Well I haven’t posted anything for a while but with winter knocking hard on the door here in Whistler I thought I should take a moment to bring things up to date…
It was a short but sweet summer which I spent mostly working and hosting friends at our summer property on Gambier Island in Howe Sound. In May I participated with Blake Jorgenson, Paul Morrison and Jordan Manley teaching photography techniques on a 4 day photo seminar organized by Blake and Holly Fraser here in Whistler. A lot of time was also spent editing and submitting photos to publications and clients. In August I made my way to Rivers Inlet to shoot fishing images for the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club and on my return shot some summer valley photos for WhistlerBlackcomb. The summer cabin is all locked up now and the boat has been put away ’till next year…
Meanwhile in the mountains of Coastal British Columbia, La Niña seems to be back for another season of great skiing. It’s been snowing in Whistler since October and opening day is finally upon us. WhistlerBlackcomb has been running some great ads this year with a few of my images used in some. There have also been a number of my photographs published in the first round of ski magazines including the cover of Backcountry mag’s October issue.
You can feel the energy building in Whistler as we anticipate the opening of a great new season. Stay tuned for image updates once things get underway…
As the ski season winds to an end here in Whistler, it’s been a week since I finished teaching in the May 2011 Whistler Outdoor Photography Workshop along with Blake Jorgensen, Paul Morrison and Jordan Manley. The workshop was a four day program that saw some of Whistler’s top photographers share knowledge on capturing action sports photography through classroom presentations and hands on sessions in the field. Participants were taken up Blackcomb Mountain to shoot skiing with professional athletes on the first two days before heading into the forest to shoot mountain biking on day three. The last day focused on editing images and preparing a slideshow for final presentations. The atmosphere was casual, fun and informative. A great time was had by everyone involved and I am definitely looking forward to teaching similar workshops in the near future.
Winter is finally turning to spring in Whistler and what a season it’s been! We’ve had the 2nd snowiest season on record with powder skiing right up to the closing weekend of Whistler Mountain. I’ve been busy all season with assignment work on WhistlerBlackcomb, a trip to Europe, projects with Matchstick Productions and just recently wrapped up a marketing shoot for Prior on Whistler Mountain.
I will be adding posts with highlights of the season as I work my way through the editing process. Here is the first of several with outtakes from the Prior shoot that took place just last week. The project was shot over three mornings on Whistler Mountain with two skiers (Zoya Lynch and Pierrot Bernier) and three snowboarders (Brittany Davis, Joel Loverin, Andrew Jackson). We started with deep powder on Thursday, April 21st and finished with settled conditions three days later. Enjoy!
I’ve recently returned from a two week trip to Europe that saw me skiing in St Anton, Austria and Chamonix, France. We arrived to a storm cycle in Austria’s Arlberg region which left 60cm of fresh light snow followed by 10 days of high pressure lasting through the rest of the trip.
We had great skiing in Austria as well as fine dinning and legendary après ski sessions. This was followed with a more subdued but epic visit to Chamonix. Although it had been over a week since the last snowfall in Cham, we managed to find some great stashes with a little walking and were rewarded with spectacular vistas in all directions.
Thanks go out to Ross McKimmie, Roman Rohmoser, Stian Hagan, Beanie Milne and James Moreland for taking the time to work for photos.
I’ve just recently returned from a trip to Golden and Revelstoke with Dan Treadway, Pierrot Bernier and Austin Ross. We arrived in Golden a couple of days after a storm cycle which left a dusting of snow on the resort and an extremely high avalanche hazard in the backcountry. As a result, we worked our way around Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for a day and then headed to Revelstoke which was still in the midst of a storm cycle with a slightly more stable snowpak.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has a lot of potential and I look forward to returning later in the season when the sun is higher in the sky and conditions settle down a little. Many thanks to Caroline Green of The Highland Lodge for hosting us slopeside and to Jordan Petrovics of KMR for the support.
Enjoy this selection of highlights from the day of shooting. Photos of Revelstoke will come soon in a future post.
Whistler Mountain opened the Peak Chair on Friday, December 3rd and conditions were stellar, thanks to fresh snow received during the week and an epic “Top of the World” effect from the clouds.
I hooked up with Dave & Tessa Treadway, Izzy Lynch and Pierrot Bernier for my first day of shooting of the season. We worked two laps off the backside of the Peak and then crossed over to Blackcomb gondola for a sunset finish in Ziggy’s Meadows. Winter is definitely here!