Planning multigenerational family photos

20 October 2016

For my baby shower, my friend Nancy graciously gifted me a photo session. It’s hard to think of a more generous or lovely offer, and I’m so grateful! Since we had wonderful Graham already taking newborn photos, I opted to save Nancy’s session for a few months, since I knew June would grow so much so quickly.

As we emailed back and forth trying to find a date this fall, Nancy suggested the weekend in November when June will be baptized. Both sets of our parents will be visiting then, and my first thought was, ooh, that would be too crazy. My second thought? How could we pass up that opportunity?? I asked Nancy what she thought and she gave it the thumbs up, so it’s on! I’ve been collecting inspiration for multigenerational family photos and thought I’d share some here, if you’d like to see.


Out of all the ones I’ve collected, the photo above is what’s inspiring me most. Back when my Mom was a teenager, an aspiring photographer asked to take some test shots of her extended family, and the photo above is my favorite from the session (she’s in the bottom right!). I love the casual, warm, lived-in style, and it’s what we’re hoping to emulate next month! Here are a few others I’m loving, for the photos with grandparents as well as the ones with just our family of three:

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Jonathan Canlas

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Elizabeth Clark via 100 Layer Cake

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Jonathan Canlas (left), Jill Thomas (right)


Elizabeth Clark via 100 Layer Cake


Jen Huang (left), Elizabeth Clark (right)


via Buzzfeed


Lacie Hansen via 100 Layer Cakelet


Maple + Elm Photography via 100 Layer Cakelet


This Modern Romance via 100 Layer Cakelet


Jill Thomas


Anna Routh




Jill Thomas


Tanja Lippert


Jill Thomas

Now to decide on our outfits… and hopefully reserve Sam again for makeup!!

P.S. Planning our newborn session

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October 20, 2016 10:18 am

That photo of the Flynns is one of my favorite family photos ever, but gosh, all of these are precious!! Cannot WAIT to see yours :)

October 20, 2016 10:30 am

I love family photos more and more these days… these are all so inspiring! Can’t wait to see your beautiful photos!! What a blessing to have so many talented photographer friends! :)

October 20, 2016 11:37 am

Lisa – yes, mine, too!! Colors, poses, outfits, everything… so good.

And Robyn – it is a blessing! However, I try very hard not to take advantage of it, so it’s extra special when they offer :) Happily, they are even better friends than photographers!!

October 20, 2016 2:56 pm

Paul Newman! Woo hoo!

October 24, 2016 11:09 am

Mine, too! So, so good!

October 24, 2016 11:13 am

Love him!