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What is an Extended Family Session?

extended family-Pensacola Beach Family Photographer-Ann Mangum Photography

Extended Family Sessions are when you have several families that are related come together for one photo session. As life gets busier and busier we find ourselves being apart more from the ones we love, sometimes only getting together at Holidays. When a family has taken the time to plan a vacation to have everyone gathered all together this is a very special event to document. Some families get together every year in the same location while others may get together only every few years. I have seen some families who have not been together in many years, so you can imagine how more special that would be for everyone to want to document their time together.

i love being apart of these sessions, I love to capture each families personality as well as the entire family as a whole, and even get some candids of the kids running, and jumping in the water! These sessions always make me laugh, they make me cry at times, and sometimes they surprise me with a baby announcement, a birthday, or even a wedding proposal. I feel so honored to be apart of each family as they travel here and enjoy the beach, which is the place I call Home!!

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Extended Family Beach Session- Pensacola Beach Family Photographer

One of the perks about living at the beach is having family come to visit, there is always so much to do here with our white beaches and warm weather!  I remember the first time someone contacted me about an extended family photo session, I was so nervous I thought to myself  how can I get everyone in focus and to smile at the same time.   With a bit of practice and some very patient families I now love extended family sessions.  It is a wonderful time for some great memories and since I have taken them on, I have had many families tell me that this would be the first time they have had photos in 5, or 10 years and sometimes even ever together and that makes my job all the more special!  

This family in particular is special to me because our children have known each other since Kindergarten, her husband has coached my son and  they are such sweet family and always makes me laugh.  And this session was no surprise when I met the sister who was just as funny.  I love families who can laugh and have fun!!

Christmas Family Session-Pensacola Family Photographer

When we first moved to Pensacola my kiddos used to ride thier tricycles in the cul-de-sac of these boys neigborhood, they were all so little.  Since that time we have all moved from each other but I have enjoyed being able to photograph this family each year to be able to stay connected.  They are so handsome and just so funny, I look forward to my time with them because their is never a dull moment!!

Williams Beach Family Session- Pensacola Beach Lifestyle Family Photographer

I have known Micah for several years now, and I was so excited when she contacted me to photograph her family on the beach.  Their wish was to be photographed on the beach before their big move to Italy.  For several years now they have considered this their home but in a few short months their family will start on a new adventure out of the country.  

The beach had been so calm leading up to our session but the few days before it became cold and a bit windy.  Do you think it stopped these active kids from having a little beach fun,  NOT at all!! The water temperature was actually warmer than the air.  Oh how I love Pensacola Beach in the Winter!!

Gillinov Family Session-Pensacola Beach Family Lifestyle Photographer

Corey and Kim are just the two sweetest people I know always full of energy and smiles and I was so excited to photograph them with their sweet baby Matthew who I just adore.  I think you can see that this family is very close and there is much love that surrounds them and at the end of our session they let me in on a little surprise that they are expecting baby #2!!  

Sommer Family Beach Session-Pensacola Beach Lifestyle Family Photographer

When this mother of two boys contacted me, she wanted to get photos taken for her Christmas Cards.  Just the week before their session we had a hurricane come thru and damage the National Seashore which is where we had planned to have our session. We managed to find this perfect little spot surrounded in a little quiet area of Pensacola Beach and you would never know by the beauty that  surrounded us that we had such bad weather just a week ago. 

  When I asked mom what was the thing she would like to freeze most about her family, she wrote "the sweet hugs and cuddles from my boys"  I think she got her cuddles and with boys there always a bit of  running involved as well! 

Brubaker Family-Pensacola Beach Family Photographer

When this Pensacola family contacted me they had just welcomed a new baby and had family  down from Massachusetts to visit the new baby.  When I asked them to tell me a little about what they wanted, Sherry wrote "We really want to capture the beauty of the beaches with happy and relaxed poses."   This whole session was nothing but laughs and fun!!  

Baby Charlie-Pensacola Newborn Lifestyle Photographer

When this sweet family found out that their family was expanding they were excited!!   But then they found out that their house of girls was now going to have a boy in it!  All the excitement began, decorating, deciding on a name, etc, etc.  Now the wait is over and Baby Charlie has arrived!  He is just so perfect!!