When planning an extended family session it is very important to start early. Finding the right photographer to photograph a large group can be challenging. Not everyone photographs large groups, and usually these sessions happen during the holidays and not all photographers shoot during the holidays.
Once you have found the photographer that you like their style it is very important to contact them and find out what their policies are for shooting large groups. Most photographers have a separate fee for groups larger than 6.
The Lopez Family
I was contacted by Johanna who was planning a trip to Arizona to celebrate her 50th Birthday and while on vacation, she wanted to have an extended family session. Her grown kids live in different states so they were all going to meet in Arizona. She researched the location of her choice and we began our planning. We discussed a variety of details to make sure that we planned the best session for them.
What to wear is always a question asked by clients and I suggested my Select & Style tool. All of my clients get access to my Styling Tool. Style and Select is a service that guides you with coordinating color palette and options of styles of what to wear for each member of your family. I also suggested she create a Pinterest board for inspiration.
The next important thing to discuss is the variety of poses that the client wants for their extended family session. Most group sessions already include group photos, but there are often other images that I include such as individual family shots, shots with parents, siblings and of course mom & dad alone. We want to make sure that we get all of those must have poses for our clients.