PhotoTours - davehutchison


Learn to use your camera as a creative tool to make your best images ever!!!

Fully customized private photography lessons will take you around Victoria to the most well known locations ... and few hidden gems. Locations to photograph include Butchart Gardens, Japanese Gardens at Royal Roads University, Esquimalt Lagoon, Sunsets on the Saanich Peninsula and more. And of course we can explore what Downtown Victoria has to offer at night.

Lessons include complimentary pickup and drop off from your hotel, bottled water, snacks, equipment loans (varies), and lunch on Deluxe packages. Partners and young adults welcome.

Packages for Visitors

"Victoria Excursion"

I will take you to a mutually agreed upon location and make sure you get images to take home and cherish for years to come. You could very well print the image and put in on your own home or office wall. Emphasis is towards capturing great images while on your visit to Victoria.

Price: $250 + 5% GST per person ($125 each additional person to max of 3 in total)

Duration: approx. 2-2.5 hours

Departure City: Victoria, BC

"Victoria Photo Tour Plus"

This private half day lesson will take you to at least two locations within the Victoria / Sidney area. Locations can include Butchart Gardens, Royal Roads University, Saanich Peninsula, Cedarhill, Esquimalt Lagoon, etc. The emphasis becomes less on getting the perfect image (still possible) but focuses on learning new creative techniques to expand your photographic talent for now and the future.

Price: $500 + 5% GST per person ($250 each additional person to max of 3 in total)

Duration: approx. 4 hours

Departure City: Victoria, BC

"Victoria and Beyond Photo Tour Deluxe"

This private full day lesson will take you to at least three locations within the Victoria / Sidney / Sooke / Jordan River areas (we decide together where to go). Locations include the same as the "Plus" selection above but can include locations between Victoria and Jordan River (for example Sandcut Beach). The emphasis with the Deluxe lesson is to allow an in depth exploration of the technical and creative aspect of nature / outdoor photography. You could very well get your favourite image during this lesson too. Lunch included.

Price: $800 + 5% GST per person ($400 each additional person to max of 3 in total)

Duration: 8 hours but can be split in two halfs - 4 hours in the am and 4 hours late afternoon / evening).  Splitting is intended for the spring and summer months when the light is best in the beginning and end of day. Splitting not allowed during fall and winter months unless agreed upon.

Departure City: Victoria, BC

Creative topics that can be learned include (but probably not all of them) are: long exposures, long lenses for landscapes, focus stacking / macro, panoramics, composites, camera painting, nightscapes, seascapes and one of my personal favourites - birds in flight (and bird portraits too). Technical topics can included camera setup and settings, auto focus settings, gear selection, etc.

* All transportation (pickup and drop off), bottled water, and snacks are included at no charge.  Lunch included with Deluxe Photo Tour only.

* Entrance fee for Butchart Gardens not included (estimated between $30-35 per adult but well worth it for the spring, summer and early fall months)

* VISA, Mastercard or AMEX accepted over the phone. Three digit # on back of card and postal code / zip code required at time of booking.

* Ministry of Transportation approved and ICBC safety inspected vehicle.



My mission is simple – I love to share my passion for nature photography with everyone around me in a simple, easy to understand manner.  I have been a professional photographer for over 10 years and am just as excited about nature photography today as I was 13 years ago when I first went to Yellowstone NP.

I have been told by others that I am very easy to get along with and care about my customers needs.  I also respect that it is very important to meet people where they are at in their photographic / artistic journey.  This means I can easily work with people that are starting out or with people that want to learn advanced techniques that require learning "in layers".

I have lived in Sidney, BC Canada (on Vancouver Island) for over 16 years and have an excellent knowledge for my “local” area.  I am also very well connected to the other parts of BC for both wildlife and nature.

I lead and co-lead photo tours and workshops in Port Renfrew, Tofino, Colorado (fall colours), and the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary (Provincial Park in Northern BC home to 50-60 Grizzly bears) with my long time friend Shane McDermott.  We are planning Italy for 2020 too.

Can't wait to meet you soon.


Testimonials ...

Dave provided us great service by clearly understanding our requirements, by providing quality images and by delivering a finished product in a timely way. Dave scheduled the helicopter around the weather windows to take the best possible photographs for a facility our size. He even handily mounted several large printed images throughout our office too. I would recommend Dave Hutchison to anyone considering his photography.


Greg Dickinson

President, Van Isle Marina, Sidney, BC

I attended a session at Lens and Shutter that Dave Hutchison was hosting this summer and I am so glad that I did. Dave’s presentation was so informative and engaging that I decided to book a private lesson.  A few days later, off we went to Butchart Gardens and got snap happy. During our time together, Dave proved to be a great teacher, imparting his wealth of artistic experience in a kind and patient manner.  I will definitely will go to another presentation that he hosts and look forward to going on one of his photo shooting adventures as soon as possible.


Marcia, Central Saanich, BC


PORT RENFREW - MAY 2-5, 2019 - taking reservations NOW!

GRIZZLIES OF THE KHUTZEYMATEEN - JUNE 6-11, 2019 - 2 spots remaining

TOFINO / UCLUELET - JUNE 20-24, 2019 - taking reservations soon



Details will be announced below as dates become available. 

If you would like to be part of a workshop priority email list, please send an email directly to


May 2-5, 2019

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

limited to 6 participants (5 spots remaining)

1 instructor - that would be me

Price: $750 CDN + 5 % GST  - based on double occupancy

single fee - please inquiry prior to booking

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.

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 rough 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.

Vancouver Island Coastal Experience 2019

Port Renfrew Area Images

Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary - 2019

June 6-11, 2019

6 days, 5 nights all inclusive (meals & all lodging included*)
limited to 6 participants - ONLY 2 spots remaining
2 instructors, myself and Shane McDermott

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 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 Photo Tour page.

Khutz June 2019 Payment

New Khutzeymateen Images from June 2018

Panoramics from the Khutzeymateen


Dates TBA

6 days, 5 nights (lodgings & transportation included)

limited to 8 participants

(2 instructors, myself and Shane McDermott)

Price: TBA CDN + 5% GST tax - based on double occupancy

For single occupancy, please call or email Dave directly.

Note, this web site is for Canadian registrations only.  For US registrations, please visit Shane's web site.

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.

For a detailed itinerary please go to the Colorado Fall Colors page.

For Canadian customers, please use the PayPal check out on this page.

Price and dates TBD.


I am excited to announce a partnership with my long time friend of over 20 years, Shane McDermott.  Shane has been photographing locations around the world such as Alaska, India, Africa, Australia and all over North America since the mid 2000's.  Shane leads a holistic lifestyle including daily workouts and meditations to Quiet the mind and overcome distracting thoughts and focus on important creative goals.

Shane has also learned advanced techniques for photo editing such as  luminosity masks which he loves to share with participants.  What Shane and I offer together will be a remarkable workshop experience to be cherished forever.

Shane's stunning imagery "speaks" for themselves.  Please visit his web site at Shane McDermott Photography to view his work.

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