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-Kamloops, BC looking northwest at sunset-

It really is a bit of a visceral shock to the system to realize we were just part of another decade past. The blink of an eye when you consider the age of this blue planet, but a significant chunk of a time in the life of most humans. It’s at times like this that I like to reflect on the positives that came from the past 10 years; obviously not without both small and significant challenges, but overall a pretty incredible journey full of great memories.

But, before I give a brief outline and a compilation of my favorite images and shoots of the year that just passed, it’s important that I give thanks for the previous 10. Mostly, the thanks goes to my clients, supporters and friends and family who have made it possible for me to create the imagery that I’m so passionate about. Whether it be client or area stock related I still hold a deep respect for what goes on behind the camera, and ultimately the final result. It’s no secret that Kamloops and the entirety of the Thompson Okanagan region is a special place; one that feels very much like an extension of me now. So, it is with great gratitude that I’m able to work and showcase this region.

Drone photography of the Pinnacle at Buse Lake, near Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

The people here hold traits that I feel are unique in their qualities, and with every passing year I enjoy meeting and getting to know those people more and more. When I started this journey I was working in enforcement in Prince George. I would escape to the Rockies on the weekends to capture wildlife. They were quiet times, times to learn about who I was and what I wanted in life. Now, after 19 years as a full-time commercial photographer the solitude of those trips has given way to building friendships and client relationships; and that is the way I want it. Thank you for being a huge part of this journey!

On that note, I’ve included 35 images from 35 different shoots of the year just passed. They aren’t in any specific order and they contain a mix of commercial work, ranging from people to industry, tourism, conceptual and regional landscapes. They’re in this collection for a few reasons: I’ve felt strongly about the final result, the experience was fantastic, I was with or worked with special people, or a combination of some or all the above. Enjoy the images and I look forward to another great year and decade ahead 🙂

Sun Peaks golf course taken near sunset during a tourism photography shoot, British Columbia, Thompson Okanagan region, Canada
Fantastic rainbow during a concert at Sun Peaks Resort, BC., Canada
Aerial image with drone of Kamloops east at sunrise, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
commercial project of a beautiful classic coupe in front of an Albertan waterfall in the the winter, Canada
-Corporate portrait of a bank manager, British Columbia, Canada-

Finally, I wanted to share the news that I am now a licensed drone pilot with Transport Canada and you’ll see several drone images in this collection. With the newest technology I’m able to produce results from the air that I’m finally happy to share with my clients. With the added benefit of aerial work I look forward to producing an even more diverse and complete product.

To see more of my work head over to my portfolio page here. Cheers, Kelly

Drone aerial of Tobiano development on Kamloops Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Sunset at the Sun Peaks golf course during a tourism shoot
Portrait of Bryan at the new Delta Hotel, Kamloops, BC.
Aerial view of downtown Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Interiors of one of the new developments at Sun Peaks Resort, BC
Downtown Kamloops, shooting for the TNRD public library, British Columbia, Canada
Fishing in the fall near Merritt for the TNRD, British Columbia, Canada
Cross country and skate skiing at Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Group shot of the Sagebrush dental team in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Aerial image of the Coquihalla hwy between Merritt and Kelowna, BC, Canada
Tourism shoot of helicopter services over Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
Lac du Bois Grasslands just after sunrise, north of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Commercial shoot of a young woman at KPMG, Canada
Commercial shoot for the Kamloops museum collection, British Columbia, Canada
Architecture shoot for Invictus of the new Delta hotel in Kamloops, BC
Dog sledding at Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Interior view of part of the Corbett Lake Lodge, near Aspen Grove, BC
Sunrise shoot at west Kamloops, for an art installment at KIH, British Columbia, Canada
Portrait of a business woman at CIBC investments, Canada
Architecture shoot for Bluegreen Architecture, Kamloops, BC., Canada
TNRD’s public library expansion project, British Columbia, Canada
Portrait of Tourism Sun Peaks’ CEO, British Columbia, Canada
Music at Sun Peak Resort’s bandshell at dusk, British Columbia, Canada

From very early on, Kamloops-based photographer Kelly Funk has utilized the environment - both natural and urban - to accentuate the strengths of his professional photographic career, forming a unique, fresh perspective and high-end product.