The orchard: a stylized photo shoot

I’m in catch-up mode here: this photo shoot dates back to May of 2015, and it’s now May of 2017! But now that I’ve returned to blogging, I want to be sure to include all of my favourite photo shoots I’ve done in the interim. Be prepared for more to follow this one!

Back to the photo shoot …

I was inspired by a small apple orchard,  Sprout Farms, just outside of our city that we had visited in apple season. (We live in a fairly northern city and sadly, orchards are not commonplace; if they were I’d be shooting in one every spring and fall!) I’ve always wanted to shoot at an orchard when the trees were blossoming. I knew from their website that although they were not open for business until apple season, we could visit in other seasons with advance permission. I emailed the owner and got a response right away. She kindly agreed to let us shoot there, and helped me to anticipate the time-frame in which the trees would be in blossom.

Once I knew we could shoot at the orchard, I began to plan and prepare. I knew I wanted a vintage feel for the shoot but I needed outfits for the kids.  I started by shopping for an outfit for Claire – but funnily enough, I stumbled on Ren’s outfit first. As soon as I saw these jeans with suspenders attached (at H & M), I knew they’d be perfect. I added the sleeveless t and a newsboy hat, and voila, his “1950s orchard worker” look was complete! You can bet that Paul rolled his eyes big-time when I told him that.Claire’s outfit was harder to choose. Although I wanted a vintage feel for the shoot, I also wanted it to look up-to-date; so I didn’t want to go too old-fashioned. I never did find the perfect outfit but in the end, I was happy with this dress (from Zara) and these brown boots she already had.

To help impart a vintage feel, I gathered several props: a beige blanket, a wooden fruit tray, a small tea-light lantern (all from H & M), an old book, a brass apple (both from my favourite antique store in town, the Blue Jar), and a harmonica we already had.

As usual, the props came in handy …

That little harmonica helped to keep the kids amused while I happily snapped away …

If you look closely at Ren’s face in the photo below, you’ll see the he had his mouth opened super-wide. That, for some reason, was his default facial expression whenever he gave Claire a piggy-back ride! We had to remind him to close his mouth!

The highlight for the kids at the photo shoot was definitely the orchard dog, Blue. He is a beautiful and gentle Great Pyrenees that I’m still hearing about to this day, two years later!

(Seeing the photo above reminds me of how bad the mosquitoes were that day! Thankfully I had the kids’ skin well-protected.)

I used this next photo for a “We’ve moved” announcement I sent out that spring.

It was an absolutely beautiful spring day, and I’m so glad I have these photos to remember it by.

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