Spring Peach Blossom Family Photos at Chiles Peach Orchard


Cherry Blossom season is quite popular, and for good reason! If you’re in the DC area, it’s absolutely beautiful, but can be quite the logistical challenge to make cherry blossom photos happen!

Here in Charlottesville, Chiles Peach Orchard is one of the orchards known for their gorgeous blossoming trees in the spring. They usually bloom at the end of March, but it’s all a timing and waiting game. Thankfully, this sweet family was willing to play the game and plan things tentatively, knowing plans could change any minute….and they did! We planned a session for one week, but then the blossoms peaked and we pivoted to make the session happen the very next day. And my goodness, I’m so grateful we did.

We lucked out with 70 degree weather (in March!!) with gorgeous golden light and beautifully pink blossoms to celebrate this baby girl’s 6 month milestone. We had such an amazing time at Chiles Peach Orchard and I just couldn’t wait to share some highlights from our time together.

Want to plan your spring peach blossom session at Chiles? Or another orchard? Here are my top tips for planning your spring peach blossom family photos in Charlottesville:

Start Planning in February

It sounds wild to think about it that early, but the blossoms can bloom as early as mid-March, so you won’t want to wait to reach out to your photographer when they are already in bloom, as that will be too late. The blossoms only last about a week, so making sure you have your favorite photographer secured early and on board with your plan is your best bet!

    mom lifting baby in peach blossom orchard

    mom and daughter portrait with peach blossoms

    baby portrait with peach blossoms in spring

    Plan for an evening session

    Though morning sessions can be lovely, it can be cold and damp on early spring mornings. Planning for the afternoon means warmer weather and hopefully drier conditions. (If you have older kids, make sure to think through their school pickup time, etc)

    family portrait in peach orchard

    mom holding baby closely in peach orchard

    family portrait with spring peach blossoms

    dad holding baby on shoulders in peach blossom orchard

    mom dancing with baby among peach blossoms in spring

    baby portrait in peach orchard

    Be Flexible

    For this session, we made a last-minute pivot to move the session a week early due to the beautiful weather (hello 70 degrees and sunshine!) and the blossoms being at peak a little early. This involved communication with the property contact, my client and a hair stylist for my client…we made it happen and it was a joy! So, have your outfits picked out a couple weeks ahead of time and be ready to pivot if needed!

    dad walking with baby in spring at peach orchard

    mom and dad kissing with baby in peach orchard

    family photo with cherry peach blossoms

    mom and dad walking with baby among peach blossoms in spring

    Amy Nicole Photography (Amy Cherry) has been a photographer for over 15 years. Amy is a family & newborn lifestyle photographer serving Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia. She creates timeless, genuine and effortless photos for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. She offers on-location, at-home, studio and outdoor family photo sessions

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