Day Trip: Apple Picking

Happy Fall! I have so many photos from the summer, it's just a matter of getting them organized and edited to post on here. My ultimate goal is to revamp my website and refresh the older images with more updated ones. In the meantime, New England has turned from ample green and hot days into blazing trees and cool breezes. Like most people in New England, fall is one of my favorite times of year. It's always such a nice relief from the heat of July and August. 

Weekends have returned! For a while we were traveling every single weekend. Which I can't complain about, but it does feel good to have no agenda on the weekends again. This weekend we headed out on Saturday to pick apples at Doe Orchards. We had never been before, but it was a great experience. It was simple, just an orchard and small farm stand to pay at - none of the extra donuts, pumpkin patches, and hay rides - but I am okay with that. It was a lovely, quiet afternoon roaming around the orchard and picking apples. 

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With the apples that we picked I decided to make apple crisp last night. I've been trying to limit my sugar intake over the last two weeks and eat simple, whole foods so I opted for this recipe that sweetened the apples with maple syrup and substituted butter with coconut oil. I would highly recommend the recipe, my only suggestion is to add cinnamon and chopped nuts to the crumble topping. 

Photographing in orchards is always one of my favorite spots to photograph. I did a really fun shoot two years ago with my friend Erica in her orchard. I especially love the autumn sun. It spends less time directly overhead so it creates beautiful sun flares and golden tone glows. While this may be really infuriating while driving in a car, it is a photographer's dream :) 

Apple Orchard & t.e.l.l. New England

It's been a busy few months for me. With starting a new job, moving in to a new apartment and the holidays I have barely had any time to photograph. I was saddened when I took my camera out on Tuesday to take headshots of my coworkers for our new website and realized the last time I had used my camera was November 2nd.

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We are in the throes of winter now, with New England getting about a foot of snow in the last week.  Looking back on these photos I laugh at the thought that on this day we were complaining that it was chilly because we had to put a light sweater on as the sun went down.  Now I can't even be warm inside without a sweater on. 

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On this particular day I spent the early evening with a good friend, Erica, wandering her family's fruit orchard and then making apple crisp as part of a piece for t.e.l.l. New England's fall issue.  If you haven't already checked out t.e.l.l. New England, you should. These photos, plus more, and the recipe for the crisp are in their fall issue. Plus there are many other talented writers and photographers who shared their fall New England stories.  They are an inspiring publication to work with and I am excited to collaborate with them for the winter issue!

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Other than that I am excited to get back behind the lens and shoot some photos over my winter 'break', I am lucky to get about a week and a half off from work during Christmas and New Years.  It is also exciting that many friends will be home during the holidays, so it will be nice to spend time with them and family.  

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