Monthly Archives: October 2012

Welcome back to another installment of the blog circle brought to you by New Hampshire’s portrait and lifestyle photographers! A group of us local NH photographers participate in a monthly (or almost monthly) blog circle which requires a post from a common theme, and by following all the links from one photographer to another, you can complete an entire circle, giving you a tour of New Hampshire’s best and brightest photographers.   This month’s theme is a local “haunt” that has meaning for you, giving us an up close and personal tour of some great New Hampshire gems this month!

I chose to highlight my little town of Goffstown this month, and it’s especially fitting because the most famous yearly event is the Giant Pumpkin Regatta weekend that happens every October, put on by the Goffstown Main Street Program.

You can also find Goffstown Village dressed for a different season–Goffstown at Christmas.
And finally, be sure to follow the path through the blog circle by visiting the next blog: Meg from Rodeo & Co!  I love her quiet tribute to the safe haven of her grandmother’s house.
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Recently I had the pleasure of assisting Expose the Moment Photography as a second shooter for a gorgeous September wedding in Londonderry. I want to thank Gary Harfield so much for the opportunity to work with him, and with his permission I’m able to share the photos that I took for Kerri and Greg’s amazingly detailed and beautiful backyard wedding. Please be sure to check out Expose the Moment and view his work.

NH Wedding Photographer | Erika Follansbee Photography
Kerri and Greg’s beautiful outdoor ceremony featured an arbor wrapped in tulle and loaded with yellow & cream flowers, which caught the late afternoon sunlight so beautifully. Mason jars filled with wildflowers and tied with raffia, perched on logs, added a special rustic touch to the seating aisles, and tied together the whole elegantly rustic DIY theme.

Londonderry September Outdoor Wedding | NH Wedding Photographer

Charming Backyard Londonderry NH Wedding
The tented reception was held in the backyard of a gorgeous Londonderry home. The appetizer spread was so beautifully color-coordinated with yellows and creams, and I loved the casual elegance of the whole thing. The pumpkin fluff served inside actual pumpkin shells was a touch of genius!  What a beautiful idea.

NH Wedding Photographer | Erika Follansbee Photography

Groomsman in tuxedo holding small pug dog

If you like these images, leave some love in the comments and maybe Gary will invite me back to shoot another wedding with him. 🙂

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The photobooth has arrived!  Finally after being out of town for a while, and the endless days on end of rain, the weather was good enough to assemble all the pieces and get some test shots done. Big thanks to my husband for manning the drill to screw it all together.

Halloween Photo Booth | NH Mini Sessions

So this is a first draft of what it will look like for the Mini Sessions! I designed the framework to be completely flexible so that I can hang a variety of things from the posts. Right now I’m loving these tea-dyed cheesecloth panels. I made these several years ago, and I’m happy that I now have another use for them.  Being the Queen of Halloween means that I already have a huge selection of things in my basement to pull up and repurpose for things like this.

I didn’t even have to recruit any models for this test run! I already happen to have two of the cutest trick or treaters right here, and they were happy to get dressed up in their costumes to mug for the camera and let me do some Halloween portraits of them (while a very few leaves are still on the trees).

Halloween Costume Portraits, Manchester NHKids' Halloween Portraits | NH Photographer Erika Follansbee

Halloween Mini Sessions | NH Children's PhotographerHalloween Mini Sessions are THIS Saturday, with time slots starting at 2:00. I’m also offering another day of mini sessions on October 31st, so if you can’t make it on Saturday you still have a couple of weeks to get your kids’ costumes and come on out for an adorable portrait experience at a great price. Hope to see you soon!
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It’s no coincidence that fall is the most popular time of year for family portraits. People love the look of sweaters, boots, colorful foliage, and rustic outdoor settings. Here are a few tips to note for how to make the most of your autumn portraits.

1. Enjoy the Flattering Tones.

We all love the look of the bright yellows, oranges, and reds of fall, and we also look good in it! The earthy colors naturally compliment our skin and hair tones in ways that the bright greens of summer never can.  Parents often request a park with “bright green grass” for their children’s summer portraits, and this to me is probably the worst location ever. Who wants a reflected green tint on their children? I spend so much time trying to reduce the greenish/yellow color cast that grass reflects, it’s not even funny. Green grass is the most unflattering background to work with, so I’m always thankful when fall rolls around and it’s time for portraits in the softly muted brown grass, leaves, and dirt paths.

Autumn Senior Pictures in New Hampshire

Fall Portrait in New Hampshire

Which brings me to my next point….

2. Choose your Outfit Wisely.

Mother Nature has done all the work; don’t compete!  People often feel the need to “stand out”, “contrast”, or make clothing choices based on something like “hot pink is her favorite color.” One word that comes to mind for fall colors is: blend. If you have several people in a portrait, it’s never a requirement that everyone needs to matchy-match but it does look nice if there are lots of textures, similar tones (i.e all darks or all lights), and layers. It’s my personal preference that everyone wears earth-tones (often, the more muted, the better), but that’s based on my style of photography and others may differ. I don’t particularly like plain white or black for fall photos.

A case in point: a couple of years ago I had my family photos done and I had chosen sweaters with oranges and greens for myself, and my two kids. My husband wore a white shirt with very small green stripes, which did not show up in the photo and he just looked like he was wearing a white shirt, while the other three of us were wearing warm sweatery-colors. Guess who looks strange in the photo?

Boy in Autumn Leaves Portrait

3. Schedule Early.

If you are wanting a fall family session in New Hampshire for mid-October, you really need to start talking to your photographer and getting on the books 6-8 weeks beforehand, which puts you in August for booking. And yes, I know nobody is thinking about their mid-October family foliage session before Labor Day, but you’ll end up disappointed if you start looking for a photographer at the end of September and find that everybody is booked up for those couple of precious weeks in October when the leaves are just right. Not only are people wanting to catch the foliage but they’re also scheduling family sessions for Christmas cards, so it’s a very busy time of year and I can’t stress it enough that you need to plan ahead and not wait until September to start thinking about it.

Autumn Family Photos in Wagon Hill Farm

4. Order Your Artwork

Now that you’ve planned a couple of months in advance, purchased beautiful outfits in muted textural tones, selected the perfect rustic location, and had a wonderful experience with your photographer, the time to make decisions about what to do with your images is here. Many families choose to purchase their images on disc, which is the longest-lasting greatest value in flexibility for your dollar, but here’s the thing: you can’t nail your disk to the wall. You need to get your images printed and displayed in your home to show off all that beautiful work that you put into it. Sure, you’ve posted your photos all over Facebook and received oohs and ahhs from all your family and friends, but what now? Think big, think drama, get your images printed on canvas at least 16×24 and I promise you will never regret it a day in your life.  Talk to your photographer about options for canvas, and you will smile every single day that you see your piece of custom wall art. I guarantee it. 🙂

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