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Family Portraits at the Utah State Capitol

by dav.d

The original plan was to photograph in Big Cottonwood Canyon on a Saturday afternoon. It was the only opportunity this family had to get together. Well, Mother Nature wasn’t going to cooperate. And with a baby it probably isn’t a good idea to photograph in the rain… even when there are autumn leaves on the trees.

We weren’t able to change the date to a different day so the solution was to pick a different location. There is a studio in Draper that I can use, however, there is also the Utah State Capitol. We picked the latter. The Utah State Capitol has been photographed a LOT. It is a popular location for bridals, weddings, events, and family photos. I’ve photographed there a number of times. Ryan, the father/grandfather, wanted some different photos. Everyone photographs on the grand marble staircase. He found the basement had some unique features and so we shot down there. At the very end we did go outside and get a few photographs of Drew and Ryan with their two grandkids.

Family photos in the basement

Family photos in the basement

Photographing children can be a challenge. Babies may not know where to look and sometimes kids can be a bit clingy to their parents. If I can get them looking in the right direction and with anything that looks like a smile then SUCCESS! And if you can get mom to look amazing… then you have amazing photographs.

Family portraits in the basement of the Capitol building

Family portraits in the basement of the Capitol building

We photographed the whole group and then broke down to the smaller family units and some individual photos. We also photographed mom with the kids and dad with the kids. With a little patience the boy in the family was warming up to the idea of a photographer and the best moments were his interaction with his parents and his young sister.

Drew and Ryan for their couple portrait

Drew and Ryan for their couple portrait

Mom and daughter photo

Mom and daughter photo

Kids have a short attention span and run out of patience quickly. So the faster I am the better.

Mom and daughter photo

Mom and daughter photo

Mom with here 2 children

Mom with here 2 children

Mom with here 2 children

Mom with here 2 children

Junior poses for a photo

Junior poses for a photo

Dad with his two kids

Dad with his two kids

Brother kisses sister

Brother kisses sister

Mom and her favorite son

Mom and her favorite son

Son gives mom a kiss

Son gives mom a kiss

Capturing those candid moments

Capturing those candid moments

Mom and dad's portrait

Mom and dad’s portrait

Even individual photos

Even individual photos

Grandpas with the grandkids

Grandpas with the grandkids

Last chance photos outside the capitol

Last chance photos outside the capitol

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