Extended Family Portrait Session on the Blue Ridge Parkway
I am often asked to shoot Family Reunion Photos in Asheville! If your entire family coming together for vacation in these Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, NC isn’t reason enough to schedule those very special Family Portraits while you’ll all be together (which so very rarely happens!), then doing it in Celebration of 50 years of marriage certainly is!!!
I am often asked to photograph large, Extended Families coming together for vacation and Family Reunion Photos in Asheville and it’s surrounding mountain towns! I am happy to come out to your vacation rental if that feels easier OR I can show you some of the most beautiful vistas that WNC has to offer! Your choice!
If you’re interested in booking an Extended Family Session or Family Reunion Photography for your family, you can find the information you need on my website, located here:
Extended Family Portrait Sessions
If you’re thinking about booking a session for your Extended Family, (more than one household, grandparents, etc), I’ve got a few tips to help make your Family Reunion Photos in Asheville a bit easier on everyone!
#1 Please email me a family tree or list of all family groupings ahead of time so that I understand who should be photographed together.
While you don’t need to draw me an actual family tree (although, bonus points if you do!) something like this would work well:
Grandma – Jean
Grandfather – Max
Sam (son of Jean + Max) and Tina.
Their Kids: Jason (10), Julianne (5) and Jack (2)
Elizabeth (daughter of Jean + Max) and Paul
Their Kids: Austin (9) and Claire (6)
#2 Nailing your wardrobe is probably 75% of the battle! Photographs typically turn out best when families choose a theme color or color palette over trying to match exactly (the everyone wear jeans and a white shirt look is corny & dated.)
Hot Pro Tip: head over to Pinterest.com and search color pallets! For example: earth tone color pallet, fall color pallet, jewel tone color pallet, etc. The search results will return a lot of beautiful pre-made color pallets that will make designing everyone’s wardrobe much easier if you’re sticking to a color pallet!
Send a screenshot of your chosen pallet to everyone so that you’re all on the same page about which color shades to use (because there are million shades of blue!)
Outfits that feel a bit special (your “Sunday best”) but that you still feel comfortable in generally result in the best images.
If you need any advice in this area, just let me know, I would actually love to help!
#4 When it comes to choosing a location for larger groupings, there are a few extra elements to keep in mind. Locations should be easy to access and be safe for young children.
While we can get away with shooting small families at a waterfall or in a downtown setting, for larger families, we’ll need a bit of space to spread out. Many vacation rentals perched on the side of the mountains don’t have enough flat area for us to spread out. Homes with larger flat’ish yards are best. Also, parks, gardens, farms, Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Parkway typically work well for extended families! OR depending on how agile & adventurous your crew is: mountain top balds such as Max Patch, Beauty Spot, Black Balsam and Big Bald are all incredible with those iconic Blue Ridge views!
#4 After your session, I will deliver an online proof gallery that will be accessible to everyone in your group.
Please let me know ahead of time who should have access to this gallery. If you send me a list of the email addresses, I can set those up at the time of delivery to give everyone gallery access. Once your proof gallery is delivered, you will have seven days with the gallery to either order Heirloom Print Collections or to order from the A La Carte product list!