I pass Kitchener’s Stanley Park Natural Area every day as I head into work. Its trail follows the Grand River all the way to Bingemans and dotted with plenty of fishing spots – although I’ve never come across anyone actually catching fish. I hang out here every few months to observe the changing seasons and Autumn is a bit of a magical time of a peaceful time in this natural oasis.
“Let’s go and shoot some fall photos” a friend asked a week ago. With my camera freshly returned from being repaired I was itching to run it through it’s paces; spending some time outdoors in the fall weather sounded like a fantastic plan. Although Southern Ontario has plenty of spots to catch the trees turn colour, we decided to explore a part of the province that we don’t normally get to see. We headed to “Grey County“, an area that covers Mt. Forrest to Georgian Bay, and take the “Beaver Valley” driving route that we found on the Grey County tourism site.
The Canadian Thanksgiving weekend provided gorgeous weather for a family fall photo shoot at Cambridge’s Churchill Park. A sunny clear sky with leaves turning colour – a beautiful backdrop to work with. Small children are always tricky to deal with and often you need to have patience to capture a moment – the classic family photo where everyone is smiling may or may not happen, but most of the time preserving authentic personalities is often better. We headed out around 11am and could have ended up with photos with harsh shadows due to the mid-day sun. Luckily Churchill Park has plenty of trees to soften the light.
To kick things off the kids didn’t really want to cooperate and knowing that I was there to take their photos brought out their wackiness. I needed to figure out my camera settings so why not embrace the moment? Some of them were the best shots of the outing!
This family has a greyhound which must be one of the most even tempered dogs I’ve worked with. It didn’t matter what everyone else was up to he just stood there patiently without fussing around.
You don’t need to go far for a fall photo shoot and the best places are sometimes in your backyard. Churchill park is a great little gem in Cambridge; interesting trails and play equipment for the kids making this a great place to capture memories.