A big family occasion for the blog today. I had been looking forward to this shoot all summer as Anne had booked me way back in May. They wanted some pictures for Anne's mother as a seventieth birthday present and I suggested that I spend a morning with the family taking pictures. This is always my favorite way to do large family groups. We start with the picture of everyone - but then continue to take relaxed portraits as everyone relaxes and enjoys themselves. This way we get a really lovely selection of pictures. I can't wait to put these in an album, they are going to look fantastic.