my story

life as a professional creative

Freelance portrait photography is the latest passion in my long lasting creative career. I bought my first full frame Canon DSLR purely to use the video functions. Since it could also take photos, I figured I should give it a try. That was 10 years ago. Now photography has superseded the amount of video work I do.

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I am an Australian who has lived and worked all over the world. Most of my career was spent working in television broadcast. I've had jobs in live news and sport, from CTV Calgary to teaching in the SAIT film school. I've taught photography at Red Deer College, but of everything I do, I love to photograph portraits the most. I capture the beauty and uniqueness of each person.

I try to find the emotion of a moment and freeze it in time and memory.

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Formal Education


I completed a Bachelor of Communication (Media and Multimedia Production) many years ago. It was a fantastic foundation of learning creative principles, design and video production that gave me and entry in a in television broadcast. I did a major stream in communications, creative writing and television production.

I spent a semester abroad at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro) where I was able to participate in their award winning film production programs.

I have done less formal training as my career progressed, constantly having to update my knowledge as the technology of my sector as progressed.


16 years in practice


I have been behind a camera my whole career. I specialize in story creation. I worked across many sectors of television broadcast; from programming and publicity to live news and sport production. I came to Canada 10 years ago on a sabbatical to teach water-skiing, but got a DSLR put in my hands being asked to help re brand the business. After doing a summer of photography and video, I decided I wanted to learn more about using DSLRs for production. I got my first Canon 6D and kit lens. I started to learn and practice on my travels. I discovered how much I loved photographing people. I continued in television at CTV and then took a teaching contract at SAIT and then Red Deer College. All the while I continued as a hobbyist photographer. I did not start charging until I was 100% I could achieve the level of quality my clients deserved.


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In July 2020, the newest Canon mirrorless cameras were announced. By September, I had a Canon EOS R5 in my hands. Its photography and video capabilities cannot be surpassed. The image quality it produced is immaculate. I continue using Canon because of the amazing colour technology and all photographers can agree they have the best line up of professional 'glass'. I only use fast 'L' series lenses that are the best money can buy. I have continued upgrading to the newest RF lenses specifically designed for Canon's mirrorless cameras. Although an expensive camera does not make a good photographer, you cannot achieve the best image quality without the best equipment, and YOU deserve the best.

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