Workshops / Workshops / Golden Encore

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

  • Or... you're attending the HOWL Photo Convention & want to take full advantage of the convention's field trips by brushing up on your skills ahead of time

  • You want to ride the wave of enthusiasm and extend the convention experience


  • 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 (carpooling is recommended!)

  • Meals & hydration

  • Photography gear and items required for your personal comfort




If you're attending the HOWL Photo Convention, enjoy a special discounted rate, as well as a half-day option!

HOWLer Full Day: $220+HST

HOWLer Half Day: $145+HST

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

HOWLer Half Day -- 1:30 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m.

Monday, October 26, 2020

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

HOWLer Half Day -- 7:15 a.m. -- 12 noon


In 2019, the inaugural HOWL Wildlife Photography Convention took place in Whitney. I was fortunate to be able to attend and lead one of the guided field trips into Algonquin Park. The weekend was fantastic -- informative & inspiring speakers, delicious food, fun entertainment, and a chance for passionate wildlife photographers of all levels to get together and "talk shop"!


The thing I heard most from participants is it renewed their enthusiasm for photography. Some were seasoned pros (like me!), while others were just starting their journeys with their cameras, eager to learn more.

HOWL is back for its second year with an incredible line up of speakers, as well as a little re-jig in format to include more time outside with our cameras -- YAY! 


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.


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.

Register Today!

To register, please fill in the information below.


  1. You do not need to be registered for HOWL to sign up for this workshop, but you do need to be registered to receive the special HOWL-goer's discount & half-day option.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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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