Arriving on Galiano Island by ferry, it feels as though you’ve been transported to a new world. The winding road to Bodega Ridge is so scenic, with lush trees lining the highway and glimpses of the sea peeking through every winding turn. Shortly after arriving at the venue, I immediately felt a sense of peace. Situated on a remote part of the island right next to the coast, Bodega Ridge houses beautiful cozy log cabins and a main lodge for hosting our meals and workshops. Each night we would all gather around the long tables and recap the day, with a local chef serving up fresh and local fare, family-style (my favourite way to eat).
I simply can’t say enough about the organization of this workshop. The level of meticulous detail included in the experience was incredible, with each wood cabin including a fireplace, scenic view and supplies for S’mores waiting on the table upon our arrival. Our four-day stay included seminars and workshops from an ever-talented lineup of vendors, including Jake & Annie from Brumley & Wells, Katie from Ponderosa & Thyme, Belinda Olsen & Jon Canlas from The Find Lab and so many more! We were fortunate enough to photograph seven styled shoots, each one unique and beautiful in its own way.
Despite how unbelievable the workshop itself was, there is no doubt that the highlight of this experience were the friendships I left with. The support and encouragement I encountered from the attendees of the workshop was so motivating, and within minutes of meeting my cabin mates, Jenny & Evelyn, it felt like we had been friends for years. Each night we would unwind with a glass of wine in front of the fire, sharing stories and spending hours discussing photography, and the joys and challenges of being a new entrepreneur. I so cherish those memories and cannot wait to see them again soon.
Here’s a sneak peek into this unforgettable experience. Xx
Mackenzie Jane | Kelowna Wedding Photographer