In between reporting for the paper, I often look for side personal projects to keep me creative and on my toes. Here I covered a rodeo for the paper, and took some side photos of a local farrier on the side. Check out the full story here.


Mike Schwirtz changes a horse shoe at the Mary Reimer Rodeo on Sept. 10


This week I was contracted by an oil company to do some commercial work. Equipped with my Canon 5D Mark III, I headed to a newly constructed gas station in Hinton, Alta. More of the story here.


On the Run has just opened on the hill in Hinton, Alta. The company requested some photography of the new location.


I recently did work for a faith-based non-profit in Calgary, Next Step Ministries. A few years ago I worked as a Communications Specialist for them, and they decided to reach out again. Here’s how I put the project into play.

Beauty For Ashes

Isaiah 61:3: To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.



Ruth Cook is a 94-year-old local artist from Hinton, Alta. I was able to profile Cook and tell her story through photography and videography.


Ruth Cook, 94, shows off her black and white painting at the Pine Valley Seniors Lodge on Aug. 15. Cook started painting in 2009 one year after her husband passed away. “I’ll keep painting as long as God has me here,” she laughs.