Geoff Holman - Kelowna, BC
 
 

Geoff Holman - Photographer

Where are you from?
Kelowna, BC (4 hrs east of Vancouver)

How did you get into photography?
When I started my artistic endeavors I was oil painting landscapes. I would shoot photos for reference and use them for inspiration in my compositions. A lot of what goes into a good landscape is the same whether you are painting or shooting it. From that point on I was hooked.

What are your favorite things to capture?
I love capturing people enjoying the outdoors. There is something really awesome about that connection with nature. If I can get a shot that embodies that feeling than I’m happy.

What gear do you use?
I am a Canon shooter, this past season I was shooting the 1dx and the 5dsr with the 24-70mm 11-24mm and the 100-400mm. I am also flying the DJI inspire1 with x5 camera.

Favorite photographer?
If I had to just pick one it would be Grant Gunderson. But I am also a big fan of Will Wissman, Blake Jorgenson and Jeff Cricco.

Favorite destination?
For winter it's a really tough to pic just one, but if I had to it would be Valhalla Powdercats.

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be?
I would really love to go on safari in Namibia

What is your dream job?
I think I might have it already. I am really fortunate to be able to do what I love for work. Being a full time artist and photographer is really fulfilling for me. 

Fun fact about yourself
I designed and built my own house/studio, it was an intense and stressful project at times but I really love the result.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?
Mostly I want to keep learning and pushing myself with my art and photography.  I think we are in for a massive change with the advent of VR and AR, it's going to be really exciting.

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John Entwistle - Photographer

Where are you from?
Vancouver, B.C. – Before that? The mountains of British Columbia.

How did you get into photography?
My dad always had a camera on Family vacation. Slideshows were a family staple growing up. Then all of a sudden I found myself living in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and it was impossible not to take a good picture. Bought my first camera, and the rest is history.

What are your favorite things to capture?
You will usually find me shooting into the sun. Landscape, action sports, and wildlife. I love shooting the sports that I understand and live. Being able to anticipate what the athlete/ subject is going to do next through the viewfinder is critical to getting the perfect shot.

What gear do you use?
Canon 6d with my two “go to” lenses being the 16-35 f2.8L II and 70-200 f2.8L IS II. Sure, I have many other lenses… But those two can be found attached to my camera 90% of the time. I also just bought a Sony a6000 last winter to throw in my pocket for those last minute heli spaces and lighter trips!

Favorite photographer?
Ansel Adams for classic inspiration, Jimmy Chin for more modern adventure photography, and Grant Gunderson for ski specific inspiration.

Favorite destination?
Anywhere where the terrain is steep, and the snow is deep. Namely the Monashee or Selkirk Mountains in B.C.

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be?
Alaska is top of my list right now. Winter or summer.

What is your dream job?
Anything where I am working with great people, telling cool stories, and working with brands that I love and respect. I am trained in marketing, self-taught in photography, and a lover of anything outdoors – So anything that involves those three things! That, or a rally car driver… Just ask my Subaru.

Fun fact about yourself
I share my name with John Entwistle, the bass player from “The Who”. Aside from being a nightmare when it comes to getting my name out there, I think that’s pretty cool.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?
Standing at the top of a really cool line somewhere deep in the mountains. Oh, you meant personal-development wise? Same answer.

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Guy Fattal - Photographer

Where are you from?
Believe it or not, I'm from Israel. I just recently moved to Canada.

How did you get into photography?
I received a small digital camera as a gift when I was 13 and just fell in love with capturing the beauty of the world and developed into it.

What are your favorite things to capture?
When I started off I would mostly shoot landscapes and the colorful markets of Israel. Later on I connected between my love of photography and skiing to the point which I’m shooting skiing and adventure photography.

What gear do you use?
My workhorse is the Nikon D750 combined with a 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8 Occasionally I will use a fisheye lens for interesting angles and all of my gear fits and skis perfectly in my Lowepro Whistler 35 backpack.

Favorite photographer?
I get a lot of inspiration from Mattias Fredriksson and his way of capturing the perfect natural light moments. I also love Jordan Manley’s unique work.

Favorite destination?
I simply love skiing and shooting in Tignes, France. There are endless backcountry options and never too many free riders.

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be?          That’s a good question as there are plenty of places! I think that shooting skiing in the Himalays is something that I’m going to have to do in the next few years. But I would also love to go shoot in Japan.

What is your dream job?
Ski photographer. Can’t get much better than that.

Fun fact about yourself
Until I spent my first full skiing season at the age of 21 I had only skied 5 weeks prior to that in my life! You bet I had no idea how to ski powder before.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?                                                               I want to be in the mountains with the people I love the most. Don’t think I need much more than that in life. 

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Adam Clark - Photographer

Where are you from?
Salt Lake City, Utah.

How did you get into photography?
I went on a tour to Alaska with my mom. The tour was tailored to photographers even though we weren't into photography at the time. By the end of the trip I was into photography. Two dentists from Florida who were on the trip gave me a camera. I was 15 years old.

What are your favorite things to capture?
Natural light. Showcase how crazy beautiful the planet we live on is.

What gear do you use?
Mostly Canon for photography. Sony for video, and I've started to carry around the DXO as my pocket camera.

Favorite photographer?
Tough question, it's always changing. I'm always inspired by others photography.

Favorite destination?
The next one I haven't been to!

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be?        Home, mostly because it's home. The Wasatch mountains are pretty amazing. I hope it starts snowing soon!

What is your dream job?
Doing it! Shooting, skiing and adventure

Fun fact about yourself
I like to have fun!

Where do you want to be in 10 years?                                                               More of the same. Skiing and shooting, skiing and shooting. 

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Paul Morrison - Photographer

Where are you from?
I grew up in Southern Ontario near Toronto, but have lived in Whistler, BC for over 40 years.

How did you get into photography?
After leaving high school (a bit early in order to ski Whistler) I was looking for a job where I could ski and travel a lot. At that time, there were few if any full time ski photographers in Canada. From what I could see, it seemed like a good idea. After attending college and studying photography, a buddy bought a ski souvenir photo business at Sunshine Village, Alberta. We worked together for one bitterly cold winter before I returned to Whistler and started shooting advertising and brochure images for Whistler Mountain the following season.

What are your favorite things to capture?
While there are many subjects I enjoy photographing, shooting deep powder images are what I like best.

What gear do you use?
Like many ski photographers that means a pro body like the Canon 1D X, 16-35, 24-105, 70-200 and maybe a fisheye. Trying to strike a balance between having what I need and what I can still enjoy skiing while carrying a pack. I also use the Olympus m43 system and see myself using it more in the future.

Favorite photographer?
There are many outstanding photographers I admire, but the ski photographers who shoot the type of images I like the most would be Mattias Fredriksson, Blake Jorgenson and Jordan Manley. Snowboard photographers? Scott Serfas and Jussi Grznar are both excellent as well!

Favorite destination?
Everywhere I’ve skied, I’ve loved in one way or another. But Switzerland is a good fit for me. I’m going to Engelberg, SUI next month and had a great skiing experience there years ago. Kitzbuhel, Austria during the Hahnenkamm is pretty amazing too, but not for the skiing so much as the party that happens during the event. Skiing deep pow in the trees of Japan ranks very highly too. And then there’s heliskiing! Mica, Bella Coola, Northern Escape and CMH Bugaboos are all equally amazing when the conditions are right.

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be?
There isn’t just one place, there are hundreds. Anywhere with (hopefully deep) snow, good friends and nice backgrounds will do it for me. Ironically one of the lesser appreciated ski countries is Scotland, but I had a fantastic time there enjoying some of the tougher ski conditions ever for me. It’s not so much where, but all the other factors that make skiing what it is.

What is your dream job?
That would be the job I’ve held with Whistler Blackcomb for the past 35+ seasons. For years my only job description at WB was ‘Just go shoot for Powder Magazine' (where I was a Senior Photographer for ten years). For someone like me it would be hard to ever beat that.

Fun fact about yourself
I like to have fun! My first 35mm film camera was so ridiculously bad, I very nearly gave up on the idea of being a photographer. Even the slightest chill in the air and the shutter would begin to slow down making it impossible to get a consistent or halfway accurate exposure (critically important in the days of Kodachrome), driving me crazy until I figured out the problem wasn't just me. It seems hard to believe today with almost all cameras being of excellent quality, even the affordable ones work great. But back then, not so much

Where do you want to be in 10 years?                                                               Hopefully still getting out there and doing the things I love. Being in the mountains, skiing with friends and making photographs.

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Ben Moscona - Photographer

Where are you from?
Aspen, Colorado

How did you get into photography?
When I was ten years old, I watched BBC Planet Earth and it dawned on me how incredible it would be to document the beauty of the world we live in and share it with as many people as possible. One of my favorite episodes was of the snow monkeys in Japan and last year I got the chance to visit them in the famous hot springs near Nagano. It's been an incredible journey from buying my first DSLR in high school to getting to travel to incredible places to take photos of skiers and snow monkeys. 

What are your favorite things to capture?
I love trying to make sense patterns of with a complex landscape. With ski photography I aim to capture the skier's interaction with nature, hopefully inspiring people in cities to experience similar moments. Occasionally photography is just serendipitous and I'll get to share an amazing encounter with say, a fox.

What gear do you use?
I use a Nikon D750 for landscapes and a Nikon D500 for action sports. I mostly use my 14-24 and my 70-200. The telephoto enables me to get really tight, intense actions shots while the 14-24 allows me to show off the landscape a bit more.

Favorite photographer?
In the action sports world, Scott Rickenberger's work stands out for his unique take on skiing. Ray Collins' wave photography is stunning.

Favorite destination?
It's hard to pick a favorite. Hakuba for the culture shock, food, snow and people. Revelstoke for the pillows!

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be?
Aspen! There is so much I haven't seen in the Elk Range. I'm excited to do a lot of exploring this spring.

What is your dream job?
If I wanted to be doing something else then I'd be doing it. Being out in the mountains is a great privilege.

Fun fact about yourself
I love running long distances in the mountains. The two go hand in hand.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?                                                               Hopefully I'll be making images and maybe doing some cinematography. It's hard to measure my individual impact but I would like to think I'm encouraging people to develop a deeper relationship with the environment. Perhaps I'll try to spread my impact beyond photography.

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Scott Bellow - Photographer

Where are you from?
Vail, Colorado.

How did you get into photography?
The snowboarding scene was becoming more challenging to be on top of, far surpassing what I felt comfortable with. I needed to find a way to get out there with my friends while still brining something to the table. I decided to take on photography and haven't been able to put down the camera since.

What are your favorite things to capture?
I enjoy capturing anything that moves. Wildlife, fly fishing, mountain biking, surfing and skiing. I am fascinated by how we are able to interact with nature and how I can put my own spin on that to others. I shoot real estate and other still life for that escape when things get a bit too intense and I need to unwind.

What gear do you use?
I use a Canon 7D mark II paired with a 16-35mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 as well as the Tokina 11-16mm when things get tight.

Favorite photographer?
My favorite photographer is Adam Barker, out of Utah. His wealth of knowledge that he is willing to offer along with his motivation to step outside of the box to create images not seen before makes him an inspiration to me.

Favorite destination?
Iceland, year round. The landscape is rugged and at your exposure to do what you will with it. There aren't many rules out there yet. The fishing villages are small and the locals welcome you with open arms and are very interested to hear your story and what you're doing there.

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be? 
British Columbia. I dream to see and shoot those kinds of pillows.

What is your dream job?
To get paid to travel the world with my camera.

Fun fact about yourself
When I was thirteen years old I woke up cross eyed, a few months later I underwent brain surgery to decompress a nerve. I now have perfect vision and can see the world better than I thought I ever would.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?                                                               I'd like to think I could do this forever and that I could make a living off photography. It may not be the most lucrative career at the moment but the satisfaction of seeing your work advertised all over the nation is very rewarding. I want to keep meeting new people and trying to innovate the sport of skiing through photography the best I can.

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Alain Sleigher - Photographer

Where are you from?
Calgary, Alberta.

How did you get into photography?
Mom had a Pentax camera she let me use at the hill one day to take pictures of my buddies when I was 14 years old. The next thing I knew I thought I had taken a whole roll of epic photos of my buddies riding and skiing only to realize when I opened the back that the film had broken at the first attempt to wind in the -30 C (-22 F) weather. That didn't matter one bit. I was stoked on what I had tried. I went on a mission to purchase my first camera which I carried everywhere. Fast forward two years I was in College for photography dreaming of being a published ski and snowboard photographer. After spending three years learning to use film, in 2007 I headed to Revelstoke to ride my splitboard every day. Because of my best friend, I ended up scoring a job at Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges. There together, we created the single best daily client video production service for heliskiing and catskiing there will ever be.

What are your favorite things to capture?
Landscape, skateboarding, skiing, weddings, friends, future friends, absurd scenes, fun colors, fun patterns, clouds sticking to mountain ridges, industrial settings, nature details, rain, water, ice, the list goes on.

What gear do you use?
Nikon D4, Fuji X100S, Mom's old Pentax, Horsemann 45L, iPhone 5.

Favorite photographer?
Edward Burtynsky.

Favorite destination?
Japan.

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be? 
The Wave at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Kanab, AZ 84741, USA

What is your dream job?
Welding in a big shop making big and small things, learning every day. Also, freelancing photography work here and there.

Fun fact about yourself
I'm actually a welder now.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?                                                              
Raising a bunch of little shredders in a jib park somewhere.

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Mark Bridgwater - Photographer

Where are you from?
Christchurch, New Zealand.

How did you get into photography?
I started out in high school shooting and processing black and white film. After a brief gap after school where I focused on my skiing, I reignited my love for photography with a point and shoot for a present. I pushed that thing far beyond it's capabilities - shooting multiple frames and stitching panoramas to get every last bit of quality I could. Over the years I've upgraded cameras and lenses to the point where photography is now my profession.

What are your favorite things to capture?
My ultimate is shooting adventure sports. I focus more on the sports I have a passion for which is mainly skiing in the water and mountain biking in the summer, but anything with a healthy dose of adrenaline works for me!

What gear do you use?
I currently have a dual camera setup with a Nikon D810 for commercial work and a D4s for sports and faster subjects. I have a full bag of lenses, but my 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII spends the most time on my cameras. I also shoot with the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, and 85mm f/1.8.

Favorite photographer?
Ohhh....that's a tough one! There are so many photographers I follow and look up to, it's hard to narrow it down to just one.

Favorite destination?
I'm a little bias towards the little ski club field of Canterbury, NZ - Mt. Olympus is truly a drinking club with a ski problem - so much terrain and epic vibes with the bar, tasty food and comfy accommodations right on the mountain (and a hot tub!). Internationally though, you can't go past a nice bit of Revy!

If there were one place in the world you want to shoot where would it be? 
Anywhere with nice light, deep pow, and a rad crew! I've never made it to Japan so perhaps that's a good start.

What is your dream job?
Exactly what I'm doing!

Fun fact about yourself
I was born in England, lived in NZ since '96, and am now living in Norway for a year.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?                                                              
I'd like to be running my own creative studio in New Zealand; combining my passion for branding and graphic design with my love for photography in a full service content creation studio...hopefully with a nice little magazine to showcase everything!

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