Meet The Burnett Photography Team
Banff wedding photographer: Shirleen Burnett
SuperHero Power: Showing you how sexy, powerful and unique you are, then capturing those feelings in pictures.
Weapon/Spell of choice: Energizing Sphere of Euphoric Optimism.
Appreciating the beauty of life, being happy, relaxed, a bit irreverent and endlessly optimistic, is a big part of who I am.
Being a photographer is not a “job” to me. It’s my passion.
Photography fascinates me in every way. I have a totally nerdy side that loves all the technical details: the cameras, lighting equipment, software and computer programs. I eat it up! It’s the tools of my poetry.
The Two Events That Most Shaped My Life in 144 words.
I grew up in a family of modest income. We didn’t have professional portraits taken. I’m sure my parents were struggling to simply make ends meet. Unfortunately, my dad was not to last long in this world. He passed away from cancer at the age of 47. I have one photo of him that was taken by a professional, the rest are a sorry assortment of crappy snapshots. He looks great in that photo. To me, he is that photo. It is the image that comes to my mind when I think of him.
Flash forward 15 years in my life. My sister, Jo-Anne, was diagnosed with cancer too.
Do you know what my mother did?
For the first time in her life, she booked a professional portrait session for our family. The images that photographer made are beautiful.
Jo-Anne died 2 years later.
What do you think those pictures are worth to us today?
This is the portrait that was made before my sister, Jo-Anne (on right) died.
It is priceless to me.
My Soap Box Take Away
1. Do not underestimate the value of beautiful images in your life.
Selfies are fun and snapshots have their place, but there are certain unrepeatable times in your life when you will be glad that you did—or wish that you had —invested in the skills of a talented photographer.
Your wedding day is one of them. Don’t mess it up going cheap on your photographer. Hire from your heart and you won’t be disappointed.
2. The pictures of your life and family will be one of your greatest treasures EVER.
I understand this, so I bust my ass to make sure that the pictures I create for you are worthy—that they evoke powerful, nostalgic emotions when you see them, be the first things you grab if your house is on fire and the things your children will fight over having when you are old & gray.
That’s what goes through my mind when making pictures for you and your loved ones on your wedding day, in a portrait session, pretty much whenever I am holding my camera.
Banff wedding photographer: Troy Burnett
SuperHero Power: Brawny, walking encyclopedia & schlepper of heavy things.
Weapon/Spell of choice: Manjushri’s Sword of Wisdom.
Troy is the ass for my saddle.
Imagine Mr. Clean with a camera and 30+ years of advanced education and you’ve got Troy.
Troy graduated with a PhD in geography and economics from UCLA. He moonlights from his day job as a professor of geography at Mount Royal University to complete the husband part of the Burnett Photography team.
Troy is “awesome” and that’s a good thing because I can’t fire him.
Troy has a long list of accomplishments to his name—
- he’s an expert on natural resource conflicts around the world
- author of the award-winning books, Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction Volumes 1 & 2
- director of the Wildlands Studies Banff National Park Wildlife Corridors Project .
He loves to answer questions about the region while we are shooting so feel free to ask away.
Be warned, however, he may test you at the end.
Troy is one of those people who is amazing at everything he does.
But don’t get me wrong—I’m the brains & talent of this operation!!!
Banff wedding photographer: Kaitlyn Hoover
SuperHero Power: Mind-reader, Live stream goddess and & “virtual” guest concierge.
Weapon/Spell of choice: Unstoppable Excitement
Kaitlyn is a rising star. She first came to us as a NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) student looking to do a 2 week internship with Troy and I. We took her in for 2 weeks and showed her the ropes. She worked with us, stayed with us and became part of our family. Upon graduation, Kaitlyn relocated to the Banff area where she continues to grow as an artist, photographer, and part of our team.
Kaitlyn is pure magic. She’s beautiful inside and out and I have no doubt she is headed for greatness.
We are very fortunate to have her.
Kaitlyn and I photographing an event from the top of a crane above Calgary.
Burnett Photography Team with Newlyweds at the top of the Lake Louise Ski Hill.
Cinematographer & Photographer: Paul Sankar
SuperHero Power: Paul can take nails scratching across a chalkboard and turn it into music.
Weapon/Spell of choice: A soundboard splitter and a Killer Smile.
Paul came to Burnet Photography originally as a client. He hired Troy & me to capture his surprise proposal to his fiancee while on a helicopter tour of Mt. Marvel. (Full story here.)
As it turns out, we were a match made in heaven. We were looking for a young creative to add cinematography to our offerings. Paul is just that— talented, passionate, smart and possed with an unrelenting drive to be the best in his industry. On top of all that, he is gifted with the biggest, happiest, most contagious smile.
Watch out, Ray Roman, Paul is hot on your heels!
If you want happy, easy to work with photographers, who’ll get inventive and go above & beyond your expectations to provide you with stunning, KICK ASS pictures then contact me via email, [email protected], use the short form on this page or call 403-678-4127.
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Proud member of the following industry associations who promote excellence in the field of photography andin the wedding and live events industry:
Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), Master Photographers International Organization (MPIO), Fearless Photographers, Calgary Bridal Alliance, Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada, Iternational Live Events Association, and Calgary Bride.