Owner Spotlight: Ian Grant
For those of you that don’t know me, I’d like to take the time to introduce myself and my studio Ian Grant Inc.
My name is Ian Grant, and for over thirty-five years, I have had the pleasure of providing commercial photography services to the architectural, industrial and corporate sectors throughout Canada and the US.
Photography has always been a passion of mine. It all started in grade 6 when I first witnessed a piece of white photo paper developed in a tray of developer. I was fascinated by the process and from there forward, I began taking photos. I attended NAIT studying Photographic Technology and graduated with honors in 1980. I also have a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, graduating from there in 1994.
In 1985 I decided to pursue photography full-time and embarked on my career as a commercial photographer. When I started, everything was photographed with film and three different formats of cameras - 35mm, medium format and a 4 x 5 view camera. Up until 2001, that was the norm, but then everything changed - digital photography technology was advanced enough to become a part of the professional arena. Client calls for digital files were mounting and I wanted to be able to deliver the highest quality files available in the market. My research lead me to a group called PhaseOne out of Denmark. All the reviews indicated they were the leaders in medium format digital capture. I made the decision to jump into the digital capture arena and I was one of the first to embrace the new Phase One medium digital backs in Western Canada. Several generations later, they are still my go-to camera platform for the majority of my work.
Digital capture has dramatically changed how we shoot. It offers tools, techniques and efficiencies that were not available with film. There is an assumption amongst the population that digital capture is cheaper than film. That however, is a fallacy. In film days, once your camera gear was paid for, it would last you your career (provided of course if you took care of it). The consumables - film, processing, and prints were expensed with each job. In the digital world however, everything is constantly changing, requiring ongoing investment in upgrades for software, computers, digital backs, camera bodies and lenses. For a professional capturing images with medium format technology, this can mean several thousand dollars a month investment just to stay current.
The one thing that has not changed however, is my business philosophy. I still like to like to keep it simple and have fun. The good old tried and true values of integrity, honesty, respect, loyalty, and kindness are still an integral part of my business today. I approach each job as I always have - listen to the client to determine their needs visually, work hard to achieve the results desired, pay attention to details and deliver outstanding images that exceed my client’s expectations.
For over thirty-five years, I have had the good fortune of working with a mix of clients. I really enjoy the challenge of capturing the variety of content that is assigned to me for many industries, services, and people across Western Canada and USA. I still get a rush when I see my images appear in clients’ marketing material and am very grateful for their loyalty.
When I am not capturing visuals for my clients, I like to spend quality time with my family and friends. I love being outdoors near the ocean or mountains hiking, camping and boating. I am also especially grateful for my three-year-old granddaughter. She has brought immense joy to my life. I am tickled to be able to play with her and watch her grow.
I have enjoyed sharing my story about my business and me. If you have any questions or would like to chat about your visual needs, please reach out to me. I’d be delighted to get to know a little about you and chat about your photographic needs, be it for Architectural, Industrial, Corporate, Illustration, or Landscape photography across Western Canada or the Western USA. You are also welcome to visit me on Instagram at Ian Grant Photography. Until then, take care.
I look forward to talking to you soon.