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 recent work (28)


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.


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.



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



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.


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.