Everyone at OFFBEAT is passionate about photography, lives life in a million directions and runs on caffeine most of the time. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Call us dreamers, but we thrive when creativity is unbound.
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Prince Edward Island-based, award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave has also lived in Asia and has travelled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of his native country and numerous countries abroad. An explorer at heart, his images – no matter what the genre – are full of heart and soul, and are a testament to the human spirit.
Paul is an award-winning mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta. From the peaks of the Canadian Rockies to iceberg-laden seas off the coast of Greenland, Paul’s journey to capture the “under-documented” is a testament to his passion for exploration, his creative vision and fierce sense of determination. These qualities, combined with his keen eye for unique compositions, have resulted in an exhaustive portfolio of cutting-edge images. His photos have been featured in a variety of publications, including National Geographic Traveller, National Geographic Adventure, Maclean’s, Alpinist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Islands and Climbing magazine. Paul lives in Banff, Alberta, with his wife, writer Meghan J. Ward, and their two daughters. [Bio photo: Dave Brosha]
Our contributors are community educators, providing their wisdom, insight and hard-earned lessons through regular articles in our private online community, participating in our Ask Me Anything sessions, and frequently attending workshops as assistants to Paul and Dave. They represent a variety of genres, from boudoir to landscape, wedding to wildlife.
From a love to create and build on ideas, Stephen has built his career around photography and design. When not designing educational and image related products, the art of photography has become a full-time daily creative exercise for personal and commercial work. Photography for Stephen is about staying inspired to create. It’s about being forced away from an office, a computer screen and not being indoors. Photography is more than just taking pictures for Stephen. It’s a lifestyle that encourages adventures, exploring and documenting the important things in life that are always changing. [Bio photo: Dave Brosha]
Colleen is a wildlife and nature photographer based in Calgary, Alberta. She is passionate about photographing wildlife in their natural surroundings, from the Rocky Mountains to the prairies. Colleen’s hope is that her images will help foster a connection between the viewer and her wild subjects, raising awareness to protect both the animals and their natural habitats. She strongly believes in ethical photography practices and all of her images are of wild animals only – nothing captive or baited. Colleen’s photographs have been featured in several publications worldwide including Audubon, Canadian Geographic, Wild Planet Photo and Nature’s Best.
Kahli is a landscape, night and adventure photographer originally from Australia. Now spending most of her time traveling between Canada and New Zealand, her work is a reflection of her passions; travel, mountains and inspiring landscapes. Often found hiking in the mountains or chasing the aurora in the middle of the night, Kahli enjoys the challenge of finding unique scenes and interesting light. Sharing these breathtaking landscapes with others while exploring the world is what motivates Kahli, hoping to inspire people to get out and explore for themselves. She has found a deeper purpose within photography by sharing what she has learned from her experience shooting in the field.
Maggie is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She fell in love with photography while in grad school, started her own business and hasn’t looked back since. Never taking anything too seriously, she is inspired by real moments and emotions, but also the process of creating an image from start to finish. When not shooting or editing, you can find her out exploring with her annoyingly holistic wife, Jess, and crazy pets. [Bio photo: Jessica McConaghy]
Curtis is an adventure, landscape and portrait photographer from Newfoundland and Labrador who considers Nunavut his second home. Never tiring of seeing the sun rise from a new horizon or watching a contagious smile grow on the faces of friends and strangers alike as they step out of their comfort zone, Curtis seeks to tell stories with his photographs as he lives out his own. Throughout his career, he has had the pleasure of working with worldclass athletes, artists, and production teams while shooting in some of the globe’s most raw, wild, and challenging locations. Equal parts adventurer, artist and clown, he is never far from a camera, a tent or a good punchline.
Joel Robison is a creative portrait photographer from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. His work is a blend of whimsy and realism and focuses on the fine line between our imagination and the real work around us. Much of his work is inspired by his own interpretations of real-life events, dreams, fears and his understanding of mental health. His work has been featured around the world with clients like Coca-Cola, Google, Oprah Magazine, Adobe and others. He has taught workshops both online and offline around the world and is passionate about inspiring other artists to develop their own creative identity.
Based in Elora, Ontario, Wayne Simpson is a professional photographer who specializes in dramatic portraiture and landscape photography. His versatility as a photographer carries into his commercial work and event photography, making his style distinctive in the industry. As an educator, Simpson conducts portrait and landscape photography workshops throughout Canada, and is a proud contributor to OFFBEAT. Simpson’s images have been published in such magazines as Outdoor Photography Canada, Outdoor Photography Magazine, Canadian Rockies Annual and Canadian Geographic, as well as in countless books around the world. [Bio photo: Darwin Wiggett]
Ashley is a family photographer based in Southern Saskatchewan. Finding inspiration from her 3 children, her goal is to capture the beauty of the everyday. From the mundane, often overlooked moments, to the milestones, and everything in between, Ashley’s goal is to capture little pieces of life that she feels are important today, but also those simple moments that will be missed once gone. When not following around her kids with a camera Ashley spends her time photographing families, pursuing a social work degree, and occasionally finding a quiet moment to take in the beauty of small town Saskatchewan.
To ensure the wheels run smoothly, OFFBEAT has contracted the talents of two industry professionals who fulfill a range of duties, including administration, community management, logistical support, web updates and content creation and editing.
Long Creek, PEI
Erin brings to the OFFBEAT team a wide range of photographic and logistical experience, running a successful photo gallery and having organized conferences, tours and workshops coast-to-coast as part of Team Brosha. Erin has a strong focus on details and in keeping the many photographers that come into OFFBEAT’s broader creative circle on track and organized. When she’s not helping source weird and wonderful photo props, she’s the mother of three beautiful children and lives in Prince Edward Island with her husband, OFFBEAT co-founder, Dave. [Bio photo: Dave Brosha]
Meghan is a freelance writer and editor, with nine years of experience working for a number of outdoor, travel and mountain culture publications, including Alpinist, Kootenay Mountain Culture, IMPACT, Where.ca and Avenue Calgary. In 2015, she co-founded a Banff-based media company, Crowfoot Media, which is the force behind the archival-quality print magazine, Canadian Rockies Annual. Originally from Ottawa, Meghan and husband Paul Zizka have called the Canadian Rockies home since 2005, and enjoy adventuring and travelling abroad with their two daughters. [Bio photo: Kurtis Kristianson]