The Larson Family // Spokane Family Photography

The Larson Family // Spokane Family Photography

When Christi contacted me about doing some family photos last summer, I couldn’t wait to see her and her sweet family! Christi and I met back when I was in high school, and she was a freshman at Gonzaga, at an orientation for the exchange program we both studied abroad with. And, after I came back, we’d sometimes run into each other at Gonzaga, and we had a class together too. Over the years, we’ve lost touch a bit, but in true Spokane fashion, there’s never more than a few degrees of separation between people at any one point.

In fact, when Amy, of Inland Mama, was working on her post featuring the Larson family’s session, her husband noticed that he recognized Derek from classes they’d taken together.

Christi & Derek, thank you for inviting me to photograph your family! It was great to meet everyone, and to spend a little time capturing this slice of your life, as it was on that sunny August day.

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PS – The Larson family took these photos for their Christmas cards. I know August seems a little early, but isn’t it so great to have photos in the warm sunny weather?!

The Hallock Family — Spokane Family Photographer

The Hallock Family — Spokane Family Photographer

A few weeks back, my friend Angie asked me about taking some updated photos of her boys. We schedule it for a time when their family was in town, so that we could also get a few photos of the extended family. All in all, six boys from newborn to teenager, and five adults.

Whoa. I was a little nervous. On the whole, boys don’t like having their photos taken like girls do. But these boys!

They had me laughing and snapping away so much, I almost forgot how cold and windy it was. Most of the time, I just chased the boys around a park (and parking lot) taking photos. I had to laugh, they’d find a spot they thought was cool (including this first spot) and yell out to me, Emily! Can we take my photo here?!

Then we popped inside to a little space Angie found, and took some more traditional family photos. Her little ones got a bit cranky towards the end — there’s only so much sitting still a kid can do at once — but we didn’t have any major meltdowns.

Angie, thank you for letting me capture your charming family! I had so much fun spending the afternoon with you all!

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Spring is on it’s way! If you’re looking to get some family or high school senior photos done this spring, shoot me an email, emily@emilywenzel.com, and we’ll create a plan to capture your family :)

Alex + Jack — Mattawa Family Photography

Alex + Jack — Mattawa Family Photography

I might be biased, but I think that my niece and nephew are really cute. It has nothing to do with the fact that they look like me. But, let’s be honest, those genes arestrong.

And while you’re shopping for back-to-school supplies, I want to remind you that Christmas is only a few months away. Now’s the time to book a family session and get those Christmas card photos taken care of while it’s still beautiful — not raining — outside! Shoot me an email at emily@emilywenzel.com.