COMM0014 – Blog #5 – Experience is what sets me apart.

I am an artist that likes to wear a tie, the quiet gentlemen that listen to metal music. I am the pacific guy that trains to fight every week and a couch-potato that runs ultra marathons. I am patient and easily gets excited with new projects. When you hire me, you are not only getting a photographer, you get a partner that will help you realize your project and document it in a way that will write history, your story.

My experience is what sets me apart. I had the honour of working as the official photographer to the Governor General for 4 years (2007 to 2010) and, now, I continue to work as a photographer, documenting our Mounties.

I have photographed countless of historical events, including a number of state visits, the Olympics in Vancouver, the aftermath of the Earthquake in Haiti and our troops in Afghanistan. I got to bring my camera to over 26 countries and most of our own country and to photograph many known and unknown personalities.

One thing that I am the most proud of is the exhibit that I had the pleasure of putting together for Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada. Click here to see it. 

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This panel explains what the exhibit is about and a little more about me.

Considering that I continue to be staff photographer for our federal police, I am fortunate that I do not need to promote myself very aggressively. It fits well with my brand, to be discreet and make noise with my megapixels.

COM0011 Blog Post#2 Bringing the World Together

With the Olympics now over, some of us may find a void in our day. Many people planned their day around making sure that they were connected to the games in one form or another to see the best of the best compete and cheer on the athletes. My connection was through Twitter. Minute to minute updates on the competition when I wasn’t able to watch.

The Olympics bring athletes, fans and supporters from around the world together and social media has connected us even more to the games with media, athletes, fans and supporters tweeting, Facebook updates and blogs. During the 2013 Sochi Winter Olympics we were able to follow the games in a whole new way through social media. We not only were able to stay up to date on the actual games but we were connected to the personal thoughts of athletes and those that were able to attend the games. We were able to see in to what the Olympic village was like and as so many of us that weren’t able to be at the Olympics, could vicariously live through those that were, spending hours on Instagram and Facebook looking at so many different views of what was going on in and around the games. All a glimpse in to the experience of the games in years past we may not have been able to connect so closely to.

Social media is continually opening the doors on how the world connects on so many different levels and will continue to do so. We may not always find the world in a positive light but we will see the world as it is.

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