Jason is a Whitehorse, Yukon-based northern photographer and advanced drone operator. 

 

My first camera was a Minolta X-700, which I inherited from my uncle in the late 1980s.  My uncle traveled the world flying airplanes and capturing images where ever he went.  This is what sparked my interest in photography and flying.  While still in high school I joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.  This becomes the avenue for obtaining my glider and private pilot's license.  

After graduation with my pilot's license in hand, I joined my uncle in flying a small airplane from South Africa to the Caribbean.  Little did I know this would pique my interest and I would return to Africa years later to capture images of some Africas' raw beauty. 

Following the flying dream, I obtain his commercial license and was hired to fly bush planes around the Yukon, parts of Alaska, and Northern BC.

In the early 2000s, firefighting captured my attention. Joining the Airport fire department in Whitehorse and then the City of Whitehorse fire department thus began a career in the fire service that lasted twenty years and ended with me obtaining the Deputy Fire Chiefs position.  During my time in the fire service, technical rope rescue became an interest. With several courses and education under my belt, I now teach Technical Rope rescue, Confined space rescue, Fall Protection, and Tower climbing and Rescue.   

In the last number of years, my interest in photography has renewed.  I completed a diploma in photography, through the Photography Institute of Vancouver. I have an interest in capturing landscapes, abstracts, and industrial scenes.  With my busy family, You can find me at either the local ski hill capturing images of ski races or on a local ranch helping with horses.   

In the winter of 2019, I bought my first drone, a Mavic mini. This has opened up new ways of viewing the world. It gave me a perspective that was unique and often not viewed by the general population.  I added a second drone, Mavic Pro 2, in the spring of 2021.  The larger drone gave me the ability to extend my flight time in more adverse weather conditions ( higher wind resistance).  

Seeing the unique perspectives and applications where a drone could be used, I started up a drone business.   Find out more about it here: Northern Drone Services

Based in Whitehorse, Yukon Jason has an interest in traveling to remote locations to explore the world through the lens of his camera.  

 

Current Camera kit:

Nikon Z6II - Full frame mirrorless.  Recently traded in the SLR gear and went mirrorless.   The transition has week well so far.  Love the smaller form factor that the mirrorless gives me.  The autofocus, low light, and video are amazing.  

DJI Mavic Mini - First drone added to the kit. A great little drone to send up and capture some quick shots with.  Love the size of it.  

DJI Mavic Pro 2 - Upping the game in aerial image/photography capture. The M2Pro has a great camera for image capture.  I am starting to love its ability auto program mode for capturing images for panoramas.  

Previous Camera Kit:

Nikon D750 - full-frame camera.  Love this camera. It has been my workhorse's main body for the last number of years.  It has been in the scorching heat of South Africa, has spent many nights outside shooting time-lapse in the middle of winter, and has rattled around in the back of airplanes, trucks, boats, and horse back.  It has never missed a beat.  I have since retired this camera and replaced it with a Nikon Z6II

Nikon D500 - Added this camera new in 2017 to my kit.  It replaced a Nikon D7000.  I am loving this camera for its frame rate - 10fps and its form factor as it is designed like the Pro-FX Nikon cameras.   I have since retired this camera and replaced it with the Nikon Z6II.

Various lenses - I am slowly making the switch to Z series of lenses now that I have switched to a mirrorless camera body.

Manfrotto tripod

F-Stop Camera Bag - Best camera bag I have owed.   It has been bomb-proof.  It carries everything I need and more with comfort.  It is one of the only bags I use to transport my camera gear.  Check them out at F stopgear

Black Rapid Straps - Love these camera straps. I have one for each of my bodies and they hardly ever come off.  Blackrapid

When I travel nothing protects my gear better than Pelican cases.  I have a few of their cases.  They have been in an airplane over head compartments and under seats, in the back of snowmobiles at -40ª celsius, and bouncing around the back of the trucks from Alaska to Africa.  I swear by them. Check them out at pelican cases

 

Featured Story on We are F stop: 

Arctic Wildlife Refuge

 

Clients have included:

Yukon Quest

Monatane Yukon Arctic Ultra

Yukon Government - Tourism

Yukon Government - Environment 

EDI

Total North Communications

What's up Yukon

Rescue Source

RavenRSM

Yukon North of Ordinary 

4H Yukon

Whitehorse Fire Fighter Charitable Society

 

My stock Images can be found at:

Shutterstock

CanStock