The Passionate Version:
For the past decade, I’ve been a nomad. At first it was a gap year, then a year to figure out what I wanted to do. I worked as a gun salesman, quasi civil-engineering technologist, front desk agent, hotel night manager, gondola operator, industrial snowmaker (honest), assistant financial accountant (how’d that happen?), bartender, industrial snowmaker (again), and environmental data collector. Even this past winter, I worked as a ski patroller.
But all those jobs were just to pay the bills; I just wanted to tell stories.
In 2008, I enrolled at Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, British Columbia. Writing and photography became my craft. I started freelancing. I wrote for Viva Travel Guides and made photos for Monte Cinco Wines. I improved. I started to pitch magazines. I got rejected. My confidence plummeted. I worked harder. I started publishing work on Matador Network. Before I knew it, I turned cycling across Argentina into a series of published articles and a press trip. The press trip turned into my first magazine feature.
After years abroad, I returned to Canada in 2011 and settled in Jasper National Park.
I now balance my photography and writing between three genres: Adventure Sports, Travel, and Wedding Photography. I am also lucky to be leading photography tours to Spirit Island, on Maligne Lake, in Jasper National Park.
The Practical Version:
My background, which includes experience in journalism, tourism, and oil & gas, has provided me with a unique skill set that enables me to offer services beyond those of most photographers and writers. I am comfortable speaking in front of large audiences, teaching students new techniques, and delivering quality content for editorial and commercial outlets.
I am also a competent guide/fixer who understands the importance of a well-built itinerary. I’m not afraid to reign in a group to keep it on schedule, but I am also comfortable making decisions on the fly that ultimately makes the ordinary extraordinary.
My writing and photography career was recently put on hold when I accepted the media and PR specialist position with Tourism Jasper. Although I quickly learned that I am best suited for project-based work, I left the organization on good terms and with plenty of new knowledge of the tourism industry. I have a detailed knowledge of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Explorer Quotient marketing strategy that allows my photography and writing to carry a clear message to its intended audience. I cannot believe more photographers and writers are not studying this pattern; I am now able to deliver content that speaks directly to my client’s target audience.
Although my primary focus continues to be editorial content for websites and magazines, I am available on a contract basis for the following services:
- Editorial assignments
- Professional blogging
- Press release writing
- Website writing/editing
- Editorial assignments
- Wedding photography
- Special events & corporate events
- Stock photography
Because most of my writing and photography work has had an online focus, I am very active on social media channels. I have also developed an aptitude for producing viral content for blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. I am available to help develop social media strategies and to manage social media channels for your business.
If you’ve read my about page, you know I am something of a nomad. I’ve worked in industries from journalism to hospitality, via stints in Oil and Gas and Public Relations. Along the way, I’ve picked up excellent customer service skills, a class 4 drivers license and a authentic curiosity about the cultures I’ve encountered.
I am a competent guide who can keep an itinerary/trip on schedule without sacrificing the fun-factor. I am available to host familiarization trips for visiting media or travel-trade specialists throughout western Canada.
Through July and August 2013, I will be hosting daily Through the Lens Cruises to Spirit Island with Malinge Lake Boat Cruises, along with several other local Jasper photographers. Moving forward, the primary focus of my photography and writing career will be in developing photography tours and workshops to help teach fellow storytellers how to better their craft.
I am currently developing a series of PhotoWalk mini-workshops that will guide photographers from capture to publish.
Box 2890, Jasper, Alberta, Canada, T0E 1E0