Long time readers of Mommy Footprint know that Fall is simply my season. I love everything about it – the colors of nature and the seasonal activities usually take place at a farm or Halloween themed soiree. It’s been a few years since my family has taken family pictures and I’ve always wanted to have a photographer come to the pumpkin patch with me and the kids because the colors of a pumpkin patch and farm would make the most beautiful back-drop. This is what we did on Saturday and I’ve had a few sneak peeks from my friend and photographer Michelle and I’m thrilled with the results. I thought I’d write about this for a few reasons. When you get started on Christmas gifts early, stress just seems to melt away in late December when we all start making last minute, impulsive purchases. If you get a series of matching pictures on a Fall day, you can create wonderful grandparent/spouse gifts using Shutterfly. If you have never been to the Shutterfly site – get ready to love the fresh & hip background designs, plus how easy it is to make a high quality photobook, calendars for 2012, etc.
I will be uploading 30 pictures from our day at the Pumpkin Patch into a photobok and I hope to have my ‘Grandparent’ Christmas gifts done early. You can personalize with little messages under each photo to talk about your kids or direct the conversation to the person receiving the gift. Shutterfly photobooks are actually on sale right now, so do yourself a favour….grab a friend or photographer and head to a park where leaves are falling, a pumpkin patch, apple barn, etc. and let the kids have fun & play while taking great candid shots! I love doing photobooks with a series of pictures from one special outing. I always go for the larger photo book available (12×12 with hard cover). Here is a peek of my family – what a great day it was to go outside & play!