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Studio Dance | Sophie and George

Wow what a fun session this was with a full time dancer Sophie and her swimming/part-time dancing brother George! Sophie was all in for this shoot. George however needed a bit of convincing but once he realized these weren’t your normal dance photographs he was game!

Dancers: Sophie and George

Choreo/styling: Jaimie Ashworth

Photography: Steve Lowe

Taylor – Urban Dance

It’s funny the way things work and you realize that the world is indeed a very small place especially with the internet.

This is Taylor and she’s an amazing dancer! IMG_3348-EditShe’s also the daughter of friend from high school (it was a long time ago). Taylor also spent a month dancing and training in New York over the summer with Zack, one of my former students. One of her dance teachers Jaimie (one of my all time faves even though we aren’t supposed to have them) was also one of my former students. Not too many degrees of separation here!

Taylor’s Mom, Chris contacted me in late September to do some head shots and action photos. Dance photos? I was in!! I had a location in mind as soon as I heard “dance!” After a bunch of back and forth discussion regarding favourite dance styles and types of styles we set a tentative date of the Thanksgiving long weekend. Everything was weather dependent of course and over the next 2 weeks we watched the weather change from glorious warm fall days to cloudy, dark, rainy days.

The weekend approached and what did we get?

Rain Saturday, rain Sunday, and finally about 3 hours of no rain on Monday but with a heavy rainfall warning. The 8am texts began and we decided to go for it. We photographed for just over 2 hours and came away with some amazing images of some amazing dance. I’m still in awe over the power, flexibility, and grace Taylor demonstrated! Thanks Taylor and Chris for letting me capture these photos!!

The results:

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Jaxsen – LTSS Grad 2015

Jaxsen is one of my Grad reps for 2015 and has been waiting since last year to get these photos done! I’ve known Jaxsen for almost 7 years now and he’s become quite the young man. He’s a quality guy and a good person. Who could ask for anything more?

He (and his mom) wanted photos beyond the norm. They wanted photos that reflect who he is at this time in his life and that they’d be proud to show now and in the future! Photos that make you look great now and even better 10 or 20 years down the road. Why would anyone want to be like everyone else?

Thank you Jaxsen for representing me for 2015 and spreading the word that grad photos can be different and unique to you.

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The Individuals – Raincity Volleyball

Two of 80+ individual photos from the Raincity Volleyball sessions. Smiles this time! We were saving the attitude for the team shots. A three light setup set up in the main gym. I used the net to give a bit of perspective after deciding against using plain seamless paper.

Here are two of my faves! Again I coached them since they/are 11-12 years old and I’m proud to see them progress, get better coaching, and thrive. The fact that they’re sisters and I’ve taught them both is even cooler.

The photos:

Rain City Volleyball Club ~ Team and Individual Photos

I had the opportunity to do team and individual photographs of 81 young ladies from ages 13-18 and most of them taller than me! Raincity Volleyball Club is based out of Cloverdale B.C. and completely volunteer run. I’m so happy this club came into existence in Cloverdale as many of my former students that I coached in volleyball had a chance to keep playing and really excel! The sessions were even more fun because I got to see some great past students.

Thanks to Jeni for having me do these!!

Interested in playing higher level volleyball? Check out Raincity Volleyball.

One team photo for now (4 of my past students in this photo. It was good year for players!). Click to enlarge.


2013 – A Year in Review

Well 2013 is almost over and another year went by like a flash.  It was a bit of crazy year with raising our first child, losing my Mom, and having a busy year trying to define what direction my little photography business is going. I think I’ve figured it out mostly!

20+ years  ago I was working in a commercial photography studio for a great guy named Chester but wasn’t happy. Not enough people interaction and primarily product photography. I enjoyed the challenge of making products interesting but I guess I’m a people person so I ended up leaving there and shooting weddings and portraits freelance until I decided to go back to school.

Fast forward to 2013. I love to photograph people and I’m constantly refining my style and pushing my creativity. Lucky is one way to describe me. I’ve got a great wife that supports me, a family that encourages me, a daughter that thinks I have one giant eye glued to my face and is super patient for a toddler, and friends that think enough of my work to recommend me. I’ve met some great people this year who’ve trusted me to create images for them and I truly appreciate it.

Where to next? Senior photography. A new take on the old school studio portraits with a cap and gown,  is the next area of interest for me for 2014. Something different and hopefully relevant for today’s graduates. It started in 2013 with 2 great future graduates, Austin and Nicole. Both wonderful young adults with bright futures. I loved creating their images and showing who they are right now and they won’t be embarrassed of them 20 years from now either.

Below is a collection of images from 2013. There’s a lot of them so be warned! A few new ones of my daughter of course as she’s the highlight of my life.

Naya – Newborn

Say hello to the beautiful new Naya!! She is all of 3 weeks old in these photos and what a wonderful little girl she is. Congratulations to Mom and Dad, Nicole and Deeps, and to big siblings Brennan and Sarita.

I was so happy to get the call to come and photograph Naya when I heard that she was born. It’s kind of exciting to source out the props and create photos that she’ll be showing her kids long into the future. No crazy poses. Organic, natural and timeless.

A special thank you to Sarah of MichelleSarah photography. Find them on Facebook >> HERE


To Danielle of Personell Creations for the great baby props! Find her on Facebook >> HERE

Feel free to leave them some nice comments below or on FB!!


Austin – Senior

I’ve known Austin for a number of years and I’ve seen him grow up from a gangly kid to a tall, strong, and confident young man. He was a perfect 2013 Senior to represent what I am trying to do. Create something special that reflects the graduate.

Austin LOVES football. Eat, sleep, and breathe. It may just be his ticket to the next stage in his life and his future ambitions. When we talked about doing photos, we wanted to reflect who he is at this moment in time. Graduation photos really mean something to the subject when it’s somewhere they have good memories. I think we achieved that (and they’re just plain wicked).

If you want more information about experience feel free to ask Austin or his Mom who was along for the shoot as well. Or even drop me a line if you have questions. Just click the “Contact me” link to the left.

Leave a comment here and on Facebook to show the love! Let others know if they may be interested in something unique and one of a kind for you and your grad.

Nicole – Senior

Nicole is my second Senior representative for 2013. Like Austin, I’ve know Nicole for quite a long time and her and her family have always been special to me. One of my very first kids to go on and play club volleyball and with the high school team. Her legacy is still evident at our school with a volleyball cheer that refuses to die!

Good student, ambitious, great athlete, easy to work with, and knows what they want in life. In short a perfect representative for what I am offering people. Nicole’s session was during the great fog of October. We took advantage of breaks in the fog and used the fog to our advantage. She rocked it and looked gorgeous in every shot!

If you want more information about experience feel free to ask Nicole or her Mom who was along for the shoot as well. Or even drop me a line if you have questions. Just click the “Contact me” link to the left.

Leave a comment here and on Facebook to show the love! Let others know if they may be interested in something unique and one of a kind for you and your grad.

The Olafsons

I’ve know the Olafsons for a very, very long time and it was amazing to finally get the chance to photograph them. After a non-start due to unforeseen circumstances, we finally made it happen one cold Saturday morning. We headed to Fort Langley to do our session and the made a little tour of the town photographing as we moved and Sugar the super cute dog following us and photo bombing the photos.

It was very much like old times the walking and chatting. I had taught the 3 B’s; Brea, Brynn, and Brylie so it was great to catch up and find out what’s been going on in their lives. It was a good thing we managed to get the photos done when we did before all the ensuing knee surgeries!!Thanks Jacquie and Chad for letting me photograph your family!