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I don’t often share epic landscapes of crops and farmer’s fields in my portfolio and there is an intentional reason for that. Although a farmer’s field is a gorgeous place for photos, and we might think that their crop is stunning, we can be intruders in that space. The photos I share below are from a family farm, and on Graham and Kathleen’s own private property. This space has special meaning for them as they were married here and will one day build a home overlooking this field. It was the perfect spot to pick for a shoot celebrating their first year of marriage. While we were shooting, I took some time to reflect on what sharing these photos could mean. If I share them, will I encourage others to go out into fields and take photos? Will I contribute to the mindset that farmer’s fields are fair game for photos? I feel a responsibility to share why it’s vital that you get explicit permission from a farmer before entering their field for photos.

Private Property

When we enter a farmer’s field, we’re entering private property. We’re literally walking all over someone’s income source. We may feel that as an individual, that we’re not having a significant impact, but if everyone shares that mindset, we end up collectively damaging a large amount of crops. The lavender and sunflower fields in Ontario face this issue each summer, especially with the rise of social media and selfie-culture. Even when farm’s open their doors to visitors, in the case of the Bogles, visitors can disrespect the space.

If someone wandered into my own yard to take photos because they thought it was beautiful, I’d be upset. I don’t want to put anyone else into this position.

Spreading Pathogens

Secondly, by entering a farmer’s field, we can contribute to the spread of crop disease. In particular, the big baddie in the prairie provinces is Clubroot. The spread of contaminated soil is a leading factor in Clubroot crisis. What is Clubroot? It’s a pathogen that attacks plant roots (everything from your common garden cabbage to canola) and causes the plant to die. The Canadian Canola Council sites that “The best way to prevent clubroot in canola is to prevent the introduction of contaminated soil, if at all possible.”

Although farm equipment/vehicle traffic is one of the more common ways for Clubroot to spread, it can be spread via human footwear. One million Clubroot spores can exist in a single gram of soil.

Responsible Photography

As a photographer, I’m responsible for shooting where and when I shoot. Here are a few ways that I do that:

  • Always have a permit if a permit is required, especially in National Parks
  • If shooting on private property, obtain written permission from the property owner
  • Be respectful of flora and fauna
  • Staying off railway tracks
  • Respecting out of bound areas and extreme weather warnings

We can all do our part as photographers to work responsibly and respect our neighbours.

Sturgeon County Wedding Photographer

Sturgeon County Wedding Photographer

Sturgeon County Photographer

Sturgeon County Photographer

Sturgeon County Photographer

Sturgeon County Photographer

Sturgeon County Photographer

 

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Hi, my name is Janelle, I’m a photographer from Edmonton Alberta. I’m all about three things: celebration, connection and client education. My style is relaxed and romantic. I love intimate weddings, the kind where I get to know your family and friends. I thrive when meeting new people.My favourite moment of every wedding is right after the ceremony. This is when your friends and family smother or possibly crush you with either love or cheerful embrace. Bring on all the candid moments.

  I value connection and celebration of moments over a big production.

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