The Tiny Train Station

Posted: 25th February 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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This is a place we’ve been many times before.  It’s a place that changes with the seasons and the light, revealing different facades and character with each visit.  It’s a place steeped in history for Vancouver Island, one that today remains a landmark in the Cowichan Valley.

Heritage Train Station - Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Train Station – Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Heritage Train Station - Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Train Station – Cowichan Station, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We never cease to be amazed at how a place changes with the seasons.  Colors, light and mood are all fleeting as the different hues of the season’s light dance upon the old wooden station.  It’s easy to imagine ladies dressed in their finest waiting for the train to take them to the big cities here on Vancouver Island.  Cowichan Station was once a stopping point in the mid-island that was really a hub of sorts, a central point that led both north and south.  Today it is many things, one of them being a cherished treasure for the community as Cowichan Station strives to hold onto links to the past by maintaining facilities like this.  It’s truly a peaceful place to visit in person, one that reveals photo opportunity after photo opportunity.

Do you have little gems like this in your area?  Have you ever visited this wonderful spot yourself in person?  We’d love to hear from you, please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.



Time seems to have a funny way of always running forward.  You can imagine my surprise the other day when I was going through some of the pictures I have here waiting to be processed to find an entire set of images captured at the Duncan Antique Truck Show in the summer of 2013 at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds.  Has almost two years slid by and I hardly noticed?  I guess it’s possible!  At any rate, the show was a great gathering of some of the coolest classics from around the island.  Let’s check out a few highlights!

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

For those who know me well, you know that there are very few vehicles that can utterly stump me in terms of their origin and some of the history behind them.  This is one of those rare occasions as I am not entirely sure what we are looking at here, I just know it’s very cool!  A close look reveals Dodge badges affixed in certain spots, leading us to believe that at the root of this tough off-roader lies the heart of a Dodge.  I was caught by the great colors of the truck, and all the fine details that went into the finishing of it.

Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Motorcycle – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Motorcycle – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

You may not expect to find a motorcycle at a show like this, but everyone who attended had to arrive somehow!  Parked near the gates I found this gorgeous Victory motorcycle, drawing in folks from all corners of the facility.  Wonderful and deep colors accented by incredible chrome trim formed the basis of this eye-catching design.  I also really loved the almost art-deco details that were included in the composition, creating the feel of a modern cruiser with roots going back to the 30’s and 40’s.  Absolutely beautiful!

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Many classic Ford’s were represented at the show.  You can clearly see a commonality in the designs of the vehicles over the years, with flourishes of contemporary 1950’s design shining through as the years progressed.  These trucks are well loved and their immaculate condition speaks to this.

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

No antique truck show would be complete with a selection of classic semi’s to check out!  One of the trucks on display even had a scale model of itself, adding a bit of context and interest.  It was all I could do to stop myself from playing with the toy and making vroom sounds!

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

This Peterbilt was absolutely amazing.  No attention to detail was overlooked in the design of this flat-black menace to the highways and byways of Vancouver Island, that’s for sure.  Note the banks of lights on top of the cab and embedded in the front bumper…  this would be quite the sight coming straight at you in the dead of night, that’s for sure.  If you look closely, you’ll also see spikes attached to the front wheels, undoubtedly there to slow down the competition on the highways by hastily removing the air from your enemies tires.

Exhibit - Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 - Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Exhibit – Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013 – Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

These classic car and truck shows are a terrific way to spend an afternoon.  It’s not just the sights and sounds of the show that make these events so great, it’s also the chance to meet some really wonderful enthusiasts who are experts in their own rights.  Modern cars and trucks bear little resemblance to these old classics, and having a chance to reconnect with the history of motoring is a great experience.  Make sure you take the time to hug a classic car or truck this summer yourself!

To see the entire catalog of photographs from the event, visit our gallery “Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013“.

Thank you so much for visiting us here at The Hollow today, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below!



You can most certainly thank the lovely Mrs. Toad for the title on today’s post.  We have a 1 in 7 chance it’s accurate, too!  On that note, you should probably pop back around on Friday.  After a hectic work-week, a visit to the bright and happy town of Cowichan Bay may just be what the doctor ordered.

Cowichan Bay Oceanscape - Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Bay Oceanscape – Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We’ve been so lucky here on Vancouver Island this winter, we’ve managed to somehow elude the traditional and typical snow event that has such a big impact on day-to-day life.  We’ve had tons of drab and grey days, as to be expected living in the heart of the Pacific Northwest rainforest, and on days like we had this past weekend there is no better experience to be had than to head out on the back roads of the island on a journey of discovery and delight.

The tiny community of Cowichan Bay is right in The Hollow’s backyard, so to speak.  A few brief minutes away from our house and we find ourselves immersed in a quintessential island spot, complete with all the character of a small town and the wonder that is found enjoying life ocean side.  Don’t let the bright sunlight and vibrant colors fool you, by late in the afternoon both Mrs. Toad and I had frozen flippers as we called it a day and headed for that much-lauded glass of wine we had been looking forward to.

This scene was shot near the Cowichan Estuary looking across the water from the town of Cowichan Bay.  The terrific wooden sailboat we see here is aptly named “Friday”, literally welcoming and beckoning a weekend spent enjoying the sights.  Even after a stressful week, a few minutes spent in town taking in all the spirit and character it has to offer, and the modern trappings literally fall away leaving you feeling as if you’d just had a vacation.

Cowichan Bay Oceanscape - Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Bay Oceanscape – Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As you turn to face the other direction, a completely different scene emerges.  The visual dichotomy of finding such a large freighter moored just offshore in such a tiny bay is something that is difficult to appreciate without being here in person.  These ships are massive ocean-going vessels that travel the world’s oceans bringing goods to many ports, the west coast of Canada being just one of the scheduled stops.  Sometimes when you visit Cowichan Bay you will find several of these ships parked, and other times there are none to be found.  Our tree-covered mountains roll over the rugged landscapes, and the scale of both the ship and it’s environs is not evident at first glance, but rest assured it is indeed significant.

Do you have special places like this where you live?  Places that can take you away in a moment to enjoy a few hours, yet at the same time leave you feeling as if you’ve had a wonderful vacation to a far-away and exotic location?  Please feel free to tell us about it, or share any comments you may have below, in our comment’s section.  We love to hear from all our visitors!!

SAVE UP TO $400 ON AF-S NIKKOR LENSES + NEW BUNDLES & SAVINGS

SAVE UP TO $400 ON AF-S NIKKOR LENSES + NEW BUNDLES & SAVINGS

While Liza Minnelli rightfully sang about life being a cabaret, this Saturday, February 7th, at The Bay Centre in beautiful downtown Victoria, life was a masquerade! A Fairy Tale Masquerade Wedding, that is. Complete with lively music, lovely brides and decadent food. And of course, a veritable wedding!

If you were one of the many blushing-brides-to-be who attended this year’s Modern Bride Show, you were lucky enough to have every unique and beautiful product available at your fingertips to make your whole day truly special. Dazzling hand-crafted jewellery and headwear, sweet candy bouquets, dancing lessons, honeymoon get-aways, and even a chance to win your dream wedding gown!

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We were one of several exhibitors who found themselves basking in the natural light filtering in through the impressive glass ceiling of this very pretty venue. From our lucky vantage point we could see all of the hustle and bustle taking place on every level of The Bay Centre.

Toad Hollow Photography Exhibit - Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Toad Hollow Photography Exhibit – Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As many talented musicians took centre stage on the main floor entertaining future brides and grooms as well as fortunate shoppers alike, the graceful folks at Arthur Murray Dance School just couldn’t contain their happy feet as they twirled and sashayed across the floor.

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

And what bridal show would be complete without a bevy of beautiful blushing brides in their stunning gowns?

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Actually, they could be modelling your dream gown! A steady stream of brides-to-be lined the hall to enter a chance to win their dream dress, one of many incredible contests offering fabulous prizes like a honeymoon vacation, a personal chef, and gift cards from The Bay, among many others! Click here for a list of the great contests this year: Contest & Give Aways.

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Smiles could be found around every corner as this iconic shopping centre was transformed into a whimsical fairy tale world filled with pretty things and happy people everywhere.

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

And of course the most exciting part of the day! Smiles turned to tears of joy as we all watched Emily and Dany start their new life together. Hundreds of strangers became friends and guests at their wedding as we all wished them love and happiness as they took their first steps together as husband and wife. You can read more about their wonderful story here: The Wedding.

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Live Wedding - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Live Wedding – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The amazing folks at Paparazzi Nightclub infused the entire day with an upbeat party vibe and added a touch of glamour with gorgeous costumes reflecting the masquerade fairy tale theme. Great music, dancing and drink samples kept the party going all day long!

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Between the fantastic array of exhibitors from elegant venues and wineries found up and down the island, artistic photography, photo booth and video services, unique event planning, limousine and officiant services, eclectic fashion, beauty and accessories, decadent food, flowers and chocolate to tea, tattoos, and the latest wedding magazines, the Modern Bride Show makes easy work of putting together your most perfect day! Click here for a full list of this year’s exhibitors: 2015 Exhibitors.

Modern Bride Show 2015 - Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Modern Bride Show 2015 – Bay Center, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Just as in any Cinderella story, wonderful days unfortunately just don’t last forever and all too quickly the clock struck six, marking the end of this year’s show. As we reluctantly packed away our exhibit and chatted with all of the new friends and business liaisons the show afforded us, our imaginations filled with new and exciting ideas for next year. Modern Bride will hold two shows in 2016, one at the historic Crystal Garden in January and one at The Bay Centre in February. For more information on these shows as it becomes available, please click here: Modern Bride Show.

We look forward to seeing you there, with bells on! Wedding bells, that is!

Cheers!
Scott and Laurie Johnson
Toad Hollow Photography

At Toad Hollow, We Celebrate Love

Posted: 2nd February 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Life is not measured in minutes, but in memories…

Today at Toad Hollow Photography we are excited to share with you our new website launch: may we please introduce you to Toad Hollow Wedding Photography!  Today’s announcement is the direct result of many weeks of hard work done by Mrs. Toad and I, as well as our partner vendors and local friends.  None of this would be remotely possible without their support and encouragement, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all:

  • Zuk Design – the wonderful folks at Zuk Design have been working tirelessly with us as we’ve been designing and finalizing our new website, our new business cards, and the rack cards we will have at our exhibit this weekend
  • Vancouver Island Event Catering – Azam at Vancouver Island Catering has been instrumental in this new launch as we are partnering up with him at the exhibit this weekend and will be part of a package service offering with him and his group
  • Cornerstone Weddings and Events – Kimberly at Cornerstone Weddings and Events has worked with us providing valuable advice and assistance (as well as being one of our brides in the big shoot this past weekend!) through various aspects of our recent work.  Cornerstone Weddings and Events is a vendor partner of ours, and we will be sharing a table with Kimberly at the event this weekend
  • Tasha Winters Hair & Makeup Artistry – Tasha was one of our brides for our recent photoshoot, details of which we will be sharing below in this post.  She also has a company on Vancouver Island that is focused on providing hair and makeup services for her clients, as well as running a vintage item rental service to add a dash of something old to your special day
  • Leaf and Petal Flower Studio – we were so very lucky to have two flower arrangements made available to us on our big photoshoot from the folks at Leaf and Petal.  The arrangements were as aromatic as they were beautiful and colorful
  • Modern Bride Show – and finally, none of this would have been possible if not for the call to action created by us being selected as a vendor at the big Modern Bride Show being held this weekend February 7th, in Victoria, BC.  We anticipate that we will be meeting upwards of 20,000 people at our table this weekend and have been working around the clock to create materials that are worthy of such a terrific exhibition
Tasha - A Bride In The Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Tasha – A Bride In The Forest –

Here at Toad Hollow, we love photography and the story it tells in a single frame.  We also love romance, and combining both of our passions into one practice seems like a natural next step for us.  As we worked at preparing for the big event, we started by scheduling several photoshoots to capture profound imagery that could be used in our endeavors.  These shoots turned out to be highlights for us over the past several weeks, helping to create the sense of building excitement as the big day quickly approaches.

Courtney and Brady - Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Courtney and Brady – Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Courtney and Brady - Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Courtney and Brady – Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Courtney and Brady - Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Courtney and Brady – Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Brady - Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Brady – Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Courtney - Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Courtney – Portrait Session, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Our first session found us focused on a wonderful couple here in the Cowichan Valley, Courtney and Brady.  We started out the session at one of our favorite little churches on Vancouver Island, The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan.  The wonderful wood tones and architectural details within the church worked in perfect harmony with our subjects to create fabulous compositional opportunities that we truly love.  Once we finished our work at St. Peter we headed up to my favorite little spot, Stone Butter Church.  Here we found the old and weathered architectural skeleton worked perfectly as a backdrop for finishing up our portrait session.  The entire catalog of photographs of this shoot are posted and available for viewing: Courtney and Brady.

This session was the perfect lead-up to the photoshoot we scheduled for this past weekend where two beautiful brides made their way into the heart of the wilderness for a fabulous session.

Kimberly and Tasha - Two Brides in the Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Kimberly and Tasha – Two Brides in the Forest –

Kimberly and Tasha - Two Brides in the Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Kimberly and Tasha – Two Brides in the Forest –

These two beautiful brides braved a damp and dreary day to join us in the wilds of the island.  They brought along several props we used during the shoot to create a specific feel and mood for the photography.  Be sure to check out Kimberly’s post “Bridal Photo Shoot” on the session for her perspective on what we felt was a very fun and exciting afternoon!

Kimberly and Tasha - Two Brides in the Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Kimberly and Tasha – Two Brides in the Forest –

Kimberly and Tasha - Two Brides in the Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Kimberly and Tasha – Two Brides in the Forest –

Kimberly and Tasha - Two Brides in the Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Kimberly and Tasha – Two Brides in the Forest –

Kimberly and Tasha - Two Brides in the Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Kimberly and Tasha – Two Brides in the Forest –

Flower Arrangement - Two Brides in the Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Flower Arrangement – Two Brides in the Forest –

Flower Arrangement - Two Brides in the Forest - Toad Hollow Wedding Photography

Flower Arrangement – Two Brides in the Forest –

To say we had a terrific time with Kimberly and Tasha would be a massive understatement!  Please click the following link to see the entire wonderful catalog of photographs from this session: “Kimberly and Tasha – Two Brides in the Forest“.

So, without any further ado, we present to you Toad Hollow Wedding Photography!!  We are very excited about having the opportunity to share in the most special day in people’s lives; their wedding day.  It is a huge honor and privilege for us to be chosen to capture the memories and moments of a day that will be remembered forever by friends and family alike.

Let us take care of capturing your precious moments, so you are free to enjoy them!

The Modern Bride Show Feb 7th 2015 at the Bay Center

The Modern Bride Show Feb 7th 2015 at the Bay Center

If you are in Victoria on February 7th, 2015, please make a point of coming by The Bay Centre and seeing us at our table!  We’ll be looking for you!

Big News At The Hollow

Posted: 1st February 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Coming Soon, Photography
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Tasha - Bride In The Forest

Tasha – Bride In The Forest –

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 will be a big day here at Toad Hollow.  We will be unveiling and officially launching a new website we’ve been working on with the terrific people at Zuk Design for the last few weeks.  It’s a great new site dedicated to showcase our love of photography and the professional services we provide our valued clients on their special day.  A day we are very excited to have the opportunity to share and document with them.  Please join us tomorrow as we formally announce and launch our brand new website.

It’s been a mild winter here on the west coast in comparison to what everyone else seems to be facing in North America. Still, the temperatures are a bit cool and the lingering damp in the air has a way of cutting right through to the bone, leaving you chilled. Right after the New Year celebrations had slowly gone quiet, Mrs. Toad and I hopped aboard a little ferry to head over and shoot the Anglican Churches of Salt Spring Island, just off the coast of Vancouver Island, as we continue our work on our project called “The Anglican Church Project“. This is a project that we love to work on, and every opportunity we can we try to visit a new church to photograph it.

St Mark's - Salt Spring Island

St Mark’s – Salt Spring Island –

St Mark's - Salt Spring Island

St Mark’s – Salt Spring Island –

We arrived at our first location very early in the morning. The air was so damp you could almost see it. This added a wonderful mood to the scenes, accenting the heritage architecture and details of the churches wonderfully. Inside, the woodwork at St. Mark’s was just exquisite. Well over 100 years old now, this heritage church is still active in the community and forms an integral part of it. This sense of love and appreciation for the church is evident in all the little details that were to be found everywhere, as it was in the feel you had while standing in the church and becoming an inherent part of it, even if just momentarily.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: St. Mark’s Anglican Church – Salt Spring Island.

St Mary's - Salt Spring Island

St Mary’s – Salt Spring Island –

St Mary's - Salt Spring Island

St Mary’s – Salt Spring Island –

Our next stop on our whirlwind adventure day was at St. Mary’s church. At this spot, it was actually colder inside the church than it was outside; we were starting to lose our feelings in our flippers! This sure didn’t preclude us from taking in this wonderful heritage church in all of its inherent beauty. Once again, this 100+ year old church is totally adorned in wonderful woodwork, adding palpable warmth and ambiance to the scenes we were photographing. Although recent history here on Salt Spring Island in terms of colonization only goes back 100-150 years, the stories of how the island was settled and developed were a source of delight for us. Signs of this storied history were found everywhere, adding layers of depth to our overall experience.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: St. Mary’s Anglican Church – Salt Spring Island.

All Saints’ by-the-Sea - Salt Spring Island

All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island –

All Saints’ by-the-Sea - Salt Spring Island

All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island –

Our final session found us visiting All Saints’ by-the-Sea, a wonderful church that is based on old and new architectural elements.  Once again we find the warm and beautiful woodwork to be a central feature in the church, adding so much character and personality.  This is an inviting space, one that makes you feel instantly at home.

A few short hours later it was time to wrap up and head for The Hollow.  As we don’t get a chance to visit the islands as much as we would like under ideal circumstances, we headed to one of the small towns on the island and had a wonderful lunch overlooking a marina as the cold west coast winter swirled around outside.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island.

We’ve mentioned a few times previously, and it certainly bears mentioning yet again; this project we call “The Anglican Church Project” is one of the most personally fulfilling projects we’ve undertaken here at Toad Hollow.  We’ve just scratched the surface in terms of the churches we’ve shot so far, and we are very much looking forward to following through on this project in its entirety.

Thank you so much for your kind visit today, we truly appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

As time continues to fly by and the Modern Bride Show is directly on our horizon we’ve been busy getting ready for the big event by preparing our handouts and other materials, and doing portrait sessions with a few clients.  We truly love this work and are looking forward to doing much more of this in the future.  All these activities are lead-ups to us launching our new engagement and wedding photography services with a brand new website that is being constructed at this very moment.

Wedding Rings - Toad Hollow Engagement and Wedding Photography Services

Wedding Rings –

You’d be hard pressed to find two people who love weddings and romance more than Mrs. Toad and I.  There is something inherently magical about these very special events.  In many cases the big day finds the bride and groom pulling together friends and family to celebrate a life-long commitment, followed by the ensuing celebrations that come with this promise.  We are looking forward to capturing these memories in still images that can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

On February 7th, 2015 we will be attending the Modern Bride Show at the Bay Center in Victoria.  We will be joining with one of Vancouver Island’s leading caterers Vancouver Island Event Catering, as well as a local wedding and event planner Cornerstone Weddings & Events.  This is a wonderful opportunity, one we are extremely grateful for.

This past weekend we had a family portrait session scheduled at one of our favorite heritage churches here on Vancouver Island, The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul.  This wonderful parish is a landmark in the city and remains today a very important part of the community.  It was a very cold and damp day on the island and we were happy to have the chance to conduct this shoot indoors.  Late in the morning we met our clients, the Young family, and spent the next few hours shooting and truly enjoying the experience.

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The entire set of 18 photographs is published and available for viewing on our online gallery “The Young Family“.

Wedding Ring - Heart Shaped Shadow - Toad Hollow Engagement and Wedding Photography Services

Wedding Ring – Heart Shaped Shadow –

If you are in Victoria on February 7th please come by the Modern Bride Show and see us at our exhibit.  We’d be delighted to have a chance to meet you in person.

To book a wedding, engagement or event photography session please call us at (250) 510-7693 or email us at [email protected] to make an appointment for a complimentary meeting to discuss your specific needs and budget.  Our portrait sessions start at $150, and our wedding packages start at $1750.

Life is not measured in minutes, but in memories… let us take care of capturing your precious moments, so you are free to enjoy them!

Our New Year has gently flown in on gossamer wings, and in the background I can now begin to hear the flight song of a flock as it signals the first heartbeat of what is about to be our most exciting year ever.

Coastal Scenes - Crofton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Coastal Scenes – Crofton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As is usual this time of year, we found ourselves in a bit of a lull in December as all the preparations and building excitement for the holiday season encircled us from every angle.  Everyone’s minds turn to our families and friends as we pause and enjoy time and the makings of the season together.  Once this all passes, what is next?  What treasures does the New Year hold in secret for us all?

We started our 2015 working on one of our very favorite projects, “The Anglican Church Project“.  Plans were crafted late in the year, and on Saturday, January 3rd we found ourselves headed for the ferries to travel across to one of our outlying islands, Salt Spring Island, where 3 Anglican Churches awaited us.  We arrived at the Crofton ferry terminal early in the morning, determined to catch the first boat over.  The light of day was just making its appearance, and with it came a harbinger of all that is about to unfold in 2015.  A year of hope, a year of excitement, a year filled with new adventures we have yet to fully appreciate.

Coastal Scenes - Crofton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Coastal Scenes – Crofton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The stillness of the morning surrounded us, permeating the air with a sense of silence you could almost hear; it was truly palpable.  Mrs. Toad and I sat in our new truck awaiting the instructions to load up on the boat for the journey, and in that very moment we knew we were excited and looking forward to the New Year, but the details were hazy at best.

In the past few weeks, much of this is now coming into clear focus for us.  We are working very hard to now ready for our new Wedding Photography Services we are about to launch here at Toad Hollow Photography.  The next few weeks will fly by in a blur as we create and get our printing and promotional materials ready for the Modern Bride Show on February 7th here in Victoria, BC.  We are very excited and honored to have a chance to share in people’s special day, as they pledge their undying love for each other and look forward to a lifetime of experiences and memories.  This is something we take very seriously, and we are looking forward to bringing a level of professionalism and passion to the practice that will help make these special days last forever for our clients.

So, please join us as we revel in the building excitement of all that 2015 has in store.  We truly hope that our love for photography is mirrored in your life, and that you find yourself looking forward to the New Year and all it will bring.  Thank you all for everything, for none of this would have come true without all your support and encouragement over the years.  We truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Those who follow us regularly may recall a recent post I made, an ode dedicated to the love of my life, Mrs. Toad.  The post titled “Celebrating 12 Years” talks about our anniversary and what it means to me, and notes that at that time we had one flipper out the proverbial door as we headed out for a weekend getaway.  In today’s post we’re going to check out a few pictures we took during our stay at our favorite resort, the very same resort we honeymooned at and love to return to every chance we can.

A Beautiful Ocean View - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

A Beautiful Ocean View – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As we arrived at Fossil Bay Resort for the first evening of our stay, we were greeted by the fleeting light of day as the sun set on the western horizon.  This set the perfect tone for the evening and we then anticipated the sunset for the next day and got ready to capture it in all of its magnificence.  It’s been said that no two sunsets are the same, and no where is this more evident than on the coast where the horizon seems to dip and disappear into the distance, seemingly forever.  It’s hard to tell from this picture, but it was very, very cold this day as we stood on the deck of our private cabin and took in the special show nature had in store for us.

A Beautiful Ocean View - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

A Beautiful Ocean View – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Immediately after capturing the sunset, we turned to see a misty coastline as the very last light of day accented the rugged and beautiful coast.  Due to the lack of light, exposure times were long, making the churning waters of the powerful ocean tides a smooth and blue surface.  If you look closely you can see the golden light of the sunset dancing off the windows of a house that is deeply embedded in the forest that surrounds it.  A strong feeling of peace and solitude washed over us as the sense of time slowly faded, leaving us with the perception that we were the last two people left on planet earth.

A Beautiful Ocean View - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

A Beautiful Ocean View – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The private hot tub on the deck of each cabin provides a wonderful break from the everyday.  Hours drift by as we sat in the tub watching the ships and boats make their way to and fro.  Some folks are fishing, while others pilot huge container transports full of goods.  It’s much like a painting that is constantly changing, revealing scenes and glimpses that are only here for a moment, only to be changed once again as the light and features change.

As we head right into the new year, we are very excited about what 2015 has in store for us all.  We’ve enjoyed a delightful break during the holidays, and just like a visit to the resort that comes to an end our daily activities come back into clear focus now.  A strong sense of being recharged, a revitalization if you will, motivates us to embrace the new year and all the exciting adventures it has in store for us.

Thank you one and all for all your support, friendship and encouragement over the years.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below, we’d really love that.  And cheers to 2015!!