I’m David duChemin and I want to help you make the strongest, most compelling photographs of your life, and to do so with joy and freedom, to make photographs that are more than just good, but truly your own.
I’m a world & humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, digital publisher, podcaster, and international workshop leader. Now based on Vancouver Island, Canada, when I’m home, my life is spent chasing compelling images on all 7 continents and teaching others to see, photograph, and get the most from, this astonishing life.
“Life,” to quote the late Helen Keller, “is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
How can I help you?
If you want to experience this astonishing world through my eyes, join me as I swim with humpback whales in Tonga, follow the elusive Spirit Bear in Canada’s Great Bear Rain Forest, or experience the Christmas pilgrimage in Lalibela, Ethiopia through my photographs, you can see them in my current portfolios here.
If you’re a photographer and want to learn more about the craft and art of photography, and you’re done with the gimmicks and the shortcuts and want to go deeper, you can find many of my books and resources on Craft & Vision here.
If you’re reading this About Me stuff then you might not know me yet, so consider starting easy and downloading this awkwardly titled PDF eBook: 20 Ways to Stop F*cking Around with Your Camera and Make Better Photographs Without Buying Any More Gear. Yours free in the hopes that we’ll hit it off.
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And if you find your creative life a bit of a daily fight, this is your invitation to listen to A Beautiful Anarchy, my podcast about the joys and challenges of everyday creativity. Short, relevant episodes (usually around 15 minutes long) make for people, like me, who aren’t really podcast people but need the occasional kick in the creative pants, and to know they aren’t alone in what often feels like a fight. You can listen on iTunes, most podcast services, or at aBeautifulAnarchy.com
If you’re looking to discuss a speaking engagement or assignment work related to international development or conservation, please drop my team an email. My manager’s name is Corwin and he’ll take good care of you until I’m back from following shepherds in Lesotho, or whatever adventure I’m currently on. Drop Corwin an email here.
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When on assignment my one goal is to create powerful images that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable and oppressed for the international NGO community. Past clients within that community include World Vision, Save the Children, and the BOMA Project.
My travels have taken me through 55+ counties to date, though I prefer to experience a place deeply and often rather than see everything once and skim the surface. I’ve worked through winters in Russia and Mongolia, a summer on the Amazon, and spent time among nomads in the Indian Himalayan and remote Northern Kenya. My assignment work has taken me to Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ethiopia, Malawi, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh, among others, and I’ve pursued personal work in places like Iceland, Antarctica, Tunisia, Cuba, Vietnam, Kenya, and Italy, among others.
Drawing on a previous career in comedy, and a love for storytelling and communication, I make myself available on a limited basis for keynote presentations and training on photography, creativity and entrepreneurial topics, but give me a microphone and an audience and I’ll talk about almost anything. Not one to speak in the third person without feeling a little weird about it, here’s what my previous PR materials said: “A driven artist, creative professional, entrepreneur and life-long adventurer, David educates and inspires through stunning visuals and hilarious travel stories, and insights, from a life spent outside and abroad.” I’m told I live up to and exceed those expectations.
My books about the craft and art of photography, many of them best-sellers, much to the shock of my Grade 11 English teacher, have been translated into a dozen languages, and are applauded for their humanity, approachability, and a focus on vision and creativity over gear and the pixel-peeping our industry is so prone to. You can find my latest books, The Heart of the Photograph, The Soul of the Camera, as well as Within The Frame, The Visual Toolbox, and A Beautiful Anarchy all on Amazon.