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kids hold hands and jump together at catoctin furnace

Catoctin Furnace Family Photos

Frederick, Maryland Family Photographer at Catoctin Furnace

kids hold hands and jump together 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!

fall colors for family photos posing at catoctin furnace
man picks up wife for a kiss in the fall leaves in thurmont maryland
man poses with wife in the fall leaves in thurmont maryland
daughter poses with mom and dad for family photos at catoctin furnace
daughter poses with mom and dad for family photos at catoctin furnace
fall colors for family photos posing at catoctin furnace
couple walks in the sunset holding hands for fall family photos in thurmont maryland at catoctin furnace
two boys hug their mom for family photos in thurmont maryland
two boys make funny faces with their dad in the fall at catoctin furnace
two boys pose with their dad in the fall at catoctin furnace
fall colors for family photos posing at catoctin furnace
two boys play with their dog on the grass at catoctin furnace
five kids eat cookies on the grass at catoctin furnace
kids run through fall leaves at catoctin furnace
kids throw fall leaves at catoctin furnace
family poses for large family photos in the fall at catoctin furnace at sunset
family poses for large family photos in the fall at catoctin furnace at sunset
family poses for large family photos in the fall at catoctin furnace at sunset
family poses for large family photos in the fall at catoctin furnace at sunset
family poses for large family photos in the fall at catoctin furnace at sunset
five kids pose over railing for family photos at catoctin furnace
boys play with their dog on the grass for family photos at catoctin furnace
piggy back ride with brothers
kids playing horsey on the grass for fall family photos

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