Author Profile: Jonathan


Hello, I’m Jonathan. Welcome to In the Limelight, my little slice of the web. Here I showcase my photography and blog about creativity, travel, and personal development. I also offer various creative services.

I live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia with the love of my life, Rachelle. When I am not taking pictures or geeking out at my computer I enjoy cycling, cooking and reading novels until the wee hours of the morning.

In 2013 I participated in The Ride to Conquer Cancer and cycled from Vancouver to Seattle. Together with my team we raised over $500,000 dollars for cancer research.

I am always looking to connect with other like-minded people.

Posts by Jonathan:

Winter Prairie Moonrise

Permalink to Winter Prairie Moonrise By Jonathan | Published January 11, 2017

I was driving down the highway when I was suddenly surrounded by this amazing sky. I knew I wanted a picture but I knew by the time I got to a “good” area the moment would be gone. So I pulled off the road at the first opportunity. It was cold, extremely windy, and I […]

Green Eyed Lady

Permalink to Green Eyed Lady By Jonathan | Published January 3, 2017

She’s a lot plumper than her brother, but that doesn’t mean she’s any more likely to sit still for a photo. But it’s kind of fun trying to snag that shallow depth of field shot during those split second pauses.


Permalink to Monkey By Jonathan | Published January 2, 2017

At first glance, he may appear to be a cat. But he’s actually a monkey. A monkey who wonders why I’m pointing that big giant black thing at his face. He’s a good monkey.

Winter Wonder

Permalink to Winter Wonder By Jonathan | Published January 2, 2017

About once a decade things get really weird and we actually get snow here on the wet coast. That is, snow that sticks around for more than an hour before turning into a soggy, slushy mess. This year we’ve been especially fortunate. We’ve had almost a solid month of this bright, cheery, white winter in […]

Incinerator Rock

Permalink to Incinerator Rock By Jonathan | Published December 9, 2016

This is Incinerator Rock in Tofino, BC and it’s a lot bigger than it looks. Determined to place the island dead centre in my frame, I walked down the beach. And I walked… and I walked… and I walked… Every once in a while I’d stop and get my camera out, thinking for sure I […]

Tofino Afternoon

Permalink to Tofino Afternoon By Jonathan | Published December 1, 2016

Tofino is most definitely one of the most beautiful places in Canada. I wouldn’t say the sun shines most of the time, but the feeling is laid back. The beaches are beautiful, and even though palm trees don’t grow, I always think about making my way back.

Tofino Beach Fort

Permalink to Tofino Beach Fort By Jonathan | Published November 21, 2016

These “log forts” can be found all along the beaches of Tofino and Ucluelet. I’m not sure what their purpose is, but my guess is that they were constructed by surfers to provide a quick escape from the storms that can come out of nowhere… Anybody know?

African Grey Parrot

Permalink to African Grey Parrot By Jonathan | Published November 11, 2016

This guy (or girl, I can’t remember) is one of the resident’s at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory in Vancouver. He’s not as colourful as this yellow bird, but he’s every bit as beautiful. The most annoying thing about birds is their absolute refusal to sit still for more than two seconds at a time…

A Yellow Bird

Permalink to A Yellow Bird By Jonathan | Published November 11, 2016

This is a yellow bird. I am not really sure what kind of yellow bird it is. It looks kind of like a canary, and it was about the size of a canary, but I don’t think it is a canary. In any case, I took its portrait while visiting the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, located […]

Yellowstone River

Permalink to Yellowstone River By Jonathan | Published October 16, 2016

I was so sure I had already posted this one. But today I was searching through my gallery to find some photos for a project I’m working on, and it was nowhere to be found. Overall my photos in Yellowstone were mostly a disappointment to me. I just didn’t have enough time, and I wasn’t […]

Heading Home

Permalink to Heading Home By Jonathan | Published October 10, 2016

Granville Island is a great place to spend an afternoon, but eventually we all have to head home. I think that’s what this guy is doing.


Permalink to Paralysis By Jonathan | Published September 12, 2016

I am paralyzed. No, I’m not in a wheel chair. Yes, I still have two legs, and they work. Arms work too. Oh sure, chemotherapy took its toll. I don’t quite have the stamina I used too. And I am cursed with nerve damage and mysterious pains. But by and large, my body still works. […]

Slopes of Mount Cheam

Permalink to Slopes of Mount Cheam By Jonathan | Published September 11, 2016

Our friends invited us to climb a mountain last night. I said yes because I thought it seemed like to good day to die of exhaustion. I got a couple of pretty photos though, when I worked up the strength to get out my camera.

No Fat People Allowed

Permalink to No Fat People Allowed By Jonathan | Published August 25, 2016

I’m not exactly sure when building codes were introduced in British Columbia, but I am reasonably confident Barkerville predates them by several decades at least. And what is the result of a town built relatively free of regulation? Diversity of course! The buildings come on all shapes and sizes. For instance, all of the doorways […]

Just the Top Floor

Permalink to Just the Top Floor By Jonathan | Published August 25, 2016

As a photographer, how do you deal with a crowded place like Barkerville? Tourists have a bad habit of ruining the mood when you’re trying to capture images of a 19th century gold rush town. You just have to get creative and find the details*. *Photoshop helps too.

Sunset Storm Over Ashcroft

Permalink to Sunset Storm Over Ashcroft By Jonathan | Published August 25, 2016

Our first day in Barkerville was perfect. Nice warm, but not hot, weather and sunny skies. But by that evening we were huddled under a tarp that we literally threw over ourselves and the picnic table at our campsite. We ate our dinner of ramen noodles and hot dogs under a wet, steamy tarp cave […]

Busters Food Mart

Permalink to Busters Food Mart By Jonathan | Published August 18, 2016

Buster’s clearly went bust a while ago because this is its “good side”. There seems to be two kinds of small towns in America. There’s the quaint, heritage styled “arts communities”. Those are nice. And then there’s the other kind. The kind with a big Walmart and abandoned, derelict business everywhere.

Yosemite Vista

Permalink to Yosemite Vista By Jonathan | Published August 13, 2016

Okay, so our Yosemite plans didn’t work out exactly how we imagined. We arrived under the midday sun, couldn’t find anywhere to camp and had no choice but to pass right though. I did what I could, under the circumstances.

Rachelle in Gasoline Alley

Permalink to Rachelle in Gasoline Alley By Jonathan | Published July 17, 2016

A shot of my beautiful muse, and now my wife. This is the first portrait I have taken of Rachelle since we got married. Just casual and impromptu as we were passing through Gasoline Alley in Fort Langley, BC.

Windows and Ivy

Permalink to Windows and Ivy By Jonathan | Published July 17, 2016

Rachelle and I took a little tip into Fort Langley today. I took this shot in Gasoline Alley, a little enclave of shops off the main street. It’s right in the centre of town, but easily missed. It kind of reminds me of another shot I took, quite some time ago, of the Sylvia Hotel.

Sandhill Crane at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Permalink to Sandhill Crane at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary By Jonathan | Published April 18, 2016

Sit still, would ya! Sandhill Cranes are certainly not the most cooperative of animals. They seem to be incredibly curious about what people are doing and have an annoying habit of advancing rapidly toward the camera lens! It makes focusing on their beady little eyes extra challenging. Taken at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird […]

Windows to the Soul

Permalink to Windows to the Soul By Jonathan | Published February 7, 2016

You’ll have to excuse the pretentious title. I like taking photos a lot more than I like making them. Shot with florescent lights. Anyone who tells you it can’t be done hasn’t heard of custom white balance.

Staff Residence at Alcatraz

Permalink to Staff Residence at Alcatraz By Jonathan | Published February 3, 2016

Alcatraz only closed about 50 years ago, so it’s quite amazing how much decay can occur in such a short space of time. I guess being in the middle of the ocean and constantly bombarded by salty sea air and wind doesn’t help, but still… There’s not much left of them, but you can still […]

South Dakota Hills

Permalink to South Dakota Hills By Jonathan | Published September 26, 2015

Driving through the prairies can be boring… very boring. But when the evening light starts reflecting on the landscape it can also be very beautiful. The challenge is finding somewhere where you can actually pull off the interstate to take pictures…

Washington Square Park

Permalink to Washington Square Park By Jonathan | Published September 24, 2015

Washington Square Park is a less famous park in Manhattan. Much smaller than Central Park, it’s actually pretty ho-hum when you’re in it, but I found it quite interesting to look at from the outside. They were filming some stupid MTV show while we were there. A homeless guy was watching the production when he […]

Manhattan Municipal Building

Permalink to Manhattan Municipal Building By Jonathan | Published September 19, 2015

This is the building that overlooks City Hall Park in New York City. So, naturally, I first assumed it was city hall. But it’s not, city hall is actually behind this building. New York was already so huge when they built this that city hall just wasn’t big enough. It’s the Manhattan Municipal Building.

Waverly Diner, New York

Permalink to Waverly Diner, New York By Jonathan | Published September 19, 2015

I had a conversation with my dad today about my trip to New York. We got to talking about the food. I was telling him that, as a Vancouverite, the food in New York is disappointing because in Vancouver we have everything New York has only for much, much cheaper. So in honour of the […]

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA

Permalink to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA By Jonathan | Published September 11, 2015

Mount Rushmore. What can I say? As a Canadian it’s never really been high on my list of must see places. I’ll be honest, we only went because it was on the way to New York. But I don’t mind admitting that it was a lot more impressive and a lot less tacky than I […]

Niagara Falls Tourists

Permalink to Niagara Falls Tourists By Jonathan | Published September 1, 2015

Here’s a colourful group taking photos of Niagara Falls. I find tourist traps fascinating. I can’t stand them for the most part and can’t wait to get out of them, but clearly I am in the minority. Most people seem to love these crowded places. A curious human trait, in my humble opinion.

Milwaukee Hipster

Permalink to Milwaukee Hipster By Jonathan | Published August 27, 2015

As soon as I saw hipsters, I had a feeling we weren’t in Wyoming anymore. Was that cheesy? Well it should be, because this picture was taken in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What is it with me and pictures of people looking at their phones?