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 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 recent work (26)

Monday
Feb202017

White background

A few photos from the past month with a common white background.

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Lake Saskatoon, Alberta, Canada
Heavy hoarfrost forms a delicate backdrop as a curious horse checks out the photographer near Saskatoon Island Provincial Park Monday morning. The frost will last either as long as the temperatures remain cold or until the first brisk wind.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada A small Canada flag and the red mailbox flag provide a splash of colour to anotherwise monochromatic landscape in the Lake Saskatoon area Monday morning.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada A ruffed grouse hen watches the photographer carefully before taking wing and flying off to safety.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada A raven appears to be enjoying a morning of teasing, tormenting and harassing a coyote west of Whispering Ridge Monday. Every time the coyote would move the large black bird would chase it from the air and then land when the coyote stopped. The bird was smart enough to keep its distance.

Friday
Jan132017

Starting off

Here are a few photos of recent work.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada 2017-01-09 The area coyote population, like these ones near Evergreen Park, remains very healthy in and around Grande Prairie. While they are good at controlling rodents, pet owners should be wary of letting there pets loose at night as coyotes will often view small dogs and cats as easy meals.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada 2017-01-09 Sheila White cleans up shavings in a pen of one of her and her daughter's four horses being boarded at Evergreen Park in the Lewis Hawkes Pavilion. The chore is a routine job that needs to be performed whether horses are at home of boarded.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada 2017-01-05 Jason Naguit, a lot attendant at Ken Sargent GMC Buick Ltd. stirs up a miniature blizzard as he clears snow off the new pickups at the northside dealership. Using the blower prevents any accidental damage to the paint of the vehicles and also makes the job fast.The year has just begun — more to come.

Wednesday
Mar022016

Journey of the heart

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Muranzi, Rwanda A pair of friends in a rural area of northern Rwanda. Relationships are a huge part of the Rwandan culture.

It has been quite a stretch between posts.

My wife Cheryl and I returned the first of February from a three month mission trip to Rwanda which for me was broken up with a week long trip to both Lebanon and Kenya.

This was a trip of the heart for both of us. The first time we went to Rwanda in 2008 we knew we wanted to go back, which we did in 2009. When we were there in 2009 we knew we wanted to go back for an extended period of time which we had the opportunity to do from November 2015 through January of this year.

It was the people we had met those first trips that drew us back and now after three months we both feel like Rwanda is a second home and we will have to return again although that is in God's timing.

Relationships are a huge part of Rwandan culture — and as I also discovered in Lebanese and Kenyan culture too.

Sometimes I think we have really lost a valuable part of our society thanks to our busyness, technology, social media and privacy.

The entire Bible is written based on relationships. And yet often we — and I am guilty of this too — don't want to invest the time and effort in building relationships with others.

It is sad because a thousand Facebook friends can never even come close to one real friend that you know on a personal level through spending time talking and doing things with.

Perhaps with all the blessings we have in Canada and North America, we are sometimes blind to the blessings that the developing world has that we have chosen to ignore.

Here are a just a few photos from our time overseas. If anyone is interested in seeing more photos we will be doing a presentation at McLaurin Baptist (in Gateway south of the Casino) March 17 at 7 pm. If you can't make it there just contact either Cheryl or I and we can probably get together with you in the coming months.

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Butaka, Rwanda Literacy class graduation at Butaka church which included two classes Butaka and Kabatwa, Tuesday Nov. 25/15.Photo Randy Vanderveen Kirehe District, Rwanda A pair of boys with their wooden bike.Photo Randy Vanderveen Kirehe District, Rwanda Naayumujinya Jean harvests climbing beans, pulls them off their poles and moves them to the front yard of his home so they can be set up to dry. The green beans are picked off to be set aside to allow them more time to ripen and dry.Photo Randy Vanderveen A young girl listens to her father talk, This family, refugees from Syria, has been out of Syria for two years living in the back of a stable with a tarp tent as one of the rooms. Photo Randy Vanderveen Lebanon An elderly woman in a refugee camp. Photo Randy Vanderveen A Syrian refugee with a flower behind his ear. Photo Randy Vanderveen A Muslim man works his prayer beads behind his back. Photo Randy Vanderveen Maiani, Kenya 2016-01-18 Mary has successfully started a small shop in her community thanks to the lessons learned and loan provided by a micro-loan finance project of CBM and ABC.Photo Randy Vanderveen Machakos, Kenya 2016-01-18 Serah Kaickye Mumo photographed outside her home in Machakos. Photo Randy Vanderveen Nairobi, Kenya A Muslim woman in Nairobi Kenya. There is a high population of Somalis like this woman in the poorer areas of Nairobi in addition to refugee camps in northern Kenya.

Wednesday
Jul292015

Planning and accidents

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta A hover fly heads toward the brightly coloured blossoms of a fireweed south of Grande Prairie. The insects resemble bees and wasps.

There is a saying that sometimes you are good and sometimes you are lucky.

Being prepared can certainly provide the foundation of good photos but at other times it is just a happy accident that makes the difference.

The first two photos of the insects demonstrate this. The first was to be a photo of the blossoms of the fireweed highlighted by the sunshine with the background in deep shadow thanks to the forest behind the plant (see A Different Look). The hover fly flying into the frame was a pure accident. Once it was in the frame I made several photos to capitalize on its appearance.

The second photo was an intentional one of the wasp in the flower but it inadvertently knocked off an older blossom which is falling in the lower left corner of the frame — again a happy accident makes all the difference in the photo.

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta A wasp knocks an older flower to the ground as it goes looking for food in the blossoms of fireweed south of Grande Prairie. The wasp population is quite high this summer — the result of warm and dry conditions.

The remaining three photographs are from some recent work.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Bezanson Alberta The steeple and cross on the Bezanson Community Church is surrounded by a threatening-looking sky — the precursor to a rain storm that moved through the area Monday morning. Most places in Alberta are welcoming rain which is needed for crops, and water sources.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Sexsmith, Alberta A collapsing farm building is surrounded by the bright yellow blossoms of a canola field as rain clouds build in the northwest. Old farm buildings are subject to the elements and will eventually succumb to the wind and weather if they aren't maintained. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta A farmer just east of the southern Grande Praririe city limits takes advantage of a warm summer morning to rake up his hay crop. If the weather holds haying in the South Peace should be finished in a week.

Friday
Jul172015

A Different Look

Here is some recent work where most of the photos have a different look or technique to draw in the viewer.

Photo; Randy Vanderveen A horse and rider streak past the fence at the Evergreen Park providing a look of speed — the result of a slow shutter speed and panning.

Photo Randy Vanderveen The first of two photographs of a grass hopper. This one takes advantage of its reflection in the windshield of a car. Photo Randy Vanderveen This second photo implies damage caused by grasshoppers as the insect had moved closer to a large area of the windshield damaged previously by a rock.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Taking a close up, like this prickly pear bloom, can give the photo a different point of view. Photo Randy Vanderveen The similar colors of a butterfly and tiger lily highlight this photo. Photo Randy Vanderveen Isolating the subject of your photo by changing the backgrround or your depth of field can draw the attention of your audience. Photo Randy Vanderveen Not all of your photographs have to be sharp from front to back. In this photo the shape of the pumpjack out of focus in the rear is enough to identify it. Photo Randy Vanderveen Finally humour is one way of catching your audience's attention.