Despite my best efforts in 2014 to do a shitty job of marketing what I do in the world of Stills, some good people decided to give me some excellent jobs that are starting to skirt the dream of synergy between job and lifestyle. Some of my clients throughout the year included Fairmont Hotels, Lululemon Athletica, Visioncorp, Ski Canada Magazine, Helly Hansen, and MEC.
Here are some of my favourite photographs from the year, some haven’t been shared before, and some have, enjoy!
1. Adventure photography is one of my favourite types of work and a Sunglasses company contacted me for a Catalog shoot where we did everything from Running to Fly-fishing and Climbing.
2.This year saw some firsts in the way of Backcountry skiing adventures, this was a perfect spring day climbing and skiing one of the classic Highway 93N couloirs on Mt.Chephren
3.2014 was also a first year for working as a Photography guide. As an avenue to meet people and show them around this beautiful home of mine, I was also able to reach some of my favourite locations more often.
A good friend decided that this year his birthday was best spent climbing up to a cave known as the Hole in the Wall. A group of around a dozen of us made the trek up. Ultimately we were having too much fun and forgot to leave in time so the last few hours of the descent were in the dark and we arrived around midnight at the cars.
There’s been a bit of a lull recently in the Banff snow scene, it’s all well and good as some of life’s other responsibilities have taken up my time. Usually when such things happen I start to get twitchy and can’t sleep very well. There is only one cure and it’s to have a dirtbag ski mission to follow some snow!
Crust they said. Only good above 2100 m they said. Don’t bother they said. Well they were wrong, and here’s why.
With some blind faith and a healthy dose of no F***s given, I convinced haphazardly for the likes of Carter McMillan and Keegan Capel to come skiing with me. We headed out to Rogers Pass to ski a zone that I’ve been in a few times and knew would at least be safe enough for storm skiing. What we found was very good skiing above 1700 m and good skiing down to the highway mixed with Alder gate bashing that would have made my Edmonton Ski Club race coaches proud.
After an initial day of climbing, we continued the budget living with a stop with some of Carter’s friends and a new concept I learned about called Freedom Beers. I first thought that ‘Merica had crept it’s way silently into this party, but what it actually means refers to the slightly damaged brewery cans that have misprinted labels or dents on the side, etc. The Freedom part is that employees get to take as many of this red headed stepchildren cans home for immediate consumption. Translation: Free no strings attached beers for Ski Bums! Pretty much heaven.
Once I awoke on day 2 Freedom actually seemed to mean oppressive-pounding-headache-beers, however nothing could stop us from getting another powder day in with 14 new cm’s on top of already good skiing from the day before.
Day 2 saw a bigger shred possé with a few Revy and Golden locals Kyle, Luke, Mitch, Jay, Kye. The word was definitely out about the conditions because we saw double the amount of cars in the parking lot on Sunday morning. It kept snowing hard on us through the day and we decided to play in the trees again and mess around Grizzly shoulder one more time. This time we found gnarnia and huge rock walls leading into a very aesthetic gully feature. More snow and more good times. I can’t wait to get back around the goods at Rogers Pass.