How did you get that f*#king awesome job AV Wakefield?

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Amy Viktoria Wakefield is the Kevin Bacon of my photography world. A few years back a friend bought me a small photo of records in a record shop. Fast forward a few years later, I spot the same print in a different friend’s living room. Then, in late 2014 I meet this lovely freckled, photographer friend of a friend who…. you guessed it, is the record shop print photographer. And that my friends is only the tip of the glacier in terms of AV Wakefield’s mountain photography talent, not to mention her knack for bringing people together.

As the owner of North Birch Grove AV inspires you to wander with photo products (think Canadian provinces overlaid with stunning landscape shots) or vibrant photo magnets with inspiring text. As the proprietor of North Birch Grove, AV sells her photo wares at markets across Canada and online and as a Canmore resident she gets outside as much as possible.

Enter Hike365, a hiking collective based in the Canmore/Banff area. For the last couple of years AV and her home girls take smallish groups of gals out for hikes in the Canadian Rockies. In the summer Hike365 gathers monthly and sometimes bi-monthly through winter. Amy is the Hike365 ring leader and, of course, their office photographer.

When not striding up mountains, you can can find AV at Calgary’s Market Collective or Vancouver or Edmonton’s Make It shows. Stop by her booth, chat up this kinda/kinda not shy gal.  Her wide smile, loud laugh and very talented index finger (she presses buttons to capture perfectly composed landscape/canine/fine art photographs) make her an overall lovely person to shoot the bull with. I’m so stoked to share AV’s story f*#king awesome job story today.

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Mom & Medicine Lake. Jasper National Park is truly one of our country’s most beautiful places.

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Novelist Eudora Welty once said, “a good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” These days these moments are captured on a multitude of platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook and Instagram. Of all of these, Instagram, to me is one of the easiest-to-use, most positive in terms of engagement.

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