Can you believe the Fall is here already?! It seems pretty unbelievable to me since it's still in the high 80s here in Pa...what the heck?!
Listen, I love the Summer, but by the end of August, I'm always looking forward to football weekends and sweater weather...that has yet to arrive and it's almost October! I am so ready for piles of leaves, hot drinks and baggy sweaters...bring it on, Mother Nature!
In the beginning of August, a local family photographer, fellow #girlmom and Bucks County resident, reached out to me on Instagram and was interested in collaborating for a family shoot! I was so excited and immediately said, "I'd love to do something with you in September if that works for you!". My train of thought was that the leaves would be falling and the brisk Fall weather would be upon us and make a perfect atmosphere for update family pictures.
After messaging Aileen, from Babys Breath Portraits (Instagram) back and forth on our ideas for the shoot and different locations, Aileen mentioned a horse farm right down the road from my house- I was immediately ALL IN! Aileen spoke to the manager at Taylor Made Farm in Buckingham who was super accommodating and kind & gave us free rein (pun intended) of the property for the given morning. I was so excited, and looking forward to a beautiful morning on the horse farm with my family.
When I stepped out of the car and (finally) got to meet Aileen (in person), I knew we were going to have a great shoot and work well together. She was so calm and laid back.. but had a plan! She had already scouted the property and knew where she thought were good spots to shoot. I told her to just boss us around and tell us where she wanted us for each shot. I figured, the quicker and more efficient we were, the better behaved the girls would be and less likelihood of a baby meltdown during her typical morning nap time. It's stressful planning a shoot with 3 kids under 5!
The girls certainly looked like they fit the part and belonged on the farm! They were dressed head to toe in Janie and Jack's Fall line...if you've read my previous Summer post, you know I'm obsessed with the brand for my girls and they wear a lot of their clothing for special occasions. Needless to say, the Fall equestrian line fit the bill for our photo shoot. The girls wore adorable Brown leather and suede riding boots with matching Khakis colored riding pants and beautiful Cream colored sweaters. Liv really wanted the sweater with a horse on it, so that's what she wore, along with a quilted peplum vest which I also got for Delaney. Brynley also chose a quilted peplum jacket, because it "looked like a little ruffle" and Lord knows that girl can't pass up a ruffle or a frill! Delaney wore Ivory riding pants and and ivory top with faux suede trim which looked precious along with a pair of little Tan leather ankle boots...she looked adorable! If you follow me on social media, you know I love the girls' clothes to all match and/or compliment each other...I only have a few years of them going along with it...better make the most of those years ;)
We did have to take a layer off and ditch the vests and jacket after a little time, as the sun was getting hotter as we roamed the farm
(hence the first paragraph about the high temps in September!).
When the shoot was over and Aileen got all the shots she wanted, we parted ways so she could get on with her day and her family. Bryn and Liv wanted to walk the property one last time and check out all the horses in the pasture. I was secretly hoping they would ask to get on a horse because I've been telling my husband for the last year I would love for them to take lessons (he just stares at me or rolls his eyes haha).
My dad took me horseback riding a handful of times when I was about 12, and I loved it...I always wished I did it more!
Maybe one day, my girls will want to try it!
I was so thrilled with how the morning went and we were tantrum free throughout.
It was a great way to start the Fall season- boots, sweaters, horses and FAMILY!
HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!
Photo Credit: Baby's Breath Portraits,
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