Growing up in the flat sprawling suburbs of Mississauga Ontario my first adventures were born out of imagination. The small ravine across from my house could easily transform into the darkest jungle providing hours of expeditions battling man-eating creatures, the discovery of lost civilizations and tracking Bigfoot. Like many kids I was attracted instantly to images in magazines of far off lands, unknown cultures and people in unique situations, I always wondered who took those amazing images and how one went about getting to go on such exploits. It was not until I was older and graduated college that my true education would begin. Setting out alone on a six-month trip through Asia my girlfriend at the time (now wife) loaned me a small point and shoot camera.
The thought of bringing a camera had never crossed my mind as I didn’t have any money to purchase one and my only experience taking pictures was in a high school photography class where most of our time was spent practicing looking through the viewfinder. Little did I know while on that trip I would discover one of the most important rules of photography.
Now based in the Coast Mountains of Squamish BC my imagination still fuels the ideas but the expeditions are real and my cameras help tell the story. For more than a decade I have been traveling to photograph, my work has spanned six continents and my efforts have produced award-winning images while working with the top North American outdoor companies both commercially and editorially. I no longer snap pictures yet focus my time and energy on composing images. If photography is an expression of oneself then adventure photography is a lifestyle like no other. The idea of traveling the world, photographing adventures and being in the wildest of positions to nail the shot sounds great when you’re at home on the sofa with a full belly, but pressing the shutter button is only about one percent of the process. I would like to share some of my ideas, concepts and attitudes from over the years that have helped improve not only my images but also my awareness to visualize future photo shoots.