I’m a born and raised Edmontonian, and received my first camera when I was about 9 years old. It was a Konica C35 film camera – a gift given to me by friends visiting from Japan. As soon as I picked it up and put my eye to the viewfinder, I was hooked.
My love for photography grew and I really started to pursue it as a serious hobby when he lived in Japan for a few years in the mid-90’s. Although I didn’t understand the first thing about f-stops, aperture, depth of field, or ISO, everyone kept telling me that I had a good eye for photography and they encouraged me to pursue photography at a professional level.
After investing several years taking photography courses, learning and practicing the craft, I was ready to step out and start earning money with my camera. I began photographing families, events and weddings. A turning point in my career was in 2007, when I was hired to photograph an event for Grammy Award winning artist David Foster. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of fantastic clients.
In 2012, I joined the Leblond Studio team and traveled to Toronto with Stephanie to shoot the 100th Grey Cup gala event, for which we were nominated for an international award, the Esprit award for Best Event Photography.
My love of travel and thirst for knowledge has given me the opportunity to photograph some of the most spectacular places on the planet. When I’m not off traveling or busy shooting a wedding or an event, I also enjoy teaching photography classes being involved with the popular website www.thisweekinphoto.com as the Director of Content.