VIATEC Head Shots


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With Vancouver Island being one of the most beautiful places on earth, you might assume that its biggest industry might be tourism. But with Victoria’s local tech industry generating over 3 billion dollars in annual revenue, which in turn has a 4 billion dollar economic impact employing over 23,000 people across 884 plus high-tech companies, you’ll quickly understand that your original assumption could be a little off. Yes, this small, unassuming city of Victoria is crawling with tech ingenuity and is quickly attracting more and more companies from across North America because of its agreeable climate and affordability, especially for those techies south of the boarder working out of places like Silicon Valley. With that, VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), was born in 1989. Its mission is still the same today, which is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to help grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector. In a nutshell, VIATEC offers quality networking events, valuable informational seminars, mentorship and raises awareness of various tech career opportunities. For myself, the VIATEC community has created a bunch of interesting photography opportunities, mainly by way of event photography. But most recently, I was asked to shoot around 40 head shots of the VIATEC staff, executives in residence and their board members, which to date was the largest group I’ve taken on since getting into professional photography a couple of years ago. The person photographed in this post is of Dan Gun, the CEO and founder of VIATEC. Dan basically walked in like a rock star and literally nailed his head shot in the first snap of the camera. After Dan, I also had the opportunity to photograph some other big players in the tech community including the founders of Stocksy, Flytographer and Shopify to name a few. All in all, it was a great experience which gave me the confidence that I can definitely take on bigger tasks as I grow the photography side of CrackerJackFlash.