I have been involved in photography for close to twenty years now. The passion began with a visit to Stan C. Reade Photo in London, Ontario where I met Mr. James Cowie and purchased my first camera so I could “try” to take photos of my siberian husky puppy, Harley , that was 18 years ago. The Minolta 7A and 2 lenses put many rolls of film through the processing machines at Stan C. Reade Photo. The obsession to capture great photos of Harley turned into a passion, so with much patience and many tips from James my photography skills quickly grew, the obsession became passion!
I’ll have some of the Harley photos posted here at a later date. Harley passed over the Rainbow Bridge Sept, 2007, what a dog, thanks pal for starting me on this amazing journey. A journey that has taken me all across America, without a dog in my life I would never have met the love of my life, Katherine, a dog lover a heart and an amazing and understanding woman, yes, she takes great images too!
Ok, onto the photography before I get all sweet, lol
I entered the world of professional photography in action and sports, capturing images of Motocross, IHRA Drag Racing, Indy Cart Racing, Formula One, PGA and various other assignments throughout North America.
In 1998, I began to dedicate more time to Dog Sports photography and it quickly became my passion. Fast forward thirteen years later, I have archived over 1.5 million photos of incredible canines in action playing and competing in Agility, Sheep Herding, Flyball Racing, Disc Dog, Dock Diving and more. This path led me to currently sharing my home (and our boarding kennel) with thirteen dogs, over 30 chickens and an amazing wife…. the shutter never stops at our place!
In contrast to the non stop action of sports and canine photography I have always been passionate about the outdoors and nature. For me there is nothing more relaxing from the hustle of life then being out in nature, capturing the beauty through the lens and looking for wildlife. A moose in Algonquin Park, a wolf pack in Yellowstone or a majestic snowy owl in Ontario can be shared with others through the magic of photography. James always said “have fun with your camera” and what better way to have fun than to be outside with nature and capturing memories to share with friends and family.
As digital photography has given more people the opportunity to capture memories I have become very passionate about sharing my knowledge from behind the lens. Helping others get past the complexity of “the equipment” and think more about the vision, assisting others to capture memorable moments has become extremely rewarding for me.