Extended family sessions are a great way to start off the new year!

So far in 2017, I’ve done a lot of extended family sessions, especially this month!  I’ll know next year to be sure to offer a special for extended family shoots around the holidays.  Sometimes my family and I like to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit my favorite aunt.  We try to spend every New Year’s Eve in a hot tub in the snow is Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  That is my heaven.  Other than that though, I tend to hang out around town, planning my marketing and promotions for the new year.  I’m usually pretty open for sessions, especially around the holidays and New Years, into January and February.  Of course, extended family sessions are always great, if you can get everyone together on the same date and time.  They are a lot of fun.  I love when siblings, cousins and grandchildren all join in for an extended family session.  Our best promotion are available in January and February.  Everyone who completes a session before Feburary 28th, 2017 will receive half off all session fees, plus print credits.  We always offer mini sessions, full session, and extended family sessions.  If you are interested in any of the above, text or call us!  (805) 490-1180.

The first family is the extended family of one of my favorite clients, the Thompson family.  Bill Thompson has two handsome brothers, each with a family of his own.  The Thompsons I know have two teenagers, Hailey and Reese, and their beautiful mom, Lorraine.  One of Bill’s brothers has a 2 year old boy with his wife.  The oldest brother has four children – an older son and daughter, plus two younger sons and their mom.  One of the oldest grandchild has a family of her own, including the two little ones and her husband.  This session was taken on a cool winter day at the Thousand Oaks Library Park, although we were blessed with some warm light and green trees this afternoon.  I bet Grandma and Grandpa are so proud of all their children, grandchildren and grandchildren.  There is a ton of love and laughter in this wonderful family.

The second family, particularly Tom and Mario, are personal friends of mine through our shared surrogacy experiences.  Tom and Mario’s baby girl, Josie, was carried by a surrogate and is now the most precious, sweet-natured, tough little girl at 18 months.  After our shoot, she wanted to hold my hand while we sat for appetizers at Stonehaus, at the Westlake Village Inn, and she thought I was hilarious during our shoot, too!  It was a real treat to spend the afternoon with Tom and Mario and little Josie.  Because they live near Chicago, I don’t get to see them too often.  However, I have gotten to see little Josie when she was just a few months old, and again.  Maybe I’ll get to see her every year, and I’ll become her Tia Jennings.  Love love love.  Since Mario’s family is located in Southern California, we were able to get his brother and sister, along with their children and partners, for a nice extended family session.

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