BSOP Instructor Bios

bruce_clarkex180Bruce ClarkeBruce is a professional event, wedding and portrait photographer. Bruce focuses primarily on wedding and event photography but also enjoys portrait and commercial photography. In addition to running his photography business, Moments in Digital Photography, Bruce is also the Director of Content for the popular website and podcast This Week in Photo with Frederick Van Johnson.
Chris Stambaugh, MPAChris is the former president of the Professional Photographer's of Canada and has been a professional photographer for over two decades. Chris holds the designations of "Master of Photographic Arts" and "Honorary Lifetime Member" by the PPOC. Chris has won numerous awards for his work including being a finalist in the Alberta and Canadian Portrait Photographer of the Year. Stambaugh Photographics is the name of the photography company that Chris has built and you can check out his work and services through web site.
Darcy Evans - BSOP InstructorDarcy EvansA born and raised Edmontonian, Darcy is a freelance photographer specializing in candid pet photography. He has always been fascinated by the creative process and has always loved the beauty that can be found in the simplest things around us. Capturing the nuances of light and shadow fascinate him and it is his desire that his photography reflects this. Candid moments of his clients and their pets doing things they love are a passion. Check out Darcy and his photography through his web site.
Darlene Hildebrandt | BSOP InstructorDarlene HildebrandtDarlene brings over 24 years of professional photography experience and was a highly honoured and awarded member of the Professional Photographers of Canada. She has worked professionally in the areas of commercial photography (product, food, editorial and event photography), portrait and wedding photography and most recently travel and fine art photography. Darlene is the Managing Editor of the Internet's top online photography resource, Digital Photography School and she leads photography tours in Drumheller, Alberta and exotic locations like Nicaragua and Cuba. You can find Darlene online through her Her View Photography and Digital Photo Mentor web sites.
Darwin Wiggett and Samantha ChrysanthouDarwin Wiggett and Samantha ChrysanthouDarwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou are full-time photographers based out of Cochrane, Alberta. They are creative partners in life and work and enjoy sharing their photographic knowledge with other passionate shooters. Renowned for their accessible and fun teaching style, Darwin and Sam conduct workshops and teach seminars on all things creatively photographic. Their educational, ‘how to’ eBooks are in popular demand, and they are often requested to be guest speakers for various photography events across Canada. Darwin and Sam can be found on their popular website,, where they encourage others to live by the oopoomoo ideals of creating, inspiring and educating in the art of photography.
Ian ScottIan ScottIan has over 27 years of experience as an award winning photojournalist, shooting freelance assignment for major publications throughout North America.

He worked as a staff photographer for The Edmonton Journal before becoming the Photo Editor; during his tenure he oversaw the transition from a film-based department to a digital newsroom.

Ian is currently working on a travel documentary project.
Olivia Kachman | BSOP InstructorOlivia KachmanOlivia Kachman is a 2006 graduate from N.A.I.T.’s Photographic Technology program whose passion is photojournalism and documentary photography. She was awarded the Canadian student Portfolio of the Year distinction from the Western Canadian News Photographer’s Association in 2006, which was followed by an internship at the Edmonton Journal.

Kachman has been published for her editorial, documentary, news, commercial and portrait photography as a freelance photographer for Canadian publications. Recently, she has explored art photography and produced a 30 minute art installation entitled Out of the Blue & Into the Red, which captures the conflict of “what we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves” based on a closer look at the effect of a resource-based economy on our social and spiritual well being as a society.

She looks forward to demystifying your camera and offering technical tips and tricks that will give you the confidence to go out and creatively explore your life with your camera.
Paul BurwellPaul BurwellIn addition to being the owner of the BSOP, Paul Burwell is a professional photographer, writer, educator and enthusiastic naturalist with over twenty years experience working with and educating adults. He is a contributing editor and regular columnist with Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. Paul has been a finalist in the Veolia 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' worldwide competition both in 2009 and 2010 and was named a 'Top Wildlife Shooter' by Popular Photography Magazine in 2010. You can see some of Paul's work at his personal web site.
Sandy WeatherallSandy Weatherall has worked in various areas of the photography industry since graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology over 25 years ago. She enjoys photographing her favorite things in life such as pets and sports but her greatest passion is Food Photography. Sandy has been published in food magazines and over 30 cookbooks. She also shoots restaurant menus, product labelling and marketing material for major food companies. Sandy's Jinsei Photographics web site will let you learn more about her and her photography.