Life Stories: The Story of Going to the Pumpkin Patch | San Francisco East Bay Family Photographer

Ever see a photographer who starts out with a 365 day project, or even a 52 week project and never finishes? Yeah, me too.  Well, I recently joined a group of a few other busy photographers who decided to commit to a 12 month project! Wish us luck!

The best part is that it will be totally candid, lifestyle shots of each of our own families/lives.  This is a challenge for us to capture our every day worlds and hopefully make us and everyone aware that our “ordinary” is actually “extraordinary.”  We’re calling the series “The Story of ________” and we’ll each be filling in our own blanks. At the end of this post is a link to another photographer who participated and she’ll be linking to someone else. It’s a whole big circle of stories in pictures. Click through and enjoy!

I decided to start with our annual trip to Joan’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Livermore, CA. We have gone here almost every year since we first discovered it, and it’s always so much fun.  This was a huge challenge for me, as these were shot in full sun in the middle of the day.  Photographers know what a challenge light can be at this time of day, so I did my best to just go for it, and enjoy capturing my family just doing what they do.

One of the things that the kids love about this place is all the cool trees.

This cracked me up watching my daughter try to make it up the tree.  When I saw that little hand make it’s way up the branch, I knew she was on her way!

Three years ago, I took a picture of my daughter on this tree, and this year I tried to recreate it.  It’s strange how much these images make me feel.  Proud for the wonderful person my daughter is becoming, and sad for the fact that three years flew by so quickly.  I am so very happy that I have this gift of photography to capture my children at this moment in time.

Time is so fleeting.

But while we loved playing in the trees, we were here for the pumpkins!  He loved seeing how strong he was!   haha!  I love that little man.

Some of my favorite shots of the day.  I stole borrowed my dad’s fisheye.  This lens is a lot of fun.  Cracks me up that you can see my finger on the pumpkin in the second shot.

And dang oh man, do I ever love these ones.

Leaving the farm!  We’ll be back next year!

And no trip to Livermore would be complete without a trip to In-N-Out Burgers!  Love that place!

Well, this was fun for me!  I hope you enjoyed it too.

Next up is Arna Photography by Rachel.  Enjoy!  And come back next month for a whole new story!

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  1. Bree
    October 28, 2011
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    These are great Laura!!! I love that last one at the patch of them marching home. You have such a great eye and I love when you use that fisheye!! So creative and fresh with all these!!!

  2. Amber
    October 28, 2011
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    GAH!!!! LOVE these. WOW. Those last few with the wide angle make my heart sing! And then you had to tease those of us up here in the great North with photos of In-N-Out… Cruel. Very adorable, but cruel.

  3. Danielle Frank
    October 28, 2011
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    WOW! Just amazing! I love that you recreated the shot of your daughter and your lens use. You rocked that pumpkin patch!

  4. Kate Craft
    October 28, 2011
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    Laura, can you adopt me… this looks like the best trip to the pumpkin patch ever!!

  5. Kristin
    October 28, 2011
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    Love! You work magic with the wide angle. Love, Love, Love!

  6. Taryn Chrapkowski
    October 28, 2011
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    Such AMAZING images – your perspective just blows me away!

  7. Kathleen Weibel
    October 28, 2011
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    So cute! And now I want a burger! Yum!

  8. Dawn
    October 28, 2011
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    So much fun. Your images are so full of color and life. LOVE!

  9. Jen
    October 28, 2011
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    Such beautiful (as always!). Your kids are so very lucky to have the childhood preserved in such gorgeous images.

  10. Rachel
    October 28, 2011
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    I’m lovin’ your perspective on the pumpkin patch! Your images are amazing!

  11. amy
    October 28, 2011
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    oh my your daughter eating that burger!!! lol love the face! – you got some amazing shots…love the big blue skies!!!

  12. CJ Wilkes
    October 28, 2011
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    So so so amazing! I love your pumpkin patch images. Beautiful!!!


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