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River Forest, IL Extended Family Portraits

I’m excited to share some beautiful extended family portraits from last week’s River Forest photoshoot! River Forest is right next door to my town of Oak Park and isn’t it lovely? I love the large, beautiful trees in this town. Village? Township? I’m still learning the jargon of this part of Illinois. California doesn’t really use the terms “village” or “township”! As the family kept saying, now they have photos for their Christmas cards this year. I’m delighted that I could help them out!

Extended family photo shoot in a street in River Forest, IL

Extended family photo shoot in a street in River Forest, IL

Extended family photo shoot in a street in River Forest, IL

 

The patriarch was a jokester – he said, “Family photos? I can turn on the sprinklers!” We took a few brief photos in the road to get that good light and he TOTALLY got me to look: “There’s a car coming!”

Grandkids hugging during River Forest, IL extended family portraits

Grandkids with grandparents during River Forest, IL extended family portraits

Grandkids during River Forest, IL extended family portraits

Grandkids during River Forest, IL extended family portraits

This little girl was frustrated with the hot weather and this stranger with the mask and big camera – but she warmed up (I swear the pun was unintentional this time) in the end and we got some beautiful shots of her with her sister and the rest of the girls. 🙂

Grandkids hugging and laughing during River Forest, IL extended family portraits

Senior portrait in River Forest, IL

Ahhh isn’t she lovely?! That smile, that light!! We sneaked in a few senior portraits to celebrate this Class of 2020 graduate!!

Grandparents hugging during River Forest, IL extended family portraits

Family of four posing for a portrait in River Forest, IL

Extended family photo shoot in a street in River Forest, IL

Grandparents hugging during extended family portraits in River Forest, IL

Family laughing and hugging during River Forest, IL family photoshoot

I love how happy my clients are!!

Extended family photo shoot in a street in River Forest, IL

Family photos in the front yard of a home in River Forest, IL

Grandparents with grandkids in front yard

Grandpa with male grandkids

Little girl swinging and smiling

I got a few sweet candid shots, too!

Grandpa with grandsons

Radiant woman posing in the sunshine

Grandparents with their kids

Grandpa with sons and grandsons

Backyard extended family photoshoot in River Forest, IL

Class of 2020 senior portrait session in River Forest, IL

I love doing senior portraits so much. 🙂

Class of 2020 senior portrait session in River Forest, IL

Apparently the story goes that this high school USED to have caps to go with the gowns, but a graduate threw a hat and hit a priest and that was the end of that.

Backyard Family Portraits with swingset

Grandma with daughters and granddaughters family portraits

Mother with daughters backyard family photoshoot

Graduating senior portraits with parents

Credit where it’s due: one of the little girls took the shot on the right! I held the camera and she hit the shutter. 🙂 It did wonders for helping the girls see that the big camera wasn’t so scary!

Grandma with sons and grandson

Grandpa with daughters and granddaughters

Grandkids sitting in the sun and smiling Granddaughters sitting in the sun and smiling

I love their sweet smiles!

Family backyard photoshoot in River Forest, IL Senior portrait of a 2020 senior holding a softball 2020 Senior tossing a softball into the air Backyard family photoshoot in River Forest, IL Adult children hugging their parents

The love between all the generations was so evident! I loved capturing photos of their strong familial relationships.

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