Canadian photographer, Mike
Grandmaison, has been working in the field for many years and
his portfolio is proof of the vast amount of experience he has
gained. Several of Mike's images have been published in prestigious
magazines and periodicals.
Not only is Mike a great photographer, but he is also an instructor
of photography as well. Mike has taught nature photography workshops
for years, and he has also conducted nature-focused seminars
to various groups. Included among Mike's clients are: Canadian
Geographic, Ducks Unlimited, Kodak Canada, World Wildlife Fund,
and many others. Several multi-national corporations have used
Mike's images as artwork in their brochures and advertising campaigns,
and even for decorating their corporate offices!
Our staff enjoyed every minute we had while evaluating the
outstanding portfolio of Mike Grandmaison, and we believe you
will as well. Be sure to take your time browsing through Mike's
portfolio, as each image has something special to offer!,I was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario (Canada), an area that had been
ravaged by pollution from mining, fires and timber harvesting. The physical
environment in which I spent the first 25 years of my life influenced not
only my career but also shaped my philosophy in many ways. I studied biology
in university and worked in water quality and forest entomology and pathology
for the next 20 years, based first in Edmonton and later in Winnipeg. In
1996, at the age of 42, I launched a new career in photography.
My first experience with a camera came in my early twenties as I admired the
photographs that my friends recorded during our "university field trips".
Envious of their images, I purchased my first 35mm camera upon graduation
from university. I read nearly every book on photography I could find, viewed
as many art exhibits as I could, and became actively involved in the Images
Alberta Camera Club and the National Association for Photographic Art (NAPA,
now CAPA). I attended many photography seminars and conventions, immersing
myself in photography as much as I possibly could.
My passion for nature and photography made my decision to pursue a career in
photography an obvious choice. Although my strongest interest remains nature
photography, my photography business now focuses on agriculture,
architecture, industry, nature and tourism, either on assignment or for
stock. In addition, I also produce fine art images dealing mostly with the
natural world. My training and employment in the biological sciences have
given me a considerable insight in capturing the essence of the natural world
in my images. Where possible, I try and incorporate elements of the natural
world in the images I create for my clients.
I love to capture fleeting moments of light and exploring for pattern,
texture and color. Although I particularly enjoy photographing early or late
in the day to capture the "sweet light", I find photographic images almost
anywhere. By keeping an open mind, I am able to continuously discover photo
opportunities nearly anywhere. Although beautiful images can be made from
every corner of the earth, I made a conscious decision very early on to focus
on the Canadian environment. My life long task is to capture the essence of
this land in beautiful images that speak to the heart.
Upon viewing this portfolio, I would also invite you to visit myweb site at
http://www.grandmaison.mb.ca to browse a larger collection of images. The site was awarded with the Profotos Pro Site Award in September, 2001, for its outstanding design and images!