Les Berezowski

Les Berezowski
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Lesplease tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
I have a passion to take photo's. From intimate portraits to grandeur Landscape. I have a passion that blends the various genre's to show the real authentic you, the real authentic you. I am a photographer that loves to capture the moment and explore what story we may find. $350 to $450/hr 

I am just a Guy. I am just a Photographer. I am just and Artist. So many artists, so many photographers say they are a type of Photographer. For example, "I am a Banff Wedding Photographer". To me, a true Photographer is a true Artist. The Genre is secondary. I believe I am one of the best at photographing the moment and Capturing authenticity. Capturing the tear in her eye with the sun reflection showing the way. Bringing the wow to your adventure in the great world of the out doors. It will run a chill down your spine and you will want to plan a trip there. 

I started photography when i was in grade 8 and bought my first manual, 35mm film camera. Wholly shit. What was a kid in grade 8 doing. From there on i have been exploring the creative side through photography.

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Les. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I am shy and I am an Engineer. Wow! Yes, wow to me also. Now I am Photographer living in the Rocky Mountains, Canmore. Right next to Banff National Park. Photography is a medium were I can share my passion to touch people’s hearts through photos by telling a compelling visual story.

I love adventure, believe in authenticity, and strive to build relationships. Some may say I am a Landscape photographer, but portrait and wedding photography is and explosion of emotions through photography.

Les, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

Finding more time to share my photography has opened up a waiting passion to share the love of life through a visual story. I just can not explain how much joy it brings when I can bring a smile or dream to someones day. I bought by my first camera with hard earned money in Grade 8. I have not idea how I learned to use a manual DSLR in Grade 8. I still have it and will share a photo a portrait photo taken in 1974. However, I have always had a camera around and got very serious about Photography 10 years ago. I retired from Engineering and I am full time sharing my passion through photography.

Who is your inspiration in life Les? How do you keep inspired?

Inspiration is and amazing thing. Their are so many ways to find inspiration. If i had to say answer the question of "who" I would have to say my wife. She inspires me to push beyond and get out there. My daughter is a budding young artist in Vancouver, Christine Berezowski, her painting are amazing and I hope she can get recognized for her talent beyond words. For photography I find Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha's photography work true as blue. 

For inspiration, thats a funny concept. It's also one of the most scary realizations I have come across. Getting out there and taking those first few photo's breaks the ice. When I think about being inspired, it is blank page, really. Although, the scary part comes when i listen to some music and maybe play a bit of guitar, the internals push my imagination beyond dreams. It's like my emotions vibrate until i can not take it anymore. On site, I find myself going here when I am into a shoot. Just no words to explain where it really comes from.

We all make mistakes Les, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I was on a photo shoot and I was nervous. I took a lot of photo's as I wanted to capture those special moments. In hind site, I wish i'd slowed down both me and a worked with the client closer to lead them into what was going to happen. Pace and Patience.

Les ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

Going into a situation like this blind would be certain disaster. Good photography is about building relationships and this starts before a photo shoot. Know what your client wants and share idea's. Discuss the schedule, propose any ideas you have and everyone should be informed.

Please tell us Les, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

I shot 2 world cup ski events in Canmore, Alberta in the Spring of 2016. Both the FIS Cross Country and the Biathlon World, World Cups. Man, let me explain to you strategic, timing and fitness. The courses span km's of terrain and you need to be very strategic in your timing to capture key skiers in key moments.

Les, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Seems this is never, everyone has a better idea. In a recent wedding shoot, I wanted to get the clients in a certain back drop by a reservoir. It was cold and I the clients didn't seem to keen on this location. I pulled out winter blankets to add to the photo shoot and all was good.

Les please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was on a photo shoot this past June at Two Jack Lake. We were with a model, the location and light was amazing. I took the time to really focus and ensure I had had the models eyes completely in focus. It is one of the best photo's I've ever taken.

Les, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was on a photo shoot and I had not worked with models in the bush with lingerie. Difficult was positioning the model. But once shooting and working with the model on body position, I have one of my most ever creative photo's. 

What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?

I had to laugh reading this. I was advice I was given and one has to find time to just get it done. Get out there. Get out there and take photo's of everything. Try and get out every day, yes, every day. Reading books and looking through online photo's will only get you so far. Photography mileage and self critique is essential.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, absolutely. I have a few projects I working on and I would love to work with a dancer in the out doors to capture some inspiration from a song or two.

Photo Credits:
All photography by @canmorephotography, which is me, Les Berezowski. If you need subject names please let me know.


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