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Family Reunion Gatlinburg TN

 

The McFadden Family brought their whole, fun big bunch to Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains for an extended family vacation and contacted me for a session while they were all able to be in once place together. I must say, these beautiful people were all a pleasure to work with, but the grandparents really stole the show. 

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A few months back, they celebrated 60 years of marriage. I must say, it was a joy to chat with them. They had so many stories of their time traveling with the military, and adventures in their marriage. They are truly a couple to aspire to be like. After 60 years, they were still so in love, and laughing together. 

The family had a bit of a surprise and took off back to the cars, giving me a wonderful opportunity to take beautiful couple portraits of the happy couple with an amazing Smoky Mountain backdrop. Two birds, one stone; an amazing Gatlinburg vacation and 60th anniversary photos! 

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When their family returned, everyone had changed into purple shirts, unknown to the grandparents. You see, their Grandpa has alzheimer's and purple is the alzheimer's support and awareness color. This amazing family had come up with the fabulous show of support. Let me tell you, there weren't many dry eyes left after that surprise. As a photographer, I that definitely makes my top 5 list of favorite moments, right up there with military homecomings.  That's what family is all about <3. 

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Gatlinburg extended Family session

 

Gatlinburg family photography sessions in the winter come with their own unique set of challenges. This good-looking family was visiting from Florida this month, and was hoping to see snow on the Gatlinburg vacation. To say it simply, they got their wish; a winter wonderland!

The downside of snow in Gatlinburg is the road closures ( and super chilly temperatures!). This sweet family was amazing and totally flexible to change their date due to the weather. We were all set to go to Cades Cove, and thought we lucked out, because the loop re-opened on the afternoon of our re-scheduled session. Unfortunately, we didn't think to check and see if other roads they needed to travel on the way were also open. Thank goodness, they thought quickly and contacted me to let me know they couldn't get there, and we were able to move their session to a location in Knoxville with well-salted roads. While it wasn't the Smoky Mountain views we were all hoping for, I'm so glad we were able to capture their family while they were all together. In the end, that's all that matters. 

There was still a bit of snow on the ground, and freezing cold, but they braved it out!

Here's the highlights from their Pigeon Forge family reunion session. 

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