Adding Members To Your Family Portrait

I have been meaning to add this one to the blog for awhile.

The Musgraves contacted me about photographing their family portrait.  This is a large, extended family with children and grand children.  They had picked a specific time and told everybody to be here.   But like all large family portraits, there is always someone who can’t make it – no matter how far in advance you schedule things.  Fortunately we knew this when I photographed the large group and left room for the people we would add later.   I would photograph the two members that were absent a couple of weeks later, and thanks to digital technology, added them in for a complete family portrait.

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5 Generation Family Portrait

In 25 years of professional photography, I have never had the opportunity to photograph a 5 generational portrait before. This was quite an event, not only for myself, but for the family as well.

I traveled out to the house of one of the grandchildren near Maysville, we moved everything out of the dining room, so I could set up my background and lights and I stood in the kitchen. Tight quarters, but we made it work.

After I was set up, we brought in eldest two members of the family and set them in the chairs for the portraits. Grandma instinctively reached over and held grandpa’s hand. I was touched. Both over 90 years of age and married for over 70 years, they still held hands. And they held hands during the whole session.

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Cupp Family

The Cupps wanted something outdoor and something casual for their three-generation family portrait. Half of the family lives in Colorado, so everyone being together was a rare opportunity. The image was taken here at my exclusive outdoor gardens.

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Cupp family outdoor portrait
Cupp family outdoor portrait