a little bit about..

DOLF VERMEULEN

407c1006I am a self-taught photographer residing on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. I have been lucky to call this place home ever since my family moved to Canada just a year after I was born in England. My dad, who grew up in the densely populated Netherlands, always had the dream to move to Canada and I cannot thank him and my mom enough for making it a reality.

After completing high school on the Sunshine Coast I quickly transitioned to attending UBC Okanagan’s business management program, specializing my degree in marketing and project management. It was during this time that I discovered photography and not until my third year that I purchased my first DSLR. I quickly found that the majority of my free time was spent taking photos and watching youtube tutorials. After graduating with honours in 2015 I worked for the provincial government battling BC’s largest forest fires in order to fund a full frame DSLR and a winter of travelling.

I have been extremely fortunate to visit and experience 20 countries throughout my relatively short time on this earth, all of which have left me with valuable insights and memories! It is very exciting to shoot such different scenes and learn how to highlight the unique characteristics of new environments. I cherish the travel photos I have taken as they allow me to look back and infinitely enjoy a single great moment. At some point all wonderful trips must come to an end, but lucky for me, one of my favourite aspects of travelling is returning to an amazing home and being able to see it through an entirely different filter. I still remember coming back from my first solo trip, in SE Asia, and having an overwhelming appreciation for toilets and accessible drinking water. I feel as though every time I fly back to the homeland I find myself being thankful for something I used to take for granted. 

Coming from any point of view British Columbia is an incredible part of the world, but for a photographer, it’s even better! Scale defying landscapes, jagged mountain peaks, wide-open oceans, and old-growth forests are just the start of it. Take this amazing terrain and fill it with an exuberant array of wildlife coming in all shapes and sizes. Then, to top it all off, the entire country is constantly changing as four very different, but equally incredible, seasons roll by throughout a year. Photography and British Columbia are a match made in heaven. This province is always encouraging me to work on my photo skills and try to do our magnificent surroundings justice; on the other hand, my camera inspires me to get off my ass, venture into the backcountry, and experience more of the endless opportunities we have available.

During the summer of 2016 I had my first opportunity to turn my passion into an income source. I worked as a photographer in one of the most scenic areas of Canada, let alone the entire world. I was the photographer at Peregrine Lodge Fishing Adventures, in Northern Haida Gwaii. Some of the landscapes, and many of the wildlife photos you see in my gallery were taken during this time; although I do not own the rights to these photos, the lodge has graciously let me use them to contribute to my ever-growing portfolio. Being able to work with a camera on a daily basis certainly helped me grow as a photographer and one day I hope to be that I can make a career from traveling, adventuring, documenting, and sharing.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and read a little bit about me!

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–  Dolf Vermeulen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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