The camera has always been a companion. From early on I dreamed of being a photographer. But I also love winter and skiing. I dedicated my 20’s to skiing the best lines and the deepest snow, I was even invited to compete at the World Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez, Alaska.
Although professional skiing was my first career, the camera was always with me. My passions collided when I opened a photo studio with a partner at a ski resort in the Canadian Rockies. Taking a calculated risk, I moved to Invermere, BC, found an apartment, leased a commercial space for my studio, moved into both and photographed my first commercial shoot – all on the first day.
Those early days taught me to follow my dreams, calculate the risks, take chances and pursue my passions. Shooting skiing, rafting, ice and rock climbing taught me how to plan every detail of a shoot so I’m ready when the moment happens. Working with athletes in extreme conditions there aren’t any second chances to get the shot. The mountains are where I developed the mantra; ‘plan for everything, be ready for anything’. That philosophy is just as important now when I’m photographing Fortune 500 executives and Olympic athletes.
These days my photographs are more likely on billboards and annual reports than in ski magazines. Instead of photographing mountain landscapes and kayakers I’m making photographs of LEED Certified buildings, CEO’s and welders. Today our studio clientele includes global companies General Electric, Shell, Tenaris, LinkedIn, SNC-Lavalin and UBER.
I’m constantly working on the craft of photography. I’m curious about how things work and how things are made. I want to know who makes the things in our lives. I want to show their story.
Brett Gilmour makes corporate and advertising photography for Canada’s most successful businesses. 3 time winner of the Gold Nugget Award for architectural photography. Founded Portraits4Change. 10 year CAPIC Board Member. 3 time Film Selection Juror at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. College Photography Instructor. He has photographed NYC’s Mayor Giuliani, hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser, and International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield.