Like most (basic) white girls, I have a penchant for all things autumn. Apple picking is one of those quintessential fall activities that I really missed when I was living in California and Colorado. I have said it a million times, and I will say it again: No one does fall better than Michigan. Between the delicious apple orchards that are abundant throughout Southeast Michigan and St. Clair County,and the amazing changing foliage everywhere, it’s literally a photographer’s dream during the autumn months. Like most people do in the Metro-Detroit Area, we packed up and headed to Blake’s Big Apple Orchard & Cider Mill in Armada, Michigan.
The weather was actually pretty warm (thus explaining the sweaty kid photos) but we had a good time exploring the orchard and picking the perfect apples. Vivien excitedly brought along her own shoe box that she discovered in her closet that day, to put *her* apple’s inside. William was in heaven running through the massive orchard, and probably ate his body weight equivalent in all the “low bearing fruit” from the trees.
Every year, it makes me remember Vivien’s first apple picking session in Colorado, and how little she was when we started this tradition. Since Colorado didn’t have many orchards in the Denver area, I am glad that this tradition can be nurtured and become alive here in the Blue Water Area. I am dying to go back to Blake’s for a family photo session between the rows of apple trees. Or, how cute would a First Birthday cake smash session be at the apple orchard? I can see it in my head, now! Until then, my kids are my models and I am glad to have the photos to look back on and see how much they chance, both physically and emotionally, year after year.
Enjoy some of my favorite photos from that day!