Everything you need to know for your large family session in November & December!
This time of year can be very windy! Try booking the session towards the front end of your stay, that way If we need to reschedule due to weather we have the option.
The weather will affect the location of the session. Depending on which direction the wind is blowing out of will determine which side of the island we host the session on. For example ocean side locations include Hawks Cay, Isla Bella, Sombrero Beach, Sunset Park, Bahia Honda, & Coco Plum. Bayside locations include Tranquility Bay, Faro Blanco, & 7 mile.
This time of year the sunset is early, much earlier than in summer. For young families this is a huge perk as it should not interfere with your child’s bedtime.
In November/December sunset ranges between 5:30-5:40pm. There are two time slots available for hosting a session. The hour before Sunset & two hours before sunset.
The hour before sunset is famously known as golden hour. During this time the light is very soft & flattering. It often has a gold hue to it thus the name golden hour.
Two hours before sunset & you get the bright blue hues on the water without the harsh light of mid day sun. This is one of my favorite times to host a session as the blue colors are amazing!
80% of our sessions this time of year are with large families ranging between 7-25 people. If you are nervous to have your large family photographed, don’t be! Even for those that hate their photos being taken (I am talking to the men of the family), they always walk away saying it was painless, not so bad, & even fun haha.
Often times the families we photograph will be comprised of grandparents, parents, & grandkids. We always capture a few great group shots then break off into individual families & tons of other photo combinations. If you have special requests please let us know!
The more information you can provide us the better. Be sure to let us know if you have a unique family dynamic or if any members struggle with mobility or have a disability so we can better accommodate your family & plan accordingly.
Check out these resources to help you prepare for your session: Best Things to Wear for Florida Keys Family Portraits 9 Helpful Tips For Our Families
Busy, Busy, Busy
Not only is this the busiest time of the year in the Keys, it is also our busiest time. We are usually double booked most days in November & December. Please be sure to reach out ahead of time to ensure you get a session reserved for you & your family. If you are interested in booking a session last minute, don’t feel deterred from reaching out! We are usually able to make something work to accommodate you & your family!
Due to the high volume in the keys, if you would like a family session on the beach, consider scheduling the session during a week day versus a weekend to beat the crowds.
If you are scheduling a session in hopes to have Christmas cards made with the photos, please be sure to pick your photos promptly so we can edit them early leaving you with plenty of time to have them printed & shipped. We also offer custom Christmas Cards in our final galleries, be sure to ask if interested!
To learn more about how our sessions work, along with our pricing, please click here. If you would like to schedule a family session, please fill out our form submission. We would love to hear from you!
Kind Words From Our Large Family Clients:
"I highly recommend Folland Photography! They are professional, efficient, organized, and affordable.
My family spent Thanksgiving 2019 in the Keys which was the perfect setting for family pictures. My search for a photographer led me to Kaite and Folland Photography. We could not be more pleased with the experience and the results.
It is important to note that we had a total of 15 people spanning 3 generations, ranging in age from 4 months to 71. These pictures were what I asked for as a Christmas gift, so everyone got on board. However, there was a fair amount of skepticism about how difficult it would be to get a good picture that involved 15 people. Not only were they complaining about the time away from relaxing and having to ‘dress up’, they were remembering the stress of ‘studio’ style, fixed pose pics of the past and bemoaning the whole thing.
Well I am here to tell you the experience was truly one of the highlights of our trip- for everyone. There was no stress to capture just the right pose, but somehow they did! Not only did they capture the dynamics of our family, the personalities of each member also shone through – and it wasn’t forced! They just knew how to make it effortless and it didn’t hurt that they brought gummy bears to reward the kids The memories they captured of our time together are now a family treasure."
"So very pleased with the family photos taken by Kaite and Folland Photography at Hawk's Cay Resort. We were a group of 18 including 7 kids. It was no easy feat to get 18 people all looking at the camera at the same time!!! She did a great job capturing the little one's personalities. She was patient. She understood which photos were most important to me and she delivered!"
-Kathy O'Mara Scianandre
"Kaite was amazing (and super patient!). Our family was down in Marathon for my cousin's wedding, and she was able to accommodate 15 of us into multiple shots. She stuck around until we were happy with all the images captured, and when we got our gallery, we had a hard time picking out our favorites! Would definitely use her again if we ever come back to the area and need some photos!"