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.


founder / instructor / Sir Never Sleeps A Lot
Long Creek, PEI
@davebrosha / facebook

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.

20160530-073A0909PAUL ZIZKA //
founder / instructor / The Aurora Whisperer
Banff, AB
@PaulZizkaPhoto / facebook

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 3-year-old, Mistaya. [Bio photo: Dave Brosha]



community educator / The Friendly Giant
Elora, ON
@waynesimpsonphoto / facebook

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]


community educator / Magma Hoodie
Fredericton, NB
@maghood / facebook

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]

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 11.46.28 PMCURTIS JONES //
community educator / Arctic Ninja
Newfoundland & Labrador / Nunavut

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.

Stan NovotnySTAN NOVOTNY //
community educator / Stan the Man
Campbell River, BC
@stan_novotny / facebook

Stan Novotny is a professional Vancouver Island based photographer living in Campbell River, British Columbia. Stan’s passion for photography has grown over the years to include Wildlife, Landscape/Astro, and Portraiture.  Keeping up with current trends, he is consistently researching new techniques in retouching and keeping up with the latest advances in the photography industry. [Bio photo: Viktor Davare]

Stephen DesrochesSTEPHEN DESROCHES //
community educator / The Voice of Reason
Charlottetown, PEI

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-gara-2COLLEEN GARA //
community educator /
Calgary, AB
@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.


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.

project coordinator / WunderWoman
Toronto, ON
@camilagargantini / facebook

Camila has been working in the photography industry for over 12 years and has worked for major Canadian companies like Canon Canada, Henry’s and Vistek. Her experience and involvement in the consumer and professional sides of photography, including retail, training and event management give her a unique insight into the industry. She works as a freelance photographer, visual arts and photography instructor and has extensive experience in organizing and running small and large scale events, workshops and international trips.


content advisor / Mother of All Multitaskers
Banff, AB
@meghanjward / facebook

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 three-year-old, Mistaya.