PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT SUNNYFIELDS FARM
Yesterday afternoon on a cloudy October day I decided to pay a little impromptu visit to Sunnyfields pumpkin farm near Totton, just outside Southampton. With my smalls and my sister in toe we ‘wellied up’ ( is that even a word? ) and headed to check out what was going on at the farm. It was the perfect antidote to bored children and 3 inset days before half term? I know right? What is that all about?? I was so pleased it had stopped raining long enough for us to enjoy and the sun had stayed away too! Nothing like harsh midday sun to ruin my photos!
Although it was a totally unplanned trip as my sister text to say she was finishing early and wanted to meet us somewhere we still managed to capture some gorgeous photos of the boys in their element. I grabbed my camera on the way out of the door as an afterthought , knowing my boys like I do I have to catch them in the right mood for them to take part in mummy’s games- HAHA.
We spent some time riding around in the back of Farmer Ian’s tractor listening to the story of the Scarecrow whilst admiring their huge pumpkin mountain. We rattled about the farm with a wheelbarrow full of muddy boys ending up in the big pumpkin fields where the boys hand selected their best pumpkins for carving. We could have stayed to carve them on site but Otis was keen to have Daddy's help to create his master piece and we needed to be home in time to greet Lola home from school.
We were all amazed by the variety of different sizes, shapes and colours of the pumpkins on offer and I found it hard not to want to fill my home.
If you are looking for something to do with the children this half term in Hampshire, I can thoroughly recommend Sunnyfields Farm.
Don't forget to pick you camera, as here are my top 5 tips for taking better photos on the farm.
1. It’s best to go when the sky is overcast. I picked a day where I knew it wasn’t sunny to make sure I had the best chance of getting photos without squinty eyes!
2. If it is sunny head to the nearest patch of open shade and set up your children there.
3. Try to engage your children by asking them questions and or giving them tasks to do, it makes for a much better photo.
4. This is something I’ve covered in my recent workshop. Change your vantage point. Get down low shoot at their height. Shot from above, and just play around with your angles.
5. What ever you do do you not ask your child to say cheese! All you’re going to produce is closed eyes and funny looking grins. Try to provoke natural reactions. A great way is to ask them to close their eyes and then open them again. That way their face is relaxed.