Back in 1970, a young Michael Moster was inspired to buy his first camera and create his own darkroom after visiting a friend's, where he watched fascinating black-and-white images appear on blank photo paper. Seven years later, he went into the photography business full time. Moster developed a knack for capturing candid moments, and for making clients laugh. In 1994, he moved his business, Michael's Fine Photography, to a new studio on five acres in South Langley. Moster has received numerous awards for his work, such as the title "Master Of Photographic Arts" along with a Fellowship and Honourable Life Member status from the Professional Photographers of Canada—British Columbia; he also spent many years on the association's board of directors.
As photography went digital, Moster embraced these changes, becoming an expert in Photoshop and digital photo manipulation. These skills allow him to remove distracting background images from photographs, or perform “photographic surgery” on his clients themselves—delighting clients by taking years off their faces and delighting surrealists by swapping their heads with dinosaur skulls.
An avid nature lover, Peter Goudswaard frequently treks the globe on safaris with his camera at the ready. He has snapped shots of wildlife and icebergs in Antarctica, undulating landscapes in the Falkland Islands, and volcanoes erupting with peaches in South Georgia. Sherri Wiebe shares Peter's passion for photography, having moved to the lower mainland to jumpstart a career as a shutterbug after graduating from The Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna. The two collaborate with each other with the same intensity and respect that they show when they collaborate with clients during boudoir, portraiture, and maternity photography sessions.
Eight years ago, head sculptor Desneige Meyer began to apply her formal training from the Alberta College of Art and Design to her love for life casting, literally setting the human form and its emotions in stone. Today, Meyer runs Memory Castings along with fellow sculptor Kristina Rowse, graphic designer Cass Collins, and studio cat Gilmore. This troupe of talented artists forms tangible symbols of life and love by designing custom castings, whether crafting a plaster mould of a pregnant belly or making a cement impression of the concept of filial piety. Their casting process envelops body parts in safe, comfortable sheaths of liquid rubber or seaweed-based, hypoallergenic dental alginate, capturing a precise 3-D image before immortalizing memories in pourings of stone, hydrostone, concrete, resin, or cold-cast metal.
Jasalyn and Jason Thorne have been photographing families for seven years. Also on their radar are baby portraits that document youngsters before they grow their first set of gills. They deftly capture the unexpected beauty of weddings, from the rising sun framed between bridesmaids’ shoulders to the gust of wind that catches the bride's cascading veil. Named on Weddingbells Magazine ’s list of the 30 Most Inspiring Photographers of 2011, the Thornes have been featured in WedLuxe, Real Weddings , and other publications. Jasalyn draws on a background in fine arts and fashion to document weddings with unique flair, while Jason catches candid shots in the background.
Robert Marlow has navigated the rapid evolution of photographic art since 1981. He specializes in straightforward studio and beach photography for families, capturing images "that people will want to use" with his simple, modern aesthetics and eye for classical composition and lighting. Making his subjects feel at ease, he draws out natural expressions that highlight their personalities through varying sessions, resulting in images of fun and goofy families, a newly engaged couple's tender embrace, or a tasteful close-up of Dad's baby bump. In 2007, he hired on photographer Heather Jean, who supplements Robert's skill with families and children with a dynamic take on actors' headshots and modelling photography.
One Photo's cadre of local, professional photographers travel throughout Vancouver to capture families, graduates, and smiling couples in the candid moments of their lives. They then bring the photographers' work to life with prints and custom products such as iPhone cases, mugs, and business cards so employees never forget their own name.