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, Long Creek, 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 – along with his beautiful wife, Erin, and three children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.
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]
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]
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.
After first picking up a camera over fifteen years ago, Kyle has spent his time based out of Bracebridge, Ontario, building a career and a vocation around both photography and video. Formally known for his traditional landscape imagery, a recent year-long road trip across North America influenced his current work which focuses on a more contemporary form of the genre and is driven by a fascination with society, time, and the ever-changing environments that surround us. He currently works solely with film, after an impromptu dive into the medium in early 2017 quickly turned into a full-blown obsession. Always one to encourage others to follow their true interests, Kyle is passionate about helping artists create their most meaningful and authentic work.
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.
community educator / Wildlife Whisperer
@colleengaraphoto / facebook
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.
Elizabeth Gadd is a landscape, portrait and adventure photographer, often tying all three genres together into one photo. Based just outside of Vancouver, Canada, she fell easily in love with exploring the surrounding forests, hills, mountains and ocean – all of which are heavily incorporated in her photography. First picking up a camera over 10 years ago, she was immediately drawn into the world of creating magical images of nature and landscapes, eventually leading to the whimsical combination of landscapes with human portraiture (usually self-portraits) that she’s known for today. This niche of Elizabeth’s photography has been described by others as fairytale-esque, dreamy, peaceful or full of wanderlust. To this day she enjoys travelling, creating, eating chocolate, adventuring with her dog, and always looking for beauty in the world… most often in the form of a cup of coffee. [Bio photo: Whitney Justesen]
Elena is a wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer based in the good old U.S. of A. (Chicago, to be more specific). She was raised on rock and roll and coffee outside of Detroit, and if the coffee stunted her physical growth, the rock and roll made up for it spiritually. 😉 She considers herself a late bloomer, and can credit photography for so much of her personal growth. As a photographer, she is drawn to love, light and life’s real moments. She is a passionate, hard-working, and creative storyteller whose goal is to create images that make even the smallest moments in life magical. Because what’s more magical than being alive anyway? She is beyond grateful to join this team of world-class photographers, educators and friends. [Bio photo: David Dvorak]
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.
ERIN BROSHA //
project coordinator / Mrs. Keeps Us In Line
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 spirited four-year-old, Mistaya. [Bio photo: Kurtis Kristianson]