Picking Strawberries at The Ivy Place

Crossposted from my Jenny Hooks Photography blog. 🙂

Last Fall, I discovered a beautiful gem of a location called The Ivy Place, just a few minutes from my house. Just 15 miles south of the bustling Ballantyne area of Charlotte in Lancaster, SC, it is tucked away from the world, but easy to find and easy to get to. It is a very popular venue for weddings, as well as engagement and bridal photo sessions. The owners, Terry and Genie, are fantastic folks that very obviously go the extra mile to make sure everyone’s experience is top-notch. I wish I could do all of my family portrait sessions out there!

This Saturday we went out there to pick strawberries in their new fields. Peanut was 20 months old on the 27th, and the weather was too pretty not to go. Strawberry fields have to be planted in the direct sunlight, but for photography purposes, bright afternoon direct sunlight isn’t friendly, so the fact that it was a bit overcast was perfect for a day of pickin’ berries and posin’ for some cute pictures.

After we picked two big boxes of berries, Terry graciously invited us to go over to the gardens (even though my daughters “stole” several strawberries during the picking process), and we had the place to ourselves for a while. It feels like wonderland out there!

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed our morning. Half of these were taken by the other half of JHP, The Captain.

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