I had an idea for a SUP shoot in my head for almost two years. The summers here in Whistler are short and I felt I was too busy to get organized or focus on stock photography. With SUP I either had trouble finding a model or a board and when I found both, the weather wasn’t cooperative. I had a vision of someone paddling during sunrise on Alta Lake with a bit of fog coming out from the lake at an early hour. We didn’t get any fog on the day of our shoot, however, I could not be any happier with the photos we got. I love these early morning sunrise shoots regardless of how tired I am . The valley is so peaceful and quiet and takes on a whole new level of beauty before the town has woken up. There is nobody around and you really get to take in all the beauty around.
Earlier this year I was asked by Whistler Bike Park if I would be available to photograph couple of their bike park lessons they will be promoting the next season. After a few phone calls, organizing models, bikes and bike outfits I finally met a group of young ladies eager to learn to ride and pose for the camera. Before we decide on the trails and locations we will photograph at, the marketing team and myself created a shot list based on their needs and feeling they would like to get out of the pictures. Once we know what kind of images we are after I usually go up the mountain to scout some locations and suggest the ideas to Whistler bike park. For womens night bike park lesson we wanted to capture fun and no-stressful environment, some instructions on easy, beginner trails as well a bit challenging terrain so the lessons would appeal to female rider at any level. With ton’s of sun in the forecast we opted for Garbanzo zone higher up which offers beautiful views and more open sunny areas.
Whistler Blackcomb has recently chosen their favourite images to promote their next year winter season. Our goal was to capture ski lesson and teen lifestyle images on Whistler mountain. The girls were amazing to work with, maybe a bit shy at first but ended up giggling for the rest of the day. With only 5 hours available we had to be on a roll to cover all levels of ski lessons from the beginner zone at Olympic chair up to advanced lessons with challenging terrain as well the instructing shots and lifestyle shots of the girls. If you are planning a trip to Whistler this winter and you are not confident with your skiing or snowboarding give the lesson a try. There are so many to choose from. Or just try their complimentary guided tour on either mountain. They offer it for any level and it’s an awesome way to get to know the mountains.
Road biking is a sport that was a bit forgotten in Whistler where most of the focus is on downhill or cross country riding in the valley. Things has changed in last three years with big events like RBC GranFondo and Ironman Canada coming to town. These days you can see quite a few cyclists on the road and even the hard core all mountain riders are adding road biking to their training schedule. With Hwy 99 being busy I see most of them heading north to Pemberton and Pemberton Valley. Depending on your fitness level you can head up Duffey Lake Road for more hills. Another popular spot for a quick ride after work or those new in sport might be the Callaghan Valley. It is a beautiful ride up a brand new road with excellent views of the Callaghan Valley, site of the Olympic Ski Jumping and Nordic events. The only distraction on otherwise quiet road might be the local black bears. We decided that Callaghan Valley might be the best for the photo shoot as the girls were working until 5:30pm that day. Quick change into biking gear and we were in the car heading to the valley to catch the last rays of the sun.
Anytime I have an opportunity to take photos I jump at it. Photography is my passion and I can’t imagine leaving my camera behind even when catching up with my friend while hiking on Blackcomb mountain. It’s fun to do these shoots with your friends where there is no pressure of delivering the product, tight deadline or to get specific shots. This is the time when I truly love photography as I can experiment and decide how every photo is going to look like. With more experience, you start taking pictures more carefully thinking about what it could be used for, who could I sell it to, how to create energy in the pictures, etc, etc. It’s something that I have never tried to do subconsciously. It’s one of those things that develop slowly over the years and changed my artistic approach. For a lifestyle photographer, these kind of shoots are my favourite. I get to be outside exploring the great outdoors with my friends while broadening my skills and building bigger portfolio. And living in Whistler, surrounded by Coast Mountains, makes this experience that much sweeter.
It was a weird season. We either had sun or snow but barely both. And if we had both, it was -20C. While everybody is by the lake enjoying the summer these days, the ski resorts are in full marketing mode for an upcoming winter. Now is the time when they go over the photos we shot last winter and they are choosing their favorites to use for the winter promotion. I was lucky to work with Whistler Blackcomb twice last winter, focusing on ski lifestyle and ski school images. The ski instructors received new uniforms and our focus was to capture variety of images from lifestyle to skiing in their new outfits. Unfortunately it wasn’t as sunny as we hoped, however we still got great results. The ski instructors are patient in general and they were awesome crew to work with. And here is my favorite selection.
I have to say, lifestyle photography is my favourite. I am not much into posed portraits, I prefer to capture those sweet moments in the real life.
Maeve, the owner of Whistler Kids Yoga, had the same idea. She is fun, always playing, always smiling. She is also Registered Yoga Teacher and former kindergarten teacher.
We sat down on the grass in middle of the park, a rare place for a meeting, and started to plan the photo shoot. To promote her fun summer camps we decided to have kids yoga session and photo shoot outside.
A typical class starts in a circle with introductions and centering, then jumps into a yoga pose game or a story told through yoga. Kids connect with each other and themselves as they learn poses, create shapes, play, and experiment, all the while exploring new and exciting ways to move. Through focused physical movement, young yogis gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their enormous capabilities.
But it’s not just yoga poses! Kids Yoga also involves breathing exercises, singing, dancing, storytelling, resting, and meditation.
Looks like lot’s of fun to me. What do you think?
It’s been couple of weeks of intense editing. Six weeks of traveling and shooting in Central America left me with thousands of images to go through, however the pictures are finally taking the shape or better said look that I like. It’s hard to get motivated and work on your images when the summer just started and the sun is out. With that said I finally finished the last part and can’t wait to start submitting the stories and the pictures to magazines worldwide.
Here is a picture that I almost deleted. With regular adjustments it just didn’t stand out. I use Lightroom software for editing and love creating presets to speed up my workflow. I accidentally pressed on couple of those and got this result. Sometimes you need a bit of luck to point you in different direction and find a new creativity.
Whistler bike park is probably my favourite client. Anytime I work with their team we work hard but we laugh a lot. Maybe because we all doing something we really love and are passionate about and it shows during the photo shoot. Here is a photo from our shoot to document Bike 101 lessons.