spring family photos

sibling and spouse family love // pc bhansen photography | the love designed lifeI have been meaning to share our extended family photos with my husband’s side of the family for a while now, but I just haven’t had a chance until now! When it comes to the more personal side of my blog, such as these photos, I always like to take my time an honor the space I give them. Not that I don’t pour my heart into everything I share here [in fact some of the other stuff can take even longer to compose], but the personal stuff is just, more special.

a family tree: grandparents, siblings, spouses, and grandkids // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life

The beautiful gesture behind this session came from my husband’s brother. The boys and their sister were brainstorming gifts for their dad’s 60th birthday, and because it had been so long since all of the siblings and their spouses and kids had all been together in the same place at the same time, the idea to capture this moment came up. The siblings asked if I would help to style the family. I have to admit for this one, I was a bit reluctant! My only initial direction was “no desert fairies” haha. And since my personal style is pretty strong [desert fairies, I guess?] and we had a large group of many different personalities, I was very nervous to give everyone direction. Plus, there are just so many of us!

cousins and friends. family photos in the desert // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life

With my regular styling clients, I normally give not only an inspiration board and color scheme, but also very specific shopping direction and help. [You can see more of my style boards by searching “styling” in the archives.] But for this session, we were very short on preparation time and again, with all the different personalities, I didn’t really have time to dive into specifics for everyone! So I just sent everyone a little inspiration and a color story and just hoped for the best! We agreed that a neutral palette would be subtle and pretty for spring in the desert park location we had chosen. My husband’s father [and birthday boy] is a jeans-and-cowboy-boots person, so we decided to incorporate shades of blue into the mix. We also all agreed for everyone to dress in their own style, which is something I always suggest to my clients. They are your pictures, you want them to reflect YOU!

love birds. family photos // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life

And of course for this personal project, we decided to use my good friend Brandi of B. Hansen Photography to capture us all together. She suggested this beautiful park and got us that golden hour magic like she always does! If you have ever taken family photos with one, two, three, or even more young children, you already know how stressful and challenging it can be. So imagine six of them, plus all these crazy adults who love them more than anything in the world! Miss Brandi is a true talent to still be able to capture magic like this amongst the chaos.

all the cousins // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life

brotherly love for extended family photos // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life parents + siblings for family photos in the desert // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life boy cousins for desert family photos // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life

Well, you can’t win them all. Someone always have to be crying, amiright?
the proudest grandparents ever. extended family photos in the desert // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life desert love. // photo by bhansen photography | the love designed life

I love how everyone’s personal style is reflected in these photos, and yet they are still so cohesive and just beautiful. This is really only a small sampling of all the beautiful images we got back from Brandi. Such a treasure for us all to have for years to come!

4 Comments on spring family photos

  1. Alexandra Emmons
    May 24, 2016 at 10:02 PM (3 years ago)

    Paige! Love your and Little A’s dresses! Where are they from?

    • Paige
      May 27, 2016 at 11:19 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi Alex! The dress she wore in these pictures is from a line called Bonpoint, but it was from last year and I couldn’t find it online anywhere, so that’s why I didn’t link it! Anything else she wears in other posts I always try to link. Hope that helps! xo

  2. Brittney
    May 25, 2016 at 10:01 PM (3 years ago)

    Darling! Your family is lucky to have you help with styling, the pictures turned out great!! You can just see the love between your family. It takes a talented photographer to capture it so effortlessly! I’m sure your in-laws were thrilled.

    • Paige
      May 27, 2016 at 11:19 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Brittney!