Deanna McCollum Photography » Wedding & Portrait Photographer in Victoria B.C.

Whew, what a busy season this has been. Now that the weather has turned particularly ugly (I write this on a wet and blustery fall day), I can finally resurrect this blog and catch up on what has been a fantastic year. I will start by quickly sharing a lovely evening we had this past August at one of Victoria, BC’s hidden gems: The Villa Marco Polo.  It’s located in the Rockland area, a stone’s throw away from Craigdarroch Castle. This stunning home has been converted to a one of kind Bed and Breakfast, each room breathtakingly unique. Each room has a designed based on a place visited by the explorer Marco Polo, such as Zanzibar and Istanbul. The inn was fully booked this particular evening, so I was unable to take pictures of the rooms; however, a few weeks prior to the event, I did get a tour. Trust me, it is worth your time to peek at their website to have a look at how spectacular this place is.

In August, vendors of Victoria Women of Weddings and 2015 brides met there for an evening of networking in the gardens and a chance to see this beautiful inn with an Italian Renaissance feel. You can learn more about the event here.  Here’s a look at the view from then gardens. Can’t you just picture a wedding here?

Villa Marco Polo Victoria

The front of the villa

Wedding at Villa Marco Polo

The back of the villa

Reflecting Pool Villa Marco Polo

Refelcting Pool

Victoria Wedding Villa marco Polo
I think I could spend all day here, relaxing with a good book. 
Villa Marco Polo Wedding
This little guy joined our party, and even snuck inside the villa. Clearly he loved it too.
cat at Villa Marco Polo
Villa Marco Polo
Danusha and Diana are the caretakers of the Inn. They are charming, warm and fun to be around. They know the full history of the house and make you feel welcome.
WoW members had fun with Instagram at this venue. Sharon and Aurezo, gorgeous as always. #victoriawow.

I have loved capturing this beautiful family as they grow. Kortni was the first maternity session I ever photographed, when she was expecting her first baby, and I’ve had the privilege of capturing the boys over the years. These boys are so sweet! Those baby blues get me every time. We returned to Cordova Bay Beach, to the swing Kortni’s dad  built for her on her wedding day. The swing has slowly gotten higher as others have retied the ropes when they wear out. It will be a sad day when the swing can no longer be fixed.  It’s rather an iconic piece now. We had a great time on the beach throwing rocks in the ocean and exploring. 

Cordova Bay Swing
Family at Cordova Bay

Boy on Rocks
Father Son Hug
Dad and Son on Beach
Hugs and cuddles are the best.
Mother and Son Hug
Beach Combing
Mother and son play
Mom and Dad Kiss
Group Hug
Family Photos at Cordova Bay
Walk on the rocks
Daddy Hugs Son
Father and Son
Kortni has just started teaching Zumba! She asked for a few shots for her website. What a blast! And she rocked it! 
Kortni Does Zumba
Zumba on the Beach
Kortni Teaching Zumba
Kortni Does Zumba

I have had the privilege of photographing Island Swimming‘s team photos for many years; I think this was my fifth year in a row. I love the energy of this group! And I miss being a bigger part of the team since my daughter had to quit swimming a little over a year ago. It is fun to see the same children year after year as they grow and become stronger athletes. My daughter has said swimming at this level has taught her skills she could not have learned any other way that apply outside of swimming. Skills like persistence, time management, how to get along with a variety of different people, how to work hard and to know that she can do hard things. (She once swam 4200m Butterfly in one practice. Yes, they do hard things).  Swimming is a great sport, and Island Swimming is one of the best in the country. I’m glad I got to go back again this year.

Island Swimming Swim Team