Vala’s Pumpkin Patch Portrait Sessions

It’s that time of year again . . . the pumpkin patch is open and the great fall weather is here! My bud Amanda called and hired me to photograph her family’s annual trip to Valas last week. We had such a good time walking through the grounds and enjoying the nice weather. I loved watching Amanda play with her kids in the fall themed wonderland. I felt like part of the family especially since she has her kids calling me “Aunt Cara”. 

Both boys were full of smiles and giggles while we toured the grounds. It made my job as “pumpkin paparazzi” so easy! I’ve been to Vala’s plenty of times over the years but I love to see what’s new each year. I believe the very first time I visited I was five years old. The pumpkins weren’t as big back then, in fact I remember spending more time picking strawberries. Regardless it was pretty fun. Vala’s isn’t more than two miles from my parent’s house. I remember growing up and using the pumpkin patch as a landmark to give directions to my house. “You know where you turn to go to Vala’s . . .” Everyone knew where I was talking about!

Okay, enough about my memories . . . on to the pictures.

That last photo was taken while we waited for our hayrack ride to begin. A little downtime from all the playing and running around. I knew the hayrack wagon would be a good spot to get some of the kids sitting on Mama’s lap. Thanks for hiring me to come document your pumpkin patch visit Amanda! I always have a good time with you and the boys. Can’t wait to do it again next year.

So, on to the announcement, cb Yates Photography will be offering Pumpkin Patch Mini-Portrait Sessions thru the end of October! 

You may have some questions:

What is a Mini Session?

A mini session is a regular photo session, but it’s 45 minutes long, which is just enough time to get those great shots of your kids enjoying the patch. No hassle, no stress, just have fun, and you’re done! These are perfect so Mom can leave her camera at home and actually get IN the photos with the kids. I’ll accompany your family as we tour the grounds, climb on the pumpkins, and maybe enjoy some kettle corn together. Mini sessions will be scheduled on weekdays in the mornings and afternoons through the end of October.

What kind of shots will I get?

I will shoot in a photojournalistic style, but I will work to supply you with a mix of traditional photos, individuals of your kids, and some fun shots as well. Perfect Christmas gifts for Grandparents!

The Pumpkin Patch mini-session setting fee is $75. and will include 15% of all prints ordered from this session. You will have 10-15 proofed photos to choose from in your online, password protected proof gallery. 

 Booking is on a first-come, first serve basis. Please email me for availability:

These slots will fill fast, as this is the most popular time of year for outdoor portraits. These sessions will be a blast- I can’t wait to see my repeat clients again, as well as new bookings!


October 9, 2008 - 1:19 pm

sarah adair - what a great idea, cara! i bet people will definitely take advantage of that. =)

& the lighting in these photos are fantastic!!

October 9, 2008 - 5:32 pm

Amanda Willey - Aunt Cara you ROCK! I love these photos, I can’t wait to place an order! It was so much fun being able to hang out with my BP and pumpkin paparazzi! Moms this is truly the best way to experience the pumpkin patch, no worries about catching that perfect face on your kids, no camera to lug around… Cara is amazing!

October 9, 2008 - 6:18 pm

Becca - Oh my gosh–these are beautiful!
And Amanda’s boys have grown SO MUCH!

What a fabulous idea–I love the patch! : )


October 10, 2008 - 12:13 am

Colleen - Those are awesome Cara-how lucky for her to have such wonderful pictures with her boys. I love them! Hmmm, maybe I’ll have to think about heading out there…if only there were more hours in a day…..

October 13, 2008 - 12:41 pm

Shin Y. Hwang - Wow, your pictures are so colourful. You’ve captured them beautifully

October 22, 2008 - 9:19 am

Ginny - Awesome! Love the autumn season – but you have captured it so well Love to hear your happy memories too Love Mom and Dad

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