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Apples! Apples! Apples! (at Strawberry Hill Farm)

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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!

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Fall Fun! in Bridgewater, NJ

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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! 🙂

xxLindsy

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Look out world, here I come!

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I’m not exactly sure how hard I should be on myself about my lack of posting. A great friend of mine generously made this blog for me back in June and now it is October and I’m just now making post number two! How’s that for a thank you! (Thank you so much Andrew!!! xoxo)

So the big news with Lindsy Kiely Photography is that after wrestling with the fear of leaving the day job with the reliable paycheck, I have finally made the leap to 100% children’s photographer! I could never be doings this without the support and encouragement from my husband (Superhuz!) and I am so excited to have finally made this decision. It just so happens that the first week of my new life started with Beate Chelette and her PhotoBiz Bootcamp and the CreativeLive team had amazing photographers giving marketing and business lessons during Photo Week 2015. The entire week was beyond informative and left me inspired with far too many ideas to put into place. It was excellent! I don’t believe that these classes with the business foundations began at this time by coincidence. God has his own plan as to how he wants my life to be and it is completely within my power to turn my dreams into a reality. I wonder how many other people have the same challenges when it comes to the foundation work. Let me know! We can meet up and talk through the struggles together! Especially with social media, it’s so challenging! Although I’m sure the more I do it, the easier it will get!

During the past few weeks I had a chance to learn what my dog does all day too… which is to completely unmake the bed and curl up under the blankets, butt on my pillow. I guess she loves me more. (FYI, I change my pillowcases every day now) The second week, she took to sitting on my lap while I’m working on the computer; normally I wouldn’t mind, but she weighs 45lbs and it’s hard to see around her when she’s standing. This past week she’s been moping due to all of the rain we’ve had, so hopefully this week she might give me 3 hour windows before trying to jump on my lap!

I’ve also done two “Fall Fun!” photoshoots which will be up on the blog in the coming days. You can see a few snippets on the Facebook page, then make sure you’re back here to read all about them!

And finally! Superhuz and I will be in Woodbury, NJ for the “Rock the Woo” festival on October 17th selling fine art and dancing away to the bands! It should be a great weekend so come by and check out our stand!

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