Focus shifts to Mount Robson in September

Oh, the weather was glorious for the Coast in Focus Photography workshop last weekend here on the Upper Sunshine Coast of BC. Although the group was a smaller one (in numbers, not collective height :)), an amazing time was had by all the participants. Some of the locations changed this year, which worked out incredibly well given that this was our first year of the workshop without rain. Most notably was our visit on Sunday to Heisholt Lake (Quarry Lake) on Texada Island. The group seemed rather keen to make this amazing locale the grand finale shoot of the weekend. I am very excited to see some of the imagery produced by the workshop participants.

But now, we put Coast in Focus behind us and get ready for our Mount Robson Photography Workshop in September! This one is filling up quickly, so if you are interested in improving your imagery through professional (and experiential) instruction, be sure to book your spot soon! Kelly Funk and I will also have details coming fairly soon on our newest workshop for 2012….the incredible Purcell Mountains 🙂 Stay tuned.

Coast in Focus participant sets her focus on the Palm Beach tidal pools

Sweetwater Creek was the location for our water shoot

Sea Fair was on - great opportunity for creative scenes like this 30 second exposure

We took advantage of some unreal cloud formations that looked like jellyfish - how fitting!


Sunday's Heisholt Lake shoot was the perfect ending to a great weekend of learning


Participant Gabe joined me in an 80 ft plunge into the lake to finish off the weekend


One Photogenic Summer

I love summer. I have been shooting virtually non-stop (except maybe to process images) since the summer weather hit us in Powell River, BC. There is just so much going on, from actors needing headshots and developers needing lot view shots, to the BC Bike Race and kid’s playing at the beach, the photo ops are seemingly endless right now.

BC Bike Race: Almost five hundred mountain bikers stormed the beaches (and trails) of Powell River yesterday. Although I did hit the trails to catch some racers in the action, my favourite shots from the day turned out to be the ones by the finish line, home of Tent City, where all the racers and crew camped for the night.

After chasing (and cheering) the bikers around the race route, I decided to stop by one of my favourite swim spots for a dip in the lake. The first of many this summer I am sure….and was it ever refreshing!

View Shots: Another residential developer in Powell River has hired me to get some view shots for their website. I decided to get some shots showcasing daytime views and then return to capture them again in the midst of a Powell River sunset. I am pleased with how these turned out.

Kids and Beaches: My family make for great models, although I am certain they are looking forward to a family outing without the Nikon family member 🙂

We took a trip to Saltery Bay Provincial Park day use area and the colours everywhere were stunning, right down to the rocks that lined the shore.

Another thing that summer brings? Coast in Focus photography workshop July 22-24 in Powell River. If you want to be part of the experience and improve your photography skills, contact me at

Ready for the big screen

Over the weekend, I was passed along a client from talented Powell River portrait photographer Candace Roadknight (Beauty Bliss Photography). An aspiring actor from Edmonton, Alberta was in town and decided that he wanted to get some headshots done for his portfolio. He was on the path to starting a career in acting and knew he needed some good headshots to pass along to talent scouts and film producers. Two short hours, four wardrobe changes and five different locations later, we had captured some pretty strong imagery for him. I wanted to ensure that we got diversity that shows he can play just about any part that came his way; handsome lead male, action hero, funny sitcom guy, mob thug, and even sinister crazy in a Hollywood thriller. I believe diversity is the key for any actor…….much like a photographer who is really taking a liking to the art of portraiture 🙂