I first met Stephen a few months ago when I was asked if I would like to be a “model” for a photo shoot he was planing. He has been in photography for over 25 years but was looking to focus on sports and fitness photography therefore building a portfolio of this type of work. I was excited but apprehensive, I am not a model that’s for sure and not even the best at the back-bend soft yoga poses he was thinking about. I agreed because I never want to pass up an opportunity and he said if I hated them he wouldn’t use them. I asked my fashion expert Alana Denham to help, she put my looks together since it has been a while since I have worn anything other than spandex i really needed guidance and a closet full of sweet choices. They don’t call her Kelowna’s fashionista for nothing; check out her blog ilovedenham.com for great ideas!
Even though I had great apparel I was still nervous about my look on camera, in yoga class the focus is not on how photogenic the poses can be so I worried that my yoga might not translate to nice photos. Then stepped in Stephen, he had already picked the location and was ready to go when I arrived. I would get into the basic form of the pose and he would worry about the rest, all the details, from the expression on my face to the extension of fingers and toes, to the wind and my hair. I felt so at ease working with him, it was apparent that he was very seasoned at his craft. The shoot was seamless and fun, obviously there were a lot of the photos that were not great, like a few poses that were difficult to hold and my faces showed it. However all in all I was shocked at how nice the pictures were the backdrop he chose was perfect, the timing with the sun was spot on and Stephens attention to the details took my poses from ok to awesome.
If you are looking for a photographer to capture whatever is near to your heart I recommend checking out Dare to Dream.
-Chelsea Ray- Yoga instructor and owner of Yoga Warehouse
“I had a lot of fun working with Stephen on the outdoor running photo shoot that we did. It was my first time working with a professional photographer and I was genuinely pleased with the results. He was great at giving cues to enhance the photo while at the same time, un-restrictive in his style. Stephen was very professional and I intend to work with him again in the future.
I have been a Personal Fitness Coach for the past 14 years and I also teach Pilates, Bootcamps & Spin. My favourite class is the year round, Outdoor Bootcamp that I have been teaching at Sarson’s Beach for the past 5 years. I have done 100 hours of Yoga training with Nicki Doane and consider it a work in progress for me. I love the spiritual aspect and the flexibility I acquire from Yoga. My newest passion is Stand Up Paddle Boarding, becoming a certified SUP instructor this past Spring. I completed my first Tough Mudder challenge in Whistler this year and I loved the teamwork involved. Can’t wait until next year!”
-Krista King- Fitness Instructor
Stephen is a talented friend and photographer who offered to do some yoga shots for a yoga speciality I’ve been working on and I invited Dana when Stephen said it was okay. So fun! He attended my Sons birthday party and generously took it on his own to put together an amazing video capturing this amazing day. I was so impressed!! Loved it! My son watched this video 20 times straight the day he dropped it off and everyone we shared it with was so impressed.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never really been photographed doing yoga but have worked with Other professional photographers for family photos like Michael Hintringer. I’m a bit shy when it comes to just photos of me. Stephen made me feel comfortable and creative. So much that I’m ready to do it again. Stephen is really professional, creative and fun to work with. I look forward in working with him again.
I’ve been a practising yogi since 1998 studying various styles. And teaching as a RYT since 2003. Throughout this time I’ve also pursued studies and presently work in ‘Energy Medicine’, Sp. kinesiology, Body Talk, etc. I have a strong background in Hatha Yogi, Feldenkrais and somatics work. Presently pursuing a strong practice in Anusara yoga where I finally feel at home and rising to huge changes and shifts in my yoga practice and life. Not being naturally as flexible as some it’s been an interesting journey with endless hours and hard work. I can say its so much easier and i love what i do! i love teaching yoga and inspiring others along the Path of Yogi, an endless unfolding of a beautiful painting.
Namaste -Tara Pilling Yoga Instuctor lovingenergyyoga.com
I met Stephen through Tara. The first work of his I saw was a great little video he put together for Tara’s son’s birthday party. Tara asked him to do a few photo’s for a paper she is writing and I was lucky to be invited to join in on the shoot. The photo shoot was very laid back and relaxed, he made us feel totally comfortable while giving us great ideas for amazing shots. I was more than happy with how the photos turned out. I love his stylized quality and would totally recommend him.
– Dana Skoglund- Yoga Instructor
As a dancer I am used to being photographed and know how to pose for photos, still I liked that Stephen took control and knew many different non cliché places to shoot and looks for the photos. He was super easy going and open to lots of different ideas, but I never felt like it was all up to me to create the shot.
-Tina Mandl -Zumba, dance, and yoga instructor
“I consider myself more of an artist than a photographer. I was schooled in the photographic disciplines at Sheridan College and real world taught in photographic, inkjet and digital press printing, working as a photographic colour and digital specialist for over 25 years. Combining my practical experiences with artistic creativity, I use the camera as my brush, allowing me to take a moment in time and create a work of art. I have taken an interest in working with athletes of all types in and out of their environment. The discipline of their art combined with my photographic creativity, paints a picture that tells a slightly different story with an alternative point of view.”
To capture a moment in time is a gift that we can pass on to others- it is a treasure that warms our heart and speaks our soul. This ability to convey the depth of such a profound experience lies in the expertise and innate talent of the photographer capturing the essence of the moment. As the well-known saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and while this is true, we know it takes an artist to fully tease out the subtle, yet powerful nuances of the message that speak directly to the core of those connecting with the image. Stephen Trites in his grounded and gifted way is a professional photographer who is passionate about reminding us that in every being, and every act, there is power that captures the exquisite vulnerability of humanity.” [/quote]
To capture a moment in time is a gift that we can pass on to others- it is a treasure that warms our heart and speaks our soul. This ability to convey the depth of such a profound experience lies in the expertise and innate talent of the photographer capturing the essence of the moment. As the well-known saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and while this is true, we know it takes an artist to fully tease out the subtle, yet powerful nuances of the message that speak directly to the core of those connecting with the image. Stephen Trites in his grounded and gifted way is a professional photographer who is passionate about reminding us that in every being, and every act, there is power that captures the exquisite vulnerability of humanity.
Photos can evoke powerful emotion. He prefers to use models that have an interesting life, past history or hidden talent. Photos are meant to tell a story and are meant to challenge us to ask questions not only about ourselves but about the person in the photo. Why do we find some photos shocking while others are pleasing to the eye? Media and mainstream culture tell us that beauty should look a certain way. Women are lead to believe that we are not beautiful unless we are skinny, well-coiffed and decked out in the latest and most trendy expensive clothing.
As children we are at ease in front of a camera. As adults though, we frequently feel stiff and uncomfortable. We judge ourselves. This is unfortunate and we can learn to love ourselves more easily when we receive confirmation of just how unique and precious each and every one of us are. It is our uniqueness that makes us beautiful. Life would be colourless and boring if every tree, flower and sunset looked exactly the same. Stephen helps to remind us that our natural individuality is what truly makes us radiant. We all need to learn how to shine. Through the medium of photography Stephen intuitively extracts the true essence of the person