We recently had the privilege of photographing the lovely Cain family for their 50th year Wedding Anniversary. Since we love marriage, we can’t think of a better way to honor fifty years of marriage than to celebrate with your children, their spouses, and their newest grandson! Larry and Jane invited their family to vacation with them to celebrate their golden anniversary and a lifetime of love.

Family gathers around infant to celebrate grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary

Jane and her husband, Larry, rented “The Westfield House” in Westfield, NY.  This century-old prairie bungalow home with well-maintained grounds near Lake Erie is known for its unique architecture. Because we never pass up an opportunity to capture works of art, we couldn’t help but take outdoor photos with the beautiful and lush views of this Frank Lloyd Wright connected home and grounds!  And, since it’s located along the Chautauqua Wine Trail across from the Johnson Estate Winery, New York’s oldest winery, this home makes a perfect getaway! 

And while Jane and Larry wanted family photos to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, the star of the photoshoot was little Oliver, their 10-month-old grandson. 

Grandparents play with infant grandson during 50th wedding anniversary family photo session

Oliver brought his parents, son Peter and daughter-in-law, Sara.

Smiling couple at 50th wedding anniversary family photos session

Also in attendance were Jane and Larry’s daughter, Rebecca, and her husband, Dieter. 

Husband and wife touch foreheads together during 50th wedding anniversary family photos session

The Great Outdoors

Looking for backdrop locations on this property was not difficult. As such, The Westfield House is the perfect place to gaze out on the boat dock, overlooking the private pond. And, beautiful willow trees, green grass for miles, and pine-lined walkways made capturing Larry and Jane’s legacy a moment to remember.  

Wife laughs while sitting in husband's lap during 50th wedding anniversary family photos

We love photographing outdoors for a couple of reasons.   Interesting, outside architectural details and texture, allow for an exciting photo.  Against the backdrop of our images, we chose rod iron benches for clean, smooth lines.    A large outcropping of rocks added dimension and shape.  And trees with heavy, draping limbs to create height and proportion to our photos. 

Infant smiles at camera during family photo session

What to look for in a rental property for a family photography session:

Rental properties can be an excellent location for your family photos. However, if you are looking to book a place for a photo session, keep in mind a couple of things:

Use unique locations to capture your family’s personality and aesthetic. Look for architectural details for any indoor photos taken.  Great architecture can create elements of line, form, and texture.  When added to your photos, these elements can only enhance.    And if outside, look for natural features that stand out – water, trees, expansive grass, or fields.  The addition of natural elements as the backdrop or even focal point of your photos can create timeless pieces.  Historical locations will always add a sense of extra depth and meaningful tradition to your photos.

We’re here to bring to life your family’s portraits or celebratory photos! Contact us for more information.