As a kid growing up in Eastern Canada, I started snowboarding at the time when a lot of ski hills did not allow snowboarders. The early days of the sport were all about being loud and rebellious. The magazines and imagery surrounding snowboarding showcased a lifestyle full of attitude and adventure. I was hooked.
The glossy photos of perfect conditions and sunny days from Western Canada and USA burned into my mind: ‘Move West Young Man’. I counted the days. Eventually I made my way to Whistler, BC and worked nights so I could snowboard and start shooting photos. After a few years of trial and error shooting 35mm film on some questionable gear, some success came my way. I started working with and shooting for Snowboard Canada Magazine. A few years later I became photo editor which allowed me to shoot full time and travel. It was also an amazing experience to work with and learn from the photography legends in Canada while searching out new photographic talent at the same time.
In 2008 my dream job came along, shooting full time for DC Shoes Inc as their snowboard team photographer. I worked with riders like Devun Walsh, Iikka Backstrom, and Travis Rice, traveling all over the world chasing the best conditions. In 2016 my photography career took me in a new direction away from the mountains, but after almost 15 years as a snowboard photographer I make time to get to the mountains and shoot as much as possible.