2014 Year in Review

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2014 has been an incredible year full of new direction, adventures and faces from all over the world. As many of you know, but some of you still may not, I decided at the start of 2014 to narrow my photography focus to automotive alone. This was in hopes to allow me to better my skills and experience in the automotive field and to allow room to take on more automotive jobs. Reflecting back, I am very happy that I can say I achieved both those goals. I am also very thankful for those around me who helped me get here. I must give my biggest thanks to my wife Kristen, who pushes and challenges me, helps me to overcome many fears, and even helps out on shoots on occasion. I am also so grateful to every one of my clients, those new, and those who have continued to provide work for me over the years and also so grateful to close friends and mentors who have helped me become better in my craft and business.

My goals for 2015 are that I can take my photography to new levels, meet and work with many more new people, collaborate with other artists in Vancouver, print and hang more of my work, and get out to photograph even more automotive creations.

Below is a handful of the work I did over 2014. I will start though, with an intro into this year from 2013. In September 2013 I worked with Mazda Canada to photograph the brand new 2014 Mazda 3 all over Vancouver during the Media Launch events held at the Westin bayshore a week before the car was released. I still have not released many of these photos to the public yet, so check back for a feature on this soon.
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In June, 2014 I embarked on a 6 day joint adventure with Mazda Canada, Mazda Australia, and two Aussie journalists in Alaska. I documented an entire road trip from Anchorage to up past the Arctic Circle to the town of Wiseman(pop. 14), and back down to Fairbanks in time for the Midnight Sun Festival in two brand new Mazda 3’s during the longest days of the year. We travelled the stunning Denali Highway, as well as the Dalton Highway, or Haul Road as made famous by the TV show Ice Road Truckers. The main feature for these photos was in a 10 page spread across Australia’s biggest motoring publication, Wheels Magazine, released in September 2014. Much, much more from this to come. The 3 photos below are the first I have released from this trip.
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Working with Volkswagen Canada magazine to cover GTI display at the Vancouver International Auto Show.
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The Dilawri Groups’s new Audi Downtown Vancouver Dealership Exclusive Grand Opening
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1964 Porsche 356 SC for Jakobs Porsche Specialists.
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Shop photos for RWM & Co
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A 1969 Porsche 911 E, and a 1974 Porsche 914-6 for Jakobs Porsche Specialists.
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A Mk7 Volkswagen GTI I shot for CTS Turbo
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All the marketing shots for Fast Track Karting in Langley.
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Alliance Concrete Pumps has been a regular client whom I’ve photographed many trucks for and most recently their own facility where they build the trucks. Many of the shots are used across their websites and catalogues.
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I covered a number of completed construction projects for the Maxx Group of Companies including this Esso Station and on The Run.
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HPA Motorsports have put out a number of projects this year that I have covered as well. Amongst getting a cover feature of their red Jeep YJ TDI build on 4WDrive magazine earlier in the year, here are a few of the projects I have shots for them this year.

A Jeep Cherokee TDI build
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An Audi TT from Hawaii with almost 450HP, one of HPA’s SEMA builds for 2014.
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HPA’s 740HP Twin Turbo 3.6L 7 speed DSG Golf R went down to SEMA and won the Best European Import award.
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The last of the SEMA builds is one that I have extensively covered for HPA. A Jeep JK to TDI conversion. Over the next few months my photos of this build will be featured in several issues of 4WDrive Magazine.
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I also made it to some amazing car events this year that I hope to hit in 2015 as well.

The Knox Mountain Hillclimb in Kelowna
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The Leavenworth Drive in Washington
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The Italian Car Show in North Vancouver
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The Dundarave Porsche Show n’ Ride in West Vancouver. My photos of this event were used in the Porsche Club of America | Canada West Region‘s members newsletter “Timberline” July/Aug. 2014 issue.
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The Great Canadian VW Show, look for a magazine feature of this later in January.
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And the Classic Car Adventures Thanksgiving Day Sea to Sky Run
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2014 was also a great year on the non-business front. Kristen and I moved out of the suburbs and into the city of Vancouver. It’s been a dream of ours from before we got married, and we finally did it last January. We are so happy with the move, and we absolutely love our neighbourhood, love all the new friends we have met, and love being right in the city.
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I’ve been working on becoming more experienced with bicycle mechanics and in the process I restored this vintage Apollo bike.
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Kristen Graduated from UBC and started a new job!
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We did some small roadtrips…

A Bowen Island getaway
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A Similkameen Valley wine tasting roadtrip
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Cabin time in Barriere, BC
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And a very big roadtrip:

All the way down to Carmel, California along the coast, and back up to Vancouver along the coast.
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Made it to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. Got to see the first public unveiling of the new model Mazda MX-5 Miata, and also got to drive the infamous corkscrew on the raceway.
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It has been a really great year. One that we feel we have worked hard towards over the last few years to attain. We are looking forward to 2015 and what it will bring, and what we will make of it!
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Volkswagen GTI’s on Display at the 2014 Vancouver International Auto Show

I was recently commissioned by the producers of the VW Magazine of Canada, Volkswagen Canada’s official magazine, sent to 120,000 customers across the country. I was asked to photograph the display of GTI’s at the Vancouver International Auto Show. The display featured GTI’s from the 1st generation up to the newest 7th generation. The photos were used in the just released Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the magazine to showcase the cars featured in the booth along with write-ups about the owners of each car.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Pineapple Challenge Vancouver

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I recently photographed an event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada that took place on April 27th at Swangard Stadium. That event was the(new to Vancouver) Hawaiian themed Pineapple Challenge which saw 54 teams of 2-10 people dress up in silly and creative costumes and take part in a 5km race through an obstacle course. The event saw over 240 participants, 100 volunteers, and raised over $80,000 which will support lifesaving blood cancer research and local patient services.

This was a phenomenal event even despite the pouring rain that drenched everyone throughout the day. All the participants had incredibly high spirits, were decked out in remarkably eccentric, psychedelic, whimsical, and comical outfits, and were totally gung-ho all through the races. I absolutely loved the commitment and energy of every last participant who pushed through to the finish, and every volunteer who helped out with soaked feet and cold fingers to the very end. It was a really great example of how we as humans can come together to achieve some really great things.

Have Fun! Get Dirty! Save Lives! That’s exactly what this event was all about!

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Facebook page

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Sponsor: Greenside Construction

Also involved: 102.7 The Peak

Vancouver Automotive Shoot | HPA Motorsports VW Eos 3.2 VR6 Turbo

With my Miata off the road for the winter, it was great getting the chance to jump back in a convertible on a rare Vancouver sunny day in early spring. This particular convertible, a 2008 VW Eos modified by HPA Motorsports also packs a punch with their FT-400 Single Turbo kit pushing air into the growly 3.2 VR6. A pleasure to drive? This car certainly was. It also so happens to be for sale at the moment.

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Harmony Gardens Feature Part III | Winter Garden Decor

When I was still landscaping one of my favorite times of the year to work was actually closer to Christmas. For the various properties that my Dad and I worked on, we’d create winter displays in the different pots around the houses. It was great working with the different freshly cut evergreen branches as they just smell so damn good, and it was one of my favorite creative landscaping exercises to put together these arrangements in the pots. It’s a much classier and more subtle winter decor than a glowing Santa Claus on the front lawn. All of the decor in the photos below were done by Dad in Dec. 2010.