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Nita Lake lodge general manager Theresa Ginter.
Nita Lake lodge general manager Theresa Ginter in front of the hotel on a freezing morning.

Some of the local Whistler portraits I photographed for the 2017 edition of the Whistler Profiles in Excellence magazine. It’s put out by Glacier Media, the parent company of the Pique NewsMagazine here in Whistler, to showcase some of the leaders of the Whistler business community. The year before, I had photographed the Vancouver editions of the Profiles in Excellence and Medical Excellence magazines, so I was eager to work on one of these magazines in my own hometown.

Author and CEO Coach Shannon Bryne Susko.
Author and CEO Coach Shannon Bryne Susko.
Shannon Bryne Susko is a local tech entrepreneur, now turned best selling author and CEO business coach. Oddly enough, she was the subject of my first professional editorial portrait twenty years ago.  I did some research on her before the shoot and that old photo was still on her web page, which gave me a bit of a chuckle.

While all the other photos in the magazine were shot on location, Shannon wanted a more formal portrait, so she came here to my studio.

Author and CEO Coach Shannon Bryne Susko.
The 1997 photo of Shannon that started my editorial portrait career.

RDC Fine Homes owner Bob Deeks.

RDC Fine Homes owner Bob Deeks.
RDC Construction owner Bob Deeks.
Bob Deeks is another subject who I’ve known for years. His company, RDC Fine Homes, is right on the cutting edge of sustainable technology in the homebuilding industry.

While we were putting the magazine together, RDC won three Georgie Awards for excellence in home building, so I stopped in and got the lower shot to go with the piece.

Whistler realtor Maggi Thornhill in her Whistler Office.
Whistler realtor Maggi Thornhill in her Whistler Office.
Maggi Thornhill has carved out a niche for herself selling the most expensive real estate Whistler. When you talk to other Whistler realtors about who’s doing well in the market, you always get something along the lines of “Maggi Thornhill, man, she kills it”.

Caramba executive chef James Pare and owner Jay Pare
Caramba executive chef James Pare and owner Jay Pare.

Scandanave Spa general manager Doug DeYagher.
Scandanave Spa general manager Doug DeYagher.

Tech Stuff
Nita Lake lodge general manager Theresa Ginter.
This was a pretty good example of the set up I used for most of the shots. With this shot of Theresa, it was a cold sunny day after about two weeks of heavy snow. I called Theresa and asked her if I could come right down for a shot. She was totally game for it, even though it meant climbing up on this wall in her high heels in -15 degree weather.

Being one of Glacier Media’s premium products, I used a lot of on-location studio lighting set-ups. Most of the time it was fairly easy to set up, but at the Scandanave Spa, the parking lot is down a trail from the lodge, then we shot at one of the lower pools, so hauling the gear in became a pretty good trek.

I used a high resolution Nikon D800 and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for all of the shots. The lighting was either one or two Alien Bee studio strobes from Paul C Buff with with either a medium soft box or 22″ beauty dish. I prefer the soft box, but it’s very unstable in any kind of wind, so the beauty dish was kind of a fall back.

If you want to see any of my other portrait work, check out my commercial photography web page at www.media-centre.ca.