Summerland Heritage Cider Company photography
May 29, 2015
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Cider advertising for Summerland Heritage Cider

We took the words right out of the mouth of Bob Thompson – one of the partners in Summerland Heritage Cider, when, in a twist on an old adage, he said; “A farmer’s day is never done… until the top comes off the cider.”
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Lunchtime at Brodo Kitchen in Penticton
February 19, 2014
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Lunchtime at Brodo Kitchen

I love to photograph food and food being prepared. There’s an urgency to the process as diners don’t like to be kept waiting and the solemnity of it is interesting. In part that’s why I made this shot of Paul Cecconi, owner of Brodo Kitchen in Penticton. and his staff, a raw kind of edgy shot. Sitting at the bar watching them get lunch under way, is fascinating – the energy is high and it almost feels like theatre.


February 7, 2014
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Events and Fashion

Jana Hill – hairstylist (left), Stephanie Seaton (me), Geraldine Shockey and Kerry Younie, costumes and styling (with leopard print coat), and Denise Barnes, makeup artist (right). This is the crew, (except me who was just the photographer) that worked on the musical Les Miserables which just finished it’s run in Penticton in January. For the most part it was sold out every night.

I had the good fortune of being able to photograph crew and cast – both on-stage and backstage. Some of the images are under the Events – Les Miserables category on the home page.


February 6, 2014
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Petzl animated Christmas card

In further collaboration with my anonymous artist friend mentioned in the previous post, last Christmas he and I worked together on an animated Christmas piece for Petzl America. Petzl make some of the best headlamps and outdoor gear in the world and the theme of the animation centered around the headlamp. I art directed the project and he did the illustration since this was a storyboard style and was right up his alley.

Through Yeti Farm Creative in Kelowna, I was connected with a couple of talented guys in Vancouver who did the actual animating. It was a fun project and the client was pleased with the result which was sort of a cross between Kubrick’s The Shining and the animated movie Ice Age.

February 6, 2014
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Anything is possible

Learning to draw

Interpretation of a client’s needs are crucial in successful graphic and visual design. Two years ago, I won a contract where it turned out that the best solution to the design challenge, looked to be an illustrative approach, but I couldn’t draw even a decent stickman.

I needed a teacher, a guide to help me learn in a real hurry. Odd how when you put something out into the universe, it invariably comes along. One day at The Beanery Café in Summerland, it was a hot summer’s day and our usual coffee group were sitting outside, when this guy came along and stopped for a chat. He asked what I was sketching – and I told him I was trying to teach myself how to draw. He said “Oh I am artist – I can help you with that”. Thinking that would be too good to be true, I said “Oh yeah? Draw something” and I handed him my pen and sketchbook. Turns out he could draw. In fact very well. He was an artist who had not only done thousands of storyboards for TV and films – he had also been successful on the Vancouver art scene and his work is now in the permanent collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Lucky me.

So over a period of a few weeks this artist (who prefers to remain anonymous) taught me about perspective as that was the part that I found to be the hardest… dealing with the horizon line and putting things on the right plane so that it made visual sense.

The Summerland’s Best Christmas card that I did this year was an exercise in learning about perspective and vanishing points. This unnamed artist was invaluable in terms of sending me off on the right path of learning how to do something I didn’t for a second think I could do. Which just goes to show you, when you make up your mind to do something, anything is possible.


February 5, 2014
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Blog post – newsy

Exciting day with the launch of my majorly overdue website. Overdue as I have not updated it in 3 years. Tsk tsk. Anyway here it is and I hope you like it. It is mostly about the visuals – photography, graphics, illustration etc…. aesthetically cool and beautiful things.