Mendon Ponds Family Photos ~ Dan & Stephanie
The quintessential leaf throwing activities of toddlerhood are usually thwarted in climates like ours by cold weather. This year the summer extended into fall and we had some truly lovely days for photo taking.
Dan and Stephanie had never tried out family photos before and wanted to include all members of the family, including their fur babies.
We went to the Mendon Ponds Bird Song Trail where if you’re very very still, chickadees will eat out of your hand. That’s more or less a no go if you have a toddler and two dogs, but if you were to go on a given day, you’ll find statuesque people along the trail vying for a little chickadee style attention.
The Bird Song Trail is also a great location for photos because of the way the path descends down the hill.
There were several inches of leaves near the Sensory Garden and Connor could have thrown them for another three hours.
The dogs worked with us for one more image and then wanted to chase the leaves themselves.
In a spot near the parking lot there’s another hill that lifts you up to folliage-behind-you level. Flat ground doesn’t work when you’re trying to add fall leaf color to your images. It’s important to be up high enough to have leaves behind your subject rather than tree trunks. However, since it’s a parking lot, you may end up editing out some cars. Also because it’s fall in Mendon Ponds, you may end up editing out some people. And maybe also some photographers. Thank you Photoshop for being there when we need you.
And another happy toddler photo. Toddlers, and kids in general, much prefer being outside for family photos since they’re in their natural environment. Usually it’s less stressful for them and they can associate photography with fun.
Thank you so much Dan and Stephanie for sharing your beautiful family with me!