Brian Merry – © Shelly Vandervelde

     Brian is a passionate outdoor photographer and presenter.  He’s been a landscape photographer for more than twenty years photographing across Canada and around the World.  He’s been giving professional presentations to groups sized between 5 to 100+ Photographers for over a decade.  He loves sharing his passion for the art and the business of outdoor photography.  

     His passion for photography shows through in his presentations.  His collection of photographs include wildlife, travel and landscape photographs from around the world.  The photographs and their engaging stories have grown into a rather large library over the decades since he began his professional photography career in 1997.  

And, the list of his presentations has grown as well.

     Brian’s presentations showcase his extensive collection of outdoor photographs, his comprehensive technical knowledge of photography and his extensive experience in the ‘business’ of photography.  Brian has photographing across Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast and in other parts of the World including the Carribean, a few counties in South America, Nepal and Japan, to name a few.  He thoroughly enjoys delivering his presentations in his lighthearted and candid presentation style.  

The Presentations:

     Brian’s original outdoor photography presentation has been constantly evolving over the years.  Changing technology and growing world experiences and his need to constantly learn and grow as a photographer have driven this change.  His own personal growth as a photographer, coupled with the evolving photographic tastes of the industry, have helped drive the growth and change in his original landscape photography presentation as well.  

     Brian’s original presentation has diversified into six separate and comprehensive 60 or 90 minute presentations on:

1/  Landscape Photography Across Canada and Around the world! – 85 or 45 minutes 

2/  Wildlife Photography – 55 minutes

3/  Adventure Sport Photography – 55 minutes

4/  The Passion of Outdoor Photography – an concise overview of selected photos with a message about the source of his relentless passion for photography as a form of emotional communication. – 20 minutes

5/  Outdoor Photography Shooting Techniques and Editing – 55 minutes – This presentation is suited to a workshop/photography conference venue.

6/ The Business and Art of Outdoor Photography – 55 minutes – Brian draws on his 20 years of experience as a professional photographer to tell it all.  He’ll explain how his dynamic and expressive business strategy has kept him in the business shooting professionally since 1997 and helped him to lead the industry on multiple occasions both locally and nationally.  This is a story marrying the contradictory strengths of the “art of emotional communication” needed to succeed in the art world with the dichotomy of running a sustainable “Art” business in a field that has experienced multiple challenges, growth spurts and dramatic changes over the decades.  Balance and vision.

Brian presenting at the 2016 Calgary Travel and Outdoor Adventure Show

The Photography:

     Have Brian deliver one of his presentations to your audience highlighting selected photographs from his travels across Canada from coast to coast to coast, and from around the world.  His presentations include photographs from:

1/  The Mountains, from the Arctic, through the North American Rocky Mountains, and continuing on to the South American Andes.

2/  The Great Sandstone Arches of Utah to the lowest point of land on Earth, Death Valley, CA.  The Great American Desert Southwest.  A photographer’s dream.

3/  Wildlife with all their personalities

4/  Japan – The blatant, yet harmonious dichotomy of modern Japanese culture living in the fast lane alongside the traditions and classic architecture thousands of years old.  This is Japan.  Harmony defined.

     Brian’s presentation resume includes more than 50 photography presentations during his career.  He’s also has an extensive background in presenting and teaching professionally in other fields of study.  His inherent versatility enables him to adapt his communication style effectively during his presentation and seminars to any group.  His presentation experience spans 25 years and includes:

1/  Professional associate college instructor at Alberta’s Lakeland College in another field between 2006-2012.

2/  A lab Instructor in multiple subjects during each of his four years at Acadia University while concurrently completing his BSc.H degree in Biology in the 1990’s.

3/  5 years of group leadership experience as a recreational skiing and mountain climbing trip leader with the Alpine Club of Canada.

4/  Organizing and leading numerous professional photography tours and workshops since 2007.

5/  Many presentations and seminars on wildlife photography, landscape photography and the business of photography.  He’s lost count.

6/  Organizing and leading 4 international altitude climbing expeditions climbing over 6000m three times.

7/  His position as the president of the International Landscape Photographers’ Association, ILPA.  Some of his responsibilities at ILPA include organizing, hosting and being the Master of Ceremonies at the annual ILPA landscape photography conference.

Brian is the President of the International Landscape Photographers’ Association, ILPA, and an accredited member of the Professional Photographer’s of Canada.  He’s the recipiant of the Travel and Hospitality Award in Alberta for  the “Best Unique Tour Company of the Year” too.  Please visit the websites above to learn more about Brian, the International Landscape Photographers’ Association and Canada’s annual Outdoor Photography Conference.