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Join Helen for a one-day workshop in Algonquin Park during her favourite "season" -- the Golden Encore! After the peak-colour crowds have dwindled, and the leaves have fallen, a special kind of magic fills the park... the tamaracks turn gold, fog glides across the water and swirls around the trees, and the mornings are kissed with sparkling frost.

Let Helen guide you to some of her favourite locations in Algonquin for landscape & wildlife photography, while she provides individualized instruction in the areas you need.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You want to improve your photography skills

  • You want to be guided to some beautiful landscapes in Algonquin Park


  • Full day of guiding to photo opportunities in and around Algonquin Park

  • Individualized in-field instruction & back-of-camera critique

  • Day use vehicle permit


  • Accommodation

  • Transportation & gas

  • Meals & hydration

  • Photography gear and items required for your personal comfort



A 50% non-refundable payment is due at the time of booking to secure your space, with the remaining balance due Monday, October 19, 2020.

Note: A maximum of 4 participants will be accepted during any portion to ensure ample opportunity for individualized instruction.


Friday, October 23, 2020

7:15 a.m. -- 6:30 p.m.

Monday, October 26, 2020

7:15 a.m. -- 6:30 p.m.


Late October is traditionally referred to as the "Golden Encore". Peak colours have come and gone, but the yellows and golds of the tamaracks and birch bring another wave of beauty to the landscape. This is one of my favourite times in the park! Moose are moving around more as the rut (mating season) is finishing up, and their coats and antlers are in prime condition. Beavers are busy in the waterways and shorelines getting a cache of food ready for winter. And the morning landscapes are typically gilded with frost and fog.

We'll start the day photographing the sunrise, and end it photographing the sunset. In between, we'll visit some wildlife hotspots (by car & by foot), take a wander on some trails, and let Mother Nature be our guide. We'll take a break from 12 noon to 1:30 and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal (not included) at The Mad Musher in Whitney. This is when we'll welcome (Friday) or say good bye to (Monday) any of our half-day participants. Note: only those attending the HOWL Photo Convention have the half-day option.

We'll be out rain, snow, or shine and hike anywhere from 5-10km on mostly flat, well-worn trails.

Registration is now closed


Individualized in-field instruction is suitable for all levels, but beginner and intermediate photographers will find it most beneficial. In addition to private lessons & workshops, Helen teaches Nature & Landscape Photography at Georgian College, and has been described as having a knack for explaining complex ideas simply. Among other things, Helen can help you understand the components of the Exposure Triangle and how they work together, trouble-shoot why you may not be getting the sharpest images, help you set up your camera properly, explain how to read a scene and incorporate the elements of design into your composition, and teach you how to read the histogram - the best indicator to determining if an image is properly exposed. Helen shoots in manual exposure mode and has made it her mission to get others off program mode and comfortable exploring their cameras' full capabilities to enable them to get their desired results. Helen is patient, thoughtful, and hard-working. Many of her clients appreciate her quiet, non-judgemental, and relaxed manner and book additional sessions with her. For more information about your guide & instructor, please read Helen's bio.


  1. Complete the registration form to the left/below -- if you're hoping to join with a friend, please share that info in the blank space provided on the form's second page.

  2. After we've received your form, if your chosen program is available, we'll send you an invoice by email.
    A 50% non-refundable payment is required to complete your registration and to secure your spot in the workshop. The balance is due on Monday, October 19, 2020. You may pay by eTransfer, credit, or PayPal.
    If your program is not available, we'll shoot you a message!

  3. After your deposit has been received, we'll send you a brief survey that will help us get to know you.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Helen.


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