In 2020, a few months into stay-at-home, social distancing, 6-feet apart, etc., I longed to hug my parents. I missed laughing with my sister at the dinner table until tears streamed down my face. I cried at the thought of my new baby not yet having a chance to meet her cousins. I would have given anything to be in my nana’s kitchen with all my aunts and uncles talking over each other and everyone sharing a big meal. In short? I missed my people.
Chances are, you’re thinking about a trip to Hawaii with your extended family. We’re talking grandparents, cousins, in-laws, siblings, heck, even your favorite neighbor! It’s time to gather (safely) with your most cherished people and enjoy some time together after so many months apart.
While you’re all together, this is the time for an extended family photo session. One of the most important things you can do to preserve your family memories, to freeze that time together, is to have family portraits taken. After the year we’ve had, this precious time together should be documented now more than ever.
Here are the three reasons you should schedule an extended family photo session:
1. Time is Precious
Getting everyone together isn’t easy. And harder even to plan a big trip to Hawaii with such a big group. Celebrate it. Cherish it. Document it! I promise it’s always going to be hard to get everyone together. But it will always be worth it.
There are so many tender moments that happen during an extended family session. Grandparents get a chance to connect with their kids and their kid’s kids. All of the little grandkids have a chance to play together on the beach. Parents and siblings start to relax as they watch the people they love the most have so much fun together. That connection matters and leads to genuinely joyful photos and stories that you’ll be proud to look back on years from now. These moments will become your legacy.
3. Easy Gifts
During extended family sessions, we don’t just focus on the entire group together. There are endless family combinations, and we’re there to capture them all. Grandparents, grandparents and grandkids, couples portraits for every couple, cousins all together, you name it! The result is a year’s worth of easy gifts! Family albums, framed photos, canvas prints, even some adorable fridge magnets. Oh, and Christmas cards? Check. The possibilities are endless!
Here’s the deal – extended family sessions are just plain fun. All your loved ones hanging around, laughing, and loving on each other? It is a blast. And our team keeps things moving fast, so no one ever gets too bored. The time will fly, and before you know it, you’re watching the sun go down while splashing in the water with the people you love most. We promise you’re going to love it!