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.
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.
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.