When one of my favorite clients said she wanted to go to the Flat Acres Farm pumpkin patch for this year’s documentary photo session, I was stoked. Pumpkin patches are rad. But I honestly hadn’t realized HOW rad pumpkin patches had become. When I was a kid, I don’t remember them having bouncy houses and petting zoos and ice cream stands.  

And whoever came up with the idea to fill a giant vat with dried corn kernels? Someone give that fool a medal.

If there’s a better family activity than burying your family members up to their necks in dried veggies, I haven’t found it yet.

There were also pumpkins, of course, and the kids were super excited to pick one (or eight).

But they were almost like an afterthought considering the smorgasbord of activities at our fingertips and was actually one of the last things we did. First, after everyone got all stamped up…

We went to check out the animals at the petting zoo.

But that only lasted about 5 seconds because there were about 13,000 other things to do and how are we gonna choose there’s just too much to do and wheeeeeeeeeee kids!  

After burying each other in the aforementioned corn vat, the family had a bite of lunch, at which point Maeve reminded me why she’s one of my favorite children to photograph ever, hands down. She’s so effortlessly hilarious and, the best part is, she has absolutely no idea.  I mean look at this:


However, as with all of my documentary photo shoots, the best part was capturing the real connections among the members of the family. You can tell that they don’t just love each other, they like each other, which isn’t always the case when you have two kids around the same age.

The Ward family just continues to be awesome. I can’t wait until next year, gang!

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Samantha Hines is a documentary family photographer serving the Denver Metro Area. She is also available to travel any ol’ where your little heart desires. She documents families, events, and weddings. She also hates speaking in the third person and is therefore gonna cut it out now. Holler!