We photographed the Gililland family in studio over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend in 2017. Family came from all over for a mini family reunion and when you have the whole family it is nice to get a group photograph created for the memories.
Since it is freezing outside and not the most photogenic in pre-winter cold, we photographed in studio. The Draper studio now has a side of an old barn with reclaimed wood. It looks pretty dang cool. The photos with this wooden wall were created with one giant 8 foot softbox. The thing is massive and makes people look amazing.
We then photographed the different couples, individual family units, individual kids, and the engaged couple. Later we photographed on a white seamless for some alternate shots. It’s fun to create some variety in the photos.
I alway recommend photographing each person—at least the kids—individually. It’s a great way to follow their growth through the years.
And here is a photo of all the grandkids together. These are possibly grandma’s favorite photographs. I call that a hunch.
Sometimes we need a little bit of coaxing, bribery, and time to get some people to smile. Some kids are very shy and we try toys, noises, and making funny faces. But sometimes, you need to give the kid a break and come back again later. You don’t want to make them cry or wear them out. We were able to get this smile after 2 or 3 different attempts.
And we had a little bit of time in the shoot so we broke out the white seamless on the other side of the studio and photographed the whole group on white. We also photographed the various family units. We also had a bit of fun with some of the poses. We went much more vertical with kids stuck on daddy’s shoulders.
Whoever is in your family, make sure you get regular family portraits… to cherish the memories now and in the future.