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.
Amid the gentle babbling of an outdoor waterfall, the Simpsons are snapping pictures. Here, in their studio’s scenic outdoor garden, Photoart by Simpson’s two generations of photographers exert decades of expertise as they capture kids at play, families in celebration mode, and moms-to-be using their stomachs as book stands. Inside the studio, natural light streams into photo sessions, illuminating the artistic poses Andrew stages or the spontaneous turns of Arlene’s lens. To ensure that clients receive the photo shoot they’re looking for, the Simpsons invite subjects to consult with them prior to the shoot, making any stylistic requests before the session begins. Once cameras have been packed away, clients can memorialize their newly captured selves via framed and mounted prints.
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.