Matt & Lauren. A Family Session in Lake Placid, NY.

When I booked a wedding for the end of September in the Adirondack Mountains - Lake Placid to be specific - I knew it was going to be amazing.  Autumn.  Changing leaves.  Mountains.  Brisk weather.  That's my happiness.  I made a 4 day weekend out of it with my buddy, Aron, with the first night camping in a lean-to several miles outside of town.  For months I was looking forward to this trip.  

A couple weeks prior to leaving I made a quick little post online about me heading up that way.  A colleague of mine, Matt, reached out to me after seeing the post and inquired about a family session in that area.  I was immediately excited.  I had just booked another family session up that way for Sunday (which will be blogged as well and its incredible) but I had some time Friday available for Matt.  Plans quickly came together.  He and his awesome wife, Lauren, booked a cabin up in the Jay area and after a few chats it was decided we'd do that shoot starting at the ADK Loj where Aron and I were staying at early Friday morning.  The plan ... hike up Mt. Jo.

Mt. Jo is one of the easier, shorter, hikes in the region that yield pretty sick views.  At just under 3k feet above sea level it keeps the hike relatively short - even for an amateur hiker - and the start of the hike is at the campground we were staying at.  So it made sense.  What we didn't prepare for was having 2 children.  Small children, haha.  Just under year old for their one son and I believe 2 years old for their other son.   I'm not sure if Matt and I just blocked that part out and were thinking of photography only but we definitely didn't account for taking it slower with the kids.  45 minutes turned into 1.5hrs pretty easily.  Matt and Lauren were troopers - and so were the kids.  Nobody never showed any annoyance with it at any point of the hike AND I like to think they were rewarded with some pretty stellar views, and pics, of the experience.  We ended the calorie burning fest back at our campsite and let the kids walk in the lake ... what kid wouldn't look forward to that!

So here is our morning in the Adirondack mountains with the leaves changing!  I encourage anyone looking to do a family session to get outdoors and into nature.

Also, please don't hesitate to check out Matt & Lauren's website ... they are awesome photographers from my neck of the woods.  The More We See.