Catoctin Furnace Family Photos
Frederick, Maryland Family Photographer at Catoctin Furnace
The Family Photos
It’s a special honor to take photos for people you’ve known your entire life. It’s an honor on top of that to be trusted to take precious memories at an important and sometimes difficult moment.
The Meekins family lost the matriarch of their family too young this past year. It was important to get family photos and include her. They brought along a beautiful framed photo of her for the kids to hold, which you can find below.
This was an extra special session because kids have been so isolated, and the excitement in getting to see their cousins was palpable. Playing so perfectly, they ran around throwing leaves, adventuring in the brush, and playing with the dog. I’m a cool photographer who also brought them cookies, and that turned out to be a brilliant idea, haha!
Catoctin Furnace Fall Setting
Large family photo gatherings can be a bit daunting, but if you treat it like an event that you’re photographing, it’s much more manageable. You take each family one at a time, allowing everyone else to hangout and get comfortable. I also took school photos of all the kids, which have been SO fun to take this year. Then we moved into getting together as a group. We had the perfect fall setting and a gorgeous twinkly sunset to boot!
The key with kids is moving fast and breaking it up. If you give them fun “run around” activities in between photos, they’ll last longer! If there’s a shot you really want to make sure you don’t miss, definitely get it at the beginning!
The Meekins have meant so much to my family over the years, and it was a gift getting to create portraits for them. The images of the kids changes your mood, doesn’t it? They’re so full of love for one another, imagination, carefree. It’s…refreshing. Yeah, refreshing is the word. It makes me want to run outside! Except that it’s way too cold and blustery, BUT I can’t wait to run around with more families so soon!!
Check out the Meekins family session at Catoctin Furnace below and check the blog for more sessions like this!