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.
I am very excited to announce that I will be photographing some events and lot’s of fun stuff for Tourism Whistler this year. Through the whole year I will be capturing our lifestyle, adventures, favourite spots to hang out and the beauty we are surrounded by every day. Can’t wait to share those moments with you! And here are a few of my favourites from my first submission.
Steve and I were on assigment photographing the new Endorphin 27.5 for Knolly bikes. The Endorphin has been on trails since 2009 and the new version of it just hit the stores. We both sat down and wrote ideas for the shoot. Two days covering various trails in Whistler, including bike park. We made sure Steve would ride it in every possible scenerio – smooth flowy trails, technical climbs and descents, roots, rocks, loam, xc race. Once we did that we decided to step it up and take it to the Whistler bike park to push it’s limits.
“The bike rips and is capable of so much more than the traditional definition of a trail bike. It descends as well as and climbs better than the old version. They retained the fun ride qualities the past Endorphin had and even managed to lose a small amount of weight in it’s transformation. If you’re looking for a trail bike that can hold it’s own on the downhills or if you liked the last edition and are looking to upgrade, this is your bike. ” – Steve Storey
Want to learn how to mountain bike or bring your skills to whole new level? Dirt Series mountain bike camps offer weekend long camps in both Canada and US. The cool part about it – it’s all about women learning together. I signed up for the camps twice and learn so much just in one weekend. The coaches were great, all of them are very knowledgeable, patient and great athletes. They understand what goes in your mind, your fear better than anyone else. They went through their own challenges and fears on their own. What I find the most important with these camps is consistency. It doesn’t matter what group you end up being with or who is your coach – you learn a lot. This is the biggest difference when I compare them to other lessons I took in the past.
At the end of the summer I ended up taking pictures for their new website and other marketing material for the next season. These photo shoots have to be planned almost a year ahead. We chose a local trail – Cut yer Bars to include shots with beginner level as well as more advanced levels, skills sessions and coaches sessioning technical areas with students.
There is always excitement in town when new trail is built. This time it is an alpine hiking trail and it was built by volunteers, mostly from the Alpine Club of Canada. From the trailhead in Whistler (Alpine Way) to Iceberg Lake roundtrip is 14km. Depending on your level of fitness this hike will take 6-8 hours roundtrip.
We chose to pedal our bikes to Screaming Cat Lake and Flank trail fork and from there we hiked Skywalk North trail. The reason behind that is both of my friends/models were injured and biking was actually better option for them then hiking. Thumbs up for Christina, who just came off 3 months foot injury, still limping her way through grassy meadows. It was also the only sunny day in forecast for a while, so we had no other choice then go for it. Unfortunately we haven’t made it to Iceberg Lake, but we were pretty darn close. Photos ( especially for a client) take time to get and I needed to capture the views and hiking in alpine.
I am fairly new to real estate photography and I have to say I really enjoy it. It is very different from majority of my photo shoots which include people in my photos. Whistler Premier approached me if I could take exterior pictures of their newest property to manage – LeChamois. When photographing a property and rooms for rent I focus on wider shots to show as much surroundings as I can. Traveling myself, I come accross photos of units or properties that don’t give you a scale how big the room is or what the location is. In these photos – beside the property itself I tried to show the views and proximity to ski lifts and Blackcomb and Whistler mountains as well.
At the beginning of the bike season I was contacted by Whistler bike park to photograph Phat Wednesday race for future marketing use. Phat Wednesday DH race series is a very popular and very competitive race happening on most Wednesdays. The race is open to anyone and it is more competitive than some of the more known races in Canada or in the world. You get to race against big names like Chris Kovarik, Claire Buchar, Illes brothers, and these days Troy Brosnan as well, just to name a few. It is run by Whistler Blackcomb event department and those guys are doing an amazing job week after week.
Getting into a photo shoot, I knew I will have to deal with mid day sun, probably the worst enemy for a photographer. To get the right shots, I had to look for open spaces to be able to capture the speed while battling the heat and dusty conditions. With Phat Wednesday actually happening that day we also had to deal with racers training during the day. After getting the action photos, the client also wanted a picture of GLC and atmosphere during Awards later in the evening. I found a great angle to show the new GLC patio with bike racks as well, the only thing that was missing was the sun which set behind the clouds. The difference between the sunny and cloudy shot would be huge so I talked to my client and I was able to reschedule the shoot and wait for the right conditions. Sitting on GLC patio myself during summer, I wanted to capture what I feel. Cool and chilled atmosphere after day of riding, enjoying the last ray of sun while sipping my favourite drink with my friends.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra played in Whistler again this summer bringing classical music to Whistler Olympic Plaza. Who can say no to an outdoor concert on beautiful summer night? Through four days in July, we were treated to nine free performances, including chamber music throughout Whistler Village, and three main concerts at the Olympic Plaza.
BC Bike Race is far more than a race. It’s also seven day adventure that you won’t forget. It’s a tour of British Columbia’s West Coast singletrack. Over six hundred racers started their journey on day 1 in Cumberland, and raced each day in different town on Coast – Powell River, Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sechelt to Langdale, North Vancouver, Squamish and finishing the race in Whistler. This was also the hottest year during BV bike race history. Beside scorching heat, the riders had to deal with dehydration and dusty conditions. My approach to photograph this event was little different than shooting regular race. My client needed the images that would capture the atmostphere around finish line as well a few racing photos. The focus was the finish line so shooting at the best racing spot wasn’t feasible. Instead of action I opted for Haul Back hill at the beginning of the race. This way I was able to get the racers together in challenging terrain and morning light. After that I moved to last piece of singletrack in Lost Lake just before the finish to capture Whistler singletrack and some audience cheering on racers. From there it was only 5 minute walk to finish line to capture the rest and most important photos for the client. Each client has different needs and the way I shot this race reflects it.
Canada Day! The hot and dry weather this year made for an even livelier celebration than past ones. It’s been years since I made it to the village to watch the Canada Day parade. The town is full of people celebrating and participating in various activities. Moving to Canada was a big dream of mine and it is moments like these that make me realize I am living my dream. Listening to the Canadian anthem live always gets me teary. Luckily I had my camera to hide behind. It is amazing to see the pride in people’s eyes. Whistler is an incredible place for Canada Day. The town puts on a great show and many festivities over the long weekend. With street entertainment and family fun packed activities there is plenty to choose from. This year I was asked to document Canada Day for Tourism Whistler and here is a selection of my favourite photographs.