I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have a major soft spot for large, extended families.  My mother comes from a family of 8 so I grew up with holidays, birthdays and many a random days filled with cousins upon cousins, and aunts and uncles dancing, playing and laughing ourselves to tears.  Because a wicked sharp sense of humor is our dominant family trait, good times were/are always had. 

This past Labor Day, a client I had worked with several times previously (thanks Martha + Tyler!) reached out to me to see if I would be interested in taking on a gig documenting their annual family get together, affectionately dubbed, Legacy Days.  

Tyler went on to paint a picture of what 'Legacy Days' was, and even though it was out of my usual scope of work (remember how I like to break out of my boxes I put myself in) I was more than pumped to take on the challenge and bear witness to this family tradition.

Labor Day rolled around and I headed up to the family ranch in Heber, Ut.  Now, Heber is beautiful in its own right and reminds me a lot of the sleepy country town I grew up in (Morgan), but when I turned onto the Dickman family ranch and made my way down the willow-tree-lined-lane, I was greeted with acres upon acres of intricate landscaping,  3 lakes (that I could see), and more animal sculptures and real live animals than I could count.  I was floored.

This wasn't some slopped together backyard bbq either, this was a legitimate EVENT complete with commercial grade signs bearing the 'Legacy Days 2016' logo, a 'ho-down' on Day 1 with a professional dj/line dance announcer, and a full-on rodeo (and parade) documented by a videographer and drone specialist on Day 2.

I thoroughly enjoyed shooting in full 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary mode (and would love to do more of it), and kept wishing my family celebrated family time like this.

Grab a cup of tea, get cozy, and enjoy!  This ain't no quickie post.

 

DAY 1

  'Legacy' Celebration  |  Ho-Down 

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black-and-white-boy-on-tire-swing-in-cowboy-hat-at-legacy-days-in-heber-utah
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'LEGACY' CELEBRATION

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candid-black-and-white-photo-of-girl-and-farm-animals-in-heber-utah

HO-DOWN

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DAY 2

Float Decorating   |   Parade   |   Rodeo

 

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PARADE

Blue team! (had to do at lease one color photo of the teams) 

Blue team! (had to do at lease one color photo of the teams) 

Red team!

Red team!

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RODEO

Yes, this is their own private rodeo arena.

Yes, this is their own private rodeo arena.

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BUSTIN' MUTTON RIDES

Objective: stay on sheep the longest

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Little cousin pep talk. <3

Little cousin pep talk. <3

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BLAZIN' SADDLES

Objective: fastest one around the barrels

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MILK THE TEETS

Objective: collect most milk from goat

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BANDANA ROUNDUP

Objective: collect all the bandanas off of sheep

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LUNCH BREAK

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storytelling-photograph-of-kids-playing-on-tire-swing-in-heber-ut
black-and-white-portrait-of-boy-on-tire-swing-in-heber-utah
man-and-boy-feeding-miniature-farm-animals-in-heber-utah
boy-feeding-sitting-pig-at-legacy-ranch-in-heber-utah
black-and-white-portrait-of-boy-riding-miniature-pony-at-legacy-ranch-heber-utah
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If you or anyone you know has an upcoming family gathering needing documentation, I'd love to be considered!  

Contact me here and let's chat. Xo

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