I always wish I had more photos of my Uncle Bob.
He was more like a 2nd dad/grandfather figure in my childhood.
With a spark about him he was the kind of guy you couldn’t help but like.
The kind of guy who didn’t want his picture taken.

It’s thoughts like that that always come to mind when I have a family book an extended family session.
How important it is to cherish some of those other relationships beyond just mom and dad.

Brooke was just barely more than a toddler the first time I photographed the family, her brother still in her mom’s belly.
I felt instantly that if I were 4 she’d be my BFF.
I love kids generally, obviously with my job it’s a must, but some kids just have that thing….
I could see pretty quickly into our extended family session that a bit of that spark she inherited from her Grandfather.

He didn’t miss a beat when I explained that I kind of avoid the kissing shots, it’s all just duck lips really….
“Oh I know how to kiss!”
And prove me wrong he did.

Extended family sessions don’t always have quite the same flow as a standard family session.
It’s important that I try to get every combination of family grouping possible while there which doesn’t typically happen entirely organically.
All and all it’s still a bunch of fun trying to capture ALL those sparks in one tiny little frame.

Grinning Weasel is Cheryl Voigt, a Squamish based photographer specializing in maternity, newborn and family portraits.