Let’s Make a Date for a Fall Park Session

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Let's make a date

Let’s Make a Date

I know that back to school can be a challenge but now is the time to book your session for the fall colors. (Have a look at our park sessions.) Whether it’s just been too long since your last session or you are someone who shoots with us every year for your holiday cards (bless you for that) now is the time! Not sure of what to wear? Here’s my secret.

Of course there is some flexibilty on dates and locations I wanted to share the times and places we have scheduled. We will be featuring these locations in the next few newsletters.

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC -sessions at 11 am or 1 pm
Sun, Oct 20th

Reeves Reed Arboretum, Summit (Please call- availability limited)

  • Sat, Sept 28th
  • Sat, Oct 5th
  • Sat, Oct 12th
  • Sun, Oct 13th
  • Sun, Oct 20th
  • Sat, Oct 26th
  • Sun, Oct 27th

NJBG at Skyland Manor (Please call- availability limited)

  • Sat, Oct 12th
  • Sun, Oct 13th
  • Sun, Oct 20th
  • Sat, Oct 26th
  • Sun, Oct 27th

Pier A, Hoboken (Please call- availability limited)

  • Sat, Sept 28th
  • Sun, Oct 6th
  • Sat, Oct 12th
  • Sun, Oct 13th
  • Sun, Oct 20th
  • Sat, Oct 26th *yellow ginkgo leaves at peak
  • Sun, Oct 27th *yellow ginkgo leaves at peak
  • Sat, Nov 2nd  *yellow ginkgo leaves at peak
  • Sun, Nov 3rd  *yellow ginkgo leaves at peak

Central Park, NYC -sessions at 9 am or 10 am

  • Sat, Oct 12th
  • Sat, Oct 19th
  • Sun, Oct 20th
  • Sat, Oct 26th

Let’s Make a Date

Let’s Make a Date 

Let’s Make a Date

Let’s Make a Date

Let’s Make a Date

What to Wear for your Fall in the Park Session

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What to Wear for your Fall in the Park Session

So many of our families choose to have their portraits taken in the Fall Autumn is an amazing time for photographs of your family. The weather is cool and crisp and everyone feels more energetic. The colors around you are a burst of greens, gold, orange and crimson and make for a vivid background. I often get the question- “What should we wear for our Fall in the Park session?” from clients. While styles change, there are certain rules that remain constant. You can get some great ideas from our Park Portfolio. Here are some tips for dressing for your Fall family photo shoot.

Avoid the matching family outfits.

Families dressed in the same colors or matching jeans or white shirts is a trend that has come and gone. My very best trick for getting the family’s look together is to begin with mom- and an outfit she likes, and build from there. I lay the clothing I plan to wear on the bed , then add my husband’s choice and then the children and adjust pieces until I have a mix that works.

Stick with solids or soft patterns

Limit super-bright colors which will draw the eye to one person and try to keep patterns either small or subtle. Keeping colors a bit muted and patterns small creates balance between the subjects of the photo.
Avoid all white or all black
Strong black or white also draw the eye away. Bits of either are fine like a white shirt under a jacket or white jeans but too much black or white is distracting to the eye.
Leave logos at home
Try to avoid clothes with words or easily visible logos, characters or pictures. Like patterns, these will distract from smiling faces and will also “date” your photos.
 Classic works best
Trends come and go but your family portraits will grace the walls of your home for a very long time. Choose classic styles that will bear the test of time.
It IS all about you
Whatever you choose to wear, be comfortable. Clothing that is tight or scratchy fabrics or too-high collars will impact how you look in photos. The best images allow family members to move freely and be themselves.
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Best Local NJ Apple Picking Spots & 4 Tips Before You Go

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Best Local NJ Apple PickingAlthough it’s still technically summer, September is the best time to plan your apple picking adventure. New Jersey has an abundance of farms and orchards replete with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, and, of course, rows and rows of apple trees ready to be harvested for pies, tarts, and cobblers. Start your autumn early with a field trip to the best apple-picking destinations within an hour’s drive.

Four tips for Apple Picking Success

Come prepared

Before you go, call ahead to check the orchard is open for picking and to find out what varieties are available. Availability will depend on whether the apples have been picked out. Plan to bring some sturdy bags for your apples, just in case the orchard doesn’t provide them.

Size them up

 Look for apples that are a good size and color.“If they are a limey green (unless they are Granny Smith), they are not ready yet.

Know how to pick ’em

What’s the best way to pick an apple? Eye to the sky and twist! On the bottom of the apple it looks like an eye. Take the apple and hold it gently, roll the apple upwards and give it a twist. When you pick the apple, it should come off fairly easily. If you really have to work at it, it’s not ready to come off.

Store with care

Store apples in the fridge in a plastic bag to maintain their crispness. Apples love humidity- you can place a damp tea towel on top of them too.

Places to go:

Riamede Farm
If you’re looking for a peaceful and simple apple-picking excursion, look no further than Riamede Farm. The farm’s straightforward approach to apple picking means a more serene outing and better time appreciating Mother Nature’s gifts in the form of over 34 apple varieties spanning over 68 acres. In September, expect ripe Ginger Gold, Gala, Cortland, Ruby, and Macintosh beauties. The farm recommends calling ahead of time if you’re looking to get specific information about which apples are available for picking. Apple and pumpkin picking are offered daily, and hayrides are free on weekends.

Alstede Farms
In addition to apples, visitors to Alstede Farms can pick pumpkins, gourds, corn, and potatoes (prices vary depending on when you go). An on-site market sells baked goods, ice cream, produce, dairy, and wine. Weekend evenings bring harvest moon hayrides, live music, bonfires, and flashlight-guided corn-mazing for the brave.

Wightman Farms
Fall comes alive on the weekends at Wightman, with a variety of activities to choose from including apple picking, a corn maze, games, and a pumpkin slingshot. Seven dollars gets you a membership card that lasts all season (you’ll pay for what you pick), and the $20 Ultimate Farm Experience gets you a hayride, pumpkin and apple picking, a walk through the corn maze, and a cider doughnut.

Battleview Orchards
Owned and operated by four generations of the Applegate family (really), this farm offers apple and pumpkin picking to visitors daily through October, with hayrides available on weekends. Be sure to check out the farm’s Facebook page to get up-to-date information on pricing (apples and pumpkins are sold by the pound) and see which variety of apples are available for picking, or peruse the farm’s many apple recipes to make sure you are getting the best use out of your haul.

Terhune Orchards
Terhune is open for fruit picking year-round, and fall, of course, is apple season. Check out their guide to to see what available apple varieties are best for eating, cooking, and baking. The farm hosts harvest festivals with live music, food, mazes, and wagon rides every weekend till Halloween. Festival admission is $10, but orchard-only access is free. Guests can also pick pumpkins, visit barnyard animals, and sample wine in the Terhune tasting room.

Eastmont Orchards
Colts Neck
Another farm that keeps things on the simpler side, Eastmont Orchards offers apple picking daily through the end of October. Apples are priced by the pound, and visitors can also pick pumpkins, gourds, or purchase specialty honeys and jams. Check out the farm’s Facebook page to get updates on which apples are available for picking, and be sure to look over its recipe page, which includes tips and secrets to baking the best apple pie.

Giamarese Farm & Orchards
East Brunswick
On top of more than a dozen apple varieties, Giamarese Farm & Orchards also offers pick-your-own pumpkins. Picking passes are $7, including a $5 fruit credit. (Apples and pumpkins are priced by the pound — $1.99 and $.69, respectively.) The farm is open daily for the month of October, and has a slew fall harvest festivities on the weekends, including hayrides, a corn maze, and food vendors. It also sells mums, corn stalks, gourds, and specialty goods in its market.

Melick’s Town Farm
Califon & Oldwick
With more than 20,000 apple trees, Melick’s Town Farm claims to be the largest apple grower in New Jersey. It offers two different orchards to choose from; one in Califon and another in Oldwick, meaning visitors have a collective 250 acres and over 20 varieties of apples to choose from, with picking available through the first week of November. Horse-drawn wagon rides, barnyard animals, and fresh-baked goods are featured at the Califon location, with homemade apple cider (along with cider press demonstrations) and hard cider available by the bottle, can, glass, or growler available at the Oldwick location.

Sun High Orchards

Pick apples and pumpkins daily from September 15 through the end of October at Sun High. Produce is priced by the pound (call ahead for market rate and availability), and guests receive a complimentary bag for collecting the fruits of their labor. Weekend hayrides are $1 per person, and mums, corn stalks, and fall decorations are available for purchase. Pack a lunch and lounge at a picnic table, or grab soups, salads, homemade ice cream, baked goods, and hot spiced cider from the market kitchen.

Von Thun’s Country Farm
South Brunswick
Open daily from Mid-September through Halloween, VonThun Farms’ South Brunswick location offers a lineup of fall activities including apple and pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides, lawn games, and barnyard animals. Apples are $2.99 per pound, and pumpkins go for $.69 per pound. If you’re looking to stretch out your day into the evening, VonThun Farms also offers moonlight corn maze visits and campfire rentals with s’mores kits. Check out the farm’s website to get more information about pricing and evening activity packages.

Pochuck Valley Farms
Pochuck Valley Farms’ deli serves breakfast, lunch, and fresh-baked goods daily, so you can fortify before you collect your bushel. Pick-what-you-wish is open every day through Halloween, and includes pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash. The requisite apples run $30-$35 for 20-pound bags. Grab a free sample of the homemade cider.