Family portraiture normally takes one of two forms, the anniversary or family event, or the landmark generation photo, or a combination of the two. It is great to have a professional photographer to capture an official record shot spanning the generations, but equally, that one-off shot, that moment of a an individual, a split second of emotion, where they are unaware of the camera, that's equally valuable and often triggers emotion and memory more effectively for the rest of the family.
Portraiture is about personality - the personality of the subject. Instruction and overbearing stage management produces repetitive and samey images. This is why, wherever possible, my skill is in providig unstaged, natural, relaxed and authentic imagery of you and your family.
As birthday gifts, or for a wedding anniversary, some photos, covering the whole family (ususally involving a few more formal shots at the clients request), supplimented with the documentary-style moments as the day goes on provides a great all-round storyboard of the family as they are.