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Profiles of Excellence

All Cargo Express president Gilbert Chang. Richmond, BC.
All Cargo Express president Gilbert Chang. All Cargo is a Richmond company that specializes in shipping cars worldwide.

I do a lot of Vancouver Business Headshots as part of my business, so the the owners of the newspapers I work for, Glacier Media, asked me to do the photography for their magazine, Profiles of Excellence. I ended up spending the better part of November and December last year running around all over Vancouver shooting portraits for the project. It was a pretty cool job for me, that had me going from everything from financial service offices in downtown to shipping companies out in Richmond.

Here are some of favourite photos from the project.

Fairlane Collision & Auto Glass Autobody shop owner Evelyn Caleb.
Fairlane Collision & Auto Glass Autobody shop owner Evelyn Caleb.

OPAL by Element show suite.
OPAL by Element show suite.

Odlum Brown President and CEO Debra A. Hewson in their Vancouver office.
Odlum Brown President and CEO Debra A. Hewson in her Vancouver office.

Tech Stuff:
All Cargo Express president Gilbert Chang. Richmond, BC.
The Mustang in the container, ready for shipping.

With the photo of Gilbert Chang from All Cargo Express, I had taken several of portraits in their warehouse, but after that I went out to photograph some of the cars being loaded into shipping containers. On one of the shots, the flash didn’t fire, and I got this crazy … Read the rest

About a Local Profile

Photojournalist David Buzzard in Umlazi South Africa, 1996.
That’s me at work in the Umlazi Township, near Durban South Africa, circa 1996.

Squamish Chief reporter Jennifer Thuncher wrote this great profile on me for her ‘About a Local” column, so I thought I would share it here. I was ducking her on this for a while, as I’m actually pretty shy, but she did a great job. I thought it was important to mention some of the PTSD issues I dealt with after my time as a photographer in South Africa. It’s a common issue with journalists, and something that we as a profession tend not to deal wit that well.… Read the rest

Whistler Magazine Portraits

Canadian luge racer Reid Watts
Canadian luge racer Reid Watts at turn four of the Whistler Sliding Centre, which was clear of ice at the time of the photo.

One of my favourite regular jobs is the Whistler Magazine. It publishes both a summer and winter edition, and each takes about five or six weeks to get through. Lately, I’ve been specializing in Vancouver headshots, so this is a nice break from that. It’s a nice mix of editorial portraits and food photography, two things I love to do.

Apres Ski photo shoot at the Bearfoot Bistro.
Apres Ski photo shoot at the Bearfoot Bistro.

Caramba Whistler.
My friend Sarah Morden and her boyfriend did the modelling duty on this photo for a feature story on Whistler’s best pizza places.

Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler's Creekbread restaurant
Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler’s Creekbread restaurant.

Tech Stuff:
Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler's Creekbread restaurant
The behind the scenes view of the Creekbread shoot.
I walked into Creekbread, which is a local Whistler restaurant that specializes in wood fired pizza. They had this great looking iron caldron on a wood fired hearth that they use making the tomato pizza sauce. I took one look at it and knew that was the shot I wanted. It was a major operation to get the lighting into the kitchen without knocking anything over, … Read the rest

Squamish Business Portraits

Vancouver Business Headshots
Husband and wife co-owners Erin Copeland and Sean Tremblay of the Tall Tree Bakery, which won for Best Bakery.

I had a pretty interesting assignment the other day, photograph twenty business portraits to go with the Squamish Chief’s annual Reader’s Choice magazine. It’s a pretty big deal for the businesses, especially with so many new businesses in Squamish over the last few years. I only had three days to organize and photograph it all, and we were right in the middle of the wettest October ever recorded in Squamish, and if you know anything about Squamish, it’s that it’s already a really rainy place the best of times, which made it a pretty interesting couple of days of shooting.

I really wanted it to be more than a series of Squamish headshots, so I took a lot of effort to get a feel for the different businesses.

Chris Harper of OTP Performance.
Chris Harper of OTP Performance.

Chris from OTP is an old friend of mine. Twenty years ago when I was just starting out as a commercial photographer, and he was a young professional snowboarder, I took a photo of him that eventually ended up being used to represent cool snowboarders for the … Read the rest

ThinkTank Shapeshifter v.2

London Trafalgar Square
A fellow lost tourist near Trafalgar Square. I took my ThinkTank Shapeshifter pack for a walk around London on a recent 10 hour layover.

A while back, I noticed a post on Facebook from ThinkTank asking for input on the new version two of their classic Shapeshifter camera pack. I’ve been carrying one around for the last four years on a pretty much daily basis, and although I really love it, there’s always a few things that pop up in daily use, so I sent them a full page letter of suggestions. Six months later, a prototype V.2 bag showed up on my doorstep with an invitation to tell them what I thought of it.

I have a bunch of ThinkTank products, including an Airport backpack that dwarves the diminutive Shapeshifter. The Shapeshifter is a totally different animal than pretty much any other camera backpack you’re going to find, from any manufacturer. Most packs are basically big bulky foam boxes with shiftable velcro dividers inside. They have fantastic protection for your gear, but they’re also really big and bulky The Shapeshifter is unpadded, except for neoprene rubber pouches for the gear. It’s designed to fit two pro cameras, a wide, … Read the rest

Emerald and Alpine House Fires

Emerald Estates Fire
Whistler firefighters wait for water for their hoses as the house burns.
Saturday, I woke up suddenly at 6:30 in the morning. It took me a minute to realize that a fire truck had just gone past my bedroom with it’s lights and sirens going full blast. I jumped out of bed and tuned in my radio scanner to the fire department frequency, and found that there was a huge fire just around the corner from my house. Listening to radio scanners is a bit of an art, but that morning I could hear real alarm in the voices of the firefighters.

The temperature overnight had been below -20 degrees celsius, and it was still -17 or -18 outside. The nearby fire hydrants had frozen overnight, and the firefighters couldn’t get them to work. While they were dealing with the hydrants, I walked up to the side of the house. I met a friend of mine, fire captain Al Eaton, who was still waiting for water for his hose, and we just sat there for a minute watching the house burn. Another two fire fighters tried to get in through a side door, but the smoke in the house was … Read the rest

Wilhelmina Models New York Casting Event

Wilhelmina Models Vancouver Casting Call from Media Centre on Vimeo.

I was sitting in a Starbucks with Media Centre partner Alan Forsythe when he asked me out of the blue if I’d like to do a behind the scenes slideshow of the Wilhelmina Models New York Casting Event, which was being held at Vancouver’s famous Tiki Hotel, the Waldorf. Wilhelmina Models is one of the largest modelling agencies in the world, and they’ve recently expanded into Canada.

The aspiring models started their day having their make up and hair checked, then they would go have their measurements checked, and an up to date headshot photograph taken. Then they wait in the hallway to see the New York agents who were in for the day.

Alan’s friend friend, singer Dana-Marie Battaglia donated a song to the show.

David Buzzard



Wilhelmina Models New York Casting Event -Waldorf Hotel – Media Centre




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Sura Korean Cuisine – Vancouver

Korean Beef, Sura restaurant, Vancouver
By David Buzzard
Earlier this year I spent a couple of days shooting the menu for the Sura Korean BBQ restaurant in Vancouver. I was working with graphic designer Jung Shin, who’s working on a series of re-vamped menus for Vancouver’s Korean restaurants. The pictures here are from Sura, and were done after the restaurant closed over two nights. We worked from 10:00 at night to about 4:00 in the morning, to shoot over 60 different dishes.

Korean Chicken Soup, Sura Restaurant, Vancouver
Chicken soup, with a whole chicken in it.

Korean Chef, Sura Restaurant, Vancouver

Korean Chef, Sura Restaurant, Vancouver
Some action in the kitchen, which will be used for cut away images in the menu.

Tech Stuff
MacBook Pro Tethered to a camera
When doing this kind of work, it’s really important to tether the camera to a computer so that everyone, designer, chef, client, as well as the photographer, can see what’s going on.

Alien Bee Lights on location
Where’s the lighting set up for the food shots. It’s really not that different from shooting a portrait, the beauty dish is the key light, the softbox is the fill light, and the light with the home-made snoot is the kicker.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8
Lighting: Alien Bee B1600 X 3



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Chinchero Trail Mountain Decent – Mountain Bike Peru


My buddy tim Steffanik is a legendary Whistler mountain biker, and has been spending his winters riding in Peru. The other day he came over to my place for dinner, bringing a battered looking goPro camera with him. Tim had found the goPro camera lying on the A-Line trail in the Whistler Bike Park that summer (I guess it had fallen of someone’s bike, and they never came back for it), and decided to record some footage of the trails.

The Incas build a network of foot trails through the mountains that are still in use today, and they are a magnet for hard core mountain bikers. It makes for a dizzying ride through the mountains.

Tim was over at my place for dinner the other night, and asked me if I could do something with the footage. I gave it a quick edit and burned it to a DVD disk. This clip caught my eye, I thought I’d share it.

David Buzzard


Chinchero Trail Mountain Decent – Mountain Bike Peru – Media Centre




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