Simon D'Artois in Mountain Life Magazine

Simon D'Artois in Mountain Life Magazine

Here are some photos from a shoot I did last March with the Giro half-pipe team in Tignes, France.   Simon won the X Games that year and redid his winning run, still drunk from the night before, so the cinematographer could get the shoot.  It was quite honestly flawless and he was really run.  So classic.   Simon is such a creative and humble dude. Happy to see him land some pages in this magazine.  

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Robin Van Gyn in Golden Ride Magazine

Robin Van Gyn in Golden Ride Magazine

I recently did a shoot in Italy for Golden Ride Magazine’s winter issue. This issue featured the exceptional snowboarder Robin van Gyn. Here are some of the snippets from the magazine.

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new photos live on @nike

Last April I got asked to join a small select group of small photographers to curate photos for @nike. I was honored to be apart of such a talented pool of people, and it's been a huge success for me.  Here's a few of my photos they've posted in the last couple months.  Please follow @nike and double tap on my photos if you want to support!! 20140502_barkerfoto_734920140807_barkerfoto_ 20140504_barkerfoto_799920140927_barkerfoto_5876-2 20140806_barkerfoto_9197 20140807_barkerfoto_9929  20140516_barkerfoto_ 20140616_barkerfoto_1028 20140806_barkerfoto_2 20140806_barkerfoto_8572 20140807_barkerfoto_0187 20141014_barkerfoto_2654


xo - Ashley

Canadian Thanksgiving

By Wikipedia definition:

The origins of the first Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. Frobisher's Thanksgiving celebration was not for harvest, but for homecoming. He had safely returned from an unsuccessful search for the Northwest Passage, avoiding the later fate of Henry Hudson and Sir John Franklin. In the year 1578, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving the long journey.[3] Years later, the tradition of a feast would continue as more settlers began to arrive to the Canadian colonies.[4]

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving can also be traced to the French settlers who came to New France with explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century, who also took to celebrating their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area typically had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, even sharing their food with the indigenous peoples of the area.[5] Champlain had also proposed for the creation of the Order of Good Cheer in 1606.[6]

As many more settlers arrived in Canada, more celebrations of good harvest became common. New immigrants into the country, such as the Irish, Scottish and Germans, would also add their own traditions to the harvest celebrations. Most of the U.S. aspects of Thanksgiving (such as the turkey) were incorporated when United Empire Loyalists began to flee from the United States during the American Revolution and settled in Canada.

By my definition:

Thanksgiving is a time to be shared with loved ones.  This year I didn't make it to see my blood family back in Calgary and Ontario, but I was fortunate to have two thanksgivings with great people, laughter, amazing food and drinks.  Two stress free days to keep back, enjoy and indulge.

This is my Vancouver family.   I wanted to have fun shooting everyone having a good time eliminating all distractions, hence the simple backdrop. Although everyone is pretty faded (don't judge us) in these pictures, that was kind of the point. These are my people enjoying the moment.  Most of them have been in my life for many years.  With them I am at home, and I am so grateful and  blessed to have them in my life.



House Rules - Ian Twa

Ian's a friend for life.

We grew up next door. My parents didn't like him back then.  He always had a later curfew, boy, skated on the road out front on a daily basis making noise, smoking, always getting in trouble and kicked outta schools. The ladies loved him too.  Over time my parents learned to love him too.  He's got a shinning personality, always voices his opinion, passionate, always on the go,  usually the loudest person in the room, and these things shine thru in his skating.  Back in high school, when I first picked up a camera, I used to roll around with him and a few other skate enthusiast and attempted to document there finest moments. Ian's still got it, and everytime I see him he gets better.

Ian lives with Joey Williams, Bryan Wherry, Wade Desarmo, Spencer Hamilton, Cane Krips and penny the kitty.  Big house in East Vancouver and peeps come in and out the house like it's going outta style, hence the rules.

Youtube ian here

Vancouver September 2011