Philadelphia Extended Family Photography | The Whole Family

This extended family session, from a few months ago, is one of my favorites. We met up in Philadelphia at one of their homes and it felt so warm and relaxed from the start. Everyone sat around on the floor, with the kids of course being the center of attention. There was food, conversation, and lots and lots of laughter.

I love documentary sessions, and shooting in this style has really made me fall in love with multigenerational sessions. To be honest, I used to struggle with large family shoots like this. Making sure everyone was looking happy in the group shots, capturing enough of each family member; it felt overwhelming. But being able to capture an entire family candidly, changed that for me. Now I think there is something even more special when the whole extended family is included in a session.

On this day, there were so many wonderful moments to capture of everyone just being together. We headed outside into the city for a few more traditional posed photos, but my favorites are undoubtedly those that I captured in the in between moments. I loved seeing the grandparents play and cuddle on the floor with the grandkids, the excitement of cousins as they were reunited, and the raucous rounds of board games – from both the kids and adults. It was a joyful, happy day and hopefully these photographs will help them all to remember that day forever.


grandparents cuddling with grandkids

extended family photos

extended family playing on the floor

Philadelphia extended family photography

philadelphia extended family photography

Philadelphia extended family photography

If you are interested in booking an extended family session, contact me today and let’s chat!

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My name is Katie! I love color and pretty light and happy faces and sessions that include all of those things. Photographing families like yours, capturing the essence of what makes you unique, is my passion. I want to get to know you and to tell a story that is authentically yours.