About me and my journey into photography

My story

I think my family is still laughing at me. Growing up, I am pretty sure that no one ever thought to put my name next to the word ‘creative.’ My journey into photography did not start in my early childhood as so many others did – in fact, I didn’t care at all about photography until the end of my University education. When I chose my initial career as a Social Studies teacher, most people thought that was a pretty good fit for me. And it was. Mostly.Except that when I did discover photography, it was like a light went off in my head. All of a sudden I had the tools to become a story-teller, in a way that I had never encountered before. That sense of story has motivated me in a way that nothing else ever has. I love discovering the new narratives in my life, and in the lives of others, and I love growing in my ability to tell those stories. Fernie is the perfect spot for my wife, Leah, and I to raise our kids, Peta, Emily and Marcus. We are small-town people at heart and we love that we get to do life with such a great group of family and friends.

When I am not taking pictures at weddings, you can probably find me doing something from the following list:

  • Being a dad. Our kids are still really small – Peta is 8, Emily is 6 and Marcus is 3, so this means frequent trips to the swimming pool.
  • If it is winter; skiing. Skiing is supposed to be a social endeavour in my mind, so if you ever want a tour to the good spots on the Fernie ski hill, then just let me know. Seriously. I do confess that Fernie has spoiled me a bit though and I may have become a bit of a powder snob.
  • If it is summer; biking. Biking in Fernie rules. (Here’s a link to the town’s official trail list – it’s pretty impressive!) See my above comment about skiing and it being a social endeavour. The same applies to biking. Seriously. Every now and then I have delusions of grandeur and sign up for a race. In 2009 I rode the TransRockies and it ranks as one of the hardest things I have ever done. There is no suffering quite like suffering on a bike. And to think that it is all self-inflicted.
  • Speaking of self-inflicted suffering I also root for the Edmonton Oilers. I would invite you to be part of this as a social exercise, but frankly, its been a little too depressing in the last few years. I try not to talk about it too much.
  • Playing squash.
  • Reading. I have been trying to work my way back to long reads instead of blogs and Internet articles. To that end, my goal is to read 2-3 books a month.
  • Speaking of social media, I am on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, (I must profess that I mostly use Twitter to keep up to date on things rather than broadcast.)  Feel free to add me though!
  • Shooting for our portrait line here in Fernie: Decoro Portraits.

Below you will find a few photos of me, my family, my hobbies and my community. I feel tremendously blessed to have the life that I do.