I am always very humbled when it works out that I get to photograph a large, extended family. First, I know that everyone knows at least one great photographer so it's hard for everyone to settle on just one. Then to get everyone in one place at one time pretty much requires an act of Congress. Then get everyone in some clothes that actually look unified, and wait, cute?! Now you're just talking crazy.
But when it's all said and done, it's really a beautiful thing. Because I've been in Grandma's house with my oldest son and watched him stare at that huge family photo and hear him ask, "That's me as a baby?! And that's my cousin as a 2 year old? Look how much hair Uncle Scott had! And that's Uncle Brent before he went to heaven?" And having that conversation in front of that picture, that is worth every ounce of endurance, patience, and investment.
Thank you, Butler Family. So grateful I got to be a part of that big party of pictures.