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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Entries in elk (3)



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.


Catching up

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Beaverlodge, Alberta Taegan Bradshaw works with Ban, a horse she is training in a paddock on the southern outskirts of Beaverlodge., while a second horse Blaze watches the proceedings. The temperature, while still below average, was beginning to warm up making it a pleasant morning to be outside.

Wow does time ever slip away. I had no idea it had been so long since the last post. I apologize. Here are some samples of recent work. I hope you enjoy.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie Air bubbles circulating through algae growing in tubes provides an abstract image in this photo taken late last year for Grande Prairie Regional College.

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Deer look up from feeding on hay in a farmer's field southwest of Grande Prairie. Wildlife like deer and elk can cause extensive damage to bales on Western Canadian farms, although in this case it looks like the hay was spread out for the animals.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta Empty shot gun cartridges litter the ground near a small lake north of Wembley. Most hunters are responsible and will ask permission and clean up shell casings and spent cartridges.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta Steam rises from around the base of a rig operating south of Wembley. Farmers could be hit with higher input costs as the price of diesel, propane and natural gas have all been on the rise in recent weeks.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Beaverlodge, Alberta Elk feed on a bale in a pasture on a farm southwest of Beaverlodge, Wednesday, Feb. 12. Elk ranching, while not as popular as bison, remains one of the stronger non-traditional livestock species on Alberta farms. According to the Alberta Elk Commission website the current estimates for numbers of elk farms and farmed elk total 800 farms and 35,000 elk in CanadaPhoto: Randy Vanderveen Hythe, Alberta A tractor-mounted snow blower clears the night's accumulation of snow off the driveway of a Hythe-area farm. While the quantity of snow that's fallen in February doesn't compare to the amount which fell in November and December, there has still been enough to keep both snow removal crews and private residents busy removing the white stuff.


Seeing the big picture

Photo Randy Vanderveen, near the Smoky River west of Debolt , Alberta A bull elk pauses near the safety of some trees while it surveys its surroundings in early September.In order to make it through hunting season and through life, animals have to be wary and check things out prior to rushing across a clearing.

This elk is a prime example watching from the relative safety of the trees.

We need to be a little more that way, not jumping into things without looking. There is nothing wrong about being spontaneous, however, it can be tempered with common sense too.

On a more photographic-related note, it is sometimes also good to capture the big picture.

With wildlife especially, it is often a temptation to use long lenses, close proximity and cropping to bring photos into what almost looks like a portrait.

While that is good once in awhile, you lose the context of the animal in its natural habitat and how it relates to its environment.

Think of the photos you take of your family. While it is nice to have some close portraits of them, it is also nice to show your friends and loved ones doing what they enjoy, relating with each other and life.


Photo Randy Vanderveen, Lake Kivu, Kibuye, Rwanda A fisherman checks his net for damage as a second man paddles them into shore.Christmas is just over two months away and once November hits North Americans will be hit with a barrage of flyers, commercials and point of purchase displays urging them to buy.

If you want to do something a little different this year, why not look at donating money or time through Samaritan's Purse, World Vision, Canadian Baptist Ministries, the Salvation Army or some other worthwhile organization this season.

It is an opportunity to help give to those in your own city and province or around the world and it both the money and the time are greatly appreciated during this time when the world's economy is still very tight.


Recently I had someone ask if I could post some extra information about the photos included in the blog.

I will try to remember to do so. Here it is for this week.

Photo information

Photo of Elk- lens 200mm aperture f 2.8 shutter 1/500

Photo Fishermen- lens 135 with 1.4 converter, aperture 7.1 shutter speed- 1/640

Photo Muskrat (facebook) lens 200, aperture f2.8, shutter speed 1/125