It was cold and it was 9:30 on a Sunday. And there were twelve people. And six of them were children.
Generally speaking, extended family sessions are not unlike herding cats. You'd be surprised how many different directions that a big group of people can look in. You'd be surprised at how many times all the kids are looking at me and the parents are blinking or fussing over the kids or doing anything but looking at the camera. You'd be surprised at how many goofy faces kids can make. I usually will only shoot extended family sessions with the 90 minute package because I have to take soooo many shots of each positioning just to get everyone in the right direction with good smiles. It's just part of what I expect.
But it's not usually in the low 30s with a baby and a session without coats. My instruction to Lynne was "bring blankets" and it was a good thing because everyone was wrapped up tight until ready for being "up". Well, except Tommy, Dean, and Sam because...manly men.
So this was definitely the smoothest extended family session I've ever had because it was the rare occasion when even the women were hoping I finished in under an hour. It had a military precision to it...unwrap, stand here like this...cllick click click...now do this...click click click...you out...you in...wrap up!" And they did sooo great! Even baby Samuel (affectionally nicknamed "Oink"...could he be any cuter?). Even Christian. In fact, Christian gave me fantastic smiles and was just a model kiddo the whole time (quite a change from Lynne wanting to throttle him at last year's session...though those photos turned out great too).
I loved meting beautiful Pat and sweet Sam and learning that they spent their anniversary morning with me...and it was 45 YEARS of marriage that they were celebrating!!! It was so interesting to find out that Sam used to frequent the Mill where we shot as a kid and knew all about it! It was so great to meet Samantha, Dean, Brynn, and Samuel (even if I did initially think that Dean was arriving to tow my car...driving a tow truck intimidates people, Dean. It was amazing, as always to see one of my favorite ladies, Lynne, and to get the privilege of photographing her beautiful family a second year in a row and seeing how much they'd grown.
Thank you guys for weathering the weather and being so wonderful! I never thought I could have so much fun below freezing!