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Sweet Berry Farm | Austin Child & Family Photography

Last weekend, my family made the hour trip from our house to Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls, TX. Being new to the Austin area, I wasn’t sure where to take the kids for our traditional pumpkin patch festivities. Several friends recommended Sweet Berry Farm, so we decided to go check it out. A few things I would suggest for a successful trip:

1. Arrive early. They open to the public at 8am, by the time we left at 10:30am the place was packed. For optimal photo taking opportunities and a quieter outing, try to arrive as close to 8am as possible.

2. Plan to get dirty. This is a farm after all! I wore light brown corduroy pants so I would match the boys for a family photo. Within the first 15 minutes, they were covered in mud thanks to a toddler who likes to be carried. Good thing we took our family photo first!

3. Speaking of photos … be sure to pack your camera! Sweet Berry Farm is so bright and colorful … you’ll be in picture taking heaven. In addition to the pumpkin areas, they have several vintage trucks and tons of different nooks for taking photos. It’s an awesome place to grab some super cute photos of the kiddos.

4. Bring cash. The farm only accepts cash. They have an ATM machine on site, but to save money on the bank fees try to hit up your own bank beforehand.

5. Go earlier in the month. We went to the farm on two different days. The first time was around the second week of October. Our last visit was today (10/27), so the week of Halloween. On our first visit, there were tons of pumpkins to choose from and everything was well stocked. On our second visit, everything was pretty much picked over and there were only a handful of pumpkins left. If you go earlier in the month you will have a better pumpkin selection to choose from. : )

austin family photographeraustin family photographerThere are several activities you can purchase tickets for. Ticket booths are set up all around the farm, so don’t feel like you need to buy all of your tickets right when you arrive. You can do a little at a time and pay as you go.austin family photographer

austin family photographerMy kids loved all of these cutouts. I think we ended up taking a photo at every.single.one. ; )austin family photographer

austin family photographeraustin family photographerThe hay was for stuffing the scarecrows. My boys decided this was just as fun.austin family photographeraustin family photographer

austin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographerWe decided this one looks like Jar Jar Binks.austin family photographer

austin family photographerThese goats have a seriously sweet playground!austin family photographer

austin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographerWhen you find your way to the end of the maze, you ring a bell. The kids were so excited to find this.austin family photographer

austin family photographerEven little brother rang the bell. : )austin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographerIt’s pumpkin picking time!austin family photographer

austin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographerWe ended our morning with some of the most delicious homemade ice cream I’ve ever had. We tried the vanilla and pumpkin flavors. You’ll have to excuse the crying toddler in these photos. Drew was tired and cranky and not in the mood to share his ice cream. It’s hard being a 1 year old. But seriously, who cries while eating ice cream?!?!austin family photographeraustin family photographeraustin family photographerThis was the final photo before we left. By this time, the families were starting to pile in and it was a lot more crowded. Also, the sun started to peek through the clouds which made me regret wearing pants and a sweater (I was trying to get in the Fall spirit and forget that the temps are still in the mid 80′s). Ha!austin family photographer

Once we had the kids buckled up in the car and the pumpkins safely stowed in the back, we pulled out of the Sweet Berry Farm parking lot and saw a bunch of people across the street. Somehow we had completely missed this second entrance when we first arrived. There’s a WHOLE other side to Sweet Berry Farm on the other side of the street! I have no idea how we missed this. I had a playdate planned with some moms for this morning, so the kids and I headed back to the farm. Here are a few more images from the other side:

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My boys had a lot of fun picking flowers in the giant flower field. It was $3 for a small vase to fill up. We spent a good half hour just picking flowers, watching butterflies, and enjoying the scenery.
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More goats to feed!
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The boys also had fun climbing on the tractors. It’s a boys’ paradise.
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I guess this is what happens when the farmer falls asleep. Ha!
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Sweet Berry Farm is definitely a fun day trip for the whole family. We plan on coming back again next year!

Fall | Austin Family Photographer

Fall is here! Hooray! I’m loving all of the Fall colors and the cooler temperatures. I recently photographed this sweet family with baby twins. They were the smiliest babies I have ever seen. Mom’s co-workers were kind enough to purchase a gift certificate for a photo session as a baby shower gift. Such a great idea! With Christmas right around the corner, consider giving the gift of photography to your friends and family this holiday season. Email me for details! Until then, enjoy all the glorious Fall colors in this blog post. : )
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Downtown Fun | Austin Family Photographer

I typically prefer field and rural locations for my family photoshoots, but every once in awhile I like to shake things up and do something a little different. It’s been so long since I did a round of minisessions in the downtown area so I arranged to meet up with a few awesome families for a morning of urban fun. I love how these images turned out!
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Coronado in the Summertime

I had forgotten how much I love the light at the beach in Coronado during the Summertime. It has this amazing pink hue and just makes everything feel so warm and cozy. I met up with the S family to capture some updated family photos. I’ve been photographing this super sweet family for a few years now (before that handsome little boy was even born!) and they’re always so much fun to meet up with. Our session in Coronado was no exception. Gorgeous light, beautiful beach, amazing family … you just can’t go wrong!
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