BSOP Instructor Bios

David-Buzzeo-180David BuzzeoBorn in Newcastle upon Tyne England David emigrated, with his parents, to Edmonton, Alberta Canada in 1952. David obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alberta in 1971. In 2007, after a 39-year career in the insurance industry, David turned his attention to photography as an art form. David has studied extensively at Edmonton’s Metro College. In January 2011, David obtained accreditation in the scenic category with the Professional Photographers of Canada.

Although David’s focus is landscape photography, he is also exploring photography as contemporary art. His goal is to create innovative and high impact images.

David is resident in Edmonton, Alberta and spends much of his time photographing in and around Jasper and Banff.
profile photo of Bruce Clarke, Edmonton photographerBruce 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. Imagine that Photographics is the name of the photography company that Chris has built and you can check out his work and services through his web site.
Dan NelsonDan grew up in Dewberry, Alberta. His photography career started when Dan and his science teacher started a photography class when Dan was in grade 9. They taught darkroom techniques and processing to grades 7 and up. Dan continued doing this until he finished high school. He was also the yearbook photographer.

After finishing high school, Dan was a TV camera man for five years doing studio and on location news work. In the mid-nineties, he moved to Edmonton to be a color dark room technician, working in sales and printing professional photographer's competition work. Since then, and for the last twenty years, he has been working for Technicare Imaging, working with Photoshop and digital lab large format printers.

He is a self taught photographer and has been doing family portraiture, commercial photography and weddings for forty years. He joined the Profession Photographers of Canada in 1997 and received his Craftsman and Masters designations with accreditations in Image Manipulation and Fine Art. He has also judged image competitions for PPOC Alberta and Metro College.

He has expanded his knowledge experimenting with many different aspects of photography and has taken a special interest in Night Photography.
Dan Nelson Portrait Design is the name of the photography company that Dan has built and you can check out his work and services through his web site.
Darlene Hildebrandt | BSOP InstructorDarlene HildebrandtDarlene brings over 24 years of professional photography experience and 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. She 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, Morocco and Cuba. You can find Darlene online at Digital Photo Mentor website.
profile photo of professional wildlife photographer Greg HarveyGreg HarveyGreg enjoys nature, photography and travel. He combines these passions to create wildlife images from around the world. Armed with a large format printer and a workshop, Greg prints and frames his own work. He leads photography groups to Southern France, Kenya and Alaska. Greg says “I’m either taking pictures, editing pictures, treating, stretching and framing canvases”. See more of Greg’s amazing photography at Harvey Wildlife Photography
Rocco-Macri_x180Rocco MacriIn 1982, Rocco Macri began Macri Photography in Edmonton, Alberta. Macri Photography is now located on a beautiful acreage minutes east of Edmonton. His full-range of photography includes: architecture, aerial photography, food and dining, concerts, extravagant nature photographs, portraits, and precise commercial, industry, and business photographs.
Rocco Macri’s photography has garnered him numerous awards:

  • 2013 Pixoto members voted two of Rocco Macri’s images as top 20% in the Landscape category.
  • 2001 Fuji Professional Portrait Outstanding Achievement
  • 1998 Professional Photographers of Canada Loan Collection Travel Image
  • 1995 Kodak Professional Gallery Award for Architecture
  • 1995 Master of Photographic Arts (MPA) NOTE: Few photographers achieve this degree in the course of their career.
  • 1995 Alberta Professional Photographers Association (APPA) Commercial Photographer of the Year
Maxine & ShellaineMaxine and Shellaine have been working together creating beautiful timeless newborn images since 2013. Together they make up the team that has become one of Alberta's leading newborn and maternity photography duos.

Shellaine is a Burwell school graduate and former school teacher. Maxine has a customer service and marketing background. Both newborn photographers before they met, they merged talents to create Maxine•Shellaine~ The essence of newborn art; providing their clients with beautiful memories of this fleeting time.

They look forward to sharing their knowledge with you!
Tracy GrabowskiFew 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.  Tracy was awarded Best Fashion by Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) in 2003 and 2011, and also won Best Fashion, Provincial (Alberta), PPOC in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.  Tracy has traveled to Europe on numerous occasions photographing for a variety of international publications.  She is devoted to expanding her technical prowess and sharing her passion with her peers by 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.  She has run her own studio since 1995.
Samantha ParkerFor the past 7 years, Samantha Parker has been running her own business, SC Parker Photography. She is a graduate of Design Studies with a Major in Photography from Grant MacEwan University. Samantha has had an interest in the visual arts from a very young age. Taking yearbook, sports and band photography in High School. Realizing her dream to photograph the world, Ms. Parker traveled over 5-years to Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, India, and Japan. Connecting with other professional photographers while building her portfolio.

Ms.Parker lived and taught in Taiwan for a year and was able to continue her travels to South Korea and Southeast Asia. Back in Edmonton, Samantha has continued work in the Hockey Edmonton Magazine, with ads featured in the Edmonton Opera Magazines. Samantha enjoys portrait and event photography, capturing the essence of anyone in front of her camera. Her passion is to travel, take photographs, as well as be able to share her knowledge and experiences with others. She loves helping people find their own inspiration in photography, travel or maybe both.

You can view Samantha's world travels and her portfolio on her website scparkerphotography.com.
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.