Wright Family • Reunion Sneak Peek! - JessicaMerithew

Wright Family • Reunion Sneak Peek!

It was an honor to photograph the moments and memories made at this family reunion! Branches of this family traveled from as far as Australia for this rare gathering. I am so glad that I was asked to photograph this event!

When I was asked to photograph this event the most important photo on the list was a photograph of the entire extended family. So as soon as I arrived at Biltmore Lake Clubhouse I scouted out the area and chose the perfect spot for the photo. Biltmore Lake Clubhouse and Park area is gorgeous. There are many wonderful spots for a large family photo, however with a family this large I knew that I needed to be above everyone to ensure that I could see all of their beautiful smiling faces! This led me to the idea of standing on the raised patio, while the entire family gathered loosely below. It was a great spot with the beautiful lake in the background.

While the rest of the family was arriving I spent some time capturing the children playing on the beach, swimming in the lake, and having a corn hole competition. I also captured some rare hugs and handshakes as adult family members got to know one another, either for the first time ever, or for the first time in a long time. It was amazing to see the joy and love that everyone shared in seeing each other. Some small family groups requested a family photo as well, which was wonderful. I was so happy to have some families take advantage of having me there for shots this like. Whether all adults or a mix of children and adults, everyone did a phenomenal job in front of my camera!

It was soon time for a break in play to eat dinner. Before everyone went inside to eat we took the opportunity to get the large family shot. In some cases photographs with a very large amount of people can take many rounds. Not with this family! We took about 8 photos and got a perfect shot - eyes open, smiles, kids looking my direction. Great job everyone!

I had a wonderful time photographing this family at their reunion. Seeing other people enjoying themselves surrounded by loved ones make my heart happy!

Thank you for asking me to capture these special and rare moments!

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