
After posting this family’s sneak peek a couple of weeks ago, I have received quite a few emails from other photographers asking for advice on how to pose large families in small spaces. I treat extended family sessions the same as I would any other family session. I have a checklist in my head of what groupings I need and want to capture and I also consult with my clients to confirm which groupings they would like.
My space is a cozy 800 square feet, but my shooting area is less than half of that. I tell family members to move in close and show connection by holding hands. After taking a few formal portraits, I ask them to playfully look at someone. This usually creates natural smiles and sometimes laughter. In my small space I am limited to sitting and standing poses but you can still achieve variation in your gallery if you capture small scenes that are unfolding naturally in the large group. Document the details that makes each family special and this will naturally tell a story and show connection throughout the gallery.
Large family sessions are a wonderful gift idea for special family members. These images showcase an entire family and will be an important keepsake for many years to come. I would LOVE to hear from you this winter about booking a session! You can do so by simply clicking my ‘contact‘ button and I will be in touch soon to start planning your session!
Laurie Baker, owner and photographer of Elle Baker Photography services the Chicago, IL area as well as surrounding suburbs. Her studio is located in Homer Glen, Illinois, next door to Butterfly Garden Preschool. She also services Frankfort, New Lenox, Naperville, Wheaton, Oak Brook, and Burr Ridge areas. She has opened up her 2018 booking schedule, so contact her soon to schedule! If you’d like to book a session, visit her investment page for details on pricing and products available and contact her by filling out the contact form.