I'm a coffee-fueled boy mama with a deep love for film, old family photos, acoustic music, and the sound of waves crashing at the beach.

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Extended Family, Isle of Palms

May 22, 2020

Extended Family Session | Isle of Palms Family Photographer

One of my favorite things about being an Isle of Palms family photographer is all of the wonderful people I’ve met who visit the Charleston area. We have beautiful beaches and even prettier pink sunsets, so I do a lot of big family sessions for visitors. These sessions always make me crave a good staycation!

For this particular session, we met on Isle of Palms Beach a few days after Hurricane Dorian hit the East Coast. I wasn’t sure what state the beach would be in after flooding or whether visitors would even be able to travel here that week. It definitely took some scouting to find a path to the beach that wasn’t flooded, but goodness this ended up being one of my favorite extended family sessions to date.

They were the absolute kindest family. I’m SO thankful this session (and their vacation!) worked out. Everyone’s outfits coordinated so well and the end result is beautiful, timeless family portraits.

I just love the photos of this sweet boy and his grandma! It’s such an honor documenting these moments for them.

Planning your Extended Family Session

For family sessions I always ask for a list of must have photos- aside from the candids and each individual family unit. This helps me get to know names and learn about special photos we don’t want to miss. For example, siblings, just the boys, each individual family with the grandparents, etc.

Your session also includes styling assistance, so you can have frame-worthy images that will look great in every home or on every wall.

The beautiful mama from this session borrowed from my Client Wardrobe. So many of my visitors find this helpful to reduce stress when you’re traveling. More details are provided during booking!

White Lace Dress & toddler romper: Client Wardrobe

Mom and toddler on Isle of Palms Beach by Charleston Family Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Extended Family on Isle of Palms Beach by Charleston Family Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Cute toddler in Romper during beach family Session by Charleston Family Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Cute toddler in Romper during beach family Session by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Toddler with grandparent during extended family session at the beach by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Grandparents during extended family session at Isle of Palms beach by Isle of Palms Family Photographer Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Extended family session at beach by Isle of Palms Family Photographer Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Extended family session at beach by Isle of Palms Family Photographer Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Couple during extended family session by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Mom and baby on Isle of Palms beach by Charleston Family Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Toddler in grey romper on beach by Charleston Family Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Black and white image of grandma with toddler by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Black and white image of toddler by Isle of Palms Extended Family Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Black and white image of toddler during sunset at the beach by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Toddler in romper at sunset on beach by Charleston Family Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Family at sunset on beach by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Family at sunset on beach by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Family with toddler on Isle of Palms beach by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Black and white photo of mom and toddler on Isle of Palms beach by Caitlyn Motycka Photography

Caitlyn Motycka is a Charleston Family, Maternity and Newborn Photographer based out of Charleston, SC. Service areas include Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, James Island, Folly Beach, and surrounding areas.

If you’re looking for an Isle of Palms family photographer or one of our surrounding beaches, contact me here!

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