Eight years ago I was asked a question that forever changed the direction of my photography.

The question came from Chris Harris, a well known BC photographer that I greatly respected. Chris asked if I’d be interested in co-leading a series of creative photography workshops with him. That triggered a series of conversations and meetings and resulted in our first workshop at Tallheo Cannery & Guest House in Bella Coola in 2016. The location had everything we needed: rich potential for our cameras, comfortable accommodations with welcoming hosts and isolation from the outside world.  We had a great start there and eventually enjoyed a total of 8 workshops in Bella Coola.

We soon added new locations in Barkerville, Gabriola Island and Vieux Montréal. Most workshops were full with a wait list. Every one ended with people telling us that we had changed their lives. We were on a high!

The workshops changed our lives too. Our 18th workshop was much different than that first one because we had grown and improved our delivery but also our abilities with photographic expression was developing. Exciting times.

After 7 years of teaching 2-3 workshops each summer, we felt the need to refocus our attention on personal pursuits and so our last workshop was in Vieux Montréal in 2023. We concluded our final year of workshops with nothing but joyful thankfulness for the many awesome friends we made along the way, for the learning that we shared and experienced and for the partnership that grew into a lasting friendship.

What’s next? For sure, we’ll continue to find new ways to express ourselves through photography. That never ends. We’ll have more time for travel and personal projects. And possibly some instruction in a different format.

To try and capture a glimpse of our 7 years with Develop Your Creative Vision, we created a slide show. We hope you’ll grab your favourite beverage and click the image below.

photographers celebrating their learning
Celebrating our accomplishments at the end of our first workshop. Click the image to view the video