Follow Me North Photography






Presented by Jesse Villemaire of Follow me North and Chad Barry Photography

Algonquin Park, Ontario

March 27, 28, 29 - 2020


Algonquin winters are spectacular! When all the tourists have gone home Algonquin Park is a wonderland of every changing landscapes. It's also a great time to enjoy some of the animal inhabitants.


Located just a couple hours north of Toronto, Algonquin Park is a common meeting ground for Chad and Jesse. With their combined knowledge of the area and passion for photography, they will bring you to some easily accessible shooting locations which will provide the landscapes and wildlife that you’re looking for.


Chad and Jesse actually met in Algonquin Park while shooting the vibrant landscapes. An instant partnership was formed and since then they've been on numerous photography adventures together including Yellowstone National Park, Olympic National Park, Badlands of South Dakota and the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.


This workshop is geared towards amateur photographers looking to build their confidence in the field. Open to all ages and all levels of photography enthusiasts. We recommend that you have a DSLR camera to get the best out of the workshop experience. Please review our recommended gear list for more info.


Schedule of Activities


Registered participants will receive a more detailed itinerary by email. As we will be on nature’s schedule we will be keeping the plan flexible so we can adjust to weather conditions and wildlife opportunities as they arise.


Day 1 – Friday


Our adventures will begin at 3pm. We will meet at the Mad Musher restaurant in Whitney, just a few minutes from the east gate of Algonquin Park. The Mad Musher will be our home base for the classroom portion of the workshop. We plan to do the majority of the classroom work on Friday night so we can focus entirely on shooting all day Saturday and Sunday morning. If the weather and skies permit, we will get some shooting in Friday evening/night as well.


Day 2– Saturday


Morning – We will start out before sunrise, and meet at a pre-determined location to capture the morning light and see what animals might be wandering about. Winter mornings are a great time find animal tracks in the snow. Afterwards we will meet back in Whitney for brunch (optional).


Afternoon – After brunch we'll take another trip into the park to focus on beautiful landscape photos. We will break for roughly 2 hours in the afternoon for rest and lunch.


Evening – Meeting at pre-determined location for sunset photoshoot. Locations to be discussed with the group and will be shared during our introduction.

Day 3 – Sunday


Morning – We will continuing capturing winter landscapes begining at sunrise. Afterwards, we will be meeting back at the Mad Musher to discuss post-processing for late brunch (optional) and we will demonstrate how we edit our snowscape photos with live demos on a big screen. Bring your laptops, if available, with preferably Lightroom installed. We will help you edit some of your favourite workshop photos. Or just follow along with our editing tutorials and bring your new knowledge home with you!


Afternoon – We will share some of your favourite photos with the class and do a friendly group photo critique. This is one of the most beneficial parts of the workshop experience! We will present a slideshow showcasing all of your favourite photos and will offer some friendly suggestions. This part of the workshop will leave you inspired to grow as better photographers.

We will wrap things up around 3pm. We will say goodbye to new friends and get your on the winter roads while we still have some daylight!


Recommended Equipment


DSLR Camera
Wide angle lens for landscape (24mm or wider)
Telephoto Lens for wildlife (200mm or longer, 400mm is better)
Tripod and Ballhead (Gimbal would be a bonus)
Filters – Polarizer
Neutral Density Filters (if you have them)
Memory Cards
Extra Batteries - batteries die much faster in the cold
Cable Release
Headlamp (we will be doing some walking in low light)
Rain protection for your camera gear

*Please note that if you don't have some of the equipment listed above that you’ll still learn a lot and it will only entice you to add to your gear list when you get home. Remember these are recommended suggestions but not absolutely required to join our workshop.


Recommended Personal Items


Water bottle
Thermos for some hot beverage
Warm, snuggly winter clothing - base layers, extra socks, waterproof outerwear
Crampons may be beneficial
Winter boots


Physical Requirements


This workshop is intended to be fairly accessible. However, we will be doing short to medium walks on uneven ground and varying elevations. Also, snow depth may vary greatly making hikes more strenous. Some areas may be icy and very slippery. We will be out in the cold for some prolonged periods of time. Participants should know their physical limitations and pace themselves accordingly.


Meals, Accommodations and Travel


All meals, accommodations and travel are the responsibility of each workshop participant and are not included in the workshop fee. Once you’ve registered for the workshop we can help guide you in the directions of finding suitable accommodations. Carpooling to shooting locations are also recommended.


Park Fees


Park fees for access to Algonquin Provincial Park will be included with your workshop fee. We’ll hand out the park passes during the introductions on the first day.




Workshop fees are non-refundable. Please be sure that you are able to attend prior to purchasing your ticket. If for any reason, you are unable to attend the workshop you may sell you ticket to another party.





$500 Plus HST 

Open to 12 registrants only, book early to avoid disappointment


Email us for more info:


Your Instructors:


Jesse Villemaire


Chad Barry





Whether you're looking to grow your strengths as a photographer

or would like a more personal, adventurous photoshoot, we're here to help you.  


Let's get out and shoot!