As a photographer, it’s easy to fall into the same types of routines with photoshoots. Family shoots, engagement shoots and wedding photos can are all unique – of course – but they can feel similar. Especially when you do so many each month. That’s why shooting Chanel and her family was so much fun! It was all about the ladies.
They wanted a session to celebrate their unique bond and relationship as women in the same family. Chanel, her sister, their mom and her two kids all came together for a day with just the ladies. There was so much love and laughter, it really reminded me about why I love my job.
We spend the day at Schneiders Creek, out by Conestoga College in Kitchener. It’s not as busy as a trail as other parks so it was much easier to get walking shots without bugging other people. The weather was perfect for the day too.
I love this area for photos because the old ruins of historical buildings mix well with the trees, walkways and grass to create a rustic but classic backdrop.
This day was a really great day too because Chanel is an old friend of mine! We’ve known each other for years and it was a lot of fun to spend the day with her and her family.
In fact, everyone seemed to enjoy the family time. Her sister was able to interact with her nieces, her mom got to get involved, and we even managed to sneak a few individual portraits into the day.
It’s rare to have this type of photoshoot and I wanted to give every woman something special to remember the day by.
This day really made me realize how important it is to expand the stereotypical group of “family portraits”. How many people leave out grandparents or aunts and uncles from these sessions? Not to say that the traditional family portraits aren’t a wonderful way to capture a family. But there’s so much more to family than those living in the same house.
I think COVID-19 has reminded all of us that remembering where we came from, who we grew up with and who our families are is so important. I think it took disconnecting to remind us how important it is to maintain those relationships.
The love between family is so strong. That doesn’t change just because you grow up and start a family of your own. Actually, I hate that saying. I think it should be looked at as growing the family or adding another tree to the family forest. Noone has a family completely on their own.
Next time you’re planning a family photo, expand your horizons! Think about capturing a special day with people who you love and who love you. It doesn’t matter where they come from, how they know you or how they’re related to you.
You may not think that this photoshoot with this group of ladies was a “traditional” family for a photo session. I say, “Screw it!” Make your own rules. You decide who’s worth having in your photos. It’s about being with people you love. That’s all that really matters.