Hoyt Arboretum Portland Family Photography: Tara and Family

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Tara and her family do a family portrait session every November–so I was honored that they chose me for their 2013 session! I met Tara, Jim and their daughter Eriana at Hoyt Arboretum. As you can see, there was plenty of beautiful autumn foliage for us as the backdrop. We spent our session walking a little loop trail behind the main visitor’s center, but there are many miles of trails throughout the park. I will definitely be returning there to explore!

Little Eriana was almost three. She was so very cute, and she also did not want to interact with me! Well, not initially, anyway. But of course I knew that we could get to her. 🙂 First, the classic Daddy toss loosened her up, and then I wore down her defenses by pretending to chase her. She finally started to laugh and squeal and show her true colors. I loved seeing it, and I LOVED capturing it. That’s my favorite–getting those genuine, happy moments that really show someone’s spirit. 🙂

I had such a great time photographing this family! These pictures still make me smile. Lovely people. 🙂

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Berkshires Weekend

This weekend my husband and I went on a quick trip up to the Berkshires. We’d never been up there, and the drive wasn’t too long, so off we went to explore.

Our first stop was the Bash Bish Falls area in Taconic State Park. We clambered over some rocks to a gorgeous vista of rolling forested hills. Fall colors were just starting to come out.

The falls were cute.

We stayed in Great Barrington the first evening, dinner, some local ice cream (I had Elvis ice cream–banana/honey/peanut butter!) and bowling.

The second day we went apple picking! Neither of us had done that before, so it was a fun new thing to do.  And pretty too–here are so many apples on the apple trees! And look at that sky–it was a perfect morning. 

We picked a peck, a combination of four different types: a few Fuji, a handful of Mutsu for pie or crisp, and some Blushing Golden.

My tall husband had to jump for some of the good ones.

And here are four of me picking apples!

We also drove up to the next town, Stockbridge, which was tiny and charming. Lots of businesses had these fall displays out and about.

Look at those leaves! And again, that sky!

These last two I grabbed from the passenger seat as we drove back south toward home. Not bad considering the moving-vehicle part!

Fall Time is a Pretty Time

Autumn came really late to New York City this year. I remember last year I made time to go on at least one photowalk in Central Park to get the pretty leaves and colors. This year it all kind of happened so fast, and though I was really eager to go find nice foliage in a park, it never happened. It’s been a really busy month for me. However, I did take a couple walks around my neighborhood to enjoy a bit of color and some beautiful light.