This October we are going to be at Blackstock Christmas Tree Farm for our annual “The Christmas Tree Farm Experience” for family photos for this Christmas season coming up. We love this farm – owned by a young family who graciously is renting us the farm for a day October 24, 2020 in the afternoon (plus the back up date the Sunday Oct 25, 2020).
Our sessions will be socially distanced – all outside and shot with a zoom lens. Both Kirsten and Kennedy will be there to assist wearing masks. Orders will be placed online during a 5 day window for any additional products you might need for the holidays.
What is also different is how we are managing the props. This year it is all on you to bring blankets and that one single, family Christmas item. Our son is shown above with a star that always hangs on the back of our front door. Choose something timeless like a star, a snowflake, a lantern or maybe a copy of the Night Before Christmas. This keeps everyone safe with no reuse of props and an outdoor setting for fresh air. It also ties the session into your family traditions, making it a classic story of YOU.
Also very important is to note we are only taking a $50 deposit now and the remainder two weeks ahead of the date. This non refundable deposit can be moved to another session should we have stage changes due to the pandemic or worse a lockdown. This year we have tried to think of everything so you have a little less to worry about and more to look forward to.
Please see the link below to book your session and thanks for choosing us to Capture the Experience with this year.
Limited Space is left - we have already booked 25% at the time of this blog post.
From toddlers, to teens and in-betweens – we capture all the experiences – including that new puppy.
Time is ticking on a child’s belief in Santa. While true it might continue after the age or 8 to 10 it’s rare for it to last much longer (insert the sadness here from all parents/grandparents). So when our 8 year old, who last spring announced he knew about the “Santa thing” we thought our third had joined the ranks of the children who carry the secret of “believing” for the younger kids.
When he sat down this October and announced he needed to be “good for Santa” our family saw a reprieve – courtesy I would like to think from some Christmas magic from the big guy himself. (Yes, some of us still believe).
Shown above is the holiday version of our White Box experience – a different take on family photos. Also a collage composite this has been a mainstay of our studio for the past three years at holiday times and year round.
We just added this third composite to the collection because we “believe” in magical portraits at Christmas. All three are amazing backgrounds from the magical Tara Mapes collection.
I am in love with the simple magic of the window and our third “believer” with his letter to Santa which by tradition was mailed through our studio mailbox (it works every time).
If you are interested in a holiday portrait with us we thought it would be helpful to show you how they work. Each child or pet is captured in their holiday finest in the studio. We then hand edit a magical portrait using the talented and gorgeous digital composites we own – the window and roof by Tara Mapes.
Our studio has a lot of Christmas accessories, a number of Roots Cabin Sweaters and other items you can borrow for portraits should you need it. That being said we do encourage you to bring your own special holiday items and PJs/robes. These touches can make it a much more personal story for your Christmas keepsake portraits.
Our lovely girl Sydney is a secret operative of Santa. Unlike the house eleves her job is to extend the season of belief with her boys. We created this portrait to show her explaining to Santa that yes her assignment was going very well and her youngest boy is a believer again. The story is literally melting my heart and this will be a printed keepsake for years to come in our family.
Sydney loves to watch for Santa in the window, she’s a magical addition to our family.
To book a spot in the studio connect with us as soon as you can – our supplier deadlines are fast approaching. Connect via our website form: Book the Magic of Christmas
It may be July but for the past 6 months we have been planning the most amazing, exclusive “The Christmas Barn Experience” for our clientele for this year’s experience seasonal. We are passionate about keeping our promise to keep you warm while capturing the experience and loved the idea of the barn for indoor comfort with on location ambience.
We are hosting this event along with our assistant, Kennedy Tinsley (of Kennedy Ann Photography), at Clarington’s Gallery on the Farm – an exclusive on site event that features a beautiful indoor barn setting. So authentic we listened to the moo of the cattle while we captured this test session in June 2018.
To see the site watch our introductory video below and for Frequently Asked Questions we are going to attempt to answer some below:
Frequently Asked Questions (last updated Aug 7, 2018)
It is first come first served which is a new process for us. Read the terms carefully.
Credit cards can be used.
How long is “The Christmas Barn Experience”?
Each experience is 10 mins long with a 5 min buffer. These sessions move fast so arrival on time is key.
What is the first date you are releasing?
Sunday October 14, 2018 will be released for purchase via our storefront week of Aug 6, 2018.
Where is Gallery on the Farm?
Located just east of the Oshawa Zoo Gallery on the Farm is a private family farm. The Bowman family has been farming in the Durham Region for over 150 years and for many years on this property in Enfield. The fee to be on this location is included in your session fee. The site features a lovely barn and an on site store featuring local artisans and sales of organic meats.
When should we arrive?
We recommend about 5 mins before your start time – we will have a greeter at the door.
What happens if we do not attend the experience?
If you fail to give 24 hours notice and fail to attend your session your fee is not refundable or transferable.
Is there parking on site?
Parking is free and we ask you be understanding this is a working farm and home, park where signs indicate this is permitted.
How many people can attend the experience?
Two immediate adult family members and up to four children are included. For example, the following is allowed:
Parent + Parent + 4 kids (we support ALL families)
Can we bring “insert name of extended family” along?
Due to the short length of these sessions no extended family is permitted. For extended family sessions please book a FULL FAMILY EXPERIENCE session.
Can we bring our “insert pet name” to the experience?
This is a working farm with cows, dogs and cats – to name just a few. Unfortunately pets cannot attend these sessions for this reason and because they are time consuming to capture.
May we do a non Christmas themed session during this event?
No. We get asked this EVERY YEAR. This is a Christmas themed event and cannot be changed. For a regular family session book our FULL FAMILY EXPERIENCE session experience.
My child has special needs or needs extra time, can you help?
We recommend booking the last experience of the day so your child feels comfortable. All children/parents/caregivers deserve to feel great during our experiences and we work with families all the time to make this a reality.
What kind of preparation is needed?
We will send each booking a PDF preparation document in September to help you in preparing for this event.
We will also send a contract which must be signed ahead of the experience confirming your agreement with the terms of this experience purchase.
We will also send a liability waiver for you to sign that covers both Gallery on the Farm and Trinity Design Photography and gives you access to the farm location.
What kind of images are being taken during the experience?
We will take one family image.
The remainder will be portraits of your children.
When time allows we will pair adults and children.
What is included in the sitting fee?
When buying this experience the following is included:
Photographers time and talent using professional photographic gear
Photography assisting courtesy of Kennedy Tinsley
5 digital files (photographers choice), fully edited
online delivery of files printable to 8×10
a set of 3 metal ornaments with the year inscribed on the back for your tree
exclusive Print the Christmas Experience online store open for one week after delivery to order additional items for the holidays (administration fees will be charged to reload a gallery after expiry).
Are you insured?
Our registered business has a full compliment of business insurance.
Will there be other days/dates?
We sell one date at a time. We hope to host another date but there is not guarantee of this happening.
What if our child/we are sick?
Our limited edition “The Christmas Barn Experience” is not refundable. We will gladly move you to a studio session in 2018; but as this is a limited edition event on a private property we cannot guarantee “barn images” should you not be able to attend due to illness.
We have “insert sport here” and might have a conflict – what is your policy?
We have three kids in soccer and dance so while we understand, sports/activities are beyond our control. Please note our limited edition “The Christmas Barn Experience” is not refundable.
We will gladly move you if there is room to another spot in the barn experience. If not then to a studio session in 2018; but as this is a limited edition event on a private property we cannot guarantee “barn images” should you not be able to attend due to sports scheduling conflicts.
I hear there is shopping on location, what does this include?
Join Eric and Jenny in the Gallery shop for some of the following local items:
Organic meats raised and prepared on the farm.
Local art from Eric and other local artists
Cards from several local artisans
Local items such as soaps, crochet, honey and other fare all available.
Enjoy shopping local for the holiday season after your session is complete.
As questions are asked I will add more content to this blog post to keep you in the know.
Still feeling your questions are unanswered?
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