Posts Tagged ‘extended family’

Best Portrait Photos of 2020 – From Photography by Tanya Plonka

Friday, January 15th, 2021

best Lethbridge portrait photos of 2020

Weddings and events may have been postponed in 2020 due to COVID, but once restrictions eased up in the summer, everyone was grateful to spend time outdoors with their families! I was so thankful we have such beautiful, wide open outdoor spaces around Lethbridge so I could keep photographing all of these awesome families. I ended up hoarse on many occasions from yelling through my mask, but it was always worth it.

Two of the biggest trends I noticed this year were all of the babies who arrived (and these aren’t even the quarantine babies yet!) and all of the larger families who made an effort to celebrate important anniversaries and birthdays. I adapted quickly by bringing most of the newborns outdoors on warm days and talking their parents through poses. Everyone did so well!

Some highlights from 2020 include not one but TWO marriage proposals, a cat birthday, and a few more secret projects to come that I can’t share yet, including album art for local musicians and a children’s book. Each season was so amazing this year, from the long blossom season we had to the vibrant colours in the fall. Even the early snow was warm enough for outdoor photos!

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Designed To Dwell Family Photos [Henk & Joanne’s Anniversary]

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Designed To Dwell family photos in Lethbridge

Blizzards and shutdowns couldn’t keep this family apart for their parents’ 35th anniversary celebration! Henk and Joanne’s children planned out a special celebratory reunion weekend, part of which included Designed to Dwell family photos.

The beautiful venue definitely came in handy to keep everyone warm during the blizzard that swept through Lethbridge that weekend. Despite the bad roads, everyone was able to make it down to visit their parents. Even luckier was being able to have their reunion before we all went into self-isolation across the province!

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Lethbridge Large Family Photos [Roy & Woutera’s Extended Family]

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Lethbridge large family photos

2020 definitely seemed to be the year for Lethbridge large family photos! An in-law from one of my previous extended family sessions that year rounded up her family and they got together to celebrate their father Roy’s 60th birthday, as well as welcome a new baby into the family!

Woutera and Roy loved a nature look so we used one of the big fallen trees in Indian Battle Park as the base for posing. This is always a win for multi-generational sessions because the kids love climbing the logs!

Once the kids’ photos were finished, all the adults had their turn getting photos with their parents.

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Indian Battle Park Extended Family Photos [Marie & Ed]

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Indian Battle Park extended family photos

Marie and Ed celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with Indian Battle Park extended family photos. We had planned to do this since the winter and weren’t quite sure until the last minute if it could be a go! Luckily everyone was able to get together to celebrate their parents and we had such a beautiful summer night to do the photos.

Each individual family had their photos taken while we waited for the full group to arrive. Considering how late in the day we started, the children all did amazing! We didn’t lose any to nap time and they loved played with their cousins and grandparents alongside the high level bridge.

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High Level Bridge Multi-Generation Family Photos [Chris & Richard]

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

High Level Bridge multi-generation family photos in Lethbridge

Chris and Richard planned for High Level Bridge multi-generation family photos while their family was visiting for the weekend. These photos were long overdue since it had been 13 years since their last family session!

Many family members have moved away from Lethbridge, but still have a fondness for the city’s biggest landmark. The river bottom along the Lethbridge Viaduct was therefore the best place to choose for photos.

Their family came prepared with lots of fun props, including the big picture frame they could use to show off their children and grandkids!

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Picture Butte Farm Photos [Chris and Len’s Family]

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Picture Butte farm photos

To celebrate their parents’ 40th wedding anniversary, Chris and Len’s children and grandchildren made a special trip back home. This would be a great time for photos! They spent some time debating where to do their session, and finally decided on Picture Butte farm photos at the family’s home. This meant an easy day for the grandkids not needing to travel, adding an extra layer of sentimental value to their photos, and having the beautiful grove of trees as a backdrop!

The kids resisted the lure of the play area just long enough for the groups we needed, mostly thanks to help from their moms to keep them occupied and happy in between poses. As soon as they were out of the frame, the kids could be found jumping around and climbing on the trees.

Chris and Len beamed with pride watching their family play. They wouldn’t have wanted to celebrate their anniversary any other way!

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