I believe appreciation is a powerful tool when it comes to preserving the environment and our wild creatures. I hope that my images and nature and wildlife blog will inspire a strong appreciation for and connection to the natural world.
This website/blog is dedicated to showcasing the beauty of nature in all its forms. I am lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and many of my pictures were taken in Alberta, Canada, within a 300 km radius of my Calgary home. From the stark, desert-like climate of the east to the lush forests of the west, the landscape of Alberta is as varied and unique as its animal (and human) inhabitants.
Born and raised in Alberta, I have always had a passion for nature and wildlife. My interest in photography started in 2000 when I took my first photography course as part of my Applied Degree in Communications, Journalism.
Since then, I have discovered a quiet comfort in seeing the world through the lens of a camera – particularly the ‘natural’ world. There is beauty everywhere, it’s just a matter of getting in-tune with the world around us.
I currently work full time at Mount Royal University as a Web Designer, and teach Wildlife Photography part-time through MRU and SAIT’s Continuing Education Faculty. I also taught Photoshop at SAIT for five years.
- Conducted a Webinar entitled Bear Jams and Beyond: An Exploration of Conscious & Respectful Wildlife Viewing for The Fur-Bearers in October 2017
- Presented Celebrating Creatures Great and Small for World Animal Day in Calgary, Oct 2017
- Photography was on display at Human Potential 360 in Calgary from September 2016 to October 2017
- Presented for the Cochrane Camera Club, May 2017
- Presented for the Group of Ten Photography Club in Assiniboia, SK in April, 2017
- Conducted a Webinar entitled Confessions of a Wildlife Photographer for The Fur-Bearers in February 2016
- Celebrating Mother Nature exhibit was on display at Essentia Mattress store in Calgary from May to July 2015
- Won the top award in Mount Royal University’s annual travel photography contest for my image from Peru: Sparkling Violetear in 2014
- Article: Safety in Wildlife Photography, published for the The Fur-Bearers in May 2015
- Article: Creativity and Wildlife Photography, published for Life as a Human in June 2014
- Presented for The Fur-Bearers annual Living with Wildlife conference in April 2014
My Wildlife Photography Ethics
I believe there is a fine balance between appreciation and disturbance when it comes to wildlife. When photographing and observing wildlife, it is always my goal to have as little impact as possible. This means not interfering with an animal’s natural behaviour – I do not practice baiting and try not to scare or stress out the animal by prompting it to look up/run/fly, etc. Keeping a safe distance and being aware of signs of stress is important.
It is easy to slip up, to let the excitement of seeing beautiful creatures over-ride my common sense. I suspect even the most seasoned photographers would admit to making mistakes on occasion. But the key is to be vigilant – to always evaluate my actions in every encounter. If I can leave an animal knowing I had as little impact as possible, I am a one happy camper. If I make a mistake, I need to strive do better next time.
I hope you enjoy my site and feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.
Here’s to loving life and everything wild! 🙂