15-18 August 2019 - Experience summer on Vancouver Island

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Workshop 15 to 18 August 2019.jpg

15-18 August 2019 - Experience summer on Vancouver Island


There is more to see on Vancouver Island than touristic Victoria and Tofino. This summer, explore the East coast of Vancouver Island!

Old-growth forests, moss covered stumps and trees, stunning bluffs, sandy beaches, rocks carved by the tide, waterfalls and a variety of birds and wildlife… you will have the possibility to photograph them during this workshop and also learn about the key elements of composition, use of light, creativity and workflow. Be prepared to spend most of your time in the field, where you can practice as the lessons are being taught. We will be up early to take advantage of the best possible light and wildlife activity. As a local professional photographer, I know the right places and times to observe nature and wildlife.

What to expect

Expect a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere and lots of photographic instructions. My time is entirely dedicated to you. I rarely use my camera other than to demonstrate a technique or settings. My goal is for you to get the best possible images. The low participant-to-instructor ratio (5 to 1) also encourages more one-on-one instruction time.

Contact me with all your questions and tell me about your goals and level of experience.

I am looking forward to show you some of my favourite places on Vancouver Island for wildlife, old-growth forests, and rivers.

Limited to 5 participants.

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Day 1

The group will meet and greet in Courtenay, at 6 pm, before heading out for our first photo session in the field.

Day 2 and 3

Exploration of the greater region of the Comox Valley. Expect long days in order to take advantage of the light, take the time to observe the scene and compose your images. Instructions and critique will be provided throughout the workshop. A presentation on photo processing is scheduled in mid-day.

Day 4

Last field session in the Comox Valley region. The workshop concludes by noon.


  • Photography instruction

  • Editing instruction

  • Image critique

  • Local professional photographer with knowledge of the right locations

  • 100% shooting. Look for your best composition instead of the best spots!

  • Improvement of your technical skills in shooting and post-processing

  • Discovery of a new place while taking the time to create your best images

  • More one-on-one time by being part of a small group of 5 participants


  • Transportation from and to the shooting location (carpooling amongst participants can be arranged from Courtenay), equipment, personal travel insurance (1), accommodation (2), travel costs, meals and drinks.

Packing list and shooting locations will be provided to participants. All locations are within 60 km of Courtenay (Comox Valley). The itinerary can change based on weather conditions, wildlife behaviour and the group’s photographic interests. Participants are expected to be flexible to the group’s needs. Be prepared for:

  • Very short trips by ferry

  • Short to moderate hikes on uneven terrain (less than 4 km), in the forest and on sandy and pebble beaches. No steep climbs. Note the terrain can be slippery and muddy when wet.


(1) Health insurance (including hospitalisation and medical treatment) and travel insurance (including flights cancellation) are mandatory. Proof must be provided within 3 months of departure.

(2) All outings depart from downtown Courtenay, in the Comox Valley. Please book your preferred type of accommodations (camping, B&B, RV, hotel or family) in one of the two main municipalities in the Comox Valley: Courtenay or Comox.


If you send a written notice of cancellation to Catherine Babault Photography more than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop, Catherine Babault Photography will refund 75% of the total workshop cost to you. If you send a written notice of cancellation to Catherine Babault Photography less than 30 days but more than 10 days prior to the start of the workshop, Catherine Babault Photography will refund 50% of the total workshop cost to you. There will be no refund if you send a written notice of cancellation less than 10 days prior to the start of the workshop.


Catherine Babault Photography cannot be held responsible or liable for any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of injury, accident or death, damage, loss or delay of baggage or property, or delay, inconvenience, loss of employment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental, caused by any act of omission or negligence. Catherine Babault Photography is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (i.e. travel costs, non-refundable air tickets, etc). The workshop itinerary is a general guideline of what can be expected on the photo workshop, but it is not a contract. Factors such as weather conditions, mechanical breakdown, medical emergencies, natural disasters or other uncontrollable circumstances can alter your trip.

By signing up for this workshop, you acknowledge that you understand and accept all these conditions.

How to get to the Comox Valley

There are daily flights connecting Comox airport (YQQ) with Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Several car rental companies are available in the Comox Valley. Vancouver Island can also be reached by ferry from Vancouver (Canada) and Port Angeles (US). Drive on Highway 19, or follow Hwy 19A for a scenic route, all the way up to the Comox Valley.