What a gorgeous destination wedding for Cathie & Tom at the Tin Poppy Retreat just north of Enderby, BC! A beautiful day with a beautiful couple. Enjoy these images from their special day. 🙂
I had the privilege and honour of photographing the wedding of Chelsea and Ryan in one of my favourite areas of British Columbia – Summerland. The venue was La Punta Norte and it was my first time shooting a wedding at this beautiful Okanagan destination.
The smoke from more than a hundred surrounding forest fires in BC and Washington State had been hovering in the Okanagan for a couple of weeks before the wedding, and it didn’t let up for the big day. Although this smokey reality proved a bit challenging for me (and anyone with breathing sensitivities), the wedding was an extraordinarily beautiful occasion and I wish Chelsea and Ryan all the best on their journey together, as one.
Here is my collection of favourites from the past year. I wish you all a very wonderful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2017!
1) “Aglow” – The iconic Enderby Cliffs light up as a winter’s day comes to a close
2) “Sovereign” – Enjoying some incredible conditions at Sovereign Lake, Vernon, BC
3) “Day Break” – Ringing in the new year atop Silver Star Mountain, overlooking Vernon, BC
4) “Inversion” – Otherworldly scene featuring inversion clouds blanketing Vernon, BC
5) “Swansea Point” – Lovely creek pours into Mara Lake near Sicamous, BC
6) “The Rock” – Mara Lake near Sicamous, BC
7) “Sweeping” – Early spring hits the Shuswap, Enderby, BC
8) “Fire Hills Pt.1” – Evening sky lights up over Enderby, BC
9) “Idyllic” – a perfect afternoon fly fishing Mabel Lake near Lumby, BC
10) “Two Suns, One Oasis” – Spring at McGuire Lake in Salmon Arm, BC
11) “202” – Long exposure at dusk over the Shuswap river in Enderby, BC
12) “Sunnybrae Selfie” – Shuswap Lake in the spring near Salmon Arm, BC
13) “Fire Hills Pt. 2” – Another amazing sky unfolds over Enderby, BC
14) “Stand Tall” – One of my favourite trees overlooking the Shuswap River, Enderby, BC
15)”Moments Like These” – Surreal evening on the Shuswap River, Enderby, BC
16) “Bitten” – Battling mosquitos along a swollen Shuswap River in Enderby, BC
17) “Swallowtail” – Zooming in on a smaller world, Enderby, BC
18) “Rock Blossoms” – Ellison Provincial Park near Vernon, BC
19) “Motherhood” – Okanagan Lake near Vernon, BC
20) “Tenacity” – Surviving the odds on Shuswap Lake near Blind Bay, BC
21) “Bursting” – Spring in full bloom at Swan Lake, Vernon, BC
22) “River Art” – Sand patterns along the Shuswap River, Enderby, BC
23) “Belvidere Sky” – Enderby, BC
24) “A Seat in the Shuswap” – Near Salmon Arm, BC
25) “The Ramp” – View of Sicamous, BC from the gliding ramp
26) “Sky Melt” – Unusual cloud formations over the Shuswap River in Enderby, BC
27) “Rainbow Pasta” – Ashton Creek, BC
28) “A Vibrant Shuswap” – Enderby, BC
29) “Phoenix” – Vertical panning last year’s devastating fire at Kettle River Provincial Park near Westbridge, BC
30) “Similkameen Sizzle” – near Cawston, BC
31) “Farm Life” – Keremeos, BC
32) “Summer’s End” – Skimikin Lake near Salmon Arm, BC
33) “The Tune of Autumn” – Fall scene along the Shuswap River, Enderby, BC
34) “New Horizons” – A first visit for me to Wallenteen Lake near Salmon Arm, BC
35) “Fall on Fortune” – Spallumcheen, BC
36) “On the Edge of Paradise” – Kalamalka Lake, Vernon, BC
37) “Autumn Road” – Spallumcheen, BC
38) “Cotton Candy Shuswap” – Enderby, BC
39) “November Tree” – Kalamalka Lake, Vernon, BC
40) “Christmas Magic” – Wonderful winter scene to end the year
As I’ve done in years gone by, here are my favourite images from 2014. I’ve had some truly amazing experiences this year and I’m so thankful to God for every blessing He provides. I hope you enjoy this collection!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!
Home is a beautiful thing. In my case, that would be Enderby, British Columbia. Yes, I was born and raised in the big city (Vancouver), and my family still resides there to this day. My precious Canucks are there. The place will always bring back nostalgic memories for me. However, this is home now. And Enderby is a fantastic place to be for many reasons. One of the obvious reasons takes the form of gorgeous volcanic cliffs that tower over the town. The Enderby Cliffs are spectacular any time of year and they are very often the subject of many of my landscape shots.
Here are some of my favourite Cliffs shots from 2013. Merry Christmas and enjoy!
Learn to take better pictures in the beautiful North Okanagan! Join me for another round of Camera Basics and Field Instruction in Enderby, BC this July! You can get all the information here. Camera Basics (theory-based) happens on Thursday, July 19th (6-8pm) and the Field Instruction happens Saturday, July 21st (times to be determined). Sign up for both for only $100 (taxes included)! There’s only space for 10 participants, so contact me to book at (250) 838-6195 or at email@example.com
Hi all, due to much demand in the Shuswap and North Okanagan for quality photography workshops in the area, I have put together some sessions to be held this month in beautiful Enderby, BC! Whether you’re just learning about photography, or you just need some professional tips to truly inspire and elevate your imagery, these workshops are fun, and affordable!
Please click here to download the PDF which outlines the dates, prices and workshop descriptors! Book your spot now by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (250) 838-6195. Hurry, space is limited!
Well I’ve been talking about this for quite some time now and I am now very excited to announce it’s a GO! Join me this BC Day long weekend and vastly improve your knowledge of photography in one of the most iconic (and secluded) mountain playgrounds in the world – The Purcell Mountains.
Through Discover BC Photo Tours, come discover BC as you unleash your creative and technical savvy in one extraordinary wilderness landscape. Let the unmistakable Mt Sir Donald be your backdrop as you explore this vast mountain wilderness through your camera. This is considered the very centre of where the Columbia, Selkirk and Purcell ranges meet, so if you yearn for the mountains, this is undoubtedly your workshop!
Get up close and personal as we shoot some amazing waterfalls, mountain streams, forests, fiery meadows of indian paintbrush, fireweed and western pasque flowers and so much more! The grassy meadows of the area allow for some really great opportunities to see and shoot wildlife such as elk, moose, caribou, whitetail deer, black and grizzly bears, and mountain goats. With over sixty-three species of birds identified in the area, your bound to return home with some amazing stories to match the breathtaking imagery you’ll get to show off.
But don’t think for a second that just because we’re in the middle of nowhere (or everywhere!), doesn’t mean we’re sleeping in tents and sharing cans of pork ‘n beans after our field shoots. No, no, the incredibly astounding Purcell Mountain Lodge will be our headquarters for the long weekend. Luxurious mountaintop accommodations coupled with delectable meals using organic ingredients (all included in the workshop rate I might add), means that we can solely focus on the task at hand; vastly improving your photography!
All weekend long we’ll cover topics such as camera basics, lighting, exposure, composition, depth of field, essential gear, patterns and textures, creative approaches, working with subjects, landscape essentials, impactful portraiture, architectural photography, lightpainting and other in camera effects, post-processing and more!
To access the Lodge we will depart from Golden on August 3rd via helicopter! The flight is 15 minutes long and will take us over incredible mountain peaks and ancient glaciers, before dropping us off at the Lodge to begin our weekend of learning and exploring. Because participants will likely need accommodations in Golden on August 2nd (flight leaves typically between 8-9 AM), I am waiting on some discounted one-night rates exclusive to us. Before booking your Golden pre-night stay, be sure to ask me who to book with!
Also, if you plan to get new gear before our workshop, make sure you visit The Camera Store in Calgary, personally, I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else for my photographic needs.
And I would also like to welcome the newest sponsor Experience the Mountain Parks! EMP is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting information on visiting the mountain parks of BC and Alberta. Publisher Bob Harris is not only responsible for creating this useful and beautiful guide, he is just a fantastic person and I am so happy to welcome him and CMI Publishing as an event sponsor!
The workshop takes place August 3, 4 and 5 and there is a maximum of 8 spots available! Booking deadline is April 30th, 2012!
To view the complete details and prices in PDF form, click here! You do not want to miss out on this workshop! Email me at email@example.com or call (250) 838-6195.
Oh, I cannot wait for this one!
Well it seems that many people are wanting their own “multiplicity” images. As such, I am now taking appointments for a special “Multiplicity in Merritt” weekend on April 6th (Good Friday), and April 7th, 2012. Create unforgettable images that you can use as greeting cards or simply to share with your friends on Facebook. These are perfect for just about anyone; kids, couples, families, pets, you name it, I can multiply it!
For $85 CDN (taxes included) you’ll receive:
– 1 hour Multiplicity session (if multiplicity shoot takes less than one hour, you will get a bonus professional portrait!)
– All post-production work included
– Final image (s) in high resolution
*Book now because there is only enough space for twelve appointments over the two days! Call me at (250) 838-6195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Late last fall I discovered the technique of “multiplicity.” Multiplicity is the common term for imagery that combines multiple exposures into one image. The effect is not only extraordinarily fun to create, but it also generates the wow factor from those that see it done well. I’ve had much fun coming up with multiplicity concepts since then and the more I attempt these, the quicker the process becomes. Below is the result of my first attempt, I like to call it “The Party”.
After seeing the results (and response) from the image, I was hooked. With my beautiful wife and gorgeous little girls away on a house hunting trip, this was the perfect way to keep myself busy for the weekend. As such, other multiplicity concepts were born. For my second attempt, I took the project to the back yard for more canvas space. Setting my camera on the tripod and the shutter on self-timer, I went to work. This time, I wanted to combine two new effects I discovered into one concept; multiplicity and levitation. The “me” being lifted into the sky was achieved by jumping off of an outdoor hot tub, over and over again, until I got the flying image I wanted. Took about 30 takes to get it (remember, I was on self-timer!). Man were my legs sore the next day. Then, in post, I simply “erased” the hot tub. For more information on levitation photography, see the end of this post.
The next day, I attempted another back yard riot. The original concept was supposed to be “Greens” vs. “Oranges”, but shortly after creating the image, I realized I forgot to change my shirt for one of the guys playing cards in the foreground. Nonetheless, it was great to practice the technique.
I had so much fun with multiplicity that weekend, that I showed up bright and early to work on Monday to attempt another one (I worked out of the Powell River Visitor Centre, so it only seemed right to have myselves helping….well, myselves).
Now that I was quite comfortable with the technique I decided to try some shots using my beautiful daughters as models. First up was my youngest, who wanted nothing more than to show off her Halloween ladybug costume.
Then my oldest daughter, who, by the way, came up with most of the poses herself.
A good six weeks or so passed before I attempted another multiplicity, but the next concept was always on my mind. It was time for another “Party.” This time, I wanted my lovely wife to be a part of the concept. I wanted her to be “surrounded” by a handful of Darrens. I am more than certain that for her sometimes this conceptual scene seems all too real 🙂
I now have many family and friends asking me to create their own multiplicity images. Who am I to say no? These last two were taken just this last weekend during a visit to Merritt to visit my family. The first one is of my darling niece, and her many personalities.
And last, but in no way least, my nephew showcasing his hysterical sense of humour.
I have many multiplicity concepts brewing in my brain on how I can take this to the next level. Stay tuned as I work them out in my many heads.
To see how this effect is accomplished, watch this video here.
For a tutorial on levitation photography, click here.