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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Back Alleys and Railways | CTS Turbo’s Mk7 GTI in Vancouver’s Railtown

The new Mk7 GTI is a true hot hatch right out of the box. With this one, Volkswagen seems to have built on the already aggressive design of the mk6 and enhanced that aggression even further with sharper lines and edges. CTS has done a good job of maintaining VW’s intended look, but adding just that bit more, making other new GTI owners stop in their tracks and wonder why their own cars don’t look quite as good. KW Suspension and a custom CTS Turbo exhaust lend a hand in achieving this well tailored look and the Rotiform IND wheels perfect it. It’s almost like they were made specifically for the Mk7 GTI.
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On Canvas | A GMC Sierra in The Mountains of BC

There is nothing better than seeing your own work in print or on canvas. With so much photography staying in the digital world now, it is truly satisfying to have it in print. A client recently had this canvas made of a shot I took of his Dad’s truck while we were exploring the mountains just outside of Barriere, BC. He brought it by recently so I could sign it! It turned out great!

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Classic Car Adventures Thanksgiving Day Sea To Sky Run 2014

Autumn has fully set in in the city of Vancouver now. The leaves are mostly on the ground, and the infamous Vancouver rains have kicked in. It is time to sit down in a snug little cafe, with a hot pumpkin flavoured beverage, and perhaps read a book to pass by some of those grey skies. My wife and I, and many others didn’t get our coffees and books out too quickly though, not before one last drive up our favourite stretch of local road in Vancouver, because Classic Car Adventures annual Thanksgiving Sea to Sky Run was last Monday and it was time to shine up the car one last time, put the top down, and enjoy the brisk fall air along the mountain lined, sea side, curvy highway, with the most diverse group of classic, and retro cars you will find this side of the 49th parallel. The event had a new meeting place at Capilano University, as well as the Sea to Sky Gondola as the new destination point. Both spots worked out great I’d say! The event was under those looming grey autumn skies, and thankfully we stayed mostly dry, except for a short period of heavy rain on the Sea to Sky highway where we did give in and pulled over to put the top up as the rain was starting to come into the car. Clearly we needed to be driving faster. There were two or three other convertibles that pushed on through the rain with their tops down. I applaud them, especially since the one Austin Healey didn’t really have a top up option. Once we arrived at the Sea to Sky Gondola the rains cleared up and gave way to the beautiful site of the Chief, which stands tall over Squamish. Plenty of cars made it out, and the Gondola cafe did a great job of serving up coffee to everyone.
Big Thanks to Dave and Warwick of Classic Car Adventures for putting on this great event every year, and for finding some better, more accommodating spots to meet as well, and also to the staff at the Sea to Sky Gondola cafe for working hard to make drinks and food for everyone who came out! I am already looking forward to next year!

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Photos from the 2013 Run here.

A Bit About Friends and Volkswagens | Featuring Toby’s Dusty Mauve GTI

I have met so many great people over my years of photographing cars and being involved in Vancouver’s VW scene. A lot of these people have become good friends, and I have shared many fantastic memories with them. Toby is one of those friends. I have had the pleasure of shooting a few of Toby’s modified VW’s, hanging around with the guy at various meets, shows, stags, and weddings, sharing laughs over drinks and dinners, and even ripping it up on the dance floor in a Whistler night club on the annual Fall VW Whistler cruise.

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Most recently though, about a month before this shoot of his Dusty Mauve GTI VR6 I had the honour of shooting Toby and his wife Maggie’s wedding at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island. It was really special being there to witness these two get hitched. The two were quite emotional and it was beautiful to watch. Toby was especially ecstatic, and he may or may not have teared up when he first saw Maggie coming down a forest surrounded boardwalk in her stunning wedding dress. He definitely didn’t hide any emotion that day.

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The top of the mountain venue was just incredible, and Toby and Maggie did a phenomenal job on the decor. There was beautiful speeches, creme brûlée, and delicious food. The drinks, the dancing, the live band, and the good times went on late into the night.

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My wife and I were able to stay the night at a chalet with two other couples, the husbands of which were Toby’s groomsmen, and also very into VW’s. One couple, Trav and Sheilagh, I have known for quite a while now and we have become good friends. The other couple was Jeremy and Aileen. Jeremy and I met at Trav’s stag not too long ago, and at Toby’s wedding was our first time meeting Aileen. Both couples are just awesome, and I honestly couldn’t have been happier to share a chalet with them. I know for certain we will see a lot more of them in the future.

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I also gotta mention one of the other groomsmen, Dean, who I met long ago through, yeah you guessed it, Volkswagens. Dean is an incredible guy, who is always there to help out fellow enthusiasts and friends. Him and Trav helped me(well, really they did all the work and I ordered pizza) install a new heater core(the worst job on that generation of Golf) in my old VW. I absolutely can’t take for granted the friends that I have found through the VW scene in Vancouver over the years. Toby, Trav, Jer, Dean, and many others I know are real quality people, and would always go the extra mile for their friends. It’s a true pleasure to know all these people, and to get to spend time with them, wether I am behind the lens or not.

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Here’s just a few from their wedding. The theme colour was Dusty Mauve. Perfect.

The gents. Jeremy(far left), Toby(middle), Trav, (3rd from the right), and Dean(second from the right). It should also be said here that Toby loves his Guinness. Cheers!

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