PhotoTours - davehutchison

VISIONQUEST PHOTOJOURNEYS

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Over the years I have enjoyed sharing my photography passion with others.   Sharing my passion for both landscape and wildlife photography through a variety of workshops and photo tours is a privilege that I continue cherish year after year.

In the last year I have partnered with long time friend and fellow photographer Shane McDermott to offer something very unique in the photography field.  The foundation of our teaching is based on "What is in here" as well as "What is out there".  The "What is out there" part is often taught (sometimes very well) in photography.  This the part that encompasses the best locations, best light, camera settings, gear selection, etc.  But what about the emotions, our thoughts, how we think of ourselves, etc. intertwine with our photography - and how we photograph and see.

Our workshops become unique as we bring to light to the "What is in here" component.  If you are still reading this, you have made the first step about gaining awareness about what is happening within ourselves while we are photographing and uncovering what we call "Breaking the Barriers to Creativity".

In summary, we can help you turn Barriers into Opportunities which is the essence of our workshops.

Testimonials ...


Dave is a highly qualified and experienced photographer. His knowledge of the Vancouver Island area allowed him to plan an experience that was second to none. Throughout he was always teaching and helping. The result was a experience from which I learned much about photography and the Vancouver Island coastal area.


Stu, Kelowna, BC


Dave provided an excellent workshop. He is passionate about his profession and photography and as a result, found him to be very engaging and interesting. Dave was clearly interested and willing to determine where your ability levels were at and encouraged you to take the next steps out of your comfort zones to learn and try new techniques. I also found Dave was very generous with his time one on one in the field. I look forward to future workshops with Dave,


Don C, Kelowna, BC


VISIONQUEST PHOTOJOURNEYS SCHEDULE 2019


PORT RENFREW - MAY 2-5, 2019

GRIZZLIES OF THE KHUTZEYMATEEN - MAY 30 - JUNE 4 , 2019

GRIZZLIES OF THE KHUTZEYMATEEN - JUNE 6-11, 2019 - SOLD OUT

PORT RENFREW - SEPT 5-8, 2019

COLORADO FALL COLORS - SEPT 25-30, 2019

TOFINO / UCLUELET - 2020

DOLOMITES / ITALY - 2020


Please scroll down to located details on the workshop of your choice.


VANCOUVER ISLAND COASTAL EXPERIENCE - 2019


May 2-5, 2019 (3 spots remaining)

or Sept 5-8, 2019 (5 spots remaining)


4 days, 3 nights all inclusive (lodging and transportation around Port Renfrew included)

limited to 6 participants each workshop - 1 instructor


Note, The above dates are the same workshop repeated. 

They are not cnnnected as part I or part II


Price: $900 CDN + 5 % GST (approx $700 US) - based on double occupancy

For single occupancy, please call or email me directly


The Port Renfrew area on Vancouver Island provides an excellent venue for a 4 day photography workshop.   I will guide you through the "how to's" to create images using long exposures, long lenses for landscapes, nightscapes, seascapes, forests, waterfalls and wildlife (when available). 

I have been to Port Renfrew over 25 times and have a very good knowledge of the area.  We will create images in areas such as Botanical Beach (Botany Bay), Avatar Grove, Fairy Lake, Sombrio Beach (and canyon), Parkinson Beach, and few more.

I will also introduce you to "The Four Barriers of Creativity" developed by my workshop partner Shane McDermott.

Note, this particular workshop is lead by myself with only 6 participants ensuring ample one on one time.

New for 2019

* A meeting space for daily images reviews and critiques, as well as, live photo editing lessons has been reserved.  This has proven to be a very valuable offering for participants.

** Transportation will be included around Port Renfrew in a 7 passenger mini van.

The West Coast Trail Lodge will be our base for the 4 days, 3 nights.  Meet & greet and further details are outline in the Welcome Letter upon registration.

For a tentative itinerary, please visit the Vancouver Island Coast Experience web page.

To reserve your spot, pay by credit card over the phone, e transfer, or the PayPal buttons that are in this section.

Please call or email myself directly if you have any questions.

Spring Vancouver Island Coastal Experience
Fall Vancouver Island Coastal Experience

Port Renfrew Area Images


Just announced Dec 15!

Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

May 30 - June 4, 2019


6 days, 5 nights (meals & all lodgings included*)

- limited to 8 participants (we may reduce to 7 depending on gear)

Workshop base: Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge


*workshop in partnership with Shane McDermott / VisionQuest Photography

*intention is to offer two instructors but not guaranteed


Price: $5,500 CDN + 5% GST tax (approx $4,200 US) - double occupancy only


In general, demand for the Khutzeymateen is very high.  Only approx. 200 people visit the Khutzeymateen Estuary each spring.  For many, this is a trip of a lifetime.  I recommend reading the Khutz May 2019 Photo Tour page for the details.

The Khutzeymateen Valley is Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary and the home of one of British Columbia’s most important coastal populations of grizzly bears.  Located on the northwest coast of BC, the Khutzeymateen is a stunning land of dense Sitka spruce rainforest, fjords and high, rugged mountains.  The Khutzeymateen River watershed plus the neighbouring drainages of Larch and Cedar Creek, make up the 44,000 hectares of the sanctuary.

It is thought that a minimum of 60 grizzlies call the pristine wilderness of the Khutzeymateen home, which is perhaps the largest known concentration of grizzly bears on the entire BC coast.  The grizzlies share the watershed with black bears, wolves, wolverines, mountain goats, mink, otters, martens, porcupines and beavers.  Marine mammals such as seals, otters, and whales frequent the area and over 100 species of birds are also found in the valley.

For detailed itinerary please go directly to the Khutz May 2019 Photo Tour page.

Khutz Lodge May 2019 Payment

Images from the Khutzeymateen


Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary


June 6-11, 2019 - SOLD OUT


6 days, 5 nights (meals & all lodgings included*)
- limited to 7 participants
* workshop in partnership with Shane McDermott / VisionQuest Photography


Price: $5250 CDN + 5% GST tax - double occupancy only


In general, demand for the Khutzeymateen is very high.  Only approx. 200 people visit the Khutzeymateen Estuary each spring.  For many, this is a trip of a lifetime.  

I recommend reading the Khutz June 2019 Photo Tour page for the details.

The Khutzeymateen Valley is Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary and the home of one of British Columbia’s most important coastal populations of grizzly bears.  Located on the northwest coast of BC, the Khutzeymateen is a stunning land of dense Sitka spruce rainforest, fjords and high, rugged mountains.  The Khutzeymateen River watershed plus the neighbouring drainages of Larch and Cedar Creek, make up the 44,000 hectares of the sanctuary.

It is thought that a minimum of 60 grizzlies call the pristine wilderness of the Khutzeymateen home, which is perhaps the largest known concentration of grizzly bears on the entire BC coast.  The grizzlies share the watershed with black bears, wolves, wolverines, mountain goats, mink, otters, martens, porcupines and beavers.  Marine mammals such as seals, otters, and whales frequent the area and over 100 species of birds are also found in the valley.

For detailed itinerary please go directly to the Khutz June 2019 Photo Tour page.

Images from the Khutzeymateen


COLORADO FALL COLOURS - 2019


Sept 25-30, 2019

6 days, 5 nights (lodgings & transportation included)

- limited to 8 participants

* workshop in partnership with Shane McDermott / VisionQuest Photography


Price: $1795 US (no tax applicable in Colorado) - based on double occupancy

For single occupancy, please call or email Dave directly.


Note, all Colorado registrations are in US dollars and prcoess through Shane's web site. Please visit Shane's Colorado Fall Color web page for detailed itinerary and registration details.

The San Juan Mountains and Sneffles Wilderness are legendary for fall color photography. We will be situated in Rigway, Co which is tremendous hub that allows us so many options for both sunrise, sunset, midday and starlight shooting.  Some of our locations will include County roads 5.7.9, Owl Creek Pass, Last Dollar Road, Chimney Rock and many less known locations in the Mount Sneffles Wilderness area.  Although we will be visiting many beautiful locations, creative and artistic growth will be the priority and focus of this workshop.  Photographers must be willing to make the most of the location and conditions present, willing to embrace less than ideal conditions as a opportunity for creative growth.

Colorado images from 2018


TOFINO / UCLUELET COASTAL EXPERIENCE - 2020


June 2020

5 days, 4 nights

- lodgings & transportation included from Victoria (Best Western Tin Wis Hotel)

- limited to 8 participants

* workshop in partnership with Shane McDermott / VisionQuest Photography


Price: TBA - based on double occupancy

For single occupancy, please call or email me directly


This workshop has been in the planning stages for at least 2 years. I personally have photographed in the Tofino / Ucluelet area at least 25 times.  I can't wait to show you the hidden spots and how to create images in these unique locations. 

The workshop will include beaches (sandy and rocky) around Tofino and Ucluelet, old growth forests of Meares Island, Black Bears of Fortune Channel / Gunner Inlet (charter with Browning Passage), and an optional aerial photo shoot over Tofino!!!  This will be an action packed 5 days full of learning and adventure.

Our base for this workshop will be the Tin Wis Best Western Hotel located right on McKenzie Beach in Tofino.  A dedicated meeting space for image review / editing have be reserved at the Tin Wis too. 

For details, please click the link Tofino / Ucluelet Coastal Experience link.

Tofino & Ucluelet Images

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