Elliott and I traveled to southern Ontario for a few weeks this October to visit family and friends. The weather was warm and sunny for the first week (t-shirt weather!), but cool and rainy for the second week. Regardless of the chill in the air, the family drove to the countryside to the farm. Our family tradition growing up was to visit the farm first, and then drive down the old country road to the neighbouring apple orchard. I remember rows and rows of apple trees, a wagon ride on bales of hay, pumpkin patches that run for miles, the smell of homemade pies wafting through the air, fresh apple cider, local honey, and the infamous haunted maze (made of cornstalks and bales of hay). I was excited to bring Elliott, now four years old, to places where many of my fondest childhood memories were made.
Although many things have changed (a lot of the farms and countryside in southern Ontario have turned into cookie-cutter subdivisions), many things have stayed the same (the farms of my childhood). I am thankful that he was able to experience picking his own food and playing in bales of hay on the farm, and that his grandparents were also there to enjoy the experience with their grandson.
Below are some highlights from the apple orchard. Enjoy!
These cool cats were seriously the cutest couple ever; playful, fun, happy, silly, and just so completely in love with each other. One cannot be around these two and feel glum, it is simply impossible. :-) Thank you Jessy & Kelly for braving the chilly weather and for wandering into calf-deep snow when I got excited about the perfect picture in the woods. You're some tough Northerners!
It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk in Yellowknife with the Webb Family, who were my first clients for 2016! We had a balmy -6C for a casual stroll through one of the city's local hiking trails. It was such a pleasure meeting the Webb's and I felt honoured to photograph them together for the holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016 to all!
I had the honour of photographing the Boyde family over the Christmas holidays. We spent some time playing in-home before going outside to have some fun in the snow. The weather in Yellowknife has been so mild (a northern heat wave!) which made our outdoor adventure even that more pleasant. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to document your family moments together this holiday season!
Since my partner and I moved away from our hometowns in 2013 to live in Yellowknife, I have realized with new profoundness how precious time is with family and loved ones. As such I felt particularly honoured to spend the morning with the Scott Carthew Family; 11 people and 1 dog together for the holidays. I loved the energy and chaotic fun that we had during our in-home session. It was a joy watching the grandparents play and dote upon their grandchildren; there were so many giggles!
Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to you and your family!
Jennifer Broadbridge is a lifestyle photographer specializing in family, maternity, and newborn photography in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.