Flight into 2015

Aerial Photography over the Fraser Valley Flying over the Golden Ears Mountains, the Cessna 180 shows its stuff. This image was made into a large print for the owner. When the weather feels gloomy it's nice to remember the brilliantly sunny days. Like it was on New Year's Day, 2015. I got a phone call that morning from Rick Church, a fellow photographer, pilot and one who rebuilds airplanes…

Serenading the Birds

  On a quick trip to the Comox Camera Club recently, I was so thankful to have two opportunities for some portrait photography. One was with Mick Maxted.  With a tray of goodies, Mick watched for the birds as he prepared to play his flute. Mick lives with his wife Lynn in Fanny Bay, in a beautiful home surrounded by tall cedars that reminds me of a tree house. The yard is a…

Ukulele Hot Springs!

Even the local Sasquatch couldn't resist getting into the act! When I got a call to photograph a weekend ukulele seminar in Harrison Hot Springs, I couldn't wait! I was looking forward to visiting a beautiful location and working with eager students while enjoying their music. On top of that, here was a photography assignment where I could bring my wife along. A big hook for me was the fact…

Stories from Peru

Having just returned from two weeks of adventure and many stories from Peru, my original thought was to share one photo from each day. However, with thousands of photos and dozens of stories, that became an impossible task. So, here are a few photos of our time in Lima, followed by an account of our work with students at Picaflor House, our visits to Machu Picchu,  and finally some of our…

Stories of British Columbia

After three weeks on the road, exploring northern British Columbia and a little of Alberta, what sticks in my mind is not so much the beauty in the landscape, although it was abundant, but the beauty in the people. Chance encounters along the way led to these photos and stories of some of the beautiful people of our province.   Nicole: A leader in her community. Nicole is a Dene…

A Bella Coola High

We had a feeling something special was happening from the very first day. At the end of the second day, our students were saying things like, "I've already learned so much! How can we keep up this pace?". Develop Your Creative Vision, the first workshop offered by myself and Chris Harris, came to a celebratory end last week. We marked the end of seven days of learning, sharing and pushing our…

Coming Together

It's such a gratifying feeling when, after working so hard for more than 2 years, the efforts of a whole team of people come together. I'm talking about a major four-day conference for photographers called CAPA Photo Expo that came to an end on August 3. Since then, we've been receiving accolades and arresting photos from the 200+ participants. The photos below are an attempt to share the…

Yukon Gold!

Yukon is rich with golden colours in autumn.   We struck gold on our recent visit to Whitehorse!  Beautiful weather, amazing scenery and a special week with good friends. One of our highlights was a circle tour from Whitehorse with stops in Haines Junction, Haines and Skagway, Alaska and Carcross. It was our first ever trip to the Yukon and we kept wondering why we hadn't made it…