A few weeks ago I was thinking about how lovely it would be to do another family photo shoot… I definitely don’t want to look back on this season of my life with young kids and realise that I never had photos of them with me (due to the fact that I’m always behind the camera!)
The thought was quite fleeting and I didn’t make any major steps towards arranging one but it was there nonetheless. And then the lovely Marike, a family photographer from Cape Town, contacted me a few days later… wondering if I’d be interested in an Extended Family Photo Shoot. I didn’t have to think about it for very long. In fact I think I replied within the minute!
I LOVED the idea of an extended family photo shoot. Fortunately my extended family all live in Cape Town (#blessed!) BUT the problem with living in such close proximity is that you do tend to take each other for granted. I can’t tell you when last we had a family photo together. Actually, I can. NEVER. We never have photos all together. It just doesn’t happen.
My husband’s family are really great at taking an annual family photo every Christmas Eve which has been really great to keep a track of the changing dynamics of the group, esp all the kids! There are 8 on that side of the family alone!!! My own family? Woefully terrible at the family photo thing!
As soon as I received the offer and finalised a time with Marike I popped it on the family whatsapp group to establish whether everyone would be able to attend. Not easy co-ordinating the schedules of 4 different families and 12 different people. BUT the amazing thing was that everyone was free for that one hour on a Saturday morning. A true miracle!
The day before my sister popped around for tea (a standing weekly playdate for the cousins) and I scrambled to get her to help me with selecting a Pinterest-worthy colour scheme for our clothing… and then photographed it to send to the rest of the family to help them select their own outfits. We went with white, grey, charcoal, tones of blue and pops of coral.
The Saturday morning dawned sunny, but windy as all hell. It was a veritable hurricane. Marike arrived in a gust of wind and we realised that my initial location was not going to work. No one looks good with their hair blowing towards the heavens or swirling around their face!
We hastily made a plan to change venues and headed up towards the mountain and forest of Tokai hoping to escape the gale. We were in luck. The wind was far less vicious up the road. And there were far fewer people wandering past which seemed to help put everyone more at ease… No one likes an audience when posing for pics! Thankfully Marike was super flexible and happy to follow us to the new destination… and I managed to get everyone else to change direction too.
Our little family of 4 arrived 20 mins earlier and, besides a rather grumpy husband who “hates this type of thing” we managed to get some really lovely photos which I’m super excited about….
I think these will look really great on the wall of my newly renovated home…
The cousins then arrived and we got a few special snaps with them hanging out together… well, besides the grumpy toddler who preferred to face plant directly into the sand head first than have her photo taken!!
Never work with kids or animals they say! Marike learned this first hand and handled it like a complete pro… following the toddler around, finding a spot she felt comfortable in and then shooting away to get the best shot…
Then my brother arrived and we were able to get a sibling photo of the 3 of us… something that hasn’t happened since we were all about 25 years younger! What a great gift for my parents!
In fact that was the real motivation to follow through on this photo shoot and to make it happen within a week of that first email… I knew it would be really special for my mom and dad to have these photos. In fact it will be really special for me and my siblings and for our kids too one day!
As Marike mentioned, life happens and you can never quite predict when things will change. People leave us in the blink of an eye so the time to take some special photos is today. Don’t think you have forever. You really don’t!
Finally my mom and dad joined in the fun…
My dad has always avoided camera’s, having gone through cancer treatment over 25 years ago that left his face disfigured, you can hardly blame him. To be honest we’ve never really thought to ask him to be in photo’s knowing how self-concious he is of what he looks like…. but his health has been quite up and down in the past year and who knows what 2017 will bring (although I hate to think like that!) This was an opportunity not to be missed. He had to be there… and in the photos!
And didn’t they come out beautifully!?
This is my family. All of my blood relatives. I’m so thrilled to have these special photos of my special people!
Thank you to Marike for this treasured gift. I will love them forever.
Don’t miss out on getting your own Extended Family Photo Shoot with a Cape Town Family Photographer this Festive Season. Christmas time is often the only time in the year when everyone gets together. This year why not treat your family to a gift that will keep on giving for years to come and take advantage of Marike’s Extended Family Photo Shoot specials…
Shoots range in price, depending on the size of the group
R1 700 – 1h shoot at one location with 20 images
R2 600 – 2h shoot at one location with 40 images
R3 550 – 3h shoot at two locations with 50 images
These can be customized to each family and can include a wide range of printing options – from family calendars (on special ’til the end of 2016), photo books, fridge magnets and even wall paper for a fun playroom!