Featured Member: Andrew Wheeler

Why do I love photography? The short answer is that I can’t draw. The long answer is what I will attempt to explain below.

When I was growing up I unfortunately did not have the best art teachers. My experiences in art class left me with the impression that you needed to be good at drawing in order to be a good artist. As it turns out, I am a pretty lousy drawer, especially when it comes to creating anything from memory. When sketching something that is in front of me, I am actually half decent. But ask me to draw a horse from memory and you will get a blob with four legs. I wanted to be successful in art, as I felt the process of creating something was always so rewarding. But by grade ten I had come to the conclusion that pursuing art would only lead to frustrations and disappointment.

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Flash forward eight years and I am living abroad in Mongolia, working as a teacher. Anyone who has travelled knows that a camera is never far from your side. It was through my travel photography that I began to feel that desire to create being fulfilled. I found myself searching for compositions that were unique and elicited emotions. Creative juices were flowing for the first time in far too long, and I was becoming addicted to the feeling. Photography had me hooked and there was no turning back.

Now, I am older and a little wiser. I realize that being good at art and being a good drawer are not necessarily related. Many of the most interesting and creative artists in the world would likely draw a horse that looked much like my blob with four legs. There are many different areas and mediums for artists, and drawing with a pencil is only one of them.

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I have also taken my passion for photography and extended it beyond a hobby. I now call Vancouver home and am taking on the challenge of being a family portrait photographer. My travel background and experience photographing on the streets has led to my work having a strong focus on composition. When I am scouting out my locations I am searching for compositions that will create compelling images. Every component of the image should be adding to the overall feel, and not detracting. This is where I feel I have found my niche, combining strong compositions with beautiful and happy families.

My photography has evolved immensely in the last several years and I know that it will continue to evolve and change, which I love. If my work was flawless now, then there would be nothing to work towards or improve upon. There are beautiful moments out there waiting to be captured, and I want to be the one who captures them. That is what drives me

Links:

Website: Vancouver Family and Children Photography
Facebook: www.facebook.com/awheelerphotography

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8 Responses to “Featured Member: Andrew Wheeler”

  1. Madeline Jutras November 27, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    That second image is great.

  2. Germaine Lafountaine November 30, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Thanks for sharing your story. I have a feeling you will have no problem with compelling images.

  3. Miranda Isber November 30, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I’m with you about being good at art and being a good drawer are not necessarily related. We all have different talents and all are artistic. Nice work.

  4. Paul Cunningham December 4, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Great photos and interesting interview.

  5. Robert Speck December 7, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Great imagery, Andrew.

  6. Paula Lucas December 12, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    That’s a great black and white shot.

  7. Fred Stuart December 14, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Vancouver is fortunate to have you.

  8. Andrew Wheeler December 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Thanks you all for the great comments. It is definitely appreciated!

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