I am a nature and wildlife photographer who loves to share the world I see through my lens, capturing memorable scenes and turning them into images that speak. I look forward to sharing my passion and experience with photography at the Sundog Aurora Workshop.
I am originally from Edmonton, AB and moved to the north in 1990. After spending 16 years in Inuvik, capturing the beauty of a spectacular place, I moved to Yellowknife and have proudly called it home since then.
I have been photographing the world I see since high school with film before graduating to the digital format in 1997.
The thing I love about the north so much, is the color. The skies always have something to offer anyone who stops to take a look. The aurora, sunsets, cloud formations and rainbows are unique each and every time you see them.
Last September I worked with a Japanese film crew who were doing a documentary on the fall Aurora in Yellowknife. I spent 10 days with them and I was the focus of their YK portion of the film which was released on Japanese TV in March.
I have had several photos displayed at numerous photo exhibits in Europe. Twice my photos have represented Northern Canada in exhibits at the Stadsmuseum Harderwijk in The Netherlands. I was one of four Canadian photographers included in the Best Top Photographers coffee table book of photos from around the world. I have also had several photos published in textbooks, magazines and Won the best photo for 2015 with SpectacularNWT/NWT Tourism. I was also honored to have one of my photos given to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to Yellowknife in 2017.
Photographer and Author
I’ve been photographing the life and land around Yellowknife for 50 years. It’s a remarkable place. We’re especially gifted as one of the best locations in the world to experience Nature’s exquisite wonder, the Aurora Borealis. It’s a gift we are happy to share.
Photographing the Northern Lights is easily within anyone’s reach, with even modest camera gear. That’s what I and my fellow aurora shooters are ready to share: the tricks and tips to make your own stunning Aurora photo with Sundog Adventure’s Aurora Photo Workshops.
I have been leading aurora tours around Yellowknife since 2016, and earned the honour as the NWT’s top guide with the Service Excellence Award for 2017 from the NWT Tourism Industry Association. I have also published the popular book Aurora UP! The Aurora Experience in Yellowknife to explain what it’s all about. I have also produced three other photo books: One Good Ice, about the incredible winter road to the NWT’s diamond mines; Bridging the DehCho, about the seven-year project to span the might Mackern zie River, and The Air Tindi Story, about the little family airline that grew into a major regional connector and bush plane company. All are widely available in Yellowknife stores.
Along with my work as a commercial and industrial photographer, author and editorial writer for the past 10 years, I have worked in journalism, corporate communications and for eight years as an elected politician in the NWST Legislative Assembly. Today, I’m doing what I love to do: telling strong visual stories with my photos, and helping others experience the spectacular beauty and magic of The North.
I grew up in the North and the beauty of the landscape and scenery may have been something I took for granted, photography pushed me to delve further into the beauty of my surroundings.
I have always loved taking photos when out with my family and four-legged friend Cinder, but had not taken photography seriously until 2014 at the prompting of friends and family.
Photography came naturally to me and after some research and a few workshops and courses I found that I had really found something I wanted to pursue more passionately.
I enjoy being out in nature so landscape and wildlife became my favourite subjects. However, the real challenge came when I tried capturing the Aurora. Night photography has its obvious obstacles due to low light and difficulty focusing etc but I was up for the challenge and Aurora became my main focus and I wanted to learn everything I could about capturing the Aurora, not only accurately but artistically as well. I love to be out with other photographers, encouraging and learning from one another. Aurora is a subject that never seems to get old, each show is different and I enjoy capturing them in different settings.
My photos have been featured in a local magazine, on a mural at one of the local federal agencies and also can be seen hanging at a local restaurant. In 2020 my photos will be featured at NACC for the month of May.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion with others who are also captivated by the Aurora.