I was contacted just before Christmas by Michelle with an inquiry to shoot some family portraits of her and her siblings as a present for her parents wedding anniversary, which was on Valentines Day. They were based up in southern New Hampshire, and when they called I had the perfect place to get them some family shots.
A little while back, my wife and I were told about the rejuvenation of Benson’s Animal Farm, and all the changes that had been made in the last couple of years. I unfortunately never knew it in its original glory, but my wife can remember going there as a child and often remembered seeing the elephants and the giraffes from the road, on the way driving into school.
They have recently revamped this place, and it is now a true gem of a place for families and anyone wanting to take a walk or even enjoy a spot of fishing in the pond. Benson’s Animal Park has been transformed, thanks to the hard work and efforts of the local community, who got together and made this place a really great asset to Hudson and New Hampshire once more. If you haven’t already, I would definitely encourage a trip to Benson’s as well as “liking” their Facebook page here.
Benson’s now has wonderful cared for gardens and landscapes, as well as a touch of more natural habitat as well. This has made Benson’s a great location to have family photos taken, and I hope that in the spring and summer, I’ll get to work with a lot more families to capture their New England family photos here.
From the wonderful variety of plants, the perfect backdrop of the pond and trees around it, and the great old buildings at the top of the hill, you are really spoilt for choice when it comes to locations for photographing families. The open spaces and brand new playgrounds make it great for little ones as well to have a run around in.
For Michelle and her brother and sister, we wanted to get some great photos of them all together, as well as some individual shots. They were awesome to shoot with and it was a great idea for an anniversary present to their parents. While it would have been nice to have had a little snow on the scene to make for a more seasonal feel, Benson’s Animal Park is such a great location to photograph that it didn’t really matter. That, and the fact that these guys were such a pleasure to work with.
If you would like to have your family photos at Benson’s Animal Park with me, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch by visiting the contact page and dropping me an e-mail or just calling me on the phone. While I am a Boston based wedding photographer, I’ll always make the time to get up to Hudson, NH for family photos or even senior portraits in New Hampshire.
In fact, Benson’s would make the best location in Hudson, in my opinion, for engagement photos. In my last post, I listed some locations in Boston that I would love to shoot wedding or engagement sessions at, but in New Hampshire, Benson’s would definitely be at the top of my list.
Looking forward to shooting more with families and couples in 2012 and beyond.