I had the immense pleasure of getting to work with a family recently as they celebrated a first communion of one of their young children.
When speaking with the parents about booking details before the session, I had no idea this would soon become an atypical family photo shoot.
Aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, siblings, and grandparents all came to the session that day, and of course, so did our young lady at the forefront of this religious occasion, stunning white gown and all.
As 12 family members entered my studio, my mind began reeling in panic, “Where am I going to fit all these people?!”
I quickly realized that even though I was worried about how I’d get everyone in the shot and how the final photos would look, that wasn’t the point that day.
Not only were we celebrating a significant milestone in this young lady’s life, but I was completely taken aback at how supportive and involved the entire family was in this girl’s life. Everyone wanted to be there for her that day, and they all stood proudly next to one another in every photo.
The point of that session wasn’t the product. It wasn’t the photos. It wasn’t making sure I got everyone in the shot (though that’s important, too).
It was the love and pride every member of this family showed for each other, and how important it was for them to be able to remember this special day together, that made these photos beautiful.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the First Communion Session: