Cornwall Fall Family Portraits

If you’re planning on getting photos done with this fall, then you’re going to want to keep reading!

I joined Rob, Erin, Hudson and Finnley for a trip to the farm back in June. I didn’t know it was possible to have that much fun when surrounded by cow manure! :) This session was the perfect combination of portrait and documentary session, and it’s something that I wanted to highlight for all of my families who plan on doing fall family portraits because these guys showed how easy it is to mix formal portraits with family time together.

Erin was looking for photos of Finnley, who had mastered sitting. It turns out that Finnley has also mastered smiling – what an incredible little face! She made the portrait portion of the session so absurdly easy because she was so excited about life. We spent about 15 minutes doing portraits of the kids and of the whole family, and then I had another hour and a half to tag along as they explored the barns and the equipment – just about every little boys dream!

Hudson was SO serious about the machinery. The looks of concentration as he walked between the wheels or climbed up to take his seat were just priceless. After his brief lesson in tractor driving, he came back to the barn damp with sweat from the exhilaration of being at the helm (with support!) of moving machinery. He went looking for the newly-born barn kittens, attempted to shovel the hay into a pile for the cows to munch on, and laughed as Finnley got a good taste of some flowers.  As it turned out, Finnley is 100% terrified of cows, so I was able to capture that, too. :)

What I loved about this was that Erin came to me with the suggestion; she already clearly had a grasp of what documentary family photography was all about and was willing to let me roll with it in a setting where her family would be engaged.

So for the rest of you, here’s what I’m suggesting: talk to me about ideas for your fall family session. Choose a location-specific activity that your family enjoys (getting ice cream; playing mini putt) OR choose an activity (play frisbee; have a picnic; play with bubbles – I can add to this list for quite awhile!) that your family can do together in a location that you like or that I can suggest for you. We’ll still do casual family portraits, but then it’s time to PLAY! I want this year’s family portraits to be about your connections and relationships, not just about beautiful smiles in pretty fields.

Erin (and Rob), thank you – for having faith that this session would work; for choosing such a cool activity; and for letting Hudson be such an awesomely adventurous little boy. :) Here are some of my favourites from our time together:

girl in pink dress smiling girl smiling on green blanket boy and girl on green blanket boy looking at sister on backs family in front of barn door girl eating flower girl spitting flower out girl hugging mom boy on tractor near cows boy on green tractor boy and mom walking past cows boy standing on truck boy being lifted into truck boy in wing mirror boy sitting on truck wheel boy climbing on tractor family in front of silo baby looking scared boy with shovel and dad boy feeding kitten

I’m Ang – a documentary family photographer in Cornwall, Ontario with a passion for capturing light and photographing natural moments in life as they happen. My goal is to capture memories that you will cherish once your children are too grown up to curl into your lap for cuddles and the house seems oddly quiet at night. I love meeting new families in their natural environment and getting in amongst the bedlam so that I can document the perfectly imperfect realities of daily life. 

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