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Bruce 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 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"
"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.
is the name of the photography company that Chris has built.
Darlene brings over 24 years of professional photography experience and was a highly honoured and awarded member of the
Professional Photographers of Canada
where she won
Photographic Artist of the Year for Alberta in 2006
. 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 a regular contributor to the
Digital Photography School
web site and leads photography tours in Alberta and exotic locations.
Her View Photography
is the name of Darlene's photography business.
Daryl Benson is a contributor to Photo Life, Photo News, Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo magazines. Self-published three books;
A Guide to Photographing the Canadian Landscape, Alberta
a collection of scenic images celebrating Alberta’s Centennial and Canada
a pictorial gift book of Canadian images
. A professional photographer for 30 years with the bragging rights to having set foot and photographed on all seven continents. Contributor to
Getty Stock Agencies
. He has given presentations and workshops on photography to camera clubs and associations around the world, from Auckland, New Zealand to Yellowknife, NWT.
Haley & Michael Shandro
Haley & 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.
Olivia 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 well as society.
In 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.
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