This summer I was honored to be asked to photograph my Aunt Marilyn & Uncle Don's 50th wedding anniversary family portrait! Don and Marilyn have a beautiful family portrait hanging in her living room, but it was done many years ago and most of the grandchildren aren't in it! It was definitely time for an update. We originally planned to do the family portrait on the same day as their party, but after doing some location scouting and talking about the timing, we decided to do their session the evening before.
When people are planning a family portrait for a milestone event, like a graduation, birthday or anniversary it's a good idea to schedule the portraits on a different day than the day of the event. It's true, everyone that's going to be in the portrait will be at the event and everyone is dressed up, so it seems to make sense. The problem though is time. Special events are usually very busy, and the day is hectic, and trying to fit a portrait session in just makes the day more stressful. The other issue is that the portraits ususally have to be squeezed in between other events, and can't always be done when the lighting is the best, and good lighting is THE MOST important factor in creating a beautiful portrait. A special event portrait has the potential to become a treasured family keepsake, and an heirloom that will be passed down for generations, so it deserves to be created in the best possible environment. For outdoor family portraits the best time to do a session is in the evening, just before sundown.
The evening of the session was beautiful and we had a location with many great spots, so we did several extended family poses, as well as some different groupings. The session took about 1.5 hours but we were able to take our time, relax, and have some fun. The next afternoon, when we had originally planned to do the session, it was POURING RAIN, so we were VERY glad the portraits were all ready done!! On the day of the party my aunt and uncle and cousins were able to enjoy the event and visit with all their guests without having the extra stress of a family portrait session.
So, congratulations on your 50 years of marriage Uncle Don and Aunt Marilyn! I wish you many more blessings, and another 50 happy years. I hope you enjoy your beautiful family portraits!