How many participants will be attending?
Between 12 and 14.
What makes this the ultimate workshop?
It is a rare opportunity to attend multiple portrait photography workshops at one location. We have taken care off all the small details so you don’t have to. We have hand selected some of the world’s best portrait artists that are excited to share essential information needed to advance your skills. We provide copious opportunities to photograph at our educational shooting sessions and will help
you grow your portfolio. We offer pre-workshop webinars to cover general camera settings and gear so you are ready to jump into the workshops once you arrive. You will receive detailed CC from each
instructor, and will also have the opportunity to join exclusive facebook group for a continued learning experience in a community of like-minded individuals.
What makes Victoria, British Columbia so special?
Victoria is one of the world’s favorite year-round tourist destinations for a good reason. Victoria can be described as a city with old world charm and an ocean view. It has something to offer everyone from fields of wild flowers, to forests, white sand beaches, the wild beauty of the pacific coast, outdoor adventures, incredible wildlife, brightly painted bohemian shops, coffee bars and innovative restaurants. If you have time we recommend searching for the resident pods of Orcas or walking the charismatic inner harbour and picking up a sweet treat at Rogers Chocolates, Bon Macaron Patisserie or an ice cream from Chocolats Favoris .
Are accommodations provided?
Yes! It is most convenient that we all stay at the same location because there will potentially be early mornings and late nights. You will be sharing the room with a friend or peer that is also participating in a workshop on the same date. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Where are we staying and how do we get there?
Please follow this link: https://www.oakbaybeachhotel.com/contact-location/
What time do we check-in and check-out?
Check in time is 4:00pm and check-out is noon. Because workshops start before the check-in time you will be able to check your luggage with the front desk. Don’t worry, we will meet you in the lobby prior to the workshop.
Are meals included?
Will there be portfolio building shooting sessions?
Yes. Instructors will share their location scouting secrets, how to find the perfect light, composure techniques, and camera settings with you. You will go to some mundane locations and learn how to make them appear to be extraordinary. Victoria offers a vast variety of locations from mountain tops (we can drive up) to white sand beaches, mossy green forests covered in ferns, beautiful parks and fields of wild flowers. You won’t be disappointed in the wild beauty that will surround you.
Something came up and I can’t make it. What can I do?
While your ticket is a final sale, we understand that life happens. Refunds are not available for any reason. Registration may be transferred to another party if the tuition has been paid in full. Transfer of funds must be handled independently. It is not the responsibility of Focus Point to handle the transaction. Please contact us as the new participant information.
How will I know what to bring?
We will cover this in the pre-workshop webinar with your instructors.
Do you offer payment plans?
In order to make payment more convenient we offer a plan that splits payments among three dates. Please follow the check out ques for further information.
I want to take advantage of this rare opportunity and attend multiple workshops. Will I get a discount?
Absolutely! We want you to get the most out of your experience. Use discount code ‘FOCUS’ for $250 USD off of 2 or more workshops.
What are some of the most popular sites and activities to enjoy in Victoria?
-Stroll along the harbour and head to the Fisherman’s Wharf.
-Ride the harbour ferry.
-Eat at Canoe Brewpub, a microbrewy in a 100-year-old electric power-plant with a huge water side patio.
-Check out Beacon Hill Park. It has 200 acres of gardens, ponds and trails along with a petting zoo.
-Tour the parliament building.
-Head over to the Royal BC Museum.
-Enjoy a whale watching tour.
-Visit the Fairmont Empress for their Royal Afternoon Tea.
-Tour Butchart Gardens.
-Stroll Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown.
-Get close and personal at the bug zoo.
-Explore Miniature World.
-Take a horse and carriage ride.
-Enjoy a little oasis at the Butterfly Gardens.
-Run, walk or hike along a scenic trail or head to the top of a mountain.
The possibilities are endless.
I have extra time to travel. Where should I go?
KELOWNA (Okanagan Valley) is 480km and roughly 6.5 hours away. The Okanagan has award winning wineries, sparkling lakes, sandy beaches, championship golf courses and an endless array of outdoor activities.
WHISTLER is 244km and roughly 4.5 hours away from Victoria. We recommend reserving your spot on the ferry in advance. Whistler is arguably the planet’s top all-season resort. In the spring and summer, the pedestrian village is alive with hikers, mountain bikers, golfers and people watchers. In the fall and winter, Whistler is a snowsport lover’s paradise. Access from Vancouver is the Sea-to-Sky HWY, which follows a lovely coastline for much of its length.
VANCOUVER is 115km and roughly 3.5 hours away when taking the stylish VtoV ferry. The ferry departs from Victoria’s harbour and takes you on a scenic cruise through BC’s beautiful Inside Passage. You can also opt to take a 30 minute scenic flight with Harbour Air*. Vancouver is described as an urban playground in the heart of nature. Stroll along the seawall in Vancouver’s spectacular Stanley Park, shop on Robson, or explore historic Gastown. You will catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean or the rainforest-covered Coast Mountains from almost anywhere in the city. It almost feels as if you can reach out and touch them! The list of activities that Vancouver has to offer seems endless and is worth researching.
PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK is 200km and roughly a 3.5 hour drive away. The majestic park on the West Coast of Vancouver Island consists of multiple sections. There’s famous Long Beach, Tofino – home to flawless beaches and a thriving surf culture, The West Coast Trail – an epic multi-day hike along what was once a rescue trail for shipwrecked sailors, and the broken group of islands- a kayakers paradise made up of more than 100 islands and islets. You will find families, thrill seekers and everyone in between enjoying the beach, Tacofino (a must!) and magnificent hiking through the old growth rainforest.