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We had a great time travelling around the Cowichan Valley here on Vancouver Island with Jason and Jen. It was one of those perfect summer days where we were able to sit out on the patio at the brew pub in Duncan and get a chance to chat before we dove into our photo time.

Jason & Jen live in Calgary – but Jason has family living in the Cowichan Valley, so they decided it would be fun to plan their engagement photos with us on the island! We will be photographing Jason & Jen’s wedding next summer in Calgary – so it will be great to compare their lovely west coast engagement photo backdrops with the beautiful urban and prairie backdrops that Calgary has to offer.

We wanted to take photos in Cowichan Bay first, because there is so much charm in that little town. We started at our favorite little cheese shop called Hillary’s Cheese – that happens to also be so quaint. (I could easily sit at Hillary’s for an entire day watching boats go by while snacking from breakfast through dinner…) Naturally we thought it would be a lovely spot for Jen&Jason to start of their engagement session “date.”








We went up to the “butter church” just down the road from Cowichan bay, which you may remember from our last post.







Our next stop was a few minutes down the road back to our little seaside town Crofton, where Mike and I live. I love shooting in Crofton – there are so many over grown rustic settings, and not too many people around. The blackberries were in the perfect shape to pick, and we took a little break to pick some sweet fruit! I love how the berries matched Jen’s dress…



Jen brought some fun props to our shoot, which we always love!












Jen and Jason, we had such a great time with you guys! We look forward to working with you beautiful people again next summer!

Mike & Ashley Kitchen
SNAP Weddings, Victoria engagement photographer