It’s not often that we say yes to photographing family events,Â but when Hillary called from Chicago planning an event in AppletonÂ before she and her familyÂ moved to Denver, I got curious. Hillary and Aaron were making plans to move west with their boys at the end of October, but before they departed they wanted to have one big event to say goodbye to their family. AnÂ important part of the celebration was that Aaron’s two grandmothers would be there, keeping cozy on the chilly night by patio heaters andÂ endless cups of coffee delivered by loved ones. They knew it would be a special event that the family would want to look back on.
Ben and I divided up to photograph groupings of each of the individual families, and also to capture candid momentsÂ throughout the evening. It was an event full of joy,Â laughter, and people holding each other close.