On the 125th anniversary of Algonquin Park, we made a conscious decision to meet for the first time.
Full of first date jitters, we journeyed three hours from Southern Ontario to Lake of Two Rivers. Half way through the drive, it was clear that our passions were mirrored in the outdoors, travel and photography.
During our travels, Jesse pulled over to the shoulder of Muskoka Road 117 to save a young turtle.
In that moment, we fell in love instantly.
We have since moved to the Lake of Bays area and made the Algonquin Park our full-time playground. We've welcomed our Golden Aussie, Indy, into the mix to share in our mission of exhibiting Algonquin’s brilliance with visitors near and far.
Susan comes from a background in journalism, creative production (500px, Stocksy United, Shutterstock Custom), gallery management and commercial photography - producing several catalogue raisonnés for artists across the U.S. and Canada.
Jesse comes from a colourful background teaching health and safety practices to the body art industry, and has molded his love of educating into a new beast - guiding photographers of all backgrounds into nature to rediscover their roots and cameras. After studying photography in post secondary over 10 years ago, Jesse has steadily transitioned his focus to adventure portraits, pet photography and workshops.
“Great fall workshop! Enjoyed the hands-on instruction - it was very helpful and is going to help me take my photography to the next level. Loved discovering new spots in the Park along Highway 60 to view stunning landscapes and wildlife. Thanks again Jesse and Susan!” - Lesley C.
“Had an amazing time! Booked the full day photography workshop as a way to celebrate our 6 year anniversary together and we both had tons of fun. Jesse showed us so many great spots around Algonquin park and got to learn tons about photography. Jesse connects to you on a personal level and makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable and entertaining. We had also adopted a dog a few days prior to the date of the trip and Jesse was very accommodating to us bringing her along. He also helped hold her leash when we were taking photos. We definitely recommend Follow Me North for any photography services and we will be using them in the future again! Thanks again Jesse + Susan!!” - Martin Z.
"Just spent an amazing day in Algonquin Park with Jesse coaching me on how to take my photography from “spray and pray” (thank you, Jesse, for this fantastic phrase!) to something more methodical, deliberate and successful! I’ve been admiring Jesse and Susan’s beautiful photography, shared on social media and on their website, and am often speechless at their ability to capture the essence of a moment. Jesse, not only are you a fantastic photographer, you’re a natural teacher! You helped build my confidence with my camera, and taught me how to create an image through composition. And you opened my eyes to the world of photo editing, an amazing tool that can bring another dimension altogether! But possibly the best part was hearing you speak about the residents of the Park, from red squirrel to fox, bear and moose. You and Susan, and Steve of the Mad Musher, are truly the guardians and gentle supporters of the health of this place that is so close to my heart. Thanks for an amazing day! Looking forward to next time!” - Beatrix G.
“Jesse's passion for nature, photography, Algonquin Park and teaching all come together for a phenomenal workshop. I learned so much and had so much fun that I am already planning to attend another workshop. I consider myself an intermediate level photographer and I learned so much. I highly suggest this for anyone from beginner to expert.” - Tim Graham
“A big shout out to Jesse and Susan who are both so genuinely inspiring and very informative. Winter Wonderland in Algonquin was a beautiful frozen playground. Excellent workshop, well organized and lots of fun. Can't wait to see you two again for the next one. Highly recommended.” - Kris K.
“Had the most wonderful weekend with Jesse, Susan and my new Photo Friends. We all hit it off immediately and it seemed like we’d all spent time together previously but that was not the case. Jesse and Susan make an excellent Team and a perfect combination for running this type of event. They have well rounded skills in all aspects of the working agenda and are excellent communicators. The location - Algonquin Park is storybook with the most amazing scenery, wildlife and photo opportunities. The venue, mainly the Mad Musher was perfect for our group size and Steve and his Staff went out of their way to accommodate and provide excellent service. Congrats Jesse and Susan! 5 Star all around.” - Brian D.
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