McKnight Family Pictures

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I’ve always said how much I love photographing a big family, and this group is no exception. Meet the McKnight Family, and their 6 beautiful children!  It was a delight to get to know each of them as I captured their joy.

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I loved everything about this session, and it was especially fun that I brought my girls along as my assistants, because they are big fans of the McKnight Family.

Here is a fun little video I put together to give you a visual for what to wear in family pictures:


I met Mindy and her husband Shaun a year and a half ago at a blogging conference, and we talked about how we needed to get together and swap photography for video tips. I could use some help in the video department, but they seem to have their photography down quite well, I think!  We re-connected again in February, exchanged info, which brought us together for their family photo session here. Though we live 3 hours apart, we found a way to make it happen. I loved they didn’t hesitate to pull a silly face on command!

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I’ve found that it actually helps families to change up their smiles, when you can get a little silly inbetween shots.

Several years ago Mindy started the website and You Tube channel, Cute Girls Hairstyles. I introduced it to my 9 year old daughter, and in the past 6 months has become quite the hairstylist, always practicing on my hair and her own. She loves watching the hair tutorial videos on their You Tube channel, a new video comes out each Sunday night.  Favorite hairstyles are Self Waterfall Braid and Feather Waterfall. Click on the image below to go to their channel.

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The McKnights 2 oldest girls are TWINS, and have their own channel, Brooklyn & Bailey, and my two girls are equally excited each week when they share a new video on Wednesdays. I LOVE how wholesome it is, and that I know it will be lighthearted fun for my girls to watch.  The Chubby Bunny Challenge and the Gross-out Jelly Bean Challenge are among favorites. Click on the image below to go to their channel.

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Now, back to the family pictures. I loved their fun and bright colors, and coordination.

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I always like to take shots of Just the kids

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And mom and dad need some, too.  I’ve found that in photographing families, some couples haven’t had professional pictures of the two of them since their wedding. We just can’t have that… by Kristen Duke

I took so many fun images of each child, this is just a snippet

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I got some gymnastics out of some of them, too…

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Here are the twins: Brooklyn and Bailey

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And love these fun shots, too


There were way too many pictures, this is just a sampling.

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This is my best attempt at “video”

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And now for the still shot so you don’t get dizzy…I love a good tickle shot!


As it was getting dark, we were packing up, and I snapped a few with my daughter with the cute twins, whom she admires so much, and one of both my girls and their kids, my youngest had a fun time with their youngest.


My girls assisted with helping me get them to smile, and snapped a picture of me taking pictures. That’s always fun…After our photo session, the adults went to dinner while the kids stayed behind to play, my girls had so much fun, and I enjoyed chatting all about families, friends, our shared faith, adoption, the You Tube world, blogging, etc. etc.

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This family was such a delight! Don’t forget to check out their You Tube channels and subscribe so you can get their goodness, too! Click on their banner above.

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Kristen Duke PhotographyWant to see more tips on taking Family Pictures? Click on the links below the images.

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  1. Shayna says:

    Great job on the pictures!!!! They are very pretty!!!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks so much!!!

  2. Emily says:

    I’m excited to check out their you tube, my daughter loves new hair do’s! Great pictures, as always!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      You’ll love it! So many fun tutorials!

  3. Alicia says:

    Love that CGH family!! I’ve admired them from afar for years. Awesome and fun pics.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      They are as sweet as they seem.

  4. Natasha says:

    Yay, you’re sharing another photo shoot! I love when you take family pictures, it always seems like everyone is having do much fun! Love their clothes, and always love to see families brought together by adoption.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I know, it’s been a long time! I’ve taken a few here and there, but don’t share them as much anymore!

  5. Kelly says:

    Love, love, love!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you for sharing, Kelly!

  6. Maggie J says:

    They are such a beautiful family! I love them SOOO much

  7. I love how their pics came out. So many fun and beautiful shots. Definitely a special family to do a photo shoot with. I immediately recognized them from their You Tube channel because my 9 year old daughter is a HUGE fan. Love Love Cute Girl Hairstyles! 🙂

  8. Marie says:

    It’s a shame you’re. It in the UK they are fab photos 🙂

  9. iselasmith says:

    ! love your work!!!! so beautiful and amazing!!
    i want to start doing photography, i’m so glad i came across your blog!!

  10. Tina says:

    Hi wondering how you keep everyone in the photo focused and sharp?
    What focal points do you use for this. And settings
    Thank you


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