Members’ Biographies

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Allison Kirkpatrick

AllisonKirkpatrick_smMy interest in photography really increased when my first grandchild arrived about 25 years ago. Since then I have become the family photographer and am expected to chronicle as many special moments as possible. I have always loved being outdoors and close to nature and have found that photography has made me much more aware of the amazing beauty and detail in all that surrounds us. I enjoy the composition more than the technical aspect of photography, but am learning more of the latter from so many knowledgeable and helpful LCCC members.

Beverley Phillips

BeverlyPhillips_smI love photography because it's made me see the world in a different way. I now notice details in things around me - light, texture, colour, shapes. And I love it when I can say to myself "Wow, I can't believe I took that!". It's extremely satisfying.


Bruce Raby

Bruce Raby smGot my first DSLR in 2006. A few sayings have influenced my images over the first years of my current photography life: take enough pictures and you're bound to get a good one; if you don't like your images, move closer; it's not what you're looking at that's important, it's what you see; and finally, less is more. The first one is mine, the middle two belong to people who are much better photographers than I am. And the last one is from a local artist but I think equally applicable to photography. Best thing I've done so far is join the Lanark County Camera Club. Wonderful atmosphere and great learning opportunity. Second best thing I've done is take some courses at Algonquin College ... forced me off the dreaded "P" and onto the much more creative "M". Third best thing I've done is try to follow the sayings that guide my images.

Craig Greenwood

CraigGreenwood_smMy photographic love affair started about 50 years ago with a bang – a Pentax SLR, bulk BW film, processing and printing, school yearbook photo editor for 4yrs, shooting a couple of modeling school students and a lesson or 2 from a professional. University interfered and after a graduate degree as a wildlife biologist I ended up in northern Ontario taking lots of photos of flora and fauna. With a couple of medium format cameras in tow I started a storefront photo studio for the off hours. Moving, traveling, work and family took over and there was a long lull with periodic bursts of intense picture taking especially during my polar bear research days and while traveling.

I have fully embraced the digital world with a steep software learning curve. My passion is portraits in all forms. I have started a fledgling photography business ( to pursue that passion but always keep an eye out for wildlife, landscape and other interesting opportunities.

David Rogers

My dad gave me an Agfa film camera and Kodak developing kit for my 13th birthday and I’ve loved photography ever since! In the gallery you will see many of the cameras I’ve owned.


Dean Sullivan

I have a lifelong interest in Photography. From childhood darkrooms to owning a photoshop and more cameras than I can remember, it’s been a passion close to my heart. I’m interested in many forms of photography, especially the artistic rendering of the extraordinary to the mundane. The LC Camera Club is an excellent place to grow as a photographer and learn from the many helpful and knowledgeable members.

Don Farrow

DonFarrow_smI have been interested in photography practically all my life. First started using a film camera in my early years and shared a Pentax Spotmatic 1000. Later I moved to a Pentax SF1, which was one of the first cameras to use automatic focus. However, it was still a film camera so when digital cameras became available I moved to a Pentax 1S DL. This was around the year 2006 and I decided to join the Lanark County Camera Club which has helped me learn more on how to use the camera and improve my photography skills. Also, with the workshops and different meeting groups I have gained knowledge about using software such as Photoshop and Lightroom to do post processing. I enjoy nature and landscape photography.

Donna-Marie Burnell

Donna-MarieEV-LCCCAs a kid, I always loved viewing the photographs taken by others but never seriously considered taking up the camera myself until I was much older. When I did decide to start, digital photography was beginning to take over from film and I jumped on the bandwagon early on, although I still have my original film SLR. Over the years I've transitioned through various models to my current DSLR (Nikon D5300) and mirrorless (Panasonic Lumix G3) units. My favourite combo at the moment is my DSLR with Nikkor 50mm lens. Within this past year, after being inspired by one of the club's guest speakers, I have been experimenting with converting my photo images to new artforms using the various processing apps now available for mobile devices. My current favourite tool to use is iColorama, an iOS app. I find the creative possibilities are endless which I love.

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Gary Wignall

I retired in June, 2017 and moved from Hamilton to Perth. It was my wife, Linda, that encouraged me to get back to taking photos as I would need to have a hobby with my new found free time. I have been dabbling in Photoshop and Lightroom as well as learning the functions of the camera so that I might enjoy the ‘art’ even more and to get to utilizing manual mode. I have not settled on a style or particular subject matter as you can see from the images I have submitted.


Graeme Crabb

I got into digital photography at the very beginning and have been hooked ever since. Prior to that I shot mainly slide film.

My camera gear is a Fujifilm body and several fine lenses. This makes for a reasonably compact system to carry around.

Nowadays, I shoot mainly landscapes, but also enjoy other types of photography. Fellow members of the club are always an inspiration!

Helen McKay

BioPicMy name is Helen McKay. I live in Smiths Falls and love photography after a long day at work. I do nature and animal photos mostly. I use a D7100 with a 300 and 400 mm lens to shoot birds. I have traveled to Washington, London, Paris and Wales. I love being outdoors and being out at community events. I spend spring to fall in my kayak doing wildlife to relax. I joined the club 11 years ago. The club has lots to offer to all levels of photographers. They have creative ideas for photo shoots, up to date techniques, courses and fun monthly themes.

Jean-Denis Labelle

JD_ppI was not blessed with my mother’s talent for painting. But photography enables me to capture images in light of what my mind wants to reflect. Using various software, I can then create scenes that reflect moods and emotions. My interests are various and my technique… a work in progress. Shooting through the lens of my Canon 5D Mark lll, who knows, you might be my next subject!

Len Modderman

BioPicIn my early twenties I bought a 35 mm Konica SLR camera and ventured into the world of photography. Initially shooting with color film I soon started using Kodachrome slides for most of my shots. Setting up a darkroom allowed me to develop my own black and white pictures.

Closer to my retirement and with the advent of digital cameras, my interest in photography was piqued again. My wife bought me a digital camera and I was smitten. I love to capture nature whether it is wildlife, landscapes, flowers or anything that has to do with our beautiful surroundings. I also love to experiment in the studio capturing smoke, splash photography, macro, as well as venturing into more urban photography. Learning to see the beauty that surrounds us and trying to capture it, is what keeps me reaching for my camera.

Being part of the Lanark County Camera Club is a most enjoyable experience, meeting and learning from fellow photographers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Linda Mentzel

bioThere was always an interest in photography for me but, as with so many others, time and other interests pushed photography to the back burner. With the introduction of digital cameras my curiosity was peeked and I started on a journey that is leading me down many different roads. My perspective on my surroundings has completely changed. I try to look for the different angles with an eye open for the unique. I truly believe that photography is proof that one can view the world in many different lights allowing you to focus your creativity through your lens.

Lois Perreault

LoisPerrault_smLois' primary interest is in the composition of the photo but what she wants to do is learn more about the technical aspect of photography. She enjoys travelling and most of her images have been landscapes taken while on holiday. Presently she is using a mirrorless Olympus E-P5 camera and finds it perfect because of its' size and weight - ideal for travelling. Lois joined the LCCC three years ago and is impressed with the high caliber of knowledge that the members offer freely.

Madeleine Labelle

Madeleine Labelle

After attending a presentation on garden photography at the Horticultural Society I knew it was time to get a DSLR. Then courses and workshops with my Canon 60D opened my eyes to different techniques and subjects that I never would have thought of photographing before. The Club has, since 2009, been an inspiration and provides me with the stimulation to continue my journey.

Margaret Kennedy

At age 8, my father bought me a Kodak camera that introduced me to photography.  Frustrated with the quality of instamatic photos when my sons were young, I eventually purchased a 35mm Canon AE1 and enjoyed experimenting with film and slides for over 20 years. The advent of DSLRs enabled active recording family events, vacations, landscapes and gardens. Photography encourages me to pause and reflect on the natural world.  LCCC is giving me new outlets and challenges me to look in new directions to improve my photographic skills. Moving forward, I want to explore more with mobile/ iPhone photography.

Mike Flynn

BioPicMike Flynn – just retired this year (2013) and I am looking forward to getting back into the infinite aspects of photography. Many years ago in high school I was an avid black and white photographer developing pictures the old way in a darkroom setting. Then as career and life took off and became more complex, my photography went to automatics and simplified to documenting my children’s and life’s milestones. Technology has made leaps and bounds since the days of my darkroom experience and I would like to more fully understand the digital medium and the editing software packages for post production of pictures.

Norm Swaebe

Born a child of the fifties to a working class family in Toronto. Leaving high school into a first job as an appliance repair person and then entering a four year apprenticeship in the construction trades. Traveling around the country I picked up photography as a hobby in the 70's but over the years it fell by the wayside. Leaving construction in 1980 to pursue a career in computer maintenance only to go back to construction in 2007 until 2016 when I retired and picked up photography again in the digital medium, returning to a camera system I loved then, Pentax! A new world has opened up to me again.

My Website link:  or just Flickr

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Norma Gardiner

I've always had an interest in Photography. My first camera's were point and shoot.  I received my first DSLR Canon Camera in 2012.  I've been a member of the Camera Club since 2013, and haven't looked back.  The members have taught me so much about my camera and the editing side of creating your final picture.  I feel my confidence has grown since joining, and also learning to think outside the box

Paul Grant

Paul Grant

I have been interested in photography for as long as I remember but never pursued it until about the year 2011. Soon after buying my first DSLR I discovered a passion for wildlife photography. My photography interest and style continue to grow. The Lanark County Camera Club is a great venue to share my images and knowledge and learn from other club members.

Paul Sturmey

I have been interested in photography for many years, having a Kodak Brown box as a child. I like shooting most kinds of images, but I enjoy action and sports photography the most. I also like to enter photo contests, and I have won some prizes in doing so. Otherwise, I am purely a hobbyist, and a long time (15 years) member of the Lanark County Camera Club.

Rene Jones

Rene Jones

My interest in photography started while I was growing up in my hometown of Harrington Harbour, Quebec. At that time it was with a box camera, probably a Brownie. Most of the photos were of friends and family. Because I lived in a remote area I had to wait weeks to receive the developed film only to find all photos were a disaster. My interest waned and I did not use a camera much until I spent several summers in the Arctic using a Pentax 35mm SLR. There have been lots of changes with cameras and I am now using a Nikon D300. The ability to take as many pictures as I want and then filter through them, keeping those that I would like to share, is a real bonus with Digital SLR cameras.

Being a part of The Lanark County Camera Club is rewarding. I have made many new friends and enjoy learning and sharing information with the members.

Robert FeDuke

RobertA committed film photographer, I was captivated by digital when it first became available. The camera and the software editing potential opens so many avenues of creativity for me. A recent arrival to the county from an urban environment, the Lanark County Camera Club, has been a positive and friendly experience. The photographic opportunities in this area are unlimited. My style and scope continue to evolve thanks in part to other photographers I have met in our club and the unbelievable beauty of the area.

Sandra Jones

SandraJonesBioI've always had an interest in art and a quiet desire to be an artist. I've dabbled in other mediums over the years, but nothing has allowed me to express myself more than the combination photography and computers. I can equally enjoy the time spent taking the pictures and the time spent editing to create a finished piece. Joining the camera club was a smart choice, helping me grow tremendously, both as an artist and a person. Our supportive club structure and the way we share members knowledge is a winning model. I not only better understand the technical side of digital photography and editing software, but I am learning to be more creative, exploring new ideas and have much more confidence than I would ever have had on my own.

Shannon Watson

Hi my name is Shannon Watson. I have always been intrigued by Photography for many years, and want to learn more about it. Many times in my life, I have seen something, and thought wouldn’t that be a great pic.  I have always loved and admired other people and their great pictures. I want to learn how to take really good pictures, as well as the fundamentals of using cameras. I am an artist, and have worked with many mediums. I think LCCC is the perfect place to learn all this.  I love to photograph flowers especially their color and shapes. I consider them to be truly God’s Creation.

Sheila Stojakovich

SheilaStojakovich_smI have always loved taking pictures, but a busy family life put this interest on hold. I bought my first point & shoot camera in 2005, but I was very frustrated by its limitations. Since I decided to invest a few more dollars in this hobby, I needed to learn more about the barrage of available features on my new camera and the accessories that could go along with it. By chance, I was invited to attend meeting at the Lanark County Camera Club to see if I would be interested in joining. From the first meeting, I was amazed at the multitude of experience that the members have and how they, so generously, share their knowledge. My skills improve with every meeting I attend. It's a great club!

Wendy Wood

The 1st camera that I could call my own was a Kodak Brownie.   Many of my images were memorable 'Kodak moments’  that came alive in front of my eyes as I learnt how to make that film breathe in the darkroom.  I was hooked!   It took me a long time to move into the digital world; took the plunge in 2011 and I haven’t looked back. Thanks to the exposure LCCC has provided;  I have tried a lot of new photographic techniques and genres but macro photography still remains my favourite.  

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