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Old 09-01-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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Are there any rural public places that would make a great outdoor photo shoot, within Dane County? I'd like something that looks great in fall, like an old farm. I know there are some apple picking locations--any idea if any of them would be ok with a group of 3 plus photographer?
I was thinking maybe the Schumacher farm in Waunakee. Anyone been there? Is it pretty?
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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Donald Park, just outside of Mount Horeb is stunning in the fall. There is a small farm that is part of the park. An original homestead farm at that. A woman used to live there but, sadly, she passed a couple of years ago. The Friends of Donald Park run it so you should probably get their okay, but I think that would be a great local. It is less than an hour from Madison.

Hiking, Prairie and Woodland Exploration, Horseback Riding | Friends of Donald Park, Inc.

There are some nice pix of the park on their webpage as well.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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Oh, that looks truly lovely, Megan!

Another possibility would be the Pope Farm Conservancy. It's on Old Sauk Road, and the address is technically in Verona, although it was originally part of Middleton. It's a beautiful spot, and is designed to be accessible to visitors with a wide range of navigational challenges.

Welcome - Pope Farm Conservancy

Aside from that, one of my favorite autumn drives is to just head west on Highway 14, detouring onto side roads as whimsey takes me. You could likely find plenty of beautiful spots along there.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Donald Park, just outside of Mount Horeb is stunning in the fall. There is a small farm that is part of the park. An original homestead farm at that. A woman used to live there but, sadly, she passed a couple of years ago. The Friends of Donald Park run it so you should probably get their okay, but I think that would be a great local. It is less than an hour from Madison.

Hiking, Prairie and Woodland Exploration, Horseback Riding | Friends of Donald Park, Inc.

There are some nice pix of the park on their webpage as well.
Thank you for the info! Is that the farm across 92?
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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It is at the end of Sutter Dr *in* the park.

https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-...d=0CKwBEPwSMA8

Hope this helps. It is hard to describe unless you are there.

It is not Sutter Ridge Farm.
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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i have to admit i lived in the Madison area for decades and i think took things for granted, not even knowing little gems like linked above existed. I seem to learn more after moving from there lol.

Since coming down here, we've been making an effort to see this state, try new things, etc...... something i'd recommend to those moving to Madison/Wi as well. Take advantage of what is offered.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Lots of great ideas, especially Pope Farm Conservancy. Cross Plains State Park is another great area.

If your willing to go further west, I'd recommend Pleasant Valley Conservancy State Natural Area. Or you could try Indian Lake County Park, there is a little place in Indian Lake County Park just North West of Madison. I believe it's a chapel?
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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Glad I came across this post. I'm moving up 9/22 and starting a new job. Once we move and are all settled we will be looking for a photographer for our engagement photos! I also will be looking for some pretty areas in the fall for our engagement shoot. Can anyone recommend a decently priced photographer in the area?
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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Glad I came across this post. I'm moving up 9/22 and starting a new job. Once we move and are all settled we will be looking for a photographer for our engagement photos! I also will be looking for some pretty areas in the fall for our engagement shoot. Can anyone recommend a decently priced photographer in the area?
When our daughter was married there in the fall of '11, she used Michelle Martin Photography for all her pix. Michelle did a great job on both their engagement photos as well as at the wedding.
I cant say how the $ compares with others, but she does take real nice images (fall colors should be changing around then as well for some background options).

Good luck, and congrats!
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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www.crocodilesmilesphotography.com

She did great portrait photos for me - and I'm not photogenic at all. People often comment that I don't look anything like my photos - which I take as a huge compliment. Her photos were great though. I can't remember the price, but I think the sitting was $25 and then I got the original digital files for something like $15 per image. Her prices are listed on her website. She doesn't list weddings, so she might not do them, but it would be worth asking.
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