Stevie Smith

Steve Smith 1989 – 2016

Stevie and I were never really close friends, we were acquaintances, we worked together making photos, and afterwards we hung out and drank beer and laughed together. But I couldn’t tell you what his favorite beer was. I first met Stevie at Whistler in July of 2007. Red Bull was adding him to their team, and I was there to snap a few shots as he picked up his first Red Bull helmet. At that point he was riding for the Cove Bike Shop, and I shot with him for the Cove at a few different events. His first big…

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The Pipe

The legendary Mount Baldy Pipe is one of those places that you see in magazines, skateboard and bmx magazines primarily. In 2003 I was in Southern California for the Big Bear NORBA event, and although the specifics of how it all went down fail me, I ended up staying at Kirt Voreis place in Rancho Cucamonga. I’d met up with Aaron Chase and Eric Porter somewhere along the way as well, and they were working on some stuff for an upcoming film with Don Hampton. I’m pretty sure Kirt was out with some sort of injury, otherwise he would have…

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Red Bull Illume Finals

Wow, I’m absolutely honored and amazed to have made the top 250 at this years Red Bull Illume photo contest. Red Bull Illume is the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to the world of action and adventure sports. Its purpose is to showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet as art and bring the public into the world of action sports. The Image Quest 2013 is the 3rd edition of the competition after 2007 and 2010. From tens of thousands of entries, 25 images in each of ten categories were selected by international judges…

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Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival in Up! Magazine

I’ve been going to Jamaica for the past few years for the annual Fat Tyre Festival. It’s one of my favorite trips, and every year I manage to come up with some sort of story to pay for the trip and convince them to invite me back for yet another year. Last year Andrew Findlay came along to write a story for West Jet’s inflight magazine Up!, and the story is finally out. Just in time for this years Fat Tyre Festival which is happening again next month. Last years trip was a great adventure with some good friends, including…

Carly Rae Jepsen Photoshoot in Vancouver

2011 Carly Rae Jepsen shoot

Almost everyone is now familiar with Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen and her hit song “Call Me Maybe”, however it was only a year and half ago that she was relatively unknown outside of Canada. I had a chance to shoot with the upcoming artist in April of 2011, and we created what I think are some beautiful images. It’s an opportunity that may never happen again now that she’s a full blown superstar, but here’s to hoping. Check out some of the images from our shoot:   Most images were shot with natural light, those that weren’t were lit…

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2012 Fox Racing Catalog Shoot

Even though I’d like to publish Behind the Scenes posts and details of photoshoots more frequently, a lot of the time it just isn’t possible. Take last years shoot for the 2012 Fox Racing Catalog as an example. It was shot about 11 months ago, but the catalog and the photos have only been published in the last month or so. Just before we’re getting ready to shoot stuff for next years catalog… Bend, OR This shoot, or shoots as they actually were, took place last April in Oregon and California, before and during the Sea Otter Classic. The before…

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Pocket Wizard Hypersync Gymnastics

January 3, 2011 The last photoshoot of 2010 is over and done, it’s a wrap! Back in December of 2010 while I was teaching my action photography class at Van Arts I had the pleasure of working with a couple of gymnast girls at the Phoenix Gym in Vancouver. Or I should say my students did, I was too busy running around helping them with lights and timing and angles and all that teacher stuff that I do. Which is not really what I wanted to be doing… So to make up for it I called the girls up again…

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Kirt Voreis Fox Breakaway shoot

December 14, 2010 I’ve been shooting with Kirt Voreis for quite a few years and we always seem to have fun and get great results, maybe that’s why he’s one of my favorite mtb athletes to shoot with. This past September I headed to Kirt’s hometown of Bend, Oregon to shoot an ad for Fox Racing. The ad features the new Fox all weather Breakaway Jacket, and my creative briefing simply said “It’s an all weather jacket, make it look wet and wintery”. That didn’t sound too difficult until I arrived in Bend and the weather was beautiful and sunny,…

Blurb Book Sale!

Just in time for Christmas Blurb has announced a $10 off sale on all orders over $29.95 placed before December 31st. That means that if you want to buy one of my books it’s now $10 cheaper… Just use the promo codes below when you check out. Codes are based on location and currency (the promo code must match currency used) USD $ coupon: CHEER GBP £ coupon: CHEER1 EUR € coupon: CHEER2 CAD $ coupon: CHEER3 AUD $ coupon: CHEER4 Two Wheels One Love the Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival 2007-2010 by Ian Hylands | Ian Hylands Portfolio 2010 by…

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VanArts Figure Skating Shoot

December 12, 2010 One of the things that I like most about teaching the Action and Sports Photography class at VanArts is that I get a chance to shoot new things. Take this past class as an example; while we normally shoot dance and parkour outdoors, (both of which I enjoy) the weather and circumstances made that impossible this time. So my great staff at VanArts managed to round up 3 figure skaters and book us some ice time for the last day’s shoot. Figure Skating. Not something that I ever would have thought of, but something that I was…