I am primarily a natural light photographer, and one of my favorite times to shoot is during the golden hour. This is the magical time an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset when the sun is low in the sky and you get this amazing warm, glowing, directional light that transforms the world. I’m going to be showcasing some of my favorite sessions that have taken place during the golden hour, most at sunset but a few adventurous souls joined me on the beach for a sunrise shoot! Stay tuned for more.

First – the pumpkin patch! This was literally just my family running around yelling and picking apples and climbing on tractors, but the light is glorious. We went on a Monday afternoon when it wasn’t super crowded, and I spent ~10 minutes taking pictures then put the camera away – but I got so many great shots!

Plus, how amazing is this orchard? We went to Scotts’ Connecticut Valley Orchard in Deep River. It was like a postcard for New England autumn, with perfect weather and picturesque farm equipment everywhere for kids to climb on, and a huge sunflower field – what more could you ask for?

Here’s some of my favorite pics from that afternoon:

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How cute would this have been for a Christmas card? Alas, Little Man cannot sit still!

 

Ah, here we go. He needed an apple to munch on!

 

Just a regular day at the pumpkin patch – but the sunset behind them makes it magical.

 

So many changes! First, we had a baby!

This is Little Man, he’s 18 months old, and he’s wild:

 

Second, we moved to Connecticut! 3 kids in the city is too many, and I work from home anyway…so here we are. The city is amazing, but I let out such a sigh of relief when we got to our little CT village, and I still feel like we’re on vacation every day. More to come about our amazing new house (1877 Queen Ann Victorian!), but for now, we’re back!

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Here’s the girls enjoying their new freedom in their back yard:

The I Heart Faces Photo Challenge is back!

This month’s challenge is “Best Face of 2016,” and I submit that this child has the best face there ever was:

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Such a sunshine girl!

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One of the things I love most about being back in New York is experiencing actual seasons again. Fall foliage! Beautiful colors! Hot apple cider!

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So, a couple of weeks ago we took the girls for a pumpkin patch/apple picking adventure! I was monitoring the fall foliage with I love NY’s handy report, and when the Hudson Valley was reaching peak we left the city and went up to Lawrence Farms Orchards (they’re closed for the season now, but bookmark it for next year because OMG it was gorgeous).

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We picked many apples, and this place has gardens of peppers, broccoli, grapes, and about 10 other crops that we didn’t get to as well.

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My little sunshine!

After lunch, we carefully considered the (rapidly dwindling) selection of pumpkins, and I basically stood around squeeing at the amazing scenery.

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And of course, hey! This would be a great spot to shoot our Christmas cards! Hey little girls, get in this here wagon! Look happy!

 

Alas, it was too close to nap time for Baby Bee. She wouldn’t cooperate long enough to take their jackets off, but I did manage to get a couple of shots with smiling faces.

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We are definitely going here again next year. We’ll try to get there a little earlier so we have more time to play (they have a little village for the kids to climb around in, plus a hay maze) and we’ll come prepared to pick our own broccoli because I hear that’s what the kids are into these days.

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The theme for this month’s I Heart Faces photo challenge is Pets! This pic is from a couple years ago, when Little Bird was just a Baby Bird, and my Jayne Dog was a ridiculous puppy. That face!!!

 

And, just for fun, this is what they looked like about half a second after I snapped that pic:

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Gotta move fast with babies and puppies!

 

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I Heart Faces Top 10 Photo

 

 

 

Update: I’m a winner!

As mentioned in the previous post, I Heart Faces is allowing multiple entries for the Holiday Fun photo challenge.

These are my entries for Christmas!

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And one more portrait of Baby Bee, just because she’s so stinkin’ cute!

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The I Heart Faces photo challenge this month is all about the holidays! They are also allowing up to 5 entries this month, so I’m splitting my entries into 2 posts.

First, my entry for Valentine’s Day!
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I Heart Faces Top 10 Photo

 

 

 

Update: I’m a winner!

 

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Future artist, hard at work. 

 

I’m continuing my quest to capture the quiet moments – those little toes will be on the floor soon enough.  I suppose while she’s engaged in her art I could sweep the floor or something…but this is our true life, so the mess stays.

 

This is also my entry for the I Heart Faces photo challenge this month!

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