2018 was a great year for me pushing my boundaries and comfort zones and for the first year tackling running a photography business as my main source of income. That involved commercial, portrait, and family photo shoots, landscape photography workshops – both leading and assisting, guiding, selling prints & gift cards, writing articles, being published in several magazines and licensing stock. It’s been a bit daunting and continues to be but with that has come more freedom and growth.
I owe a lot to my partner for the support. She’s behind me all the way, is my solid second opinion & even joins me on crazy plans like last night to photograph the Quadrantid meteor shower on an icy lake in high wind beneath Yamnuska! I think I saw 3 meteors and she saw 8 as I fiddled with two camera set ups and came away with zero good photos – but it’s not always about the photos – enjoying the process is really important. You need to tell yourself that when you fall on your face on an icy lake searching for mythical methane bubbles in a white out anyway – another moment fresh in the memory from a young 2019 (Just leave the ice cleats in the car he said).
Below are my 10 favorite images of 2018 where things worked out but there was so much more than just this set that I enjoyed about the year like the images I made in Patagonia which didn’t make the cut or images from Iceland which I haven’t edited yet. The mantra I sometimes hear of just sharing your best work, curating and coveting a tight set of images, is restrictive and creates unnecessary pressure. My advice for your photography (which I also try to follow); Stay positive, let loose, make mistakes, share your passion, creativity and uniqueness where time allows and you will improve quickly along the way. All the best to you in 2019!
My favourite 10 images that I took during 2016 (click on each one for a closer look);
Sunset at Mt Assiniboine, Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Moon halo at Little Tunnel on the KVR railway, Naramata, British Columbia, Canada
Light rays and waterfall in Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Self portrait on a foggy night at Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
The Valley of the 10 peaks filled with morning light from the top of Eiffel Peak, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
The aurora borealis flys South towards Mt Lougheed from the summit of Windtower, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada
Moonlit peaks on Canada Day in Upper Larch Valley, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Sunset from the summit of Mt Schaffer, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
The milky way reflects in Lake Magog underneath Mt Assiniboine, Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Sunrise on top of Yamnuska after fresh snowfall, Alberta, Canada
and the “B” side images;
Rock markings at Numa Falls, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Water flow around crystal ice on Diamond Beach, Iceland
Light pillars forming in the sky above Mt Rundle & the town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Mountain uplifts from the summit of Big Sister, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada
The milky way and Mt Assiniboine reflect in an evaporating pool, Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Nearing the top of Wasatch Peak as sunrise lights up the 10 peaks, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Splintered shale and a receding glacial valley on the Whaleback, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
A lone tree stands on a steep glacial moraine at the back of Chephren Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Menacing icicles near the false summit of Observation Peak with Peyto Lake down below, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Admiring the size of Wallingford Back mine on a winter’s night, Quebec
and some “C”s…..I had a really fun year!
Kayaking in front of the Des Polius glacial headwall, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Ice melt and a spring storm at Eiffel Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Juxtaposing a ponderosa pine tree trunk with Layer Cake Mountain, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
The Canmore hoodoos at night with Mt Rundle behind, Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada
A moonlit figure on Okanagan Lake, Ellison Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
A full rainbow encompasses Mt Rundle at Vermilion Lakes, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Wild weather engulfs Mt Temple viewed from the summit of Shoel Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
A spooky night in the shadows at Wood Lake, Lake Country, British Columbia, Canada
Fall on the retreat up on the Moraine Lake beehive, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Serving wine and cheese on the Tower of Babel above Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
So it was a big year, we finally moved to Canmore to make our home in the Canadian Rockies! Once there I managed to climb 51 separate mountains in the next 8 months to finish off the year. My goal was my age in peaks for the year so I was happy to achieve that when I hit 33 peaks with Mt St Nicholas in Banff National Park but going up mountains has so many positive effects that I kept at it right until year’s end. Bring on 34+ peaks in 2017! I was also fortunate to be invited to help on a few of Will Patino’s photography workshops, both here in Canada and also over in Iceland which i’m so grateful for as It opened me up to new friends and experiences that I had never imagined. I still have to process a lot of the Iceland images. I’m really looking forward to creating even more unique images next year and to continuing to take steps to build a happy and fulfilling life.
My favourite 10 images that I took during 2015 (click on each one for more details);
In 2015 I have worked on photography as much as possible. It has in some way shape or form been present in every spare waking moment that ive had! Ive been lucky to have this time for it but am always left wishing there was more. I managed to do many things im proud of and becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada was one of those. It helped me be able to move forward with more purpose knowing that im here to stay….8 years on temporary permits was great for travel and flexibility but not if you wish to start something. The most exciting part of the year was traveling alone to the Yukon Territory for 2 weeks to backpack & photograph Tombstone Territorial Park. Nothing beats being immersed in nature, with a close second photographing it with intention to hopefully come away with a ripping shot or two.
For the first part of 2015 I have been working on this site. There is a lot more work to it than is seen at first glance. Lots of boring stuff like keywording photos for SEO, dealing with a backlog of images from the past couple of years, making some initial business decisions and writing an about me section (Struggled with that – I find it awkward writing about myself. You don’t want to be misinterpreted as being boastful so I kept it as literal as possible). I currently have a full time job so piecing these things together has felt painstakingly slow. I’ve tried to make a little progress each day hoping it will eventually add up and I think its getting close……although I’ll be dealing with that backlog forever – read: stay away from the stock galleries they currently look a little anemic.
In more exciting news I’m using my 2 weeks of vacation time this year entirely for photography in early September and its down to 2 options;
The Canadian Rockies (Re-visiting Tonquin Valley, Mt Robson & Mt Assiniboine)
I’m also about to start a project detailing my daily commute to work here in the Okanagan Valley. Its a 60km drive each way and im hoping to take advantage of any interesting conditions that occur – lots of times I’ve been caught wishing I had the camera. I just have to get a years worth of sawdust out of the car first – well that layer is on top of a years worth of normal dust. You don’t want to ride with me if you have allergies that’s for sure. You can check out the progress of this project HERE and if it hasn’t started its because im putting off the dust control.
Thanks for looking! I enjoy having a space that my photography can grow into. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.