When the Hatch Family approached me about doing a large extended family portrait session while all of their loved ones were visiting for Christmas, I was quick to suggest that we do a lifestyle portrait session.   I suggested that I come over for a few hours while the families were all interacting and documenting the real story of their vacation: a little Christmas family photojournalism.  Jenny was thrilled with the idea and the family happened to be having their dinner catered by Eunice Lyle of Taste This and invited me to share in the feast.

The Hatch Family has a new addition to their already boisterous family.  Carson is an energetic lovable madman and with a whole house full of extended family members, as Jenny warned me before, it was “quite the madhouse.”  Madhouse is certainly my kind of scene and I had an amazing time documenting their family, traditions, and interactions.   It was a wonderful way to spend my evening and I would love nothing more than to expand my portrait business into more extensive documentary sessions for families, because more often than not, the moments between the smiles for the camera are the ones that are most stunning.