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Extended Family Session Guide

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Extended Family sessions can be tough. Getting everybody together at the same time and place is hard enough, let alone having group photos done. Maybe you want photos of everyone all together in addition to pictures of each family unit in addition to a variety of actions and poses. phew. If that’s the case, It can honestly be stressful to make sure you get through your shot list with family members trickling in and out here and there. That’s where a…

timeline comes in to save the day.

Using a timeline has been one of my best tools for photographing extended family sessions. We can customize it to allot more or less time for each family depending on number the number of people. The timeline goes out to everyone before the session and each family unit shows up at their designated time. It takes the confusion out of who is getting their picture taken when. The timeline streamlines the whole process to run like a series of mini sessions.

Here’s an Example:

 

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5:30 Family unit 1

6:00 family unit 2

6:30 family unit 3

7:00 family unit 4

7:30 everyone

 

The photos in this post are from a session with Sophie and her wonderful family. Everyone followed the timeline to a T and it was so amazing we were even ahead of schedule. See for yourself some of the fun memories we created that day!

 
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Hope this helps take some of the anxiety out of extended family sessions and inspires you to do yours!

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