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The Mathews Family: Fall Barn photos on Seneca Lake

Oh, the Finger Lakes in the Fall. Drooooooooool. Barns! Lakes! Wineries! Winding roads! Fall foliage! Yes, please! When the Mathews family asked me to capture their growing family on Mom and Dad’s lake house property, I quickly said yes.

Fall family photos on Seneca Lake by Heather McKay

Scheduling the Mathews family portrait session was another matter all together, as Saturdays in the Fall are usually filled with weddings. Even harder than that was trying to get their entire family together at the same time.

I squeezed them in between Katie & Ruwan’s Ithaca Engagement Session and Liam’s Fairport High School Senior Pictures. It made for a long and busy day, however it was a perfect day to drive around the Finger Lakes and take in the Fall foliage. Plus, they were all totally worth it.

Fall family photos on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes

We started by scoping out the sprawling family property and finding the best locations for the large group photo. After those were taken, I like to break down the group into individual families, which gives everyone a break. I also focused mostly on candid, action pictures that show how close the cousins are, the beautiful property and all of the family dogs. it was pretty easy to capture their personalities, as they are all full of them 😉

Fall family photos on Seneca Lake:

family photographers on Seneca Lake in NY

family photographers on Seneca Lake in NY

family photographers on Seneca Lake in NY

family photographers on Seneca Lake in NY

It feels like I’ve known this family forever! Well, I guess I kinda have known them forever, since I photographed Jenn and Austin’s wedding way back in 2007. So it really felt like coming back together as friends.

family photographers on Seneca Lake in NY

The absolute best part of these Fall family photos was when they told the kids that they were expecting a new brother or sister!

OMG the look on their faces…

family photographers on Seneca Lake in NY

family photographers on Seneca Lake in NY

Together, we created a book for Keith and Lynne, a large metal print for Jenn and Austin and a large canvas print as a Christmas gift for Lynne and Keith. Creating timeless family heirlooms is my fave part of the job and it is tons of fun to find the perfect fit for each family. Having photos on your phone is nice, however creating real wall art and family heirlooms is something else entirely.