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This was a very special photo session that I honestly thought was still years away.  My beautiful daughter’s college graduation session.  She graduated Cum Laude from The University of Florida this past spring.  How did this happen so fast?  She’s off to great places and I couldn’t be prouder! Go Gators!!!

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2017 Mother’s Day Spring Wildflower Mini Sessions are now being scheduled!

Wildflower Location is 10 minutes North of the Waldo Flea Market – directions will be sent upon completion of signup

LIMITED AVAILABILITY!! 

Mini Session –  $395 (plus tax) includes:

  1.  25 minute session includes 15-20 plus High Resolution Digital Images available via Download.
  2. Images come in both Color and Black & White with a print release; printable to any size.  Download will be available 7 days after your session.
  3. Private password protected online gallery hosted for 30 days.  You will be able to view, share, download, and have the option to order additional professional prints directly from your gallery.
  4. Custom HD Session Slideshow set to music & A Digital Album – both created for your smart phone/tablet
  5. Stunning 11 x 14 mounted art print of your choice.  Ships directly to your home!
  6. A pdf of print instructions and recommendations will sent with your download.
  7. $75 non-refundable reservation fee due to secure date, remaining balance is due on the day of your session.
  8. For sign-up information please contact me here

Session Agreement and $75 non-refundable reservation fee  is required to secure your spot – remaining balance due at your session!

  NEW FOR 2017  Private up 90 minutes Sunset Sessions – $650 plus tax

which also includes video capture added to  your session slideshow (see sample video below). These are perfect if you want a more relaxed and slow-paced session since there is no pressure of a family  after yours.

Scheduling between April 26th through May 7th. Email for exact dates. All dates are FULL!

  1.  90 minute private session includes 30-50 plus High Resolution Digital Images available via Download.
  2. Video capture added to your slideshow
  3. Images come in both Color and Black & White with a print release; printable to any size.  Download will be available 7 days after your session.
  4. Private password protected online gallery hosted for 30 days.  You will be able to view, share, download, and have the option to order additional professional prints directly from your gallery.
  5. Custom HD Session Slideshow set to music & A Digital Album – both created for your smart phone/tablet
  6. Stunning 11 x 14 mounted art print of your choice.  Ships directly to your home!
  7. A pdf of print instructions and recommendations will sent with your download.
  8. $75 non-refundable reservation fee due to secure date, remaining balance is due on the day of your session.
  9. For sign-up information please contact me here

For sign-up information please contact me here

The Wildflower Sessions are by far my most popular sessions.  The field is just stunning and the images taken will surely be a family keepsake. Play the video below to see a sample of the type of images captured at the wildflower field.  Thank you to the McAfee Family for allowing me to share it!

The beautiful wildflower field from Laurel Housden on Vimeo

 

What a great way to enjoy a perfect spring evening but with a fun family session enjoying the longer evening and each other’s company.  Our session was in the community park where this family lives.  I can’t tell you how much more relaxed everyone was going to a place that is familiar.  When thinking of a location for capturing your family – think local! Younger children especially are much less nervous when they are at a place that is familiar to them.  I enjoyed watching these kiddos run free – and Mom and Dad enjoyed the easy short walk back home after everyone was exhausted from playing!

This is Part 4 of my American Revolution road trip story.  If you are just finding this page and want to start from the beginning and read my introduction and catch up on the other places we visited before this post then go to Part 1: American Revolution Roadtrip Introduction by clicking this link 

Writer: Aidan Housden | Photography: Laurel Housden

The Siege of Yorktown was the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War, and definitely one of the most important battles.  In the spring of 1781, Cornwallis moved his army north to Virginia and set up base in Yorktown.  Meanwhile, French ships sailed up from the West Indies to blockade the Chesapeake, cutting off any chance of British escape by sea.  General George Washington then led his 17,000 men down from New York to gather in Williamsburg, Virginia.  On September 28, the patriots moved to Yorktown and began preparing for a siege.  Soon after, they began to attack Cornwallis’s 8,300 man garrison, and after a failed escape down the York River, Cornwallis surrendered.  Though this didn’t mark the official end of the war, it secured independence for the United States.

Now, as for the touring of this national treasure, I highly recommend getting an audio CD to play in your car as you drive through the battlefields.  We got our CD at the Yorktown Visitor’s Center, and not only did it explain all of the events of the siege, but told you where to go, how to get there, and exactly what happened at each of these sights.  At certain points, you’re going to want to get out and explore the beauty that this park holds.  Most of the pictures you see here were taken at Redoubts 9 and 10.  Here you will be able to read about and explore how American and French troops captured these British posts, and even see how Hamilton helped secure the victory!  Another important spot on the grounds is the Moore House, where both sides met after the battle to discuss terms of surrender.  To completely take advantage of everything the battlefield has to offer, you should put aside a couple hours to take the audio tour and completely explore all of the wonder these historic grounds have to offer.  Planning your tour around sunset is perfect.

This is Part 3 of my American Revolution road trip story.  If you are just finding this page and want to start from the beginning and read my introduction, please go to  Part 1 American Revolution road trip introduction.

 

Shirley Plantation is located about 47 miles west of Colonial Williamsburg.   It was a must see for us to visit because this is one of the places that  AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies is filmed.  You may recognize it as Anna Strong’s lodge.

Founded in 1613, Shirley Plantation is the oldest plantation in Virginia.  It is also the oldest family-owned business in North America, for the same family has owned Shirley for eleven generations!  The history of this family is truly facinating , and I recommend touring the Great House.  In this tour, you will learn about all  the famous Hill Carters, as they travel with newly founded America throughout the revolution, civil war, and all the way to present day.  Honestly, I had no idea all the history this family was a part of and this tour was truly one of the highlights of our entire 2 week trip.  It is so worth it!! You can purchase tickets inside the Gift Shop.

After you’ve done the tour, visit all of the little buildings scattered around the property.  You can learn even more about how life was during this time,  and see how the plantation was maintained.  Behind the Great House you can see the mighty James River, and a beautiful, enormous almost 400 year old Willow Oak. Under the tree is a huge rock – which is the laundry rock that Anna Strong uses to wash that mean ‘ole Simcoe’s uniform.  When you’re done sightseeing and exploring, make sure to stop by the gift ship.  Buying merchandise here will help to keep Shirley Plantation maintained and fund other future projects around the grounds.  We bought several things, including a souvenir book detailing the history of the plantation – which you will learn during the tour.  If you do drop by the gift shop, make sure to say hi to Julian.  He is super friendly and gave us so much information about the filming of Turn: Washington’s Spies.

 

Below are some of the places around the grounds that AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies is filmed.

The Kitchen is shown in the picture to the left.  Near the right of the picture you can see a brick post surrounded by bushes.  In the the picture to the right, Anna Strong is standing in front of the very same post.

Inside the Kitchen is an exhibit detailing the making of food in the early days of Shirley Plantation.  The same room is used during the first episode of Turn: Washington’s Spies after Benjamin Tallmadge gets shot.  Notice the bake oven in both pictures.

The stables are used as the prison in Turn: Washington’s Spies.  Notice the 2nd from the left wooded gate in the picture to the left – Tallmadge and Brewster are having a discussion near it – I wonder what they’re talking about?

The interior of the stables is the prison to hold Abraham Woodhull in the first episode of Turn: Washington’s Spies.

The 400 year old Willow Oak is located in the rear of the property. Below the tree is the “laundry rock” that Anna uses to clean uniforms for the British soliders.

Shirley Plantation is open to the public but is also available for private events and weddings.  Make sure to visit their detailed web site for current dates and info here. 
Laurel Housden is a professional photographer based in Gainesville, Florida.

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