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Multi-Family Photo Session | Manahawkin Train Station Museum | Quigley Family

Last weekend was one for the books! I completed my first multi-family photo shoot. All in all, I'd say it went pretty darn well for being my first large group style session. In retrospect, there are a few things I'd have done differently, which I'll dive into shortly!


The Quigley family reached out to me in hopes of gathering their extended families to capture mixes of cousins, brothers, etc. This seemed so exciting to me because there are so many different pairings and bonds I was able to capture that a regular single family shoot doesn't allow. While the weather was definitely SUPER chilly, the kids were total troopers as they hung out in the heated truck (not pictured) in between shots.

Looking back, I underestimated the amount of time that goes into such a large session! In the future I'll be sure to have families write out a list of exact pairings they wish I capture (similarly to how brides will often have a list of specific family photos they'd like). Doing so should help to speed up the process as gathering up young kids, especially in cold weather, takes a bit of legwork!


Ultimately, this session turned out to be SO stunning and I learned a bit more. The best part about photography is that there is always something new to learn, whether it comes down to the actual mechanics of a photo or simply working with people! I'd say the pictures below are my favorites (but literally every photo from this day is a fav), so in other words, here is a little preview of the lovely Quigley family!



















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