Why Extended Family Sessions are so Special | Potsdam NY Family Photographer

October 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I had the pleasure over the last few months to meet and photograph three great extended families - the most recent being 31 members of the Armstrong family this past Sunday.  I'm always honored when family groups of 10-30 people work together to identify an evening where they all come together for me to capture their unique family in pictures.  One family member is usually the organizer of the group and the person I work closely with to schedule the date, time, location, etc.  I give these ladies kudos for pulling each of their extended family sessions together - I know it wasn't easy but I'm guessing they would all agree it was well worth it!!  Even though these large group sessions are busy with much to accomplish - I always try to approach them with humor, patience and a genuine desire to provide each family with a relaxed and fun experience that will result in beautiful portraits that they'll want to display proudly in their homes.

While the large group picture is usually the main reason for bringing the family together - it's the combinations of other family groups (4 generations, grandparents with their children, grandparents with grandchildren, cousins, individual families, siblings, etc.)  that make these sessions so special and unique for each family.  

I love doing extended family sessions because I know how special and treasured they are to my clients and will be for years to come! 

The Armstrong Family

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The Hamelin Family

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A shout out and great big thanks to my daughter Amanda for being such a great assistant and helping to make my extended family sessions run smoothly - couldn't do it without you!!


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Natural and studio light photographer specializing in child and family portrait and lifestyle photography.  Serving areas in the North Country counties of Franklin and St. Lawrence NY including the towns of St. Regis Falls, Brushton, Potsdam, Massena and Malone.


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