About Randy Vanderveen

 Grande Prairie Alberta photographer Randy Vanderveen is an award-winning photographer with two decades of experience. Editorial photography, commercial photography, institutional photography, aerial photography, documentary and humanitarian photography — whatever your photographic needs are in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia or beyond I can help. The right licensing package can make custom photography affordable and extremely effective whether you are a national corporation, a local business or a non-profit or NGO. I would like to sit down and talk with you about how I can meet your photographic needs. Call (780) 897- 6478 or email me for a quote on a job or licensing fees for photos. Feel free to check out the weekly Viewfinder blog.

 

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Thursday
Jun182015

Here and there

Photo Randy Vanderveen Musanze District, Rwanda 2015-05-23 A young girl with an onion sack hat, The youngster was attending a Children of Hope meeting.(a support group for children affected by HIV/AIDS)

Here are some recent photos from both Rwanda and here in the Peace.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Nyarusange, Rwanda 2015-05-16 A young man with his wooden bike near Nyarusange, Huye District, RwandaPhoto Randy Vanderveen Musanze District, Rwanda 2015-05-27 A mother and child enjoy a few moments ignoring their surroundings intent on each other in an adult literacy class.

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda 2015-05-27 A man picks tea leaves at a plantation in the Nyungwe Forest National Park. Photo Randy Vanderveen Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda Northern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris reichenow

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-06-17 A prickly pear cactus bloom adds a splash of colour to the plant in Kleskun Hills Park. The recent rain has helped wild flowers bloom in the Peace Country.Photo Randy Vanderveen Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda 2015-05-27 colobus monkey

Thursday
May072015

The Remnant

It’s 70 years since the end of World War II and as we prepare to celebrate seven decades since VE Day, May 8, I wanted to commemorate the service of those men and women.
The years slip by rapidly and the young men and women who signed up to serve are now in their late 80s and 90s,
 I wanted to ensure they were honoured and to let them know their service was appreciated.. I talked to 11 veterans, there may be a veteran who lives in Grande Prairie and was not interviewed — please don’t take this as a slight — every effort was taken to contact everyone I was told was a World War II vet, to find out their memories of the end of the war. Since I conducted the interviews and took photo, one of the vets –Josephine Fulks –  has passed away. And that is why this project was undertaken to recognize these vets now – so they know they were appreciated.
In addition to this blog entry, there will be a story in the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune and a display is set up at the Grande Prairie museum.
Please take this as a snap shot and a way of honouring all of you men and women who served in World War II. As a son of Dutch immigrants I thank you all.
For those interested in having a commemorative  copy of the display at the museum, a book mirroring the display can be ordered by emailing me.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-11 Bill Gorrie, 93, displays a medal he recently received from the French government along with several other veterans in the Grande Prairie, area. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-11 Bill Gorrie, 93, attached to Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps Crossed D Day +1 Normandy into Germany spent a year in Holland after the warPhoto Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-11 Bill Bessent served as a Flying Officer in Bomber Command at end of war.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-12 Dick Beairsto, Flying Officer.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-18 Tom Funnell, 90, Lance Corporal in Royal Canadian Army in Germany on VE Day.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-17 Lester Reber, army Ordnance 93

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-17 Max Henning, Flying Officer, 226 Squadron

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-17 George Kusyk, 92, Tank Operator

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-13 Josephine Fulks, Petty Officer, Royal Canadian Navy, Post Office in London at end of war.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-12 Don Matlock, Craftsman, Engineering corps driver, in England when war ended. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-18 Ray Pollock, 90, Private in army Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Netherlands on VE Day.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-02-13 Fred Dobbyn, 92, Sergeant Army Hussars

Thursday
Mar262015

Blue

Photo Randy Vanderveen Kakwa, Alberta 2015-03-22 A pair of rigs work side by side at a well site just west of Highway 40 north of the Kakwa River. The area between the Kakwa and Cutbank Rivers is extremely busy right now with gas exploration and pipelines.

Here is some work from the past couple of weeks. Two photos serve as a reminder if you are planning on taking architecture photos twilight or pre-dawn works the best when the ambient light of the sky and the artificial lights match in intensity. It also provides a beautiful blue sky whether it has been cloudy all day or sunny.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta The exterior of McLaurin Baptist Church's new building in the Gateway Power Centre in west Grande Prairie. The church has been meeting in the new facility for a couple of months and welcomes both visitors who are curious or those looking for a church home. Services are 10:15 am Sundays. Photo Rady Vanderveen Mount Robson, British Columbia A snow-covered Mount Robson stands like a stark sentinel against a clear evening sky in mid-March, Photo Randy Vanderveen Bezanson, Alberta 2015-03-24 A herd of elk cross a road and fence line on the Adam Ranch south of Bezanson. The large animals are becoming a nuisance in the South Peace, along the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies and the Suffield area as they gather in large numbers stealing feed for livestock and damaging fences. Hunters have not been able to control the rapidly growing population of elk resulting in two rural municipalties requesting an increase in elk quotas for hunters to help alleviate the wildlife problem.

Thursday
Jan152015

White

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-01-13 A snowy owl nonchalantly watches its surroundings from a perch in a tree northwest of Grande Prairie Tuesday. The white owl will winter in the area before heading to nesting grounds in the Arctic this spring.

Monday
Dec222014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta The Nativity Scene outside St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Grande Prairie, Alberta.As we remember the birth of our Saviour and transition into a new Year, I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and happy 2015.  Here is some recent work to end off the year. God bless.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-12-15 A wagon stands silhouetted in front of a line of trees decorated for the Christmas season west of Grande Prairie. Light displays are a common sight along rural roads at this time of year and often the displays stand out because of the lack of competition from other sources of light like those in cities or towns.Photo Randy Vanderveen Beaverlodge, Alberta 2014-12-18 The early morning light hits a barn and windmill on a farm north of Beaverlodge, Alberta. The days will soon see a gain in daylight hours as we pass the winter solstice.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Beaverlodge, Alberta 2014-12-18 A pair of deer look up to ensure their safety. Most ungulates like deer and elk will raise their heads, or take turns when in a herd, on a regular basis while feeding to keep an eye out for predators.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-12-15 Thick hoar frost provides a softer look to the landscape. The Peace Country has been blanketed with hoar frost thanks to high dew points and cold temperatures.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Peace River, Alberta 2014-12-16 The mighty Peace River continues its flow through the frost and snow-covered valley and town bearing its name in late December.Photo Randy Vanderveen LaGlace, Alberta 2014-12-18 A small tractor hauling a wagon slowly makes its way across the snow-covered field at a farm south of LaGlace. Tractors, of any size, are indispensable tools for farmers and ranchers across Canada.Photo Randy Vanderveen Shaftesbury Landing, Alberta 2014-12-15 The Shaftesbury Tug sits high and dry boarded up for the winter while the ferry barge sits nearby at its crossing site along as the Peace River begins to freeze over. The long delay between when the ferries are pulled out and when the river freezes over and an ice bridge can be built means longer travel times for area residents. Those who live in the Tangent area and the LaCrete area are most affected by the much longer commutes.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-12-15 The new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital rises along the banks of Bear Creek. The hospital still has a long way to go before its projected opening in 2017 and with Alberta's oil revenues dropping rapidly, perhaps there may be some changes to plans to cut costs as the work progresses.Photo Randy Vanderveen Peace River, Alberta 2014-12-16 While designating a road in West Peace River, this sign could also serve as an indicator of a hopeful desire for the world to travel along in the New Year.