Summer Fun Family Photography Session

When your extended family gathers together after some of them driving over 1,800 miles and others flying over 5,500 miles just to spend time together, moments will be captured whether they want it or not. Being the photographer in our family requires me to pull off a family photo every summer and make it better than the last (at least that’s the challenge I present myself with after last summer’s photo was awarded by some as “The Best of all of our family shots over the years.”) Those are fighting words even if it was snapped by me. Without realizing how lucky we were to be posing in Missoula’s ‘Caras Park’ in the beginning of July, before all the surrounding fires of upcoming weeks ruined the visibility, air quality and any desire to spend any extended time outdoors.

The family from Michigan made their annual road trip to Missoula and were happy to have arrived during the perfect floating weather.

Grandparents were also super content having their “love bug” back for a few weeks all the way from Boise, ID.

With the sun still high in the sky, to get the famous “M” sign behind them, required some squinting or some would say we brought an Asian look back with us from Korea.

Funny that the biggest giggles came out only at the end of the session, or was there something in the grass?!


And of course, with the camera sitting sturdy on a tripod, a full family picture was in order to make the session complete!


As always, thank you for your time, your patience and your awesome expressions! Can’t wait to start planning for the next summer’s BEST family pictures.


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