Calgary Camera Club Program for 'Virtual' Guest Speakers 2020 - 2021
18 Nov 2020 - Sean Leblanc
 21 Apr 2021 - Olivier Du Tre

Olivier Du Tré (˚1977, Ghent, Belgium) is a fine art photographer based out of Calgary, Alberta.

“Zo vader, zo zoon” the Dutch equivalent for “Like father, like son” holds true for photographer Olivier Du Tré, who credits his father as his inspiration.

“He’s a fantastic painter and a gifted photographer. As a child, I marvelled at his uncanny ability to ‘dial-in’ his Leica M3 and produce the most beautiful shots without the aid of a light meter. I don’t ever recall thinking ‘I want to become a photographer’ at that time, but because of him, I definitely knew I wanted to be an artist.”

After graduating as a graphic designer in 1998, Du Tré found his passion after enrolling in a three-year photography program at KISP in Ghent, Belgium. During this time, Olivier immersed himself in film cameras, darkroom printing techniques and black and white photography, all of which continue to play a huge role in his work today.

After seven years of traveling back and forth, Olivier decided to make Canada his permanent home in 2009.

“The move was a product of passion. I wanted to be closer to the subject matter that I found so intriguing. The majestic Rocky Mountains on one side, and the wide open spaces of the Prairies on the other. I really like the compliment/contradiction of man and nature. There’s a unique symmetry to it all.”

My journey to becoming an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer has been unconventional. After studying engineering and business in university and working in the renewable energy industry for several years, I found my true passion for people and photography. I started as a hobbyist and photo gear enthusiast and would often take photos for the family. Eventually, I had some friends ask me to photograph their destination wedding, and my wedding portfolio began to grow from there. In early 2016, I changed my focus from engineering to my new business venture, photography. Eventually, I resigned from my career as an engineer to work as a photographer on a full-time basis. I love being an entrepreneur and the fact that I get to work with amazing people with diverse backgrounds is a dream come true. I am fortunate to have clients who have commissioned me to photograph weddings all over the world, including Japan, Europe, Central America, The Caribbean, The United States and Canada.

17 Nov 2020 - Dave Brosha (shared meeting with Foothills Camera Club)

I am a photographer, a dreamer, and a documentor. I am a writer, an explorer, and a purveyor of beauty and light. I am on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of existence- whether it's the most extreme and pristine environments in our world, or the beauty of humanity.

I am a creative who tries to avoid labels and enjoys, first and foremost, storytelling with my photography. Using time, place, and moments with others - my aim is to further an appreciation for the fact that we all live in a shared space. And that there is far greater good to be appreciated in this world than bad.

In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of my life - an area of Canada that I have worked hard to document and share with audiences, I have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of our native country and numerous countries abroad. I now live proudly on Prince Edward Island on Canada’s East Coast, and am a child of the sea.

I am proudly a Sigma Pro Photographer, a StrobePro professional, and a regular contributor to Photo Life Magazine and to Outdoor Photography Canada.

 2 Feb 2021 - Craig Richards  (shared meeting with Foothills Camera Club)

Craig Richards was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1955. In 1980 he moved to Canmore, Alberta, the gateway to the Canadian Rockies and in 2017 moved to Mill Bay on Vancouver Island, B.C.. For 40 years Richards has used a 4×5 camera combined with the traditional silver gelatin printing process. His interests as artist, avid hiker, photographer, and mountain culture aficionado have coalesced to form an engaging body of work. His photographs have been the subject of over 60 solo exhibitions, and another 75 group exhibitions at public and commercial galleries as well as museums throughout the world. Photography is woven into all aspects of his life.

Craig Richards has been a guest instructor teaching photographic workshops in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Africa. He has given lectures and presentations of his photographs around the world. Richards was the Curator of Photography at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta and now focuses completely on his own work.

Since 1995 he has worked on numerous projects for the Museo Nazionale Della Montagna, Torino, Italy. These photographic projects include Canada (Rocky Mountains and Yukon), Guatemala, Italy (Valle di Susa), Uganda (Rwezori), USA (Alaska), Chezch Republic (Teplice nad Metuji) and Bolivia.


9 Dec 2020 - Rachel Ross
7 Apr 2021 - Adam Gibbs 

Adam Gibbs was a 2018 International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

Adam Gibbs lives part-time between New Westminster, British Columbia and Parksville, Vancouver Island, Canada. He was originally inspired by a nature photography book written by John Shaw in the 1980s.

“I’ve been a professional photographer since 1992 and up until 2014, my primary source of income was photographing gardens for gardening publications. Since then I have been a full-time nature photographer.

“Since I'm still a bit old school from the film days, I tend to try and capture the majority of my images in a single frame. I don't have strong views on image manipulation, other than I find more joy in capturing great light and composition on site, rather than creating something that didn't exist when I took the photo.

"I generally try to keep the image accurate to form and not use too much post-processing, although when the light is not great, I'll use a few more tricks to bring the best out of an image. I use Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC 2019 for all of my work.”

Adam is currently using a Nikon D850 along with 14-24mm, 16-35mm, 24-120mm and 70- 200mm lenses.

3 Mar 2021 - Phil Penman 

UK-born, NY-based photographer Phil Penman has documented the rapid flux of New York City's streets for over 25 years.

With clients ranging from People Magazine to The Daily Telegraph, he has photographed celebrated living legends, including Jennifer Lopez and Bill Gates, and captured historical moments such as the September 11th Terrorist Attacks.

Penman's distinctive style, versatility, and dedication to his craft has won him prestigious awards and exhibitions and distinction as one of the "52 Most Influential Street Photographers" alongside industry legends, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado


My name is Rachel Jones Ross. I am a coffee-loving, light-chasing, intellectual junkie, who is most inspired by a sky full of stars!

I have always had a camera in my hand, but I got serious about the technical side of photography when I learned how to photograph the Milky Way for the first time. A friend of mine took me out and showed me how to focus to infinity, and how to take a long exposure. Looking at the back of my camera that night was like pulling back a curtain and peering into the universe; I was so enraptured with that image of the Milky Way that I bought my first full frame camera the next day.

I didn’t know it at the time, but that moment was the beginning of my journey with photography. ‘Astralis’ is a Latin word meaning “of a star,” or “revealed by the stars.” Although my interests in photography stretch beyond nightscapes, I will always find inspiration when I’m sitting under a blanket of stars.

Today, I work full time as a photographer, and I am a member of the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective. I am fortunate to call the Canadian Rockies home, where I teach photography workshops, as well as private lessons.