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Mommy and Me Session | Jupiter Island Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Mommy and Me Session | Jupiter Island Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

I adore family sessions, but there is something so special about a session with a mom and her first born. Each child is unique and forms there own bond, but there is something about the newness of it all. This is mom’s first experience with her own child. This is a time where they are both learning together and growing. I’ve done a handful of sessions with just mom and her first born and they have become some of my favorites.

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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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San Francisco Documentary Family Session | San Francisco Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

San Francisco Documentary Family Session | San Francisco Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Sometimes you get families who just get it. They understand that while an hour family session is wonderful, it’s not really what a day in their lives looks like. This family wanted to spend a few hours just documenting what life is really like when you have a small child. Jessica is a destination photographer and ends up taking her family with her some of the time. This is what life looks like for a lot of traveling photographers. It’s not always glamorous or easy, but there is beauty in it. When you’re gone a lot and constantly busy, sometimes you just have to bring the whole family!

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In-Home Family Session | Boynton Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

In-Home Family Session | Boynton Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

I can not emphasize enough how important it is to work with a photographer who will get you family heirlooms for your home. What I mean by this is someone who will take the time to sit with you, go over the photographs with you, look at your home, decide if an album is better, decide if a framed gallery wall is better, decide if you’re someone who really is better suited for digital files, etc. I am 100% of the mind that photographs should get off of your computer and onto your walls. I also work with my clients to make sure that’s what’s going to be the best fit for them.

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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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