About Helen E. Grose - Your Guide & Instructor!

Helen is a professional photographer who lives on a farm in Muskoka an hour away from the west gate of Algonquin. She has been going to Algonquin Park for years and has experienced some incredible moments with many of the park's famous residents - moose, foxes, wolves, bears and beavers. She will take you to some of her favourite places and provide you with information that will help increase your chances of finding and photographing wildlife, safely and ethically.

Helen's images have been published around the globe and she's often been described as an animal whisperer. Currently, Helen teaches nature and landscape photography at Georgian College and prides herself on using simple, easy to understand language.

Workshop Dates:
Starts 3 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020
Ends 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Early May is the perfect time to brush off the winter cobwebs and get outside before the black flies and mosquitoes emerge. It’s also a great time to see moose before the cows set off to their calving spots.

What's included?

Friday, May 3 – dinner at The Mad Musher
Saturday, May 4 – breakfast, lunch, dinner at The Mad Musher
Sunday, May 5 – brunch at The Mad Musher
May 3 – May 5 – guiding & photography instruction by professional photographer, Helen E. Grose ~ nature, landscapes & wildlife at The Mad Musher & in and around Algonquin Provincial Park

Park permits will be provided for use while on the workshop.

What's not included:
You are responsible for your own accommodation, transportation (carpooling is required for our outings in the park), gas, photography gear, appropriate clothing, snacks, drinks (and alcoholic drinks at meal times) and anything required for your personal comfort.

A full list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided with a loose itinerary after your deposit has been received.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver. Please also note that Helen will be sending you a brief questionnaire to get to know you better.

$695 + HST per person

Payment Policy:

Workshop fees are due in full at time of booking.​

Cancellation Policy:
90 days or more prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $350+HST 
89 days or less prior to workshop, fees are non-refundable

What can you expect during the workshop?
The workshop starts with a bit of in-class learning - approximately 2-3 hours - with Helen E. Grose in our private back room. Helen will cover some photography basics (it never hurts to brush up!), as well as settings specific to landscapes and wildlife. There are also a few more advanced areas Helen covers, as she believes they're important components, often overlooked, yet critical to your success. And, she'll cover the workshop rules, safety & ethics. After lunch, you'll head into the park with your cameras. You can also expect:

  1. A fair amount of driving between photo opportunities
  2. Long days - sunrise to sunset! That means leaving 30-60 minutes before sunrise.
  3. Eating breakfast on the go, returning to The Musher for lunch, likely eating dinner after sunset
  4. Photographing the sunrise, sunset, landscapes & wildlife - whatever Mother Nature presents! 
  5. A short afternoon break (free-time to rest, refresh, review, or explore on your own)
  6. Potentially hiking anywhere from 5-10km/day on flat, well-worn trails with some obstacles (roots, rocks etc.), and a short, steep hike to a lookout for sunset *note: given the time of year, trails may still be ice/snow covered and/or closed, therefore, be prepared for more driving than walking
  7. In-field instruction and back-of-camera critique
  8. A great group of like-minded people who will probably become fast friends!
  9. A mix of photography skill levels
  10. Amazing food
  11. Adventure rain, snow, or shine!

Next May, Helen E. Grose will be back at The Mad Musher leading the 3rd Annual Women's Weekend in Algonquin Photography Workshop!

This three-day, two-night workshop is designed exclusively for women of all ages and skill levels who are interested in nature & wildlife photography. It's a chance to spend some time together in nature in a fun and relaxed environment, learning tips and techniques to improve your photography.

The Mad Musher will be your home-base for the workshop. We have reserved our back room upstairs to give workshop participants the space and privacy needed to feel comfortable asking questions, sharing information and being immersed in learning. The workshop will consist of some classroom learning to start, in-field instruction, and "back of camera" critique, and, of course, lots of time exploring Algonquin Park with your cameras. You'll be photographing both landscapes and wildlife.

During this weekend, Helen will also touch on ethics in wildlife photography, as it's an important part of any authentic encounter. While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside her control and, therefore, no guarantees are made. 

 Space is limited to 6 participants, so reserve your spot today for this amazing photography workshop!​