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Stuart McKelvie

Photo Specialty Manager and Professional Photographer

Stuart moved to the Canadian Rockies from Brisbane in Australia, a place with very few mountains and very little evidence that Winter was a proper season. Having decided a life spent exploring the outdoors was much more enjoyable than being an accountant, Stuart has come to Canada to enjoy the beauty of its landscapes, animals and seasonal activities. In his spare time, you can catch Stuart hiking up a mountain, taking photos of wildlife, or falling off his snowboard.

  • Specialty: Travel and Video
  • Camera of choice: Panasonic Lumix GH5
  • Favourite lens: Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4 Leica
Craig Douce

Tristen O’Hetherington

Adventure Photographer and Photo Specialty Expert

Tristen O’Hetherington is an adventure photographer, artist and local hiking guide based out of our Lake Louise location. He specializes in landscape, astrophotography and portraits as well as guided expeditions and hikes. Tristen takes a dramatic approach to his photographs using natural light to capture breathtaking moments in the Canadian Rockies. Tristen grew up in the nearby Foothills region of Alberta and is an avid skier, mountaineer, rock and ice climber.

  • Camera of choice: Nikon D810, Canon 5D Mark III
  • Favourite lens: Sigma Art 24-70mm
Ian Virtue

Sophie Smith

Professional Photographer - Portraits,Weddings, Wildlife and Photo lessons

Sophie made the move across the pond from Worcestershire, United Kingdom to the Canadian Rockies to pursue her passion for Wildlife and Landscape photography. With a background of professional wedding photography and portraiture you can usually find Sophie spending her free time camouflaged in bushes capturing the perfect wildlife shot; with her first publication featured in Wildlife Photography World (2018) then followed by Canon UK (2018).

Camera of choice: 5D Mark III
Favourite Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

Ian Virtue

Stanley Aryanto

Professional Photographer - Portraits,Weddings, Landscape and Photo lessons

Born in Indonesia and lived most of his life in Australia, Stanley have developed passion in Travel and Photography. He had been all around the world and visited 24 different countries. In April 2018 he made the most important decision of his life and left his career as a Mechanical Engineer to pursue Travel Photography. He went on a road trip crossing Indonesia’s most crowded island, Java Island and went on 40,000 km 4WD road trip around Australia. He’s now based in Lake Louise to explore Canada Rockies Mountain Range. During his day off he likes to explore unbeaten path sand capture the unseen perspective of the Rockies.

Camera of Choice: Canon 5D mk IV
Favourite lens: 16-35mm f/2.8

Patrick Mole

Wahbi Bouri

Photo Specialty Expert and Professional Photographer

From the Toronto, Ontario area Wahbi left the city behind in favor of the sprawling mountains and adventures the rocky mountains offer. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energies, Wahbi realized his true passion was in Photography and can now be found gallivanting around Banff and the surrounding area taking photos.

  • Specialty: Wildlife, Portraits and Low-Light
  • Camera of choice: Canon EOS R
  • Favourite lens: Canon RF F/1.2 L USM and Canon EF 100-400 F/4.5-5.6L
Adam Baus

Tom Westhead

Photo Specialty Expert & Professional Photographer

Tom moved to the Canadian Rockies from the UK, where he previously worked as a Legal Advisor.

Tom has come to Banff to take advantage of the endless opportunities there are to photograph landscapes, wildlife and people, along with the year-round adventure activities available in the region. When Tom isn't working in our retail store,or on one of our photo shoots, you can find him hiking and exploring Banff National Park, looking for wildlife, a great landscape shot or snowboarding atone of the local ski hills.

Jack Van Lieorop

jack van lieorop

Photo Specialty Expert & Professional Photographer

Born and raised an hour east of Banff in the city of Calgary, Jack has always considered the Canadian Rockies to be his backyard and now his home. Jack has found influence in action sports, music, and the beauty of the mountains here in Canada. Since before teenage years his passion has been behind the camera creating and exploring, now most of his time is dedicated to capturing the magnificent mountains right outside his front door.

Jaylene Thompson

lisa otto

Banff Mountain Art Gallery Manager,Custom Framer and Accountant

Originally from Ontario Lisa moved to the mountains in 1992 and hasn’t looked back. With a background as a Chartered Accountant, Lisa quickly realized how much fun it can be to combine an accounting degree with an interest in Art and Photography.  Living and working in Banff is an incredible privilege and allowing visitors to “take the mountains home”remains a priority in her day.

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