I am a professional advertising, editorial and production stills photographer based in Vancouver, Canada.
I developed my photography through shooting portraits and environmental still life's while travelling about and then holding curated exhibitions of this work. This led to magazine and record label commissions and from there to agency work.
I am excellent at working on set with a motion crew providing still images for digital and print campaigns or brand libraries and equally good at directing a crew myself. For tourism and editorial clients I have a fondness for solo missions and taking the creative lead to a wonderful place.
Stylistically I tend to gravitate to a natural, intuitive photograph influenced by the environment. I do have a great love of certain highly lit photography that I see in sports and film in particular. I do throw lighting into many of my own photographs though I tend to keep it quite subtle. I hope that a lot of my work comes across as personal and this is a reason that often I find myself unable to create obvious sections in my portfolio. Is this a portrait ? Is this lifestyle ? Can I put client work next to personal work ? Should I ? Feel free to message me your advice!
Photography is something I am very passionate about and I hope to work with others who are also passionate about their work.
Aside from photography I love going on long bicycle journeys and wandering for hours on foot through new cities. I love strange, non sensical missions into the woods or abrupt, spontaneous expeditions.
Having our son Otto has made me more of a creative urban adventurer these days as we live in the heart of Mount Pleasant in Vancouver. So this has become our magical land of greeting our favourite trees, speaking to the crows, climbing city obstacles, street soccer, riding down alleys with glee and creative interactions with our locals
I hope you enjoy looking through my photographs and thank you for stopping by.
All the best, Johann
Mike Hasinoff Executive Producer at Droga5
“I worked with Johann a number of times. He's a dream - super talented, and very collaborative with creatives and works to ensure that both the agency vision and clients end a project thrilled with the results. As a broadcast producer, I also love that he could work very agilely in and around the needs of extremely intense and ambitious TV shoots. I'd love to work with him again if the opportunity presented itself. “
Ziv Sibony Senior Digital Producer at Zambezi
“It was a pleasure working with Johann, he was great on set and was able to navigate around the filming process to execute our campaign effectively. Very pleased with the results. “
Addie Gillespie Creative Director at Camp Pacific
One of the greatest things about Johann is that you almost never know he's there. Sure, for some professions that's just weird. But for a photographer who captures people in real-life moments, it's the greatest thing. It ensures his photos are always interesting, unique and honest. I worked on a campaign for Okanagan Spring Brewery with Johann and re-hired him for the next two years for the same campaign as well a few others. You should hire him too! “