I have a confession to make. Normally, I don’t photograph large families. In fact, quite a few times, I’ve referred them to other photographers. It’s not that I don’t LOVE large families…I just find that 2 hours is never enough time to capture them as I prefer, in their natural state.  I usually just walk away wanting more time to get to know them…..

However, when I received an email from a super thoughtful daughter that wanted to buy a 35th anniversary gift for her parents it was difficult to say “no”. It didn’t help that I had already  been smitten by her family last year when I took their Christmas pictures.  I knew if the rest of the family were anything like her I couldn’t deny the opportunity to meet them and capture this special time.

So… I did it.

I photographed 16 people and have the pics to prove it. While I still wish I had 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 extra hours with them, I’m just thankful I had 2.

I wish I had a picture of all the parents standing behind me. They really worked for this picture!

This family is in the process of adopting a little boy from Ethiopia. Since he’s not able to be here in the photos, but certainly is in their hearts, they chose to capture his presence in a tangible way…with red strings.

The Red String of Fate” or the “Red String of Destiny” is a Chinese legend. The legend explains that two people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red string.

Happy 35th Anniversary!

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Leave a comment with your congratulations, your favorite pic, or just to let them know you’re thinking of them.

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  • Konnie CintronAugust 19, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Congratulations! Sorry I can’t pick a favorite pic they are all awesome! LOVE THEM!!

  • JenniferAugust 19, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    Wow, Kasey! They are fabulous! Thanks for helping us make some memories!

  • AngieAugust 19, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    They’re all wonderful, but that bottom right one of my parents is just priceless!! Love them all!

  • Bonnie ClayAugust 19, 2010 - 12:24 pm

    Beautiful pictures! You all look alike you’re having so much fun, and what a wonderful gift to give. Congratulations Aunt Doris and Uncle Edwin!!!!

  • AshleyAugust 19, 2010 - 12:24 pm

    These are WONDERFUL!

  • JenAugust 19, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    Congratulations!!! What a beautiful family, they are all beautiful!

  • JustinAugust 19, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Those pic’s are awesome. We had a lot of fun.

  • Nicole McMathAugust 19, 2010 - 1:26 pm

    These look great everyone!!! Happy 35th Mr. and Mrs. Ford!!!

  • PhylisAugust 19, 2010 - 1:48 pm

    What beautiful pictures! Too bad we aren’t closer to Clovis! Nice gift, Angie!

  • Cindy HermanAugust 19, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    A wonderful family. I want to see more! My favorite may be Mallory with the golden halo, though the reflection in the tank is pretty, and the grandparents and kids is awesome and…

  • Stephen S.August 19, 2010 - 3:17 pm

    Awesome photos. You guys look great.

  • CherylAugust 19, 2010 - 3:23 pm

    What a wonderful family. The red strings make me what to tear up a little. Two favs – little girl in the grass (hair shot!) and the cowboy kiss (very sweet!).

  • JeanneAugust 19, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Wonderfully captured moments of a fantastic family I am privileged to know! Outstanding work!

  • Julie HowellAugust 19, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this family. What great photos! So good to see them all together. What precious memories!

  • LauraAugust 19, 2010 - 3:53 pm

    Great photos! As always!

  • RicaAugust 19, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    AWESOME pictures! Love the whole family!! Miss them, too!

  • Doris FordAugust 19, 2010 - 6:31 pm

    The pictures are everything I hoped they would be. I can’t wait to see all of them! You were precious to spend so much time with us. I adore my family, and this is one of my all time favorite gifts from our kids!!!

  • ChyanneAugust 19, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    The “After Sunset” pic is such a fun picture of all of us! You captured some great moments!

  • Michelle PoynorAugust 20, 2010 - 9:24 am

    How blessed and beautiful this family is! The pictures are incredible.

  • Debbie BarnardAugust 22, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    All of the pictures are awesome! How lucky you all are to have each other.

  • LoganAugust 23, 2010 - 9:55 am

    These are priceless! I love your work!

  • Lance RobbinsAugust 26, 2010 - 10:26 am

    WOW!! These pictures are priceless. Ya’ll have a beautiful family.

  • CindyAugust 26, 2010 - 10:26 am

    Wow, what beautiful pictures and such a beautiful family. Great job.

  • Shelby LangenAugust 26, 2010 - 10:48 am

    Amazing pictures! What a great way to capture such a beautiful family!

  • TracyAugust 26, 2010 - 11:11 am

    Amazing pictures!!!

  • JuliAugust 26, 2010 - 11:22 am

    These are some very awesome pictures!

  • ElizabethAugust 26, 2010 - 11:47 am

    Love the Pictures!!!! I”m jealous!!!

  • AmyAugust 26, 2010 - 11:51 am

    Wow! Love the pics. What a beautiful family.

  • JaiAugust 26, 2010 - 12:03 pm

    I love the pictures! What an amazing keepsake you’ll have!

  • JennieAugust 26, 2010 - 12:15 pm

    Amazing pics! i love the red string tribute!

  • Nicky engblomAugust 26, 2010 - 12:59 pm

    These are amazing!!

  • Denise EbelAugust 26, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    What GREAT pictures!!! It looks like ya’ll had a great time! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Rusty DowellAugust 26, 2010 - 6:24 pm

    I was watching her ad pics which have some really cool effects. Man, that is a lot of FORDS. I especially like the reflection in the stock tank. She’s a really good photographer.

  • Rebekah FordAugust 26, 2010 - 10:28 pm

    We had a blast! Of course, I’m going to be kind of partial to the picture of my “golden halo” angel baby, Mallorie. Next fave is of Doris and Edwin smiling at each other. It’s hard to catch the moment Kasey captured in that shot.

  • Kim KollarAugust 27, 2010 - 7:39 am

    Great pictures! I love the setting.

  • NaraAugust 27, 2010 - 5:52 pm

    Nice pics, lovely family!! 🙂