I had the pleasure of photographing the Boyack family at the end of November at the Utah State Capitol. They chose the capitol for a variety of reasons. Son Connor Boyack - whose headshots I took a while back - founded non-profit Libertas Institute in 2011 and serves as its president. Mom Merrilee Boyack is executive director of Family Watch International, which works to protect, support, and promote families through education, humanitarian aid, and much more. So it made sense to photograph this politically-involved family at our state's capitol - and to top it off, it's a location with great outdoor light!
Extended family sessions are something I shoot fairly regularly, and I LOVE them!
A lot of photographers shy away from big family photo sessions for a few reasons: 1) They can be chaotic and unless you're comfortable directing large groups, they can get out of hand quickly. 2) The post-processing work is usually quite a bit more than a photo session of a single family, requiring a lot more headswaps, etc. 3) They require a completely different set of posing/directing skills than other shoots.
As one of Utah's best extended family photographers, I frequently have other photographers refer their extended family sessions out to me because I enjoy doing it and do it well. I've taken multi-generational photos for families of 10 all the way up to 70+ people! When you hire Flying Gull Photography to take your extended family photos, you get a photographer who 1) Can make a session go quickly, by taking charge, but making it fun, too! 2) Has a bag of tricks to get everyone looking and smiling, but also is a pro at head swaps, and 3) Can quickly and fluidly change between poses and groupings to give you an amazing number and variety of beautiful, professionally retouched photos.