Why You Should Book an Indianapolis Extended Family Photography Session? | Indianapolis

Indianapolis Extended Family Photography

You may or may not know that I come from a really big family. My mom is from a family of 5 kids and my dad a family of 6, so I grew up with lots of aunts, uncles and cousins around. I love being a part of this crazy and loveable crew and perhaps that is why I really enjoy documenting extended family sessions!

Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider booking an extended family session for you and your own big beautiful family!

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Mimi, Pop, Nana and Gramps can all be included when you decide to book an extended family photography session! This gives us the chance to capture special images of your parents with your children, along with photos of you and your mom or dad. I loved my nana so much and all of the images of her are so incredibly special to me, especially the ones of her and I. You and your children will really value these images down the road and this is a great way to include them in a special session!

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Special Group Photos

Almost everyone takes time out to get in the frame with their children, but when is the last time you had a photo taken with your siblings, or your mom and dad. Kids with their cousins and grandparents, these are all special group images that you just can’t get during a traditional family session.

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Make it a special event

Most of the time I get to photograph big family groups during special occasions…weddings, anniversaries, reunions, trips and holidays. These are all wonderful opportunities to gather your clan and book a photography session! However, you can also create and event around your session. Have everyone gather for dinner or drinks afterwards, or go out to brunch before hand. When everyone is dressed up and all together, it is the perfect time to celebrate!

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Anniversary and Couples Photos

Once we are married (and especially after we have children!) we rarely have the time to get photos alone with our spouse. During an extended family session you are all dolled up and camera ready, and there are plenty of aunts uncles and grandparents to look after your littles while you and your hubby or wife share a moment in front of the camera!

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You are Creating Memories

At every session I do my best to create an enjoyable and fun experience for everyone! Ultimately when you decide to do anything as a big family group you are making memories together that will be remembered for years to come. I hope to make the photography session and full experience a memorable one!

Get IN Touch

If you are gathering your extended family in the Indianapolis area over the coming months I would love to create a session and document your beautiful family! Get in touch soon to book a spot on my calendar.

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Around the holiday season I love connecting with families to create some special memories. This family was a joy to work with and I loved documenting them in their beautiful home. Also, check out their amazing wardrobe change with some awesome Christmas sweaters.

Sometimes once kids are a bit older and into so many activities, it can be difficult to find time for family photos. To me this seems like the perfect time to document your family before they are moving onto college and out into the world on their own.

No matter the season of life, or time of the year, if you are looking for a Carmel, Indiana family photographer I would love to connect and document your beautiful family!

Your Experience with Kelli White Photography | Indianapolis Family Photography

What to expect and how to prepare for your Indianapolis Family Photography Session…

I am excited to be working with some new and returning families this year and I hope everyone is having a great start to 2019! When I work with each family I try my best to follow a consistent workflow so everyone has a high-quality experience from start to finish. Here is a bit more about what you can expect when you choose to work with Kelli White Photography for your family photography.

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How to Book?

After we connect through email, web or social I will send you my booking calendar with specific details about your session and any available dates. You can choose any date and time that works for you and place your retainer at the same time. You will also get a link to a session agreement and questionnaire so I can learn more about your family.

This information helps me to prepare for your session, scout out any location ideas you have and gather some info about your personalities and interests. At this point I will be very excited for your session and looking forward to meeting you!

Now on to the fun part… choosing what to wear for your family photos

After you have booked, I will send you a link to my online styling service that will give you ideas and help you to plan out your outfits. I recently wrote a post detailing the service, so you can view this to get an idea of what it offers. I love how it saves you time, provides great and affordable style options and allows you to order online if you so wish! I also wrote a post that offers some additional guidance on styling your session.

What to Know Before Your Session

Finally before we meet I will send you a final email with some last minute reminders to help ensure we are all set on time, date and location. This email will also include your final invoice to be paid prior to your session and information about digital file delivery and printing options.

I also like to remind families that my photography session style is relaxed, connected and candid. I want you to focus on loving your family and I will do the rest. While I will try to get a fairly traditional picture at the beginning of the session, you will not spend the entire session smiling at the camera. I won’t tell your kids to “say cheese” but I may chase them around the park or ask them to feed my silly stuffed owl in order to get some genuine smiles. :)

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Once You Arrive

When you arrive at the session location, I will normally be gathering my gear or ready to go right outside my silver subaru (I love my little wagon!). Don’t be too surprised if I spend the first few moments introducing myself to your kiddos. I want them to feel comfortable with me before I start taking pictures, like a family friend, and not like a stranger with a big scary camera. I also like to walk a little bit before our first image, to get to know you more, catch up and connect. Again, you are now my friends and I want everyone to feel relaxed and happy for picture time.

Finally… we will create some memories!

Now that we are all connected and officially friends, I will direct you and your family through some different locations and poses. The key for the adults to remember is to spend the time looking at your beautiful family and enjoying the time together. I will work on getting your kids to laugh or smile (or be serious if that is their personality), and will probably make a total fool out of myself at some point in order to do so - no shame. I want to capture your family’s true personality, unique connection and the joy that always shines through in every session. Each family session lasts about 45 minutes (sometimes a bit less, sometimes a bit more) but I always allow for flexibility depending on your needs.

After the Session

Once we are finished we will all say goodbye and hopefully you will all leave feeling energized and pleased. The BEST compliment for me is when mom or dad gets to the end of the session and says “That was actually a lot of fun!” I want you all to enjoy the experience and the time you get to spend with your family. Even when a child has an unhappy moment during the session or you think we didn’t get many ”good photos” …I promise you can trust me!


Within 1-2 weeks I will send you a link to your family slideshow set to music that has some of the best highlights from your session. This will be for you to download and keep, and/or share with family and friends. After this (2-3 weeks) I will send all of the high-res digital files in an online password protected viewing gallery. From here you can order prints, download your images and have the images for any of your personal use.

Thank You

After your session I will stay in touch. I’ve been known to send emails, holiday gifts, or thank you cards. I appreciate everyone who inquires, or decides to book a session with me. You are supporting me and my little family and I want you all to feel valued and respected. I LOVE my career and being able to document the love and connection of so many wonderful families makes my heart sing! Peace and blessings in the year ahead. I hope to see you soon!

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This past year my last outdoor Indianapolis family photography session was with this beautiful extended family who had traveled from a variety of locations for the Thanksgiving holiday. I love seeing big families and documenting all of the special relationships and connections. I come from a big family (my dad has 5 brothers/sisters and my mom has 4), so extended family photos have a special place in my heart.

This session was also a fun one for me because one of the family members is a talented photographer in Chicago. I was so excited (and a bit flattered!) to photograph the family of a fellow photographer. This industry can often feel a bit lonely and connecting with new friends from around the midwest has been a lot of fun.

Get In Touch!

If you are seeking an Indianapolis family photographer to document your next holiday or special occasion I would love to work with you. Touch base with me soon and we can set a date to capture your growing family.