Freedom was one of the adjectives the grandmother used to describe what she wanted this extended family photo session to demonstrate. My own grandparents were a huge part of my life. So, it really thrilled me to take some extended family beach pictures for this beautiful family. I love the pre-planning stage to a photography session. I know when you get your picture taken you are planning on your outfits, what you are going to do and look like in a session. I am planning too. I asked the grandmother some questions about what she wanted in the pictures. She gave me a wonderful description of the props she was bringing, the names and ages of those being photographed. She used phrases like “intimate glimpse of family life,” and “casual” to describe how she wanted the pictures to look like.
The grandparents were celebrating their anniversary and instead of just pictures of them they wanted pictures which showcased their life. Their life is their family. They told me being a grandparent “really is the best thing”. You can tell that these grandparents are very involved with the day to day lives of their children and grandchildren and that they love it! You can tell by how effortlessly the grand-kids played, curled up to snuggle and freely they gave kisses to the grandparents. These grandchildren have an extra set of cheerleaders to reinforce their confidence- how lucky they are.