Best of 2016

At the end of each year I take some time to go through all the photographs I've shot over the past 363 or so days and pick the ones that stood out in some way. It's a process that gives me a retrospective perspective on the year allowing me to appreciate the many journeys I've taken and the people I've met along the way.
This year, like all since I started my road on the photographic path, has been more expansive both in the opportunities that were presented to me and the beauty that crossed before my lens. I am always struck by the variety of my subject matter and in many ways this is why I love photography as much as I do. It offers a chance to step into worlds wildly different from one another. From the sweaty, rain-soaked dance floors of music festivals to the intimate lives of bakers and homebuilders. From the creative lives of musicians and artists to the heart-wrenching stories of people at the forefront of governmental and corporate corruption photography allows me the freedom to connect with others and also with a deeper part of myself. 
Here is a sampling of this year's journey in no particular order. As always, thank you to everyone who continues to encourages me in pursuing my passion. Your support makes my heart swell with gratitude. Here's to another year of  creativity, adventure, and experience. 

Ben & Cari Lynn's Cranbrook Wedding

Century-old trains and bride-made decor made for a beautiful backdrops for this young couple in love. Held at Cranbrook's elegant Railway Museum the ceremony and reception offered plenty of riveting visuals with smiling faces all around. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Ben and Cari Lynn Gawletz!

Brandon & Cushla's Rossland Wedding

I don't know that I've ever had a bridal party quite as laid back and fun this one. They knew that the most important part of a wedding is to enjoy yourself and let the day take them with plenty of smiles, laughter, and love along the way. With beautiful Rossland, BC, providing a classic Kootenay backdrop it was a day and night to remember, especially when the whisky and antique couch were brought in the woods for a unique bridal party shoot. 

Family Shoots Galore!

September has been a month of family and maternity portraits. It's always a treat to photograph on location in our beautiful valley and these shoots bring a chance to showcase both the beautiful people and spectacular place they call home. 

Au Soleil Levant

To be given complete free reign during a photo shoot is a wonderful thing especially when the subject is unique with plenty of opportunity for artistic expression. Au Soleil Levant is a small, family owned bakery in Nelson, BC, that offers traditional French baking made fresh every day. From delicious fougasse to beautiful artisan bread they bring long history of experience to their craft and have been open in Nelson for 16 tasty years. 

Shambhala 2016

Shambhala. The mecca for many who come for music, dance, love, release, and a sense of community. Some call it home because for them it is a place where they can let their inner passions — often kept tethered by daily life — run rampant amid a world of premier acts and art installations. 2016 was my sixth year as part of the Shambhala media team and, as always, it provided an endless stream of magical moments to capture. The people, the stages, the farm all coming together to create an unparalleled experience for a photographer. 

Kaslo Jazz Fest 2016

The 25th annual Kaslo Jazz Fest proved to be a wild weekend of weather, music, and, ultimately, success. Despite a torrential downpour, that can only be described as biblical, climaxing during Michael Franti & Spearhead's momentous performance on Friday night, the festival continued on with incredible performances and workshops from acts like Rising Appalachia, Delhi 2 Dublin, Frazey Ford, Moontricks, and many, many more.
While the portrait booth buzzed during the day I had the opportunity to get out and take photographs once the sun set and was blessed with the double-edged sword of the Franti downpour which was as hard on my gear as it was jaw-dropping for photos. 

KAMP Festival 2016

KAMP is a small festival focused on bringing a balance of play, education, performance, party, and music to the West Kootenays and beyond. Located at the beautiful Whatshan Lake Retreat Centre in Edgewood, BC, KAMP provides a classic summer camp experience geared towards adults with such features as colour camp rivalries, drum & bass dodgeball, and world-class musical acts. This year saw headliners such as Dub FX and Big Wild grace the mainstage and the Yellow Camp emerge victorious after a hard fought weekend full of pranks, positivity, and joy. 

Cari & Casey's Cowboy Wedding

My second wedding of the season saw Cari and Casey tie the knot on the beautiful, 12,000 acre K2 Ranch near Invermere, BC. With a cowboy theme it was a day of big buckles, big hats and even some lassoing before the dancing began.  

Tony & Kim's Intimate Rossland Wedding

Tony and Kim tied the knot with a small selection of family and friends at Rossland's gorgeous downtown Art Gallery. The whole affair only lasted a few hours but it was a touching, intimate scene with wonderful opportunities for candid portraiture and a perfect way to kick of the wedding season.