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.
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.
Haley & Michael ShandroHaley & Michael ShandroHaley & Michael Shandro of Shandro Photo are sought-after for their unique style of wedding photography. While their photography has won them accolades, their strengths lie in connecting with their clients, and managing their successful boutique business for the past 7 years. Their sole source of income is photography, and they made it through the recession unscathed.

They live in Edmonton, Alberta with their two adorable children.

Michael has his Bachelor of Commerce from the U of A, and has worked at the Business Link helping small businesses. Awards include Top 10 Wedding Photographers in Canada from Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada (PWPC) and Best in Class wedding awards from the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Their work has been featured in magazines and on blogs including Style Me Pretty, WedLuxe, Wedding Bells, Hot Pink Brides, Wedding Obsession, South Asian Bride Magazine and Blush Magazine. Haley & Michael will be speakers at the 2013 Canada Photo Convention in Vancouver. Most importantly - their clients love working with them.
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.
Raj PatelRaj Patel believes in creating films that induce an emotional connection with the story that is being presented. Whether the story is about a 100 year old oil company or a family vacation to Europe, Raj strives to find a way to connect with the audience on an emotional level, a way in which to make the viewer care about the story.

Raj co-founded A Love Story Video Productions in 2003 to document special events throughout the province, focusing on weddings. A Love Story has filmed over 400 weddings in it’s 10 years. In 2008, a new brand was created, Orange Fountain Filmmakers to satisfy A Love Story’s rapidly growing corporate client base. The Orange Fountain portfolio includes films for the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, PCL, the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Southgate Center and Lincolnberg Master Builder.
Tracy Grabowski - BSOP InstructorTracy Grabowski, MPA, SPAFew subject have escaped Tracy's curious and creative eye. She has explored and photographed topics from fashion to heavy industry for over 20 years with award-winning results.

She is devoted to expanding her technical prowess and sharing her passion with her peers. Educating herself and others through seminars and conventions.

Tracy is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's Photographic Technology program, and has earned her Master of Photographic Arts through the Professional Photographers of Canada.

"I see the world and people around me as one might view art in a gallery. The subjects of my work already exist. I study them and, when the moment feels right, put a frame around them and trigger the shutter."