After finding me on Instagram, the Greene family asked me to do their extended family photos for their upcoming Christmas card. After bouncing around a few locations, we decided on Silver Lake which is up Big Cottonwood Canyon next to the Brighton Ski Resort.
I had seen some gorgeous photos from Silver Lake, and I was really excited to take photos there.
The night before, however, a huge snow storm hit Salt Lake, and it quickly became obvious that there was no way anyone was going to be going all the way up to Silver Lake.
We decided on a back-up plan of Memory Grove Park which is located in Salt Lake City just down the hill from the Utah State Capitol Building. Even that was pretty precarious. One of the Greene’s sons was driving a tiny little car that could barely make it up the steep hills of Salt Lake City’s avenues with all the snow.
Despite the less-than-suitable driving conditions, it turned out to be perfect for photos. We had nice cloudy skies for soft light and plenty of fresh snow on the ground which seemed fitting for Christmas cards.
The Greene’s, which consisted of the parents, their three married children and their spouses, one unmarried son, and three grandchildren, were a lot of fun to do photos with. They were one of the bigger families I’ve done photos for, and definitely one of the most stylish.
One of my favorite shots was this group photo of them all standing across the snow-covered lane:
It took me a LONG time to edit out all the footprints in the snow to make it look nice and smooth. You wouldn’t think snow would be difficult to smooth out being white and all, but there’s just enough shade nuance that it’s actually quite challenging. I think the result was definitely worth the effort, though.
Also, it doesn’t really get better than this photo of the grandparents with their grandkids. This is what happiness looks like:
Check out the gallery below to see the rest of the photos from this winter wonderland family shoot!