I am an award winning photographer and videographer located on the Southern shores of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. In 2011, my wife and I won the Film Snacks contest for best short video based on an environmental story which was a contest run by Discovery World, a part of the Discovery Channel Television Network. It was aired on the big screen on the opening night of the amazing film about Orca Whales titled, “The Whale”.
In the spring of 2013 one of my landscape photos was selected as “Photo of the Day” by National Geographic.
I believe every element has a story to tell. As a photographer, my purpose is to capture and interpret these stories in a visual format, whether it’s a breathtaking landscape image, capturing the beauty of a home, resort, tourist destination or by being a part of your family for a couple of hours to capture those special moments.
Growing up on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay in Parry Sound, Ontario, I learned at an early age to appreciate the beauty of the world around me. In 2002, my wife Seana and I migrated to the beautiful and temperate West Coast of British Columbia. With views like the Coastal mountains and Pacific Ocean, my surroundings provide an endless number of stories waiting to be told.
I am fascinated with the art form of photography and light, and try to capture and convey feeling, depth and atmosphere in each of my photographs. Today, all my images and video are taken with Canon 5dmkII digital camera and a wide variety of lenses. Using advanced digital processing and artistic techniques, I enjoy creating compositions that are both beautiful and moving.
My Landscape photo gallery reflects the natural beauty found throughout my travels, primarily on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.
My Real Estate photography is bright and clean, capturing only the best angles of your home. I calculate the best time to shoot it, the right lighting and to ensure the final image is worthy of being in any professional magazine.
My people and portrait photography style is untraditional; this means no stiff poses or cheesy smiles. My preference is to shoot using natural light – not only is it the most flattering, but it also allows me to work on-location, either in your home or at a favourite memorable spot. This means you can be yourself, and being comfortable is essential in capturing your uniqueness and organic beauty. In family photo shoots, a familiar setting allows natural group dynamics to emerge and photos portray “real” moments that are meaningful to you. As you will see in my portfolio, my photos are moving and honest, and express what makes relationships of all kind unique.
My tourism commercials are exciting, visually stimulating and showcase the best of your destination to help engage the viewer to ultimately choose your destination for their vacation.
van der Valk Photography is located in Sooke, B.C. on Vancouver Island and primarily serves Vancouver Island, but will travel to any destination. Contact me today to discuss how to capture and create lasting memories.