The day started out as a straight forward family portrait of an extended family.  After an initial phone chat with Ginny about her family and her desire for a family portrait, Jen and I went to their house on Lake Simcoe for a pre-session consultation so that we could get to know our client and have a great understanding of their expectations.  The basic requirement for the day was a tasteful, traditional portrait in a casual setting on their lakefront property.  The family dogs being just as important as the people, the challenge was set to produce a fabulous portrait with two girls under 5, 3 dogs and 6 adults.  Bring it!

Yes, you read that right.  Many a photographer would run for the hills after hearing that specification!  Fact is, most photographers shy away from the traditional family photograph as it is, let alone mixing in the dogs.  With not one, but three dogs, it’s a recipe for a challenge.  Good thing we love working with kids, dogs and families.

Come the day, not only did we capture this terrific family, but we managed to create some fabulous pet portraits of the three dogs and the pooch being doggy-sat, a second family portrait, again with their two dogs, and we squeezed in a mini-couples session for the newly-wed son and daughter-in-law.

Definitely a big day, but we’ll let you be the judge.

Stayed tuned (or subscribe!) for coming posts about the pets and the newly-weds…

(Oh and be sure to hit the full-screen button on the slideshow – the images look WAY better super-sized!)