Tonic Photography


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Hi! I’m Vanessa, the primary photographer for Tonic Photography.

I love my job and I hope this is reflected in my work. I have had a passion for photography ever since I was a child, and I can’t remember a time when I did not view the world through the eyes of a photographer. I approach all my photography work, from weddings, portraiture, to commercial shots, in a documentary, creative style and try to always work with natural light.

This is the area of photography that I most enjoy — real people, real stories, and real emotion.

I have spent a lot of time traveling and immersing myself in various cultures. I have a degree in Anthropology and Journalism Arts. Anthropologists are taught to observe the subtleties and rituals of people and cultural, a skill that goes hand-in-hand with the art of photography, especially wedding and portrait photography. It goes without saying that I am thrilled to photograph gay weddings and weddings of every culture. The more diversity the better in my eyes.

I have been told that I have a talent for putting people at ease in front of the camera. My tactic is to make my clients so used to the camera being there that they don’t notice it anymore, leaving me to capture real emotion and beauty.

I have been photographing weddings professionally since 2007.

I am proud to call Gabriola Island and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island my home and cover all of B.C and Alberta. I also live and shoot in Sayulita, Mexico (circa Puerto Vallarta) in the winters and will not charge travel fees to Mexico so you get a Professional Canadian Photographer without the added flight costs.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.



Wedding Session Pricing Options

At Tonic Photography we commit to a limited number of weddings per year to ensure that you receive the time and quality you deserve.



  • 3 hours on location
  • 250-300 edited images
  • Facebook Album
  • Hi-res images by Dropbox or USB stick

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  • 6 hours on location
  • 550-650 edited images
  • Facebook Album
  • Hi-res images by Dropbox or USB stick

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  • 8 hours on location
  • 850-950 edited images
  • Facebook Album
  • Hi-res images by Dropbox or USB stick

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* Extra hours can be purchased for $300 per hour during your session.


* Engagement session can be added to any package for $300.


Trash the Dress $1450

One of my favourite type of shoots. We get to relax and have a blast and get creative! We do not need to actually destroy your dress either. I will spend between 2-4 hours with you and find fantastic, fun locations.If I also photographed your wedding I offer a $200 discount.


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We’d love to hear from you! Just fill out the form below, or call us at: 1.250.667.4641.


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