Holiday Mini Session Highlights | Portraits at the Appleford Estate

In November, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, I hosted a weekend of mini portrait sessions at the Appleford Estate in Villanova. And the day was splendidly mild for a late fall day of photos and adventure! It was so great to see my families from past years; while getting to know new families with warm introductions and laughs that lasted an entire session. In a season, where we take time to reflect on our happiest moments and give thanks, I am so honored to have been their family photographer this year!

After a few hugs and a few minutes of catching up, we canvased the grounds of Appleford Estate to find the best portrait spots for taking family holiday portraits. We started with the winding road leading into the estate and worked our way across to a rustic foot bridge for seated photo poses. My good creative buddy Marsha, of Marsha Flowers Events, styled several holiday sets for families to choose from for their outdoor portraits.  My favorite was the frosted Christmas tree with a chalkboard sign and silver ornaments.  Festive and bright, you can’t go wrong with that!

Check out a few highlights from some of my favorites from the day!

family walks across stone lined pond holding handsfamily poses for holiday portraits in off white and denim outfitsfamily sit on foot bridge for family holiday mini sessionboy plays with a tree branch in the woodsholiday mini session set design idea for family posesbaby sits upright on a plaid blanketbaby portraits at a local farm

If you haven’t thought about Christmas cards, it’s never too late to book a session and order your holiday cards.  You can use your photos to ring in the New Year too! Email me at ablake@annblakephotography.com or use the contact form on my website to chat about a session for your family.

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Hello & welcome to the ABP blog! I’m a Philadelphia based portrait photographer creating beautiful, light-filled images for families looking to create lasting memories and women creatives excited to grow their busineses with branded photos. On the blog,  I’ll share my most recent sessions, travels,  photo tips and more. So grab an iced coffee and . hang out a while!

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