My favorite fall activity is apple picking! When we were little, my father took my brother, sister and I to Strawberry Hill Farm almost every September and October weekend for years. We didn’t just pick a few… nope. We picked the entire orchard. Every. Single. Time. Come Halloween we never wanted to see another apple, but by Valentines day we wanted apples and at this point were apple snobs and refused the “store” kind and then couldn’t wait for the next season! Now that we have our own little people in the family we’re continuing the Strawberry Hill tradition (just not each weekend, we need to pace ourselves! 🙂 )
The other week we went with the next generation and some friends who had never been to the orchard before. It’s so much fun to see them run around, climb the trees and have rotten apple throwing contests, the same way we did as kids!
I met up with these little cute little besties for a Fall Fun photo shoot at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, NJ earlier this month. We had a short lived tea party where we ate lots of apples and jammie dodgers, then moved onto a rose “sweeping” session. We ended the afternoon with some photos with mom and dad and then raced over to the playground to get rid of even more energy!
Photographing energetic toddlers is my absolute favorite thing to do since I get to be as goofy as I want! (just an fyi – I can jump like a monkey and run like a crab without breaking my leg!) I like to have a loose plan in place when on location to always have something to draw the girls attention to and warm them up a bit. Fresh seasonal flowers are also my favorite prop to incorporate because even if (when) the flowers are destroyed, they still look pretty! The main focus of my sessions is not as you might think to take great photos (which is a given!), but to make the kids happy! Once they’re comfortable and entertained the the job is easy! At the end of the shoot, to try and avoid the “fun’s over meltdown,” I draw them back in by grabbing mom and dad for some family photos and all of us slowly walk back to the car where it’s usually time to pass out in the carseat! Score for everyone! 🙂
It is such a privilege to watch these two grow up over the past few years and even more incredible to see a their friendship grow!
Happy viewing! 🙂