One of my favorite things about being a family photographer is that every session is individually memorable. When I came home from this shoot I had grass stains on my knees, was absolutely exhausted, beaming from ear to ear, and couldn't stop rambling to my husband about how much I love my job. That's how you know it's been a good shoot. 

large family session, Ivy Creek Charlottesville, VA

**M contacted me to inquire about a multigenerational shoot for her family, her brother's family, and their parents. The siblings, one family from NOVA and the other from the FarmVille, VA area, had chosen Charlottesville as a halfway meeting point and their parents were flying in from Florida for a long weekend to celebrate their mother's 70th birthday. The whole clan had only ever been together a handful of times, so they figured it the perfect opportunity for a photo session to capture the occasion. (And I agree!!)

Because of the long distance, our planning sessions took place via phone and email where we discussed logistics about the perfect location, how to coordinate wardrobe (3 separate families in 3 different locations for 3 different age groups is not a simple task!), a back-up rain plan, and just what to expect in general as to how the session would unfold. I was so excited that they found and entrusted me with the the job of capturing this reunion and I was determined to not only give them wonderful images, but to make the session itself a positive, fun, and memorable part of their brief time together. 

Session Day

When it came time for our session, the weather could not have been more perfect -- a beautiful, Virginia-summer night with just enough breeze to cut the humidity. It was evident from the start that this family was fun. They were laid back, playful, and weren't afraid to show a sense of humor-- which is great because when there are kids involved, I get a more than a little goofy in order to pull our some personality and real smiles.

We walked around the charming paths of Ivy Creek Nature Reserve to find several stunning locations to shoot, laughing, and chatting along the way. Our adventures also included several foot races, some superhero posing in the "bat shelter, " lots of tight, squeezing hugs, and bouts of my personal favorite game--"tickle-the-photographer." We wrapped just as the sun was setting behind the tall grasses in an open field for some gorgeous light to flatter this loving and family and their weekend reunion celebration. 

It has been such a joy to get to know these families in every stage, from inquiry to designing custom albums and wall prints of all their favorites. I love that you can see their joy and closeness in every image and hope they remember their time together fondly through these memory-making moments captured on camera. 

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