DANIEL STEWART

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Current town: Revelstoke, BC

Favourite riders/crew to shoot with: Wasted Youth, Johan Rosen, Danny LeBlanc, Colin D. Watt.

First published photo: 

When I was in university I had a little point-and-shoot camera and got a photo into both Snowboarder and Transworld in their old “Reader Submissions” sections. I had no clue about photography submission etiquette and probably contributed to why they don’t run those sections anymore, but the seed was planted and I was stoked! 

Current set-up: Nikon D810/D750 bodies, Nikon lenses.

Dream set-up: Nikon D5/D850 bodies, and their whole lens range! I’m also wanting them to come out with a pro mirrorless body to save on space and weight when I’m splitboarding. 

Who are your biggest influences? 

When I was growing up consuming every snowboard magazine out there, I was drawn to Dan Hudson’s photography. He was one of the first photographers I noticed who would blend landscape photography with snowboarding, and it really made me want to move out west. When I first started to seriously get into learning how to take photos, there was a message board called Wheels and Wax that was the go-to place to learn all things action sports photography. They may not know it, but I learned a TON from Tim Zimmerman and Dano Pendygrasse who were regular contributors to the site, and am super grateful to them for that. Now that I’ve been living in Revelstoke for close to ten years, I’ve been influenced by local photographer friends Ryan Creary, Bruno Long, Steve Shannon and Agathe Bernard, among others. 

How do you make photography work as a career? 

I contract to Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing/Boarding (STHS) in Revelstoke, BC, running their media department. I have a team of local photographers that go out and shoot heli-ski guests and sell their photos at the end of the day. That is my main income and then on days away from that I generally freelance with local crews.

What are the differences between commercial photography and passion projects? What have you learned from your commercial work that you take to snowboard photography? 

Good questions. STHS takes the lion’s share of my time in the winter and it’s a different style of photography – I would label it more into the event photography genre where you are trying to take the best photos with the conditions you are given at that moment in time, conditions like light, boarder ability, location and snow. You need to shoot fast and not take up the client’s time and take away from their baller ski day. It’s also the perfect way to force yourself to shoot a TON in the backcountry and learn from your mistakes. 

For me it feels as though my snowboard photography is almost purely a passion project. It’s my time to get out and finally have some more control with the conditions at play. I get to choose the rider, the location and have the time to wait for the right light. It’s also the time to go out and shoot the ideas that I’ve been storing in my head. It’s the perfect release from my daily grind at STHS and really keeps me loving photography. When I sell a photo to be used in an ad or get photos featured in magazines, it’s icing on the cake. 

 

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