I love a family reunion session. What people don’t realize is that beyond the technical aspects of learning the craft of photography, there’s also a lot of psychology that plays into it. Think about all of the different people, personalities, and relationships that we come into contact with regularly. As a professional, it’s my job to not only capture each of these in the best way possible, but also communicate and interact with them well. I think my love for family reunion sessions comes from all of this. In college, I was actually a sociology major and also loved psychology. While I never ended up going further with that degree (I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life at 20, lol), I believe that fascination with how people interact and function together along with their individual personalities/thinking ended up being very useful. Nowhere else can you see this at its fullest than at a family reunion!
I’ve known Christi for years now, since she used to be a professional wedding and portrait photographer in Charlotte, as well as in the same professional female photography group as me. After many many years in the industry, she traded her camera for some sweet baby kisses and snuggles with the addition of their third baby boy. Her husband Jay and his family planned a reunion after not having one in awhile. Christi thought it would be so great to have this time documented, since they weren’t sure when this would happen again. And yes, I do think photographing those big group portraits are absolutely important, but it’s those little in between moments of families just being THEM that make me so happy.
Jay’s extended family was so incredibly welcoming and sweet. I love when I can walk into a job and immediately feel like I’m a part of the family. It was so sweet to see how happy everyone was to see each other again. Some traveled from other states, and some lived nearby but just hadn’t gotten together lately. The kids were so excited to see their older cousin. It was clear how much he is truly adored by these guys. Aunts kissed baby toes, hugs were exchanged, and barbecue was eaten. It was heartwarming, and I’m so honored Christi asked me to capture it for them.
Do you have a family reunion coming up? Are relatives going to be in town for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year?
Now is the perfect time to book a session!
I do them every year around this time, and they’re always such a blast. Because the majority of my family lives in the Charlotte area, I’m always around for the holidays. Give me a call, and we’ll get you on the calendar!