Winter in Elora - J. K. Ribout Photography

December 20th, 2017

I think by now - if you've been keeping up with my blog - you know that Elora has become one of my favourite places. This is because of multiple different reasons; but it really boils down to three things: it's quiet, it's cute and it reminds me of home. Having grown up in Chapleau, I am used to a quiet, familiar and communal environment; which is not something you get often in Southern Ontario. So, coming to a place like Elora every now and again really brings me such inner peace and joy. Now that it is winter, and I get those days of Northern-like mornings and brisk air, I am content. Especially in this little town covered in a blanket of beautiful white.

There were little pieces of Christmas everywhere you turned, and I loved everything about it! 

To keep warm, we headed to one of my favourite places to visit while in Elora: The Secret Garden Tea House. If you love tea and being surrounded by beautiful vintage, Victorian furniture and feeling English for a few hours, this is the place for you! I've been here a few times now and I can't get enough! The atmosphere is lovely, the food and tea is delicious and for me, the experience is just so relaxing. Definitely recommend it!

I'm a little obsessed with their d├ęcor!

The sun was only out for about an hour or so that day, but oh my was it gorgeous when it was. The effect on the trees was beautiful. The green became so vibrant to the point where you would almost think it was summer again. The contrast of the green and white made me think I was stepping into Narnia.

I feel like you get some of the best natural light in the winter due to the fact that the white snow everywhere acts like a giant reflector. It bouncing the light off of its surface onto your subject; making it the perfect soft shade to illuminate your scene.

TIP: those of you who love natural light portraits, try placing your subject beside a window this winter and see what beautiful light you get with the snow acting as your reflector. 

Later in the evening was the part I was most excited about - all the beautiful Christmas lights came on! They were so pretty! Alex had his film Minolta camera out and ready to shoot as we roamed the streets. I also took some shots that day with my film Nikon Camera, but no one, not even me, will be seeing those for a while!

Thank you very much for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post about how excited I got walking around one of my favourite places atop a blanket of snow.


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