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I’m a photographer based in Calgary, Alberta, working professionally since 2008. I work with a variety of subjects and styles, but my specialty is fine art photography of landscape, architecture and travel subjects. I love to explore my home territory, from the Canadian Rockies and southern Alberta badlands to the wide open prairies. I also enjoy travel in other parts of the world such as Iceland, England and Crete, with a particular love of the American Southwest.
I was born in Oklahoma in the 1960’s and have been growing up since that time — slowly, I’m told. My family moved through a succession of places across three countries and two continents, arriving in the small town of Camrose, Alberta by the time I was 15 years old. I felt very much at home under the sun and big skies of Alberta, so I’ve made it my base ever since. Currently I live in Calgary with my supremely understanding and supportive wife, Deb.
After receiving my B.Sc. Honors degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, I began a career in the information technology industry that has spanned some 30 years so far. In the 1990’s I moved mainly to consulting work, which opened up travel opportunities. I developed a new appreciation for interesting places in western North America and also rediscovered the natural world, an interest I had largely sidelined since childhood days. While I still actively consult for clients in the IT industry, several years ago I embarked on a second career in photography.
In addition to my direct photography work, I contribute photographs and articles to publications on the web and in print. Some of my publication credits include the Calgary Herald newspaper, and the magazines Outdoor Photography Canada, Photo Life, Audubon’s American Birds, and Birder’s World. My images have been used by several conservation organizations, and I have been interviewed by CBC television and other news organizations on various nature and photography stories.
I lead or co-lead several photography tours or workshops each year, and also do photography-related presentations. I’ve helped many photographers deal with issues around color management and printing, to increase the consistency and quality of image reproduction on screen or in print.
I am an accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada since 2012, currently serving as Vice Chairman of the PPOC Alberta Central Branch. I’m also a full juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists since 2013. I’m a founder and director of the not-for-profit The IRIS Photographic Society of Alberta. I’m also a member of the editorial team of NatureScapes.Net.
For more information, please visit my main site at Vivid Aspect Photography.