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Ten galleries of images representing David's work, both personal and professional, over the last 8 years.

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If you've tried the books about gear and long for something more, David's poured his heart into 20 books and ebooks for you.

COLLECT THE PRINTS

Two carefully curated collections of 24 beautiful fine-art prints and folios for your walls or your personal collection.

Mar 12th

2012

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Portraits

Images shot for, and property of, Save The Children.
Ethiopia, 2009.

Tomorrow we release Forget Mugshots, 10 Steps to Better Portraits. While I was writing it I spent a lot of time thinking about my favourite portraits. Many of those were shot for clients, and I’m limited in how I show them, so they can’t go into my books, which is too bad, but it’s just the way it goes. But while I was putting it all together, I came across these two and thought I’d share them with you.

Two of the ideas I share in the new book are these: that waiting for the moment, and recognizing it when it comes, is more important than other issues of so-called technical perfection, and that portraits are a relational process, not merely an artistic or technical one, and time spent with your subjects, making them comfortable, will be worth at least as much as time spent learning the buttons on your camera.

This girl was a trooper, wrangling these young camels like an old pro. She was 6 years old and her initial trepidation about the white guy with the big cameras were calmed when she realized I was more scared of her camels than she was of my cameras. We laughed, I made faces, and we did a whole lot of not-photographing for the first little while before I even raised a camera to my eye. And then we played some more. Patience, curiosity, and a willingness to value and love our subjects more than the photographs themselves will, in the end, result in stronger portraits. This patience and care allows subjects to calm, to drop their walls, and make way for moments like the second frame above – unrushed, unplanned, and unrepeatable.

Mar 10th

2012

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Home

English Bay, 2012. Back in Vancouver now, and living at the Sylvia Hotel on English Bay while waiting to move into a great little live/work loft in Yaletown on March 15th. After long detours home on snow-choked BC roads, Vancouver welcomed me back with open arms on March 5th – cherry blossoms beginning to bloom, […]

Mar 2nd

2012

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March Desktop Wallpapers

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, 2012 Two desktop wallpapers for you this month. My indecision is your gain. Click either image above to get the full-resolution file – both of them are 2560 x 1600. Seriously, this might just be my new favourite place. Amazing accomodations, real fireplaces, great food, and really reasonable rates with […]

Mar 2nd

2012

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Emerald Lake.

There may, or may not, be a hot tub here at Emerald Lake Lodge. A huge 16-person hot-tub. Also, there may or may not be a fermented beverage in the flask (thank you, Dave Delnea). Flask by Filson. Photograph, and mad iPhone skills, by Cynthia Brooke Haynes. Hat by Patagonia.

Mar 2nd

2012

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Almost Home

Arrived last night to one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. Now I know I’m prone to hyperbole. Hell, I might exaggerate more than anyone on the planet, but this time it’s the honest truth. Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park. If you know where Banff or Lake Louise are, just head […]