Fargo-Moorhead Extended Family Portrait Session

Family reunions are a staple in our culture, which is why the pandemic was extra hard on most of us. Going months, a year, or more without being able to physically hug and squeeze our loved ones made all of the things that were already so challenging to navigate this past year all the more difficult.

So as the vaccine rolled out, I wasn’t surprised to start to get inquiries for Multi-Mini Sessions for this summer. We are all itching to be reunited and we have been reminded just how precious that family time we had taken for granted truly is. We are also reminded how important photos are to families.

Case in point of how important it all is: the matriarch of this fun family unfortunately fell ill and was recovering in the hospital at the time of their family reunion, so she was not only unable to attend, but also be in the photos. In the end, they were all able to still see her, and she was happy to have photos of her family nonetheless. I spent some extra time with two of the individual families, the Shankles and the Rheaumes, doing Mini Sessions for them before the extended family session, so there were many new updated photos of her family and I was happy to be a part of that, even though I didn’t get to meet her.

We can’t always control what happens or when it happens in our lives. None of us needed that reminder after this past year, but if we haven’t learned from it yet, we still can learn that we can control how we respond to these things.

This family was so positive. They were still so grateful to be together. It was heart-warming to see them reconnect, hugging, back slapping, and hand shaking, after time apart. It was quickly easy to see who the family jokesters were, who the responsible ones were, and that they really love each other.

Fargo-Moorhead Family Portrait Session

This springtime extended family portrait session was with the sweetest family.

It’s always so fun to see families interact and it was incredibly cute how Grandma and Grandpa, or Boompa as I heard him called, were playing and snuggling up with these two, finding dragons (or kites- same thing) in the trees and promising a DQ late breakfast treat post-session, which is a classic move that never disappoints.

While we were photographing the original family of four, it was fun to see the dynamic change and more of the humor come out. The adult children wanted to know if they also would get DQ if they smiled for the camera, among other jokes that had me cracking up the whole time.

These folks were in town for a family reunion (stay tuned for more photos) and we did a separate session for them and the Shankle family unit beforehand. The Multi-Mini Session with Mini Sessions added on, like this family did, are a popular option when the entire family gets together, since everyone is there, everyone is dressed up, and it’s fairly seamless to execute these sessions back to back.

I had a really good time photographing them. Here are some of my favorites from our time together.

Fargo-Moorhead Spring Family Portrait Session

This Richmond, Virginia family was in Fargo for a family reunion (including an extended family photo session- stay tuned for more photos!) this weekend and wanted to do a session of their own. I’m so glad they did because they were the sweetest, most adorable people. My only regret is that they don’t live here so I won’t be able to see these sweet babes grow.

Not only are they sweet and adorable, but can we talk about how they nailed their wardrobes? I love the way the soft pinks and blues look against the greens. Even more so, I love the details of little Evie’s and Holden’s timeless wardrobes. These pieces are the perfect example of being subtle and soft enough that they don’t distract, but instead add just enough personality and character to the images.

Here are my favorites from the session. Which one is your favorite?