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Fall family photos had been in my short-term plans for a couple years, and we finally made time to do them last month. Michael and I flew home to Mississippi to visit family for a few days before going to Mexico for vacation. We have never stayed gone that long since living in Maryland. Now that I work from home and Michael is a full-time dietitian, we have more time off as a result. We took the opportunity to spend half of our two-week vacation with family, and it was the best decision!

Before we arrived I wanted to make sure there was a photographer available who could take a few pictures of all us together. Ashley Upchurch is a Mississippi wedding photographer I’d been following for years. She also shoots family photos, and I was so excited when she told me she was available. Also, I loved Ashley’s work in the cotton fields so I asked right away if that was a location option, and she said yes!

The day of our session the sun was shining and the weather was beautiful. Michael and I brought along his parents, his dad’s parents, his mom’s mother, and his uncle, for a total of eight people. Everyone present is on his side of the family, however his sister was unable to make it to the session.

These are some of my all-time favorite photos of Michael. I love his genuine smiles and relaxed body language, and he was such a trooper! Also, I was thankful for his patience and support for the rest of the family. I’m grateful we grabbed a few shots of Michael’s grandparents who are in their 80s. They will be such keepsakes and wonderful memories someday.

Thank you Ashley Upchurch Photography for the beautiful images!

If you enjoyed our fall family photos, check out our summer European honeymoon pictures here!

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