Born and raised in Nova Scotia I explored every corner of the Atlantic Canadian Provinces by air, land and sea. I started in outdoor photography in the mid 1980s and seriously began exploring the natural world through my lens in 1990. Back then I was shooting a manual film SLR Camera and learning with each picture I took and roll of film I developed. Between 1990-1997 I earned a Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Ontario and a BSc. with Honours in Biology from Acadia University specializing in population genetics and wildlife management. During the 6 years at college and university I continued to passionately teach myself everything I could about photography.
While studying at Acadia University I concurrently worked as a lab instructor in the biology program during each of the four years during my honours degree including my first year. I taught labs in Introductory Biology and facilitated the Introductory to Genetics labs while completing my degree and honours thesis. This was the beginning of my teaching experience.
After 7 years of self directed photography education (read between the lines: trial and error!!), and after finishing up at Acadia University, I moved directly to Banff and began my professional Banff Landscape Photography business in the summer of 1997. I’ve enjoyed a long career as a professional photographer thriving through numerous changes in the industry, including the dramatic shift shift in the industry from film to digital between 2000-2002. I am still amazed at how quickly that radical shift happened throughout the industry. I’m grateful that I had the courage to embrace professional digital cameras early on in the transition putting me on the leading edge of the “digital revolution” as I adapted my thriving business including 13 seasonal employees from all film to all digital in less than a year.
I also began teaching and leading photography workshops and tours in 2010. My teaching education and experience that I receive in the past at Acadia University and later at Lakeland College in Vermillion, AB has proven invaluable. This experience has served me well as I started developing and delivering my own programs for landscape photography. I’ve presented landscape photography seminars and hosted workshops and tours in California, Japan and across Canada. I thoroughly enjoy teaching landscape photography workshops and leading tours. It is very rewarding to see the sparkle in my students’ eyes, and the realization in their faces in the moment when “they get it!”
For almost 30 years photography has been an integral part of my life. I can’t imagine not being a photographer.
Photography is part of who I am.
Kazue studied and worked as a nurse in Japan before deciding to move to Canada in 2005 after numerous lengthly vacations here starting in 2000. On her first trip to Canada she arrived in Vancouver fresh out of Japan for her first time and couldn’t speak any English. She promptly bought a used motorcycle and a small tool kit at Canadian Tire in Squamish, BC. She was convinced she had everything she needed and then promptly drove to Newfoundland and back to Vancouver while carrying a backpack stuffed with everything she needed for
the trip. She did have some stops along the way to repair the occasional mechanical breakdowns on the side of the with the tool kit she bought at Canadian Tire in Squamish, BC. She is amazing and simply does whatever she sets her mind too.
Kazue is an integral part of the business behind the scenes. She is the anchor in my life, the sounding board for my brave projects and my reality check. She is the ying in my yang. She definitely has her hands full keeping me grounded and heading in the right direction. She is an integral part of business.
After getting married in 2010 Kazue and I are now loving our landscape and wildlife photography business more each year as we grow closer together exploring and photographing the world together. I’m constantly amazed at how she sees and photographs the world in a very different way than I do. The ying and yang of outdoor photography!
You can see some of my recent work and our up coming workshops and tours here on our website and you can read an introduction to my recent feature article in Outdoor Photography Canada magazine. In the article I take the time to outline my approach to landscape photography and how I achieve emotional communication in a fine art photograph. I hope you like the article!
Memberships to professional organizations are an important part of giving back to the industry as well as continuing my own self-directed learning. I used to belong to numerous organizations but have narrowed them down to what are the most relevant organizations and the ones that I think reflects my style the most. These are the organizations I belong too:
President of the International Landscape Photographers’ Association (ILPA)
Accredited Member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC)
North America Nature Photographers Association (NANPA)
Mailing Address and toll free number:
Brian Merry Photography
Banff, AB T1L 1A2