Before starting as photo editor for Gripped Publishing I worked as a buyer in a bike/Snowboard shop and would spend all my free time riding and shooting locally. My passion for all things bikes and boards helped me to travel all over the world shooting top athletes in their sport, which led to my position at Gripped. Editing and shooting for 4 different publications including Canadian Running Magazine, Canadian Cycling Magazine, Triathlon Magazine Canada and Gripped Magazine really helped to expand my portfolio and at the same time introduced me to new people and sports. At Gripped we showcase some of the best product, places and people in Canadian sport. I'm always excited to start a new issue and tell amazing and unique stories through images.
Sitting at home nursing a broken wrist from a bad fall snowboarding, I learned the basics of photography from old textbooks. With that knowledge I then drained my bank account and purchased a camera that would kick off a few years of trial and error asking my friends if they didn't mind doing that trick one more time so I could nail focus. Since then I have drained my bank account many times for more and better gear over the years, but my passion for capturing that perfect moment has never changed. Every time I pick up a camera I get excited about the possibilities of what I can create and how that will affect those involved and the industry.
A great action & adventure sports image has to draw the viewer in and keep their attention. It's difficult to show speed and movement in a still, but the best images transport you into the frame and make you feel like you are experiencing it for yourself.
Follow your passion. No matter who or what people tell you, the best photos you will shoot are the ones you are most passionate about.