Founded in 2001 by photographic pair Mike Byrne and Gavin Young, Clock Tower Images initially abetted educational publishers, such as Disney and Discovery Channel, by supplying them with still and moving images. Since then, the ever-expanding business has recruited shutterbug Isobel Springett and fashioned a wealth of new programs geared around the trio's interests. In addition to its portraiture program, Clock Tower Images expertly frames horses —a passion of Isobel's—and a massive array of sporting events, including, in Mike's case, events at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Mike and Isobel instill their image-capturing expertise into students at hands-on workshops and courses in Victoria and Courtenay, where up to eight apprentices at a time learn the ins and outs of landscape, portrait, wildlife and sports photography. For pupils eager to break out of the classroom, Clock Tower Images arranges a number of guided field trips and international photo tours that capture North America's west coast landscapes and wildlife, as well as numerous African locales, and into the dreams of slumbering migratory birds.
At Premier Photography's 1,000-square-foot studio, a team of professional shutterbugs harnesses their years of experience to capture natural images of families and individuals seeking anything from holiday portraits to boudoir photo shoots. Focused on making clients feel comfortable and photogenic, the portrait artists create frameable moments in colour or black and white and snap countless shots to create quality photos that capture flattering angles and elusive dodo sightings. A variety of background patterns and colours frame subjects, and props such as large teacups and ornate prams augment baby photos.
Award-winning photographer Colleen Boak expertly frames posing patrons during one-hour photo shoots. After rendezvousing at Colleen's residential studio or a predetermined Victoria or West Shore location, up to 25 family members, a gaggle of friends, or one judge and two attractive juries beam for the snapping shutter. In addition to a 5"x7" print of each client's most beloved picture, a DVD slideshow culls together 20 choice images for a carefully crafted tour through the photo shoot's most memorable and vomit-free moments. Each Roy's Photography package includes a free planning session with Colleen, wherein customers can brainstorm appropriate locales and attire for their shoot.
AnsteyDesign founder David McArthur remembers his first camera fondly—a Canon TLb that he carried through the countryside surrounding his rural hometown in England. He used it to learn how to capture stunning images with good old-fashioned trial and error, which was a better technique for him than it would be for a litigator. McArthur turned his hobby into a career, studying film photography in a darkroom as a design student in Germany and later mastering the emerging trends of digital portraiture as a professional graphic designer. After tackling a branding project for a friend's company, McArthur became enamoured with the rewarding work of telling a business's story. This lead him to sell his well-honed expertise in copywriting, photography, advertising, and web design through AnsteyDesign.
The hardworking artist also purveys his services to private citizens, wedding parties, and families. McArthur can capture wedding days with one-of-a-kind photos of ceremonies and receptions.
Yuen Lui Studios, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates photographic heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area Yuen Lui studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.