Large Group Family Photos Denver

My mom comes from a large family. She is one of seven kids and her father was one of eight. I remember her telling me that holidays were an absolute riot of fun with so many aunts and uncles and cousins together.   I loved to hear her stories of things they did together, all the different kids and cousins, all the fun of growing up with so many people to love. The funny thing is, though, I have never seen any photos of those gatherings. I can’t count all the cousins or see the chaos that must have reigned.

It gets me thinking about the importance of getting good photos when family and friends gather for the holidays. The stories are so important, but so is being able to show, not just tell, your loved ones about days gone by. We all change, homes, relationships, the color on the dining room wall, your favorite china, the pets in our lives. Photographing those times is a terrific way to preserve your memories, remember who was there and who felt like being a grouch that day.

Large group family photos denver Family walks up a hill away fro the camera. Extended family group posing in front of a mountain. Smaller group photo of just the adults and one dog. Father and son talking Family unit photo Dad takes a cell phone photo in the distance. All the kids, one grouch.

The way I like to photograph large groups (also knows as extended family photography) is to see if we can get a little energy into the images. Obviously we do try to get as much of an “ordinary” group photo as possible, but I do think that eventually the photos we will really treasure are the ones that show a bit more personality.

Typical large group family portrait in Denver The goofy large group family portrait Standard posed family portrat. Posed family photo in the snow

Depending on the size of the group, I like to spend between 1-2 hours with the group. This allows me time to create the overall typical group portrait, get some more fun portraits of the group, and then break into smaller groups with grandparents alone, grandkids alone, grandparents and grandkids together, family units together, each generation together. In between, I try to capture moments that are unposed, so my clients have a bit of the overarching story to share as well.

Posed group family photo with dogs. Group photo in the snow with dog photobomb. Family gest ready or their photo, two dogs in ront. family playing in tehs now with a dog After the snowball fight. Family unit portrait Cousins getting goofy Fun black and white moment photos All the men in black and white All the women in maatching red sweaters Silly photo of man listening to his pregnant wife's belly Family playing air shuffleboard Two girls taking a selfie.

If the family has the time, we can do a longer session that includes more lifestyle photos of their day, perhaps their meal, or a family activity. That gives context and a lot more fascinating story to share with future generations.   Families can also schedule a Day in the Life Session with me for a true documentary experience. Learn more about Thanksgiving Documentary Family Photo Sessions here.

Interested in scheduling a large group family photo? Contact me.



  9 comments for “Large Group Family Photos Denver

  1. November 3, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Oh, these are SO sweet! I LOVE all the shots you got of the dogs and my goodness, can you really see all the amazing family dynamics through these shots. Beautiful job!!

  2. November 3, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Gorgeous backdrops! I love this idea, and definitely need to make sure that my own family is getting group photos done!

  3. November 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Oh my goodness…families with dogs and SNOW …recipe for an amazing session. What a gorgeous collection of images that the families will treasure.

  4. November 3, 2016 at 10:31 am

    So sweet! This makes me jones for family photos! Is that a bouncy house in the background there? That looks like fun.

  5. November 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I love how fun all of these shots are! And of course, having the dogs in the photos makes it even more fun! I adore those snow portraits!

  6. November 3, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    love group shots with personality! It’s truly a skill to capture that! Beautiful work!

  7. November 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    You are amazing! Working with large families is not easy but you made it look so!

  8. Natalie
    November 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    These are all so great! I want to plan a session with my family!

  9. November 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love all of the photos with dogs. So much fun!

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