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Angel, Mike & four more | Documentary family photography

Angel photographed George and me more than a year ago and it took us all this time to round up her fam and find a time when we both could do a shoot. On top of that, I’m crap at getting a bunch of kids to smile for the camera (even really well-versed kids like Angels’), so I insisted we do a documentary family session – where I would photograph them doing some activity, pretty much how they would be doing it anyway. The trip to get the Christmas tree was born!

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It was so cold. But they had one of those stick-your-face-in-the-slot things and I just love those.

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I’m one of the tribe, so I had never witnessed this Christmas tree thing before.  Sure, I’ve seen them in peoples’ houses and decorated a mini tree or two in my sacrilegious abode, but never saw the living-tree-to-decoration process.  It is involved. Jeesh you people make it hard on yourselves!  Mike had to saw the tree down.

dad cutting down the tree during family session

While everyone looked on appreciatively.

documentary family photography at christmas tree farm

We snuck in a few portraits.

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Tree procured, it was hot cocoa time in the barn.

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Some of my favorite images from this session are from the ten minutes the girls spent on the playground.  The unexpected and unplanned often make for the most interesting, dramatic images.

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While the mens took the tree from outrageously huge to just massive, the girls decorated cookies.

making christmas cookies while the adults set up the tree

A little bit of decor on the thing and then I had to say goodbye.

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Thanks Angel, Mike and everyone else!

facebook comments:

ayeshaDecember 5, 2012 - 3:53 pm

oh yay!! i love this!! angel you have such a beautiful family <3 great job amber!! this is such a fantastic idea for family pictures.

Serena SevertsonDecember 5, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Glad to hear you love the “stick-your-face-in-the-slot” things too. I freaking love those.

Also, I love this whole documentary style session. It’s so fun to see them go through the process of picking their tree + putting it up in their home. :)

Angel KidwellDecember 5, 2012 - 5:29 pm

You’re awesome, Amber! I love them!! Playground and the barn images are definitely my favorites. Thank you soooo much!

Marcella TreybigDecember 5, 2012 - 6:34 pm

AH! I love Angel’s family!!! the girls are so sweet and fun (and crazy like their mom ;) – I’m sure they did it up a bit more with the cutting of the tree than normal for the photos (I could be wrong) but it’s so much fun Amber!!! glad you got exposed to the xmas tree world.

Heather Rion StarrDecember 5, 2012 - 9:00 pm

love the blue earmuffs & the cookie shots especially. nice work.

Diane L Smith OgdenDecember 5, 2012 - 10:22 pm

Nice! Good to see Angel Ogden Kidwell in front of the camera, instead of behind the camera for a change.

Amber WilkieDecember 5, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Thanks Heather!

Dale LempaDecember 6, 2012 - 10:08 am

Creative and unique idea; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a session like this before. You made it work really well.

Tanya GrimDecember 6, 2012 - 1:23 pm

This turned out AMAZING! :)

Brenda NeedleDecember 6, 2012 - 4:15 pm

What a wonderful idea, it was great seeing your family, the girls are growing up to be beautiful young ladies. Thanks for sharing.

Katie KidwellDecember 7, 2012 - 9:09 pm

Ciarra Guyer needs to look at this! Since you couldn’t find it before!

Stephanie Callaghan SmithDecember 11, 2012 - 9:27 am

Great idea for a shoot! Gorgeous

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