How to best capture extended family portraits that span generations

Hudson Valley Outdoor Family Photography

Extended Family Photography Sessions

Capturing families across generations is one of my favorite things to do with my photography. There is so much history, nostalgia, promise, and hope, all in one frame. There are links to our past but also pathways into the future. As an emotive photographer, there is a lot to document here. But to think about the logistics, can be a lot for anyone, and it may even discourage some from wanting to have a photographer come in. After all, there are different personalities, styles, schedules, etc. The list goes on. But I have documented many extended families, and I can tell you, the hardest part is the prep. Once you show up to that session, it’s all fun and easy from there. So I am here to help! I want to make this as smooth as I can for you. Here are some of my top tips:

  • Be clear about the schedule to everyone ahead of time. I time my sessions very carefully with sunrise and sunset. It’s important that everyone who will be at the session is aware of times, and makes the appropriate adjustments as needed.

  • Use my styling tool! Every session in 2022 will be able to use my Style and Select service. This would especially be useful in an extended family session where there are many people to coordinate.

  • Make sure everyone, kids and adults, have been fed and have snacks on hand just in case. Hungry people make for grumpy subjects!

  • When you book your session, I will send you a wealth of prep info. I encourage you to share this with everyone who will be joining. You want everyone feeling excited and prepared!

Extended Family sessions are full of emotion and beautiful! I am here every step of the way to answer any questions I can. If you are thinking of one, I’d love to hear from you!


I wholeheartedly believe in the power of authentic documentation. Our stories and truths are not only a gift for ourselves, but also through the generations, becoming treasured keepsakes as proof of our place and time. My passion lies in storytelling that focuses on your present moments. Whether our adventures take us deep into the Hudson Valley, high in the Catskill Mountains, or within the comfort of your home, it is always about where you are meant to be and where you feel the most alive.