Solutions Episode Three: Food & Farming

Local food experts share a wealth of knowledge on everything from growing citrus fruit to food security, featuring Vancouver Island non-profits and leading edge small businesses dedicated to healthy, nutritious and delicious food.

Elevating Your Image

This short video testimonial was created for Victoria dental specialist, Dr. Margaret Onoszko. Short testimonial and educational videos are a great way to attract new clients and provide needed content for your website. Good audio, lighting and video quality definitely elevate professionals who value their image.

Solutions Episode 2: Artists As Change Makers

Hear how an internationally-renown filmmaker, photojournalist, singer/songwriter duo, and a fine art photographer are all creating change through their craft. Featuring striking imagery and insight into the power of art.

First Episode of Solutions Aired

Thanks to an amazing team of people, I’m delighted to be the host and producer of Solutions, the first Creatively United produced television program, launching today at 12:30 pm on Shaw TV (channel 4).

This first show takes a creative approach to the future of Transportation and includes interviews with numerous people throughout the region and Salt Spring Island. Subsequent shows, to air in the next few weeks of November, will cover Food & Farming and Artists as Change Makers with more to come in the New Year. The Transportation show will air more than a dozen times this week at the following times:

Monday – 12:30 pm
Tuesday – 12 am, 9:30 pm
Wednesday – 4 pm
Thursday – 3:30 am, 3:30 pm
Friday – 5 am, 9 am
Saturday – 10 am, 5:30 pm, 11 pm
Sunday – 11:30 am, 11:30 pm

Sidney Fine Arts Show

Sidney Fine Arts Show

It was an honour to have these two images, titled “Swept Away” (left) and “Portal” (above), selected for exhibition in the recent Sidney Fine Arts Show.

In my free time, nature is where I find my inspiration, especially Tofino, BC, where both of these images were taken.

New Westshore Magazine

New Westshore Magazine

I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Patricia Wade and the GAP Publishing Group Inc. to photograph the inaugural cover of their soon to launch #GoWestShore Magazine.
The January 2018 cover will feature Deb Alcadinho, founder of the Westshore Women’s Business Network (WWBN). This monthly networking group meets at the Colwood Clubhouse where this image was taken. As a member myself, I can attest that I’ve met many incredible women and heard some wonderful speakers at these luncheon meetings.

On-location Pet and Family Portraits

On-location Pet and Family Portraits

Anyone who loves their pets knows they are part of the family. Treasured moments can be captured and enjoyed again and again with wall portraits, books, prints, slideshows and screensavers.

I’m always honoured to capture special times in the history of any family. There’s no time like the present to book a portrait session. Within weeks of this session, Shanti passed but her memory and beauty lives on. These are but a few of the many images I took that captured a “day in the life of” this beautiful horse.

Custom Created Images for Business & Display

Custom Created Images for Business & Display

Ever need a quality local image to illustrate a display, presentation or use web and just don’t have the right time of year, weather or time to find it?

Look no further! I have thousands of local and regional stock images and can custom-create exactly the kind of image you need.

Here are just two examples of how images I created for the Township of Esquimalt have been used in an upcoming informational piece.

Esquimalt Arts Festival 2017

I’m compiling photography and working on all kinds of creative new art to display this upcoming Saturday at the Township of Esquimalt Arts Festival in Memorial Park, on Esquimalt Road across from the municipal hall.

The event features more than 25 local artists and art making, live music, plus several carvers from the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations who will demonstrate their art and share stories from their people.

Free admission. Outdoors, rain or shine. Come and say hi!

Iceland Tour

Iceland Tour

Thanks to Cathy Scott of Niche Women’s Tours/Departures Travel for the opportunity to host a fabulous trip this past May to Iceland.

The natural beauty of this incredible country is staggering. In fact, Iceland is one of the most picture-perfect places I have ever visited.

Here are a few of the many images I took with my phone to give some idea of the variety of sights to be seen. I’ll be posting more soon once I have the opportunity to edit the 1000+ images I shot with my Nikon DSLR.

I look forward to hosting my next trip with Niche in the spring of 2018 to Scotland and Ireland and in the fall to Africa.

Dancing the Light Fantastic

One of the things I most appreciate having learned as a photographer are traditional camera and lighting techniques. The images you see here, required me to reach into my depth of knowledge to create this within the camera, not in Photoshop. Having learned to get it right in the camera has been my trademark for the past two decades.

Creative in-camera photography is essentially sculpting with light. Working with flash requires an understanding of the desired results before the shutter is pressed. Our eyes can’t perceive the different lighting ratios that create these results, but experience can give the maker a vision of what to expect.

I found great joy in creating these images in my studio as each one is truly unique and captures the essence of my client in different ways and has an energy that is authentic because the art of the moment was captured in-camera as it happened.

First Take Videos

I had the honour to create these short videos for Andy MacKinnon, the Green Party candidate for Esquimalt/Metchosin.
Andy’s ability to talk on a variety of topics resulted in us completing all these videos in just a short 40 minutes.
His warm spirit and calm demeanor clearly comes through and made a chilly, rainy day feel bright.

This Is Leadership Pilot Debut

I’m so excited to host and share with you this pilot episode of an upcoming six-episode series to air this fall on Shaw TV. This IS Leadership is a program dedicated to showcasing local leadership and changemakers in action!

Our first feature and guest is Tom Zaban, Vice President of Marketing for Reliable Controls, a company which specializes in the design and manufacture of Internet-connected building controls.

If you would like your own tour of Reliable Controls, one of the region’s leading green-tech employers, here’s your chance! Learn more about the Sunday, April 23rd, 1:30 – 3:30 pm tour of this LEED Platinum facility here.

Making History

I’m delighted to support our community by producing the annual Creatively United for the Planet Earth Day Festival & Sustainability Showcase.

Did you know, that it’s been more than 100 years since electric vehicles were introduced to Victoria? On Earth Day, April 22nd, history will be made again with Vancouver Island’s largest Electric Vehicle Show and Sustainability Showcase to be held from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 22nd, both indoors and outside, at the Royal BC Museum 675 Belleville St.

In addition to free test rides and hands-on demonstrations, learn about innovative new technologies, see more than 34 displays, explore engaging topics and presentations by Order of Canada singer & storyteller Ann Mortifee; Emmy-nominated screenwriter & award-winning novelist Pauline Le Bel; one of Victoria’s leading high tech firms and green leaders, Tom Zaban of Reliable Controls; a panel of Net Zero Buildings, Saltspring creative up-cyclist Jaime Murdoch, and meet and write a letter with Franny and Rupert, who at age nine and 13 years are environmental rights advocates working with the Blue Dot movement.

Admission is free, with some ticketed talks and workshops. Check out to learn more.

World Photographic Cup Finalist

I was delighted to learn this image I took at Royal Roads on a client’s very wet wedding day was chosen to represent Canada at the World Photographic Cup competition held recently in Japan.

The World Photographic Cup was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers internationally in a spirit of friendship and cooperation.

A Governing Committee from seven different countries conducts the ongoing affairs of the competition which is a multi-level process which begins with each country choosing 18 images (three in six different categories) to represent the country.

Iceland Tour

Picture-perfect Iceland! Here’s your chance to see one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

Two additional seats have just become available for this intimate tour for women travelers wanting to enjoy the trip of a lifetime, see amazing sites, make new friends and be pampered!

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Click here for more information

Beautiful Gallery Space

brentwood bay emporium gallery 001Thank you to Alice Bacon and John Carswell of the Brentwood Bay Village Emporium for the opportunity to be the featured artist in their beautiful gallery/coffee emporium. With the help of artist Jennifer Witvliet, 14 of my images are up in a fabulous space dedicated to showcasing local artists until March 7th. They also have live music evenings.
Click here for event details.

Photography and art lovers are in for a special treat this Sat., Feb. 11th.
The Creatively United for the Planet Society presents The Gift of Change, an inspirational multi-media show featuring the stunning imagery of one of Canada’s most awarded landscape photographers, the late Courtney Milne.

Tickets are just $35 and that includes admission to the gallery, this incredible program and lovely edibles. Sat., Feb. 11th, 6:30-8:30 pm, at The Robert Bateman Centre, where I also have a piece in the Boxed Sanctuary show continuing until Feb. 28th.

Tickets and details can be found here

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New Year, New Head Shot!

marlene-portraitThe new year is always a great time to freshen up your image for the year ahead.
With professional lighting and finishing, I can ensure you will have a portrait you can be proud of that captures you at your very best.

I can work outdoors, on-location or in my studio. I use seven studio lights to create the most flattering light possible.
I work quickly and make all my sessions a pleasant experience, even for those most photo phobic. My convenient location is close to downtown and also has plenty of free parking.

Book now and head into the new year with a professional new portrait!

Before & After:


24/7 Warmth!

Revisiting summer memories can truly warm a cold winter day. It’s such an honour to not only capture and create images for my clients, but to design books to last lifetimes is a real joy.

Meet Julie, Peter and their gorgeous family. I photographed their wedding in 2009 and this past summer, I finally had the pleasure to see them again after their return visit to Victoria from Quebec with their two children.

While it may be cold outside, the warmth these photos bring resonates year-round!


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