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One Year Ago and an exciting 2023.

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Press Passes from my career.

Reflecting on the past year feels like reliving a whirlwind of transformation and success. It’s incredible how life can surprise us. One year ago, I bid farewell to a longstanding career in the national news business, stepping away from my press pass without a clear direction in mind. Twenty-eight years of dedication left me at a crossroads, uncertain about the path ahead.

Fast forward to the present, and I’m astounded by the journey I’ve experienced.

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The decision to venture into the unknown led to the creation of Bear Witness Photo, my platform for offering unforgettable polar bear tours. Witnessing the joy and wonder on my guests’ faces as we navigated the polar bear’s natural habitat was beyond fulfilling. These tours weren’t just about business; they became a conduit for forging new friendships. Every shared moment of capturing breathtaking images brought a rush of exhilaration, accompanied by high-fives of accomplishment.

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None of this would have been possible without the incredible support and collaboration of the team at Blue Sky Bed and Sled, particularly Jenafor, Gerald, Ivy, and Colin. Their partnership was instrumental in turning this vision into a resounding success.

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Beyond the realm of polar bears, I delved back into my passion for waterskiing, armed with my camera to capture the essence of the sport. Channeling my extensive experience in national and international sports coverage, I embarked on a thrilling journey. From the U17 Worlds in Chile to sponsorships with World Waterskiers and participation in various global stops, every moment added to the tapestry of unforgettable experiences. Meeting idols, making new friends, and capturing the essence of waterskiing through my lens were highlights that fueled my passion further.

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Amidst my photography endeavors, I carved out moments for personal waterskiing adventures, cherishing time spent with friends like Todd Schafer at his lake, Schacres in Lacombe. These experiences culminated in a remarkable achievement at the 35+ Pan Am Championships in Harmony, North Carolina, where I clinched four medals, marking a triumphant year on the water.

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2023 wasn’t just about adventures; it also marked significant strides in revamping my online presence. A revamped website and the successful relaunch of my print shop (link: https://fineart.bearwitnessphoto.com/collections/signature-photo-descriptions) became cornerstones of my digital footprint. As a token of gratitude, I’m offering an exclusive 30% discount to my email subscribers using the promo code “arctic30” at checkout.

As the curtains draw on 2023 and plans take shape for an exciting 2024, I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who stood by me during this transformative period. My heartfelt appreciation goes to my unwavering support system: my wife, daughter, and our furry companions. Their understanding and support amidst my busy schedule were the pillars that fortified this successful leap into the unknown.

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The past year has been a testament to the adage: sometimes, the most fulfilling journeys begin with uncertainty. Embracing change has led me to incredible places, both professionally and personally. Here’s to embracing the unknown and turning it into a canvas of adventures yet to come.

Thank you for being part of this remarkable journey.

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