While cars have certainly improved in performance over the years, I can't help but think the relationship between driver and machine has grown distant. This is where SVi provides a remedy for your long lost love. I had a chance to take this beautifully rebuilt 110 Defender out in Squamish BC for a much needed analog cleanse.
The Deighton Cup is one of the flagship events of the summer and once again I was fortunate enough to attend on behalf of The Daily Hive (formerly Vancity Buzz). In many ways, my photography career started with The Deighton Cup three years ago when I was first asked by Vancity Buzz to cover the event, and so continues the tradition. I'm thrilled to see the tremendous growth and success of The Daily Hive and proud to have been part of the journey. Ladies and gentlemen, The 2016 Deighton Cup.
Linking up with Brixton Forged once again. This Ferrari 458 Speciale was made a little extra Speciale (apologies for the pun) with a set of custom Brixton's just in time for Spring.
While waiting around for the wheels to be installed, I realized that the shop itself was actually a perfect contrast to the elegant lines of the car.
What a day.
Being the only local photographer granted this level of access to Trudeau's visit, this was a special one.
What a year.
About a year ago, a couple of good friends and I went out to a bar and what followed was a strange night of unexpected adventures owed completely to having no expectations or plans. About a week later we decided we should do it again. But instead of one night, we would make it a week long road trip. And instead of Vancouver, we’d travel south of the border to the US. With no destinations or accommodations planned ahead of time, we rented a car and hit the road. Our adventures took us through Washington, Utah, Nevada and California and whenever I had my camera on me, I tried to capture the sights of our journey.
My camera often gets me access to some pretty amazing events and this was no exception. To celebrate the grand opening of Nordstrom in Vancouver, I was fortunate to attend and capture the fashion show at Robson Square. A young Spock was even in attendance!
What a stunner this machine is.
I hope you enjoy.
Model: Alexander von Kaldenberg
Porsche 918 Spyder - Weissach Edition
Thank you to Wrap-Workz Aesthetic Decors for allowing us to christen your beautiful new shop with this shoot.
I'm having a tough time coming up with words to describe this night, year after year. I think I'm better with images anyway. I hope you enjoy.
If you were downtown Wednesday night, you must have seen and heard the official Glowbal launch party. I was hired to shoot their grand opening on August 19th at Telus Garden. Something tells me this is going to be THE spot downtown. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
About three years ago we visited Pender Island and I snapped a few photos of our experience. To this day, that's one of most visited posts on my website.
We were itching to head back to Everest's house and a couple of weeks ago we did just that. I had just come off several photo shoots so my plan was to put the camera away and just enjoy the time away.... But of course, I couldn't help myself and managed to snap a few shots.
Everest, thank you again for having us!
I will be completely honest here, the 570S gives me the most "fizz" of any of McLaren's vehicles (with the exception of the P1 of course). Something about the curves and proportions, it just works. I was fortunate to attend the Vancouver unveiling of this beauty this week and managed to snap a few photos while there. I hope you enjoy the car as much as I do.
I was driving along Terminal Avenue and I see this. Four, yes, FOUR Porsche 918's soaking some rays outside Porsche Centre Vancouver. The direct sunlight wasn't ideal for lighting but I'm just glad my camera was sitting in the trunk.
Scotch is slow, scotch is contemplative.
The journey, not the destination, is captured here during a recent Sidecar Trolley Tour visit to Shebeen. The beverage is courtesy of Vancouver's own Whisky Wisemen and appropriately called The Wiseman.
An exotic model, a supercar, and a slick watch - not much else a photographer could ask for on a shoot. Here's another collaboration with Sevenfriday Canada featuring Maya T on location at Urban Thai Bistro in Yaletown, Vancouver.
Thank you New York. It was love at first sight and I can't wait to see you again.
It's not too often you get two of the most expensive and rare cars on the planet in the same room.
So here they are. Here to launch the fifth annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend, I present: the Pagani Huayra Carbon Edition and the Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir (formerly owned by rapper Drake).
Travelling a few hours south of the border with the infamous Ricemoney, I was immersed in the smell of rubber and roar of nitrous fuelled machines ready to eat through a year's worth of tires in a matter of minutes.
Formula Drift is a combination of finesse and power and I was lucky enough to attend Round 5 of the annual competition at Evergreen Speedway in Seattle.
Representing DuPont Registry, my goal was to capture the grit and power of the atmosphere, where drivers like Forseberg (point leader) and crowd favourite Vaughn Gittin Jr. Emerged out of the smoke like superheroes. The crown however, was awarded to Darren McNamara and his 1000hp Falken Tire Nissan S14.
A big thanks to BRE Motorsport for the generous tour of their state of the art trailer that contained enough parts to virtually rebuild their car from scratch.
Too many people and teams to thank so I'll let the photos do the talking.
The 2014 Diamond Rally was host to over 100 supercars devouring the windy Sea-to-Sky Highway en route to Whistler. The sheer noise ricocheting off the mountains was enough to pump some extra adrenaline through my body while hanging out the car window, attempting to capture the action.
I hope you enjoy.
Shot for Cirque du Soleil and Vancity Buzz, I had the unique opportunity of getting a backstage tour at the Grand Chapiteau after witnessing the spectacle that is Totem. Here are a few images I managed to snap along the tour.
May 8th marked the official launch of McLaren's Vancouver dealership as well as the introduction of the 650S to a crowd of prospective buyers and dreamers (I fall in the latter category). Take a glance at the latest dealership to open it's doors to the booming luxury car market in Vancouver.
Friday night I had a chance to shoot a night of opera, fine scotch, champagne and sword fighting! The first annual Duelling Arts was a huge success brought to you by the same fine folks at The Social Concierge who enchanted you with Diner en Blanc and Deighton Cup. Be sure to "like" their Facebook page for info on all their upcoming events. While you're on Facebook, subscribe to my page too! I now present you the Duelling Arts:
I may have cancelled out my exercise on Saturday with what you see here, but it was worth it. When the sun is shining in Vancouver, I think it justifies most things, including a rustic and delicious snack made up of a few simple yet tasty local ingredients.
If you're wondering what you're looking at: there is some aged gouda and truffle infused salami from D-Original Sausage Co. (the best sausages you can find) and the best bread I've ever had from Romania Country Bread in Steveston.
Vancouver's elite and powerful could be found in one spot this past Friday, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Representing Vancity Buzz I had the chance to shoot one of the highest profile charity events in Vancouver, Face of Today (#FOTgala).
If you weren't able to attend, hopefully you can do so vicariously through the images below. More photos posted on Vancity Buzz.
I was recently commissioned by Vision Vancouver to shoot the highly anticipated VISION:NEXT event at the Vancouver Art Gallery with a special guest performance by Dan Mangan. This was an unique shoot as the event was held in multiple rooms and floors of the art gallery, all of which were lit differently - not to mention the art gallery is one of the most historically significant buildings in our city. I tried to take advantage of the ambient light whenever possible to capture the 'feel' of each room throughout the evening.
Here are just a few photos from the event. For the full gallery, be sure to check out the Vision Vancouver Facebook page.
This is not about some ritualistic routine that I perform in order to become or stay lucky but rather a routine that I consider myself lucky to be able to go through each and every morning. The polar bear/wolf cross that you see above is Tintin and he's about 2 years old. He's sleeping next to my leg as I write this post, tired from the outing you see captured in the photos.
Every morning, I'm up bright and early so that we can go for a quick hike in the forest before I start work. I must admit, some days I just want to sleep in but once we get out there, seeing him turn into the happiest guy in the world makes it 100% worth it. It's also a great opportunity for me to forget about work, facebook, email etc. and just simply enjoy the moment. For the first time, I thought I'd bring my camera along to share this part of my day with you.
I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 Audi A3 Sedan unveiling at Capilano Audi. Once the covers came off, it was apparent that the A3 has grown up from its days as a soft hatchback into an elegant and aggressive sedan.
I've been itching to shoot some cars and I had my chance this Sunday at the LuxStyle Party, held at Inform Interiors in the heart of Gastown. The event was a celebration of luxury, including exhibits featuring the best in food, technology and jewelry. But as you'll notice, my focus was geared towards to the cars on display.
On behalf of Vancity Buzz, I had the great opportunity to shoot none other than Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. Be sure to check out Part 1 of the interview here.
The summer of 2013 ended with a trip of a lifetime with Alexander von Kaldenberg and Ellen (Sumi) Sumono. I was privileged to become involved with a project called Sumi Alexander in charge of telling the story through video and photography. Here is the first taste.
Brought to you by the same find folks behind the Deighton Cup, Le Diner en Blanc is the most highly sought after event of the summer. The 2014 wait list has already started and there's good reason. The Social Concierge has managed to pluck you out of your daily life and drop you in a fantasy land for one special evening. I was, once again, kindly invited by Crystal Kwon of Vancity Buzz to capture the experience. I'll let the photos do the rest of the storytelling.
I think I just discovered the best sandwich I've ever had at Finch's Tea & Coffee House.
There are several factors that go into a great sandwich:
You want to make sure that some thought has been given into to the flavours. I sort of think about sandwiches like a musical symphony (I realize how strange this post is so far but I'm going with it). The mayo or cheese is the bass line. The bread is the percussion that holds everything together. Then there are the filler instruments playing the mid range notes like the veggies. And for the melody, that's where that sharper taste like a signature sauce really identifies the sandwich. Then you have to make sure you've got the right balance of each of those 'instruments.' You can't have the bass so loud that you can't hear the melody. Did that make any sense?
You can't just throw a sandwich together - you have to consider in what order you'll be tasting the flavours when you take a bite. Those of you who understand this know the frustration of being served a burger where the top and bottom bun are switched.
There isn't really a three but lists usually have at least three items ...
The sandwich you see is the Pear, Blue Brie, Prosciutto and Walnut sandwich. If it were a symphony, it would be Beethoven's 10th.
So there you have it, the best sandwich I've ever had at Finch's on Pender and Homer. Check it out if you have a chance, you will surely be impressed.
I love cars because they are a perfect fusion of art and science, and no one quite brings the two together better than the folks in Maranello, Italy. Saturday July 20th was Ferrari Day at Redmond Town Center and I was fortunate enough to be there with my camera.
Our journey started in Seattle with a stop in Portland before heading to Cannon Beach.
Little did I know that one of the largest gathering of exotic cars was just a couple of hours south of the border. So I filled the tank and hit the road early Saturday morning to attend my first Exotics at Redmond Town Center meet - it will surely not be my last.
I've lived in BC for decades and it took a corporate outing to visit the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. We often get spoiled by our world class backyard but seeing out-of-towners react to the natural beauty of our province really puts things into perspective.
Unlike other manufacturers who give their cars major facelifts every few years, a Porsche seems to organically evolve over time. Porsche isn't the girl who picks up every new fashion trend that comes along but instead stays true to her functional and elegant design throughout the ages. This is what gives Porsche the most confident design language amongst all auto manufacturers. The purposeful design minimizes all arbitrary components - for example, the headlamps have always been round for one simple reason, that's just the most efficient and effective shape for illumination. The shape and silhouette aren't overpowering, which allows the driver to express themselves in the car as opposed to trying to live up to some grandiose design. I can go on and on, but once you get Porsches, you understand. And there's no going back.
Graciously invited by Luxury & Supercar Weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend one of the most attended charity benefits in the lower mainland hosted by Brian Jessel BMW. The 8th annual Cabriolet Gala was host to Vancouver's creme de la creme with all charitable proceeds being donated to theCanadian Cancer Society. Beautiful cars lined the lot as guests arrived for this one-of-a-kind evening.
Luxury & Supercar Weekend started their Whistler Cruise at the Fairmont Pacific Rim where approximately 30 of the most exotic rides in the lower mainland gathered for takeoff. As the cars entered, photographers and enthusiasts greeted them like hollywood stars at a premiere.
For those of you unfamiliar, RAPS is a no-kill animal shelter located in Richmond. I've been volunteering with the organization for some time and each visit is always the most rewarding part of my week. The animals are so well taken care of by a group of hardworking and passionate volunteers. If and when you decide to enrich your life with the companion of an animal, visit the Richmond Animal Protection Society to adopt.
While all the other stores are asleep, coffee shops have an inviting glow that draws you in at night. Consider a trip to Main and 13th to visit 49th Parallel. Coffee and donuts - that's all they serve and it's how it should be. In a city saturated with an overwhelming number of coffee shops serving underwhelming coffee and food, it's a real treat to see the folks at 49th opting to do do the opposite. From floor to ceiling the design is consistent and well thought out but somehow this doesn't intrude on your experience. What you remember when you leave are the conversations and ideas that were sparked, and ultimately that's the real reason we go out for coffee isn't it.
V12 Lamborghinis have always brought with them a sense of occasion and spotting one is unlike spotting any other exotic car. The Miura, Countach, Diablo and Murcielago have been plastered on the walls of young boys and desktops of grown men - Now it's the Aventador's turn. This specific vehicle has been custom fitted with PUR Wheels by local tuning shop SR Auto in Vancouver, BC.
Step inside and take a seat. Then order a slice of the best apple pie you've ever had.
A couple of contrasting scenes that really capture the feel of Vancouver's Chinatown for me.