I have been tackling more and more extended family sessions. This one came to me as a referral from one of my all time favorite photographers, Jasmine of Let’s Frolic Together. She is my wedding photographer unicorn and I think her work is incredible. She calls on me from time to time to second shoot with her and as long as my schedule permits, I always say yes! Working for her is one of the biggest compliments to me and I am always flattered to work alongside of her.
I met this family on the day of one of the weddings I was helping Jasmine photograph. It was this amazing Joshua Tree desert union and I couldn’t believe my good fortune to be there shooting any of it! Since Jasmine spends the majority of her time shooting weddings, I am the benefactor of all her amazing referrals for family photos. I always feel a little bit of anxiety before shooting a large group like this and in my head I always ask myself what the hell I am going to do with all these people. Somehow it always works out and sometimes after it’s all said and done I feel as if I must have blacked out and don’t know how I got through it. It can be a daunting task to work with so many people and try to remember everyone’s name but names are my thing and I like to get it right if I can. People get my name wrong all the time and it makes me mental! I get Joel, June, Julie, Jenny, Joe. I find it to be an aggravating feeling when someone butchers my name so I always make a point to work just as hard on remembering everyone’s names while I am shooting. Oh and then I go home and take notes so I never get their names wrong.
So blah, blah, blah, lots of people, my name is Jill and I can shoot the shit out of your extended family photos. Enjoy the next few billion photos I pulled from this session.