Wally Hayes – Nova Scotia Photographer


The town of Lunenburg -Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

As you explore through the “Nova Scotia is Amazing” website you are going to see many amazing images that portray this beautiful province. Images that will leave you fascinated, transfixed, delighted and at times charmed.


So who is this master of imagery? Nova Scotia Photographer Wally HayesNova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes


During his more than 55-year career as a photographer and audio-visual creator, Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes has travelled on assignment throughout North America in addition to other parts of the world.


He began his career as a news photographer and reporter with the Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper in the late 1950s and with The Canadian Press wire service throughout the 1960s in Halifax, Vancouver, and Toronto. Over the years he has photographed kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers and major figures in the sports and entertainment world, including the Beatles. His news photos and stories, ranked from two Olympic Games to major disasters and political events across North America, have been published in countless newspapers both home and abroad.


In 1970, after a three-year stint in public relations in Vancouver, he returned to Nova Scotia to established The Shutterbug Shops, with retail camera stores in Halifax, Dartmouth, NS, and Fredericton, NB. In the mid-1980s, he ended retailing and returned to photography working under contract with Nova Scotia Tourism until 2011. During a nearly 25-year stint with Tourism, Wally produced more than half-million images, both on slide film and digital. These images provided the visual raw material for Nova Scotia Tourism publications and literature from 1986 to 2011 and many have appeared in major national and international magazines.


Wally’s interest in audio-visual production began in Vancouver in 1969 when he began experimenting in a multi-projector, multi-screen presentations using unpredictable Kodak dissolve controls, then the only thing available for slide shows. At Nova Scotia Tourism, his shows reached new heights of refinement and for many years took them to tourism promotions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and as far away as Japan. His greatest show, for an audience of 2,500 Canadian, American and European travel agents, used 21 slide projectors on 15 screens reinforced by a cast of more than 50 live performers.


Throughout the Canadian Tourism industry, his AVs became known as “WallyVision”, a term coined in an email by someone in the tourism industry .This past summer Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes produced the visual component for a two-hour musical called Cape Smile that ran throughout the summer on a 44-foot-wide screen that served as a backdrop for six of Nova Scotia’s top musicians.


These days I’m still shooting and producing ‘WallyVision” shows as well as running photo workshops and field trips around Nova Scotia for photo clubs and aspiring photographers.


When reminiscing about his past, Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes said:


“When I think back on it, it was pretty small potatoes, but this was at a time when video was confined to television stations; computers were giant contraptions housed in specially air-conditioned rooms and equipment to allow slide projectors to work together was rudimentary. Starting with that single slide projector in 1970, I graduated to using six to nine slide projectors on three screens throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s.”


Wally continues


“In the mid-80s, after I began doing contract photography for Nova Scotia Tourism, I teamed up with Halifax musician Bob Quinn and we began to jointly produce AVs for tourism marketing. Bob wrote original music to go with my photography and I shot colour slides to go with his music. For nearly 20 years we travelled extensively throughout Canada, the United States and to Europe and Japan staging shows that often included an assortment of live performers.”


Today Bob and Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes still working together to produce AVs large and small, but now digital photography has replaced slide film; slide projectors have given way to HD video projectors and control has been turned over to computers and specialized software. Despite this, the shows are designed to reach the hearts and souls of audiences everywhere still work their magic. As U.S. visitor remarked after seeing one of our shows last summer in Cape Breton


“That was remarkable. If you took that to New York, people would pay big money to see something of that calibre” 


If you would like to share the Magic of Nova Scotia with your audience, contact Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes about the one to four screen AVs he has in his library. These are being constantly updated with new photography so they remain fresh. If you need something produced specifically to convey a message or idea to your group, we can help too. Contact us at wallyxhayes@gmail.com


Wally also offers “Photography Workshops” at the following Nova Scotia locations where you can learn Tips & Tricks from the master.


Sherbrooke Village:

Sherbrooke Village - Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: July to September (4-day workshop scheduled for July of this year)

Photo Opportunities: Village Museum Buildings; Sawmill Lake sunrises; St. Mary’s River; Liscombe River & Trails; Port Bickerton Lighthouses & Seacoast.




West Berlin Wharf- Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: June to October

Photo Opportunities: Fort Point Lighthouse; Port Medway Lighthouses; Western Head Lighthouse; White Point Beach; Summerville Beach Park; Thomas Randall Provincial Park; Kejimkujik National Park; Keji Adjunct; Port Mouton fishing boats; Murphy’s Beach.




Humpback Whale-Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: August to October

Photo Opportunities: Brier Island cliffs, seashore trail, lighthouses; & birds Tiverton; Balancing Rock; Boars Head lighthouse; Whale watching; Point Prim lighthouse; Bear River; Annapolis Royal: architecture, historic gardens, graveyard tour, Fort Anne.




Colourful cliffs at Five Islands Provincial Park - Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: June to October (tides a factor)

Photo Opportunities: Wasson’s Bluff; Two Islands; Parrsboro Cliffs: Partridge Island; Parrsboro lighthouse; Fossil Museum; mini Cabot Trail;  Cape d’Or; Red Rocks; Cape Chignecto Park; Five Islands Park; Carr’s Beach; Thomas Cove; Economy Falls;  Advocate Beach driftwood; Three Sisters; Apple River; Joggins Fossil Cliffs; autumn blueberry fields.




The town of Baddeck -Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: May to October

Photo Opportunities: Bras d’Or Lake; Marble Mountain; St. Peter’s canal & lighthouse; Forschu fishing village and lighthouse; Fortress Louisbourg; Louisbourg lighthouse and coastline; Isle Madame lighthouses, trails & seacoast.




Fall Colours-Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: January to March; mid-May to October (workshop scheduled for this September)

Photo Opportunities: Cape Smokey; Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Warren Lake, Mary Ann falls, Green Cove, Black Brook beach & waterfall, Jack Pine trail and seacoast); Neil’s Harbour fishing boats & lighthouse; White Point fishing boats and seacoast trail; Aspy Bay; Cabot park & beach; Bay St. Lawrence to Meat Cove coastline; Aspy Valley lookout; North Mountain lookouts and moose.



Margaree Harbour:

The Margaree River -Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: mid-May to October

Photo Opportunities: Margaree Harbour, fishing boats, lookout & beach; Bear Cove;  Broad Cove; Margaree Valley look off & river; Cheticamp fishing boats, church, lighthouse & museum); Cape Breton Highlands National Park (seacoast, beaches, trails, moose, lookouts, Cheticamp River); Skyline Trail, MacKenzie mountain look off, Pleasant Bay (whale watching) , Lone Shelling trail.




Bay of Fundy-Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: January to March, mid-May to mid-October

Photo Opportunities: Baxter’s Harbour Hall’s Harbour, The Lookoff; Scotts Bay, Orchards, Vineyards, Eagles, Grand Pré, Gaspereaux Valley, Hantsport, Windsor, Shand House, Halliburton Museum.




Peggy's Cove-Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes

Best Time: May to October

Photo Opportunities: Waterfront, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park, Titanic Graves, St. Paul’s Church, City Hall, Town Clock, Halifax Citadel, Fleming Park, York Redoubt, Peggy’s Cove, Prospect, Terence Bay, Aspotagan Peninsula, Lawrence Town Beach, Eastern Passage, George’s Island, MacNab’s Island


To find out more information about his workshops contact Nova Scotia Photographer Wally Hayes at wallyxhayes@gmail.com.


To see more of Wally’s amazing images visit wallyhayes.smugmug.com


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