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Extended Family Session | Engaling Family | Golden R Ranch, Stockton CA

Extended Family Session


Extended family posing idea

Extended Family Sessions are always a fun and interesting shoot!  This type of session keeps me on my toes because I have to think about a wide range of poses and make sure everyone is engaged. The Engaling clan was the largest family I photographed this year with 17 family members.  What an honor to photograph and celebrate three generations!

Extended Family Poses

The almond orchard in the winter at Golden R Ranch in Stockton, California was a lovely backdrop for our extended family session.  We had the space to explore different poses I had in mind for the Engaling clan.  We did the largest family “walking together” pose I have ever photographed.  They were game to walk several times to make sure I had all 17 people looking at the camera at the same time!   We even got the baby to look at the camera!  The grandkids were champs with following directions and being patient. Everyone had a great time with the fun poses we did like “everyone cheer” and “married couples kiss!”

Extended family walking pose idea

extended family session grandparents kissing pose idea

extended family session posing idea

extended family session pose idea


Built in Mini Sessions

Our extended family session was scheduled for 2 hours.   This gave me enough time to photograph the big group and do mini sessions with each smaller unit.  These built in mini sessions give the family’s final gallery a lot of variation.

family hugging posing idea

Family standing pose idea

couple walking pose idea

family seated on a couch pose idea

Photographing Grandkids During Extended Family Sessions

I love it when I can highlight the grandkids during an extended family session.  The Engaling kids were listening and posing champs!  I love it when I get to highlight their personalities and relationships with their siblings and cousins!

Posing idea for kids during extended family session

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little boy posing idea

brothers posing idea

Brother and sister posing idea

Focusing on Parents and Siblings

I love it when I can photograph parents and other adults just by themselves during these extended family sessions. It is a treat that I got to give the spot light to the couples in the family as well as to their single brothers.  I really like the variety that these photos give to the overall gallery.

couple standing posing idea

brothers posing idea

couple posing idea

Couple standing pose idea


Extended Family Sessions Celebrate Grandparents

It is an honor to photograph Mr. and Mrs. Engaling with their adult children and grand kids.  It is always great to see the bond each generation has at any age.  These photos are a testament to the tradition of love passed on through the generations.  Thank you Engaling family for letting me capture these moments for you!

Grandparents and grandkids posing idea

family hugging posing idea

Family standing pose idea

couple seated posing idea

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