Welcome to my new blog! Thanks for taking the time to check out my first entry. I will be updating the blog with short stories and plenty of photos of trips that I take, important announcements and updates, take you behind the scenes of some of my most popular work, and whatever else comes to my mind! For my first blog post I’d like to share a little bit of my background in photography and life with you.
From a young age I was very fortunate to have parents who loved to travel and take my sister and me along for the trips. Whether it was cross Canada road trips, Mediterranean cruises, or Disneyland,we could count on at least one good vacation every year. However, the trip that really fueled my desire to travel was the first solo backpacking trip I took in 2006 to Europe. I spent 3 months in Germany, and 1 month visiting numerous cities across Eastern Europe as I made my way to Greece for my return flight home. While I didn’t consider myself to be a photographer at that time, I always had a camera with me (well, except for the one I lost early in my trip!)
After returning from Europe I got into the University of British Columbia, and I chose to focus on Political Science and International Relations with the hopes of getting a job with Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, so I could get paid to travel! Things didn’t work out as planned, and shortly after graduating University in 2010 I accepted a job that took me to the small town of Beaver Creek, Yukon.
Now, being born and raised in a big city, this was quite a big move for me! My life in Vancouver revolved around team sports, mostly soccer and beach volleyball, so to move to a town of 100 people where there was little in the way of organized sports was going to be a challenge. While I had done some outdoor activities as a kid, it had been many years since I had done any hiking or camping. But, seeing how I was moving to one of the most incredible spots in the world for hiking and other outdoor pursuits, I decided it was about time to get back into it.
At first I decided that hiking and backpacking would be enough adventure for me. As I explored more of Kluane National Park and Tombstone Territorial Park, I decided that I wanted to be able to show my friends and family back in Vancouver and elsewhere how beautiful the Yukon is, so in late 2012 I bought my first “real” camera (not a point and shoot!!). With help from my friend Tara MacIssac (check out her portrait work at https://www.facebook.com/TaraMacIsaacPhotography/) I began learning the basics of photography.
Pretty soon, I wasn’t content with just hiking and backpacking. Being surrounded by such beautiful mountains, I decided I wanted to be standing on top of them. I eventually began doing small scrambles, and took an intro to mountaineering course so I could safely reach the summits of snowy and glaciated peaks. At the same time, I began expanding my photography from just capturing the scenes in front of me, to seeking out the best light and planning my shots to ensure a compelling composition.
During my time in Beaver Creek, my desire to travel didn’t wane at all. From weekend trips to neighbouring Alaska to a month long trip to Chile and Argentina, I spent a lot of time planning where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. Along the way I managed to visit England, France, various cities in the US, Toronto, and 5 trips to Mexico.
In late 2014 I made the move from Beaver Creek to Fernie, BC. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Yukon, it was time for me to move on, and Fernie seemed to fit the bill. I got back into skiing, started ski mountaineering, and began doing more rock and ice climbing (both of which I thought I’d never do!). The Rockies aren’t short for scenery either, and I’ve enjoyed the endless beautiful landscapes this corner of the world provides.
This past October I took the next step in my photography journey, and started my website. My goal with the website is to expose my work to a larger audience and bring my work into your homes. I learned how to print, mat and frame artwork, and I’m excited to carry on that journey into this year where I hope to find new places to display my work! I’m also looking forward to more trips in 2017, including Mexico, plenty of time in the Rockies and Selkirk Mountains, and possibly a trip back to the Yukon!
Thanks for taking the time to read. Most of my future blog posts will be less reading and more pictures, I promise! Feel free to subscribe and share my blog posts, and don’t forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter. One lucky new subscriber will be chosen at random at the end of the month to win a 11x14 matted print of Vermilion Lake Sunset, so sign up today!