The past year has been remarkable and it’s difficult to put it into perspective. I suspect years from now, I will look back on my 2014 Adventure Photography: A Year in Review post with fond memories. My entire life has changed over the past 12 months.
I owe so much thanks to my wonderful clients like Air Canada, Tourism Quebec, and Canadian Tourism Commission; however, the media team at Travel Alberta have been the most supportive. They’ve provided a lifetime worth of opportunities and experiences in a single calendar year. I am so thankful for each of the projects we’ve created! Thank you Travel Alberta.
Beyond my clients, I still feel most overwhelmed by the continued support of my audience both on this website and across my social media channels. My instagram account grew from 4500 followers to 67 000, which is perhaps the most humbling experience I’ve known. Thank you all for following.
Here’s one last look at 2014!
2014 Adventure Photography: My Year in Review
January: Exploring the Powder Highway
To kickstart 2014, I hit British Columbia’s Powder Highway with snowboarders Jeff Keenan and Leanne Pelosi.
February: Whistler Blackcomb #Crowdtrip
March: Exploring #MyJasper
In March, I stayed home in Jasper National Park to enjoy the early spring conditions and exploring my own backyard.
April: Goodbye Marmot Basin
In April, I worked my final day at Marmot Basin. Despite being self-employed as a freelance photographer and writer, I also worked as a ski patrol at Marmot Basin. It was an on again/off again position, but at various times I worked on the full time, part time, and casual rosters. This season, I’ve become Marmot Basin’s photographer.
May: California, USA
In May, I explored the western USA. The California Redwoods were an instant favourite!
In June, the summer #ExploreAlberta Campaigns began and didn’t end until the fall. By the end of the summer, I had traveled more of my home province than I thought possible.
July: Chilcotin Bikepacking Adventure
In July, I convinced Canadian Cycling Magazine and three friends that a bikepacking trip to the Chilcotin Mountains was the ideal summer story. The trip began with a floatplane ride to Lorna Lake and I took this image from my sleeping bag.
August: MotorTrends #ExploreAlberta
In August, I helped MotorTrends film an episode of Epic Drives in Alberta. I also had the chance to drive a Nissan GTR.
Check out the episode here: MotorTrends Epic Drives in Alberta
September: #ExploreAlberta in #MyJasper
In September, I worked on two Travel Alberta campaigns with two of the most inspiring photographers I’ve ever met. First, I spent a brief time with Chris Burkard, photographing a kayaker beneath Athabasca Falls. Soon after, Colby Brown and I hiked into the Tonquin Valley.
October: #CouleursQuebec and #ExploreAlberta
In October, I traveled with three awesome friends in two different provinces. LaurenEPBath, Punkodelish, Garry Norris, and I explored the #CouleursQuebec, along with Paul Flemming. Next we headed to Alberta so I could show the group around my home province. Jordan Herschel joined us in Alberta, too, to add to the overall group.
In November, I traveled around Iceland with Ivan Olafsson, a native Icelander whom I am lucky to call a friend.
We put all our images together on Instagram under #ivanandjeffiniceland
In December, I flew on Air Canada’s inaugural flight to Rio de Janeiro to help launch their #ACHeartsRio campaign.
What Happens in 2015?
I really hope this post doesn’t seem too self-serving. I had the opportunity for a huge variety of amazing travel opportunities in 2014 and I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store. I just hope – and plan to work even harder to make sure -that my adventure photography and writing continue to grow.
And I hope that you all continue to appreciate my journey, as I surely appreciate your unwavering support.