Victoria Photography

On this exciting photo tour, we will visit many picturesque sites on beautiful Vancouver Island including the waterfront city of Victoria, famous Butchard Gardens, Totem Poles in Duncan and beautiful Cowichan Lake and Bay.

We'll meet in our Vancouver studio on Friday evening at 7pm to go over our activities, get acquainted, discuss our goals and go over suggested photographic assignments.

Before the evening is over we'll view an inspirational slideshow with images of the areas we'll be visiting.

We will meet at our studio at 8:30am on Saturday morning and catch the 10am ferry to Victoria. We will be traveling together in our VPW van(s) for the duration of the entire tour, so no need to take your own car (unless you would like to.) All transportation is included in the tour price including the ferry.

We will spend Saturday in Victoria and the immediate area visiting the famous Butchard flower gardens in the afternoon. We’ll be out shooting until sunset.

On Sunday we will meet for breakfast together before heading out towards Cowichan Bay and Duncan where we will be photographing the famous totem poles and other spectacular sights along the way.

We will take the last ferry (which leaves by 9pm from Victoria) so as to take full advantage of the light and shooting locations.

We will be back in Vancouver by 11:30pm on Sunday evening.

Every participant is responsible for his/her own accommodation for Saturday evening in Victoria. Please contact our office if you are looking for a list of places to stay. It is recommended for everyone to stay in 'downtown' Victoria, which will make getting together with everyone easier.

Our VPW vans will shuttle everyone to and from their hotels to all shooting locations for the entire duration of the trip.

Every student will have the opportunity to share images created throughout this workshop in dedicated online photography galleries. Access information will be provided to everyone during the workshop. The instructor and your fellow workshop participants will be able to see your images, comment and critique on individual results. We are very excited about this new system which will also let you stay in touch long after the workshop has passed.

Come and join us for an unforgettable tour around beautiful Vancouver Island!

Kaj Svensson

Educated in British Columbia and California Kaj has over 25 years experience in commercial, illustrative and stock photography working in all camera formats including 35mm, medium, 4” x 5” and 8” x 10” view cameras, and the latest digital equipment.

Kaj also has extensive knowledge of and experience in lighting techniques and has owned and operated studios for over 20 years. He has been actively involved in teaching for over 20 years, and has taught at institutions such as the University of British Columbia (Centre for Continuing Education), British Columbia Institute of Technology, and other prominent local photography schools.

In 1986 Kaj incorporated Viewpoints West Photofile Ltd., a stock photo agency which today represents over 30 photographers and a file of 150,000 images. Viewpoints West supplies stock images to customers on a worldwide basis for an extensive range of editorial and commercial purposes. Viewpoints West images have appeared regularly in publications such as British Columbia, Canadian Geographic, Dynasty, Future, German Geographic, Globo, Maclean’s, Morning Calm, Outside, Russian Geographic, Western Living and many others.

Visit Kaj's website for more information:

Marc Koegel

Born in Germany, Marc is well traveled and currently lives and works in Vancouver, B.C. He is a professional commercial and award-winning fine art photographer, educator, writer and director of Vancouver Photo Workshops LTD.

Since 2004, when he founded Vancouver Photo Workshops Ltd, Marc has worked with some of the world’s top photographers including Jay Maisel, Mary Ellen Mark, Arthur Meyerson, Ralph Gibson, Gregory Heisler, Joe McNally, and Freeman Patterson

In 2006, he was commissioned to put together one of North America’s first full-time, fully accredited, professional photography diploma programs focused solely on the latest digital technologies.

Visit Marc's website for more information and to see his beautiful photography:



Basic photography knowledge required.


Maximum 12 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your film or digital camera and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash, tripod or laptop.

We Provide:

* All instruction during the tour in Victoria.
* Transportation to and from Vancouver Island and shooting locations.

NOT Included:

* Accomodation in Victoria for Saturday night.


CAPIC & PPABC Members:

A 5% discount is available to CAPIC and PPABC members when registering online. Please be prepared to show your membership cards on the first day of your workshop.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best experience possible VPW keeps tour sizes limited to 12-15 people (depending on the tour). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our local tours, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 15 days written notice (before the tour start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

If you wish to transfer to a different tour date VPW requires 7 days written notice.

Please Note: $25 refund and transfer charge applies
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Class Dates Time Meeting Place Instructor Registration
Fri Night & Weekend May 28th, 2010 7pm-10pm VPW Studios Marc Koegel Click Here to Register
May 29th-30th, 2010 8.30am-6pm
Fri Night & Weekend TBA, 2011 7pm-10pm VPW Studios Marc Koegel Click Here for Wait List
TBA, 2011 9am-6pm