Meet Our Staff
Andrew was given a Polaroid 600 at age 9 and quickly became the official photographer at his family's various get-togethers. His condition has only worsened since then. He's spent years working for small publications in Lethbridge and Edmonton, shooting nearly every genre under the sun, using cameras of all brands, yet he still inexplicably prefers his Pentax gear. If you see him, please offer your condolences.
Annabeth has been obsessed with all corners of visual arts since the age of 9 after being heavily influenced by her cinephile father. After attending the International Film School of Paris with a major in Cinematography, she solidified her love for photography and videography. She believes that these mediums are the most powerful and meaningful ways to not only create community and ease the pain of the world but force people into feeling an emotion they otherwise wouldn’t, pushing past the mundanities of everyday life.
Christopher Donovan is a Calgary-based photographer who works in a variety of genres and formats. A graduate of the AUarts Media Arts program Christopher has experience ranging from video production to sound design. A dedicated film shooter, Christopher is always happy to chat about sheet film, giant cameras, and photo books.
General Sales and TCSTV Host
Dave is one of the hosts of The Camera Store's popular Youtube channel TCSTV. For ages he has been involved with all things photography, even owning a mini-lab long before the days of digital. When he is not out testing the latest and greatest new gear he is working freelance and is also the official photographer of two fitness organisations.
In addition to being a dedicated video specialist, Drew is also TCSTV's Videographer and Editor. His background in Television Production provides a solid foundation for capturing the hosts and the gear, not just in the field but live from the store. When he’s not behind the scenes and screens, Drew enjoys casting Esports, hiking in the mountains, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends.
Liz grew up in Ontario and has been interested in photography for most of her life. She would "borrow" her dad's camera to bring to school, or local concerts on a regular basis. When she was a teenager, she discovered an old Polaroid camera and her love for instant cameras began. Liz can usually be found lounging with her cats, drinking a craft beer, and cross stitching in her spare time.
Erin became serious about photography on a 4 month backpacking trip around Europe, and soon after her return took a few photography courses at both SAIT and ACAD, and started working at a one hour photo lab where she was able to fine tune her skills.
Marketing & Programming Manager and TCSTV Host
Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives and recently began co-hosting our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.
IT / Technical Specialist
Gary brings over ten years of photography and IT experience to The Camera Store. For the past five years, he’s been focusing on portrait photography and an extensive portion of his portfolio comes from shooting Cosplay. He is also the technical consultant for the TCS TV live streams. When he isn’t in the store, he is most likely on the road helping run photo booths for Comic Conventions all around Canada and the US.
Jayme is a born and raised Calgarian, aggressively influenced by her friends and family members with in-depth photography skills. After an extended period of time in the theatre business, she learned that headshots went a long way when you're friends with a lot of actors, thus a photography business came to bloom. She looks forward to finding the perfect "photogra-fit" for you and making sure that you are smiling as much behind your camera as you would in front of it.
Commercial Accounts Manager
Jeff had been a studio portrait and wedding photographer for over 30 years and currently works as a photographer in the Calgary Theatre community. He has been a Commercial Account Manager in photographic equipment sales for the past 12 years, at various stores, and now here at The Camera Store. His other interests include listening to music and going out to live music, great food, cooking, and outdoor activities.
A self-professed adrenaline junkie, Julia has been bringing a camera on her adventures since childhood. She favours natural imagery but also contributes her skill behind the camera to Calgary's music community. A musician as well as a photographer, Julia is living proof that 'gear acquisition syndrome' does not only apply to cameras. She holds a degree in photography from AUArts, she has a passion for teaching, and her motto is "go do something that makes you happy".
Julian has previously worked as an editorial, commercial, and movie still photographer. Now as a partner in The Camera Store, his time is divided between the store, his family, and his photography, which revolves around his horses, dogs, and his life in rural Alberta.
Kerri dabbles in photography and has a passion for arts and crafts. She's always jumping into new ideas and projects. With a passion for creative writing, and a hope to be published one day. She's slowly building her canvas of body art and has spent many hours sitting in the tattoo chair. She's up for a good tea latte and a chat about cartoons. A movie buff and halloween enthusiast.
Online Customer Service Manager
Liam values photography for its immersive, meditative qualities. To be on a walk with a camera — whether analog or digital — and a single prime lens is what he enjoys most. Aimless wandering aside, Liam has had applied experience photographing menswear products and marketing campaigns for his own former business, a practice that he intends to revisit someday.
Louie is the photography technician at the University of Calgary Department of Art and Art History, a wedding photographer, and the operator of Neat Film Lab. A background in photojournalism informs his work as an artist exploring identity and poetry in his photographs. Outside of work you can find him relentlessly decluttering, managing his to-do list, and practicing good sleep hygiene.
Mark became interested in the art of photography at a young age, spending hours poring over old issues of National Geographic from his grandparents. Deciding against any kind of photographic career, Mark carries on as an enthusiast, keeping the art form pure and personal to his own visions.
Nicole has a penchant for portrait and architectural work, but her true passion is capturing the natural world. While studying Photojournalism at SAIT she worked as Photo Editor of the campus newspaper, The Weal. When she’s not helping clients at The Camera Store, she keeps busy by pursuing freelance photographic opportunities.
Peter Gold is a master photographer who has been a professional for over 40 years. As well as being on the sales staff of The Camera Store for 15 years, he is also the studio specialist offering valuable information regarding lighting, meters, studio design and setup, backgrounds, etc.
Peter works around the clock to make sure The Camera Store is involved in everything photographic that goes on in Calgary and beyond, supporting our photo community with great products, events, and education. His unique approach to business is one of the many reasons why our regular clients keep coming back for more, and why they tell their family and friends about the great experience they have at The Camera Store.
Rebecca has a BFA with a major in Photography from Ryerson University. She has been working in the photography industry since 2002 and with The Camera Store since 2007.
Ron is a tech-influenced sales rep whose shooting disciplines fall within street, portraiture, food and event photography. Self-taught, he is constantly finding new ways to expand and improve upon these skills and tirelessly seeks answers for his clients with the same tenacity.
Russ has been a photographer for over 30 years, and his main interest is in landscape, event and small weddings. Over the past few years he has been exploring street and portrait photography. Russ enjoys teaching photography, especially to those who are just beginning or rediscovering their love of shooting.
Event & Social Media Coordinator
Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C with a bachelors in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.
Stefan Legisa has the soul of a punk, and the work ethic of an old-world craftsman. He shoots and develops stark and raw images using an array of analog cameras.
Stephen has been with The Camera Store in various positions since 2008 and currently manages The Camera Store's website. He also works as a photo assistant, and spends his free time exploring southern Alberta and indulging in a variety of nerdy hobbies. He holds a diploma in web design and development from SAIT and a degree in astrophysics from the University of Calgary.