We’re about a month behind on blogging, and are just now getting to post the sessions we photographed on our trip to Oregon last month. We flew in to Bend late Monday night, and drove straight out to photograph some portraits at a family cabin in Camp Sherman on Tuesday evening. We first photographed the extended family almost three years ago at their family cabin. Back when they were a family of 14. Since then, the family continues to grow. This time there are eight cousins instead of six (with another on the way).
When we arrived to the cabin, the families had also been trickling in throughout the afternoon. It was so sweet to see the faces on the kids light up when they saw their cousins. This is a family that is tightly-knit. They love well. And they love deep. I told Mary Ann after I left that I almost got teary leaving. The sentimentality of the photographs that I was capturing was not lost on me.
As we gathered everyone together for the extended family portrait, I asked where they would like to be. The last time we did it, we had them on the deck of the cabin. “Do you want a different backdrop this time?” I asked. Allan replied with a matter-of-fact statement that I loved. “Whatever we do, just make sure the cabin is in the background,” he said. “Our family will grow and change, and the cabin will be a constant in this family for a very long time.”
We took our time working through the individual family mini-sessions. While one family was getting photographed, the other kids were all set up with a special afternoon craft on the deck. A genius idea to keep them occupied while also keeping them clean. While the kids crafted, Allan and Joseph pulled out their guitars and played together. I tell you all this back story to give you an idea of the feeling behind these photographs. The laughter and the music and the conversation and the joy that fills in where the photographs cannot record.