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40th Wedding Anniversary and Extended Family Session | Rosemary Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

40th Wedding Anniversary and Extended Family Session | Rosemary Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Alison reached out to me because there were so many recent events to celebrate and she wanted it all captured on film. Being an extremely talented wedding and event florist in Oklahoma City, she knows the value of photography and capturing those key moments. Alison’s immediate family was traveling to Alys Beach to celebrate her parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. It was a time that everyone was going to be in one place together, celebrating an important milestone. What made this trip even more special is that a recent health scare had them thinking that their dad might not be making this trip. Luckily he was okay, but this was a big reason behind the need for making sure they had tangible memories from their trip. During the session Alison and I talked about how scared they had all been. How her dad was such a key part of their family and how much these photographs were going to mean to all of them. Not only for the kids, but as the grandchildren got older.

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Extended Family Photography and It's Importance | Admirals Cove Jupiter Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Extended Family Photography and It's Importance | Admirals Cove Jupiter Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Stop for a second and think about the last time you had your extended family all in one place. Think about the last time you had even your nuclear family in one place. As we get older it becomes harder to stop what we’re doing to visit our parents, children, or grandchildren. I never get to see my sister and niece as much as I would like. Every second that I get with my family is something that I truly cherish, especially after losing my grandfather and grandmother within a few months of each other. Life is so incredibly short and memories tend to fade the older we get. This is a huge reason why I photograph families. I have a deep love for documenting the relationships between them. Most families don’t get together unless there is a wedding or funeral; it’s the sad truth. That’s why I get so excited when people contact me about doing extended family sessions. Involving the grandparents makes for such a special session. It freezes time for everyone involved. It allows them to have memories long after their parents and grandparents are gone. When I was a little girl I don’t remember being in photos with my granddad. But, looking back at those photographs now I’m so lucky to have those. I might not remember the event or circumstance, but I remember how my granddad always made me feel. I couldn’t imagine not having those photographs.

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Tips For The Perfect Holiday Photos | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Tips For The Perfect Holiday Photos | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

The holidays can become so overwhelming, no matter how you prepare. The main reason I wanted to do a post about this is because I feel that even though it’s a hectic time of year, it can be the best to take family photos. These photos also make great gifts for family members. I’m going to give some tips for the perfect holiday photos.

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Family Session With Dogs, Chickens, and Pancakes | Tallahassee Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Family Session With Dogs, Chickens, and Pancakes | Tallahassee Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

This family session of Lauren, owner of the delicious SōDOUGH Baking Co., was gracious enough to invite me into her home to capture her family. Lauren was pregnant at the time, so we wanted to freeze time before baby arrived and it was just a family of three.

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Where Should Your Family Session Take Place | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Where Should Your Family Session Take Place | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

The thing that I love about the direction photography has gone is, is that these sessions can become anything you want them to. Often, the same question comes up, “Where do you recommend we do our family session?” My answer is almost always going to be the same: Is there a place that’s special to you? Yes, family photos are about the people in them and the emotions. However, there is also an environmental element that should be considered. Where your photos take place are going to help tell your story. Let’s look at some different examples of places that I’ve photographed families and why these locations were chosen.

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