It is so worth to get up at 5:30am. I wish I had a strength and will to wake up this early more often. Taking a photo like this at sunrise makes me think how many opportunities did I miss? paddleboarding with canadian geese

My man, Steve Storey, recently tested new bike from Knolly. He also tagged me along for some pictures and one of the images has been used in their advertising as well. Steve Storey, trailbuilder, riding his new addition Roca Verde Trail.

One of my favourite pictures from Della Creek trip is an opening image for a feature story on riding in Llilooet in current issue of Mountain Life magazine. Rider Steve Storey made sure I am completely covered in dust by end of the shoot.
Della Creek mtb trail in BC.

Last summer I headed up into the alpine for a quick overnight mountain bike shoot. The sunset was unreal! So glad we did it but I could have done without the billions of mosquitoes. This image from that trip of Steve Storey and Fanny Paquette is running in the current of issue of Crank’d magazine.
Alpine mtb trails on Sproat mountain in Whistler.

So excited to finally see this image in print. Steve and I have been going back to this spot for a few times just to get the right conditions and it finally paid off. Thanks to Coast Mountain Culture Magazine for publishing this picture as one page in their photo gallery.
Drop at Salsa Verde trail.

Claire Buchar and I have been working together on this piece over the last year. Due to our conflicting schedules it took a bit longer than we anticipated. Great to finally see this in print in the current issue Czech Velo magazine. Working with Claire on this was so much fun it didn’t even feel like a job. She brought so many great ideas and had a lot of interesting things to say in the interview we did together.
Claire Buchar - Canadian mountain biker.

A quick flashback to our trip to Honduras couple years ago. This picture of Steve Storey and Denis Courchesne searching for new trails in Central America ended up as a double spread in May issue of Czech Velo magazine.
Mountain biking in Honduras.

I started to see more and more cinemagraphs in our digital world. Adding a movement to still photography can create a whole new feeling and mood for the photograph and I had to give it a try. I believe that this is something that can help to market your business, get noticed and do something different than most people do. Here is my first cinemagraph, now I just need to tweak them to perfections! What do you think? Biker riding on dh bike away from camera.

Sometimes I get asked if I could do the head shots. Often I find out that my client is not sure if they would like to have an outdoor or an indoor head shot. It is a right question to ask and I feel the best is to look at the company you work for. If it is a bigger corporation, we might need to follow up some guidelines and choose the proper background. Sometimes it is just better to match the rest so there is some unity in the pictures across the whole company. However if you are a small business, I find the outdoor pictures can add a bit of personality to your head shots. I have seen images from outdoor formal head shot to something more relaxed like doing something you like to do, biking, skiing, etc. It is the best if you consult your options with your photographer. If you have a small business operating from office ( lawyer, business consultant, etc) maybe a formal outdoor or indoor picture is the best. However if you are yoga teacher, life coach or in landscape business – I would suggest a more informal outdoor picture and nice portrait in a great looking garden or in meditation pose, etc..
And here are a few examples of corporate outdoor head shots from my last week shoot.
Corporate photography in Whistler

This picture means a lot to me. More than my love for pond hockey. It was the effort I went through to get the shot. At that time I just came back home from and exhausting trip to India. It wasn’t just 12 hours time change that I had to deal with first week back. I was also still recovering from severe food poisoning and giardia. If that is not enough, we had no home either. Our house and my office burned down only week before our arrival back from our trip and we needed to sort our lives and my livelihood as well.
It was my friend, who called me if I would like to come and take some pictures while he would film. Feeling sick, I still agreed. I wanted to start living normal life as soon as possible. But even a small shoot like this presented lots of problems – I had nothing beside the gear I had with me in India. It was one of those freezing days with -10C and I was wearing clothes from donations and freezing the whole time. Most of the time, I ended up sleeping in the car at the parking lot as the food poisoning took over once again. However I pushed myself to get out of car couple of times to take pictures. And I remember talking to myself: “All you need is one good photo. Just find the right angle and get it done and you can go back to the car for another nap.” I knew the sun would never hit the ice rink and the light was pretty flat, however I noticed a bit of blue sky in the corner and I knew that could make a nice contrast with the white clouds. Suddenly I started to analyze the picture and how it could look in black and white. I knew I wanted to show the mountains in the background and how big the lake was. I found my position and then waited for the right action. And the rest is the history.
This picture is now published as double spread in Mountain Life Magazine current issue.
Pond hockey at Jofree Lakes with mountains in background.