Churchill Park Fall Photo Shoot

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.


On a lovely fall day in October I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a hike with a family through the Apps’ Mills Nature Centre in Brantford, Ontario.  Run by the Grand River Conservation Authority the 107 hectare property has a historic mill Flour and Grist Mill from circa 1841 with easy hiking trails through the woods.  For family and engagement photography this location is really easy to work with and allows children and couples to doing things naturally without having to artificially set things up.

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