Hudson Valley Family Photography
We are so lucky to live in the Hudson Valley. It is an incredibly gorgeous area. I am extremely grateful that I can incorporate the river and mountains into my Hudson River family photography.
This Cold Spring park was the backdrop for this Hudson Valley family photography session. I like this park because there is ample space for the kids to roam without danger. The park also contains a little beach, some tall foliage, shade, and one of the best views in the Hudson River Valley.
This view featured here, where two dramatic mountains flank the Hudson River, is called “Wind Gate”. The mountain on the west is Storm King. The mountain on the east is Break Neck. To me, this northern gateway to the Hudson Highlands provides the most picturesque scenery along the Hudson River. This park is my most favorite backdrop for my Hudson Valley family photography, it has long been featured in many paintings and photos since the mid-19th century.
The best time to schedule a Hudson Vally photo session is when the sun casts its golden hue and is low in the sky – but just before it hides behind the Hudson Highlands mountains. This time of day is best known as Golden Hour. Golden Hour happens two hours before sunset and two hours after sunrise.
Golden Hour is the best time to schedule a family photo session.
For some with younger children, the morning Golden Hour works best. Younger children are generally happier in the morning. However, the afternoon Golden Hour will work with younger children if their bellies are full and they have had a nap before the session.
We scheduled the family’s session below during the golden hour just before sunset. Despite it being summer and late in the day, these four kids were really easy to work with – even the toddler. They all remained kind and polite throughout the whole session.
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