Michelle + Robert Unplugged: The Corn Maze Sessions

Michelle + Robert

‘he’s sniffing my hair!’

This post has been so long in the works, it could practically write itself. Only I wish it had, because after we shot on October 23, I posted the preview that evening, then promptly got swept into a Vortex of Chaos — just like in a cartoon. Then when I was finally ready to post the photo album, the website domain host went down! Now that we’re back up again, we will rise above this technological hiccup and post some photos before something else happens!

Cooper's CSA Farm & Maze

doesn’t everyone want to run away and join the circus?

bridge patrol

bridge patrol

Michelle and Robert chose to shoot their engagement photos in the legendary “Uxbridge Maize” at Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze in Zephyr, northeast of Toronto, and I was all “Count me in!” even before I looked on a map to figure out where on earth Zephyr was. Mind you, if I was asked to shoot in a swamp off Highway 400, I’d probably do that, too, just for the challenge. But this seemed a lot more fun.

And Michelle and Robert are game people! Game for all my outrageous directions: shoot corn guns, get rained on by corn cobs from the skies?

this hail turned into corn on the cob!

fore!

corn missiles

it’s a weapon of mass destruction

You know it’s love when you can get your fiance to put on a hat with cat ears, stick straw in his mouth, and pretend to be a scarecrow. Then ambush him.

scaring the scarecrow

scaring the scarecrow

I put them in corn stalk jail, they did jumping jacks holding corn, and this even before I turned them into pumpkinheads.

They also milked a cow together, but stay turned for those photos (haven’t uploaded them yet).

Cooper's CSA Farm & Maze

Rule #7: no inappropriate language

Each year the maze has a different theme, and this year the farm donates $1 of each on-farm maze admission to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. You go through the maze, and at various points along the way there is a multiple choice question. Each answer sends you in a different direction, with the purpose of educating you and getting you royally lost if you choose the wrong answer, of which there are usually two or three for every question.

We managed Phase 1 pretty well, between the three of us. But Phase 2 is harder, and we got very, very lost! We’d been shooting all through the maze and lost track of time, until we realized the farm was closing and we still hadn’t gotten past Question 8. We had to throw in the towel as a group and concede defeat to a corn maze attendant who looked younger than the internet. I don’t know if we’ll ever live this one down! Although I do think the point of this year’s maze is for the Heart & Stroke Foundation to send everyone scurrying around for the exercise.

hay bale distortion

did hay bales go from square to round overnight?

We ended up spending the entire day at the farm which sounds hard to believe, but between two corn mazes, a big barbecue lunch, spending time learning all-things-dairy from an inspector with the Canadian Dairy Association, hanging out with goats and hogs, staging a pumpkin massacre, and shooting around the property, we got our Groupon’s worth at the farm!

how to warm up in October

how to warm up in October

how to stay warm in October

how to stay warm in October

I’m posting some of my favourite photos of the day here (that didn’t appear in the preview post), and the rest are best viewed as a full-screen slideshow, or thumbnails, or just sit back and watch a smaller slideshow autoplay below: