With each session, I try to take a few minutes to get photos of just mom and dad because, more often than not, they haven’t had photos taken of just the two of them since their wedding. And then there’s the extended family… There’s a good chance you have haven’t had extended family photos taken since your wedding day either and I’m guessing, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably added to your family with another generation by now.

This particular session was one of my favorites from this spring because it brought together three generations for a family that hasn’t had extended family photos for 9 years since the wedding of the middle generation. They have added two beautiful girls to their family since then and it was so special to capture moments for the group. In addition to full family photos, we also got a great variety of smaller groupings from just the youngest generation to grandparents with the kiddos to couples photos and everything in between. The final gallery of photos included formal groupings as well as playful candid shots as we enjoyed lots of laughter throughout the session.

To top it off, the session date we had planned happened to fall on the weekend the magnolia trees in Whitnall Park decided to bloom. These picturesque trees only bloom for about a week so timing is crucial to catch them in their glory. I have been trying for a few years to hold a session at this beautiful landscape but with the uncertainty of Wisconsin weather, I always end up missing them.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a family photographer, and as a mom myself, it’s that these moments are fleeting. The chance to freeze time and preserve the love and joy within a family is a gift that I hold dear. If you’re ready to have your precious family moments captured, get in touch here or join the email list to know about upcoming events and promotions. I can’t wait to see what next year’s magnolia blooms bring and continue capturing the magic of family, one photograph at a time!