comScore
ADVERTISEMENT
Your browser is not supported. We do our best to optimize our websites to the most current web browsers. Please try another browser.
Skip to main content

A Hike on Akamina Trail Led This Couple to Love and a Global Business

A Hike on Akamina Trail Led This Couple to Love and a Global Business

Andrew Pavlidis and Bec Kilpatrick of Akamina aren’t garden-variety photographers – because “mountain-variety” would be a more accurate descriptor. Since meeting six years ago, when both hiking the Akamina trail in Waterton Lakes National Park (Alberta), the duo has travelled Canada and the world in search of that perfect shot.

ADVERTISEMENT

Andrew and Bec take inspiration for their photography (and, in Bec’s case, illustration) from the incredible places surrounding Calgary, their home base. “With the Rocky Mountains at our doorstep, there’s so much to explore,” Andrew explains, adding that they feel lucky to be able to embark on adventures so near to home. “Canadian landscapes are so unique and embedded in the culture and we love being able to celebrate that through our photography and design.”

AndrewPavlidis_KananaskisSunrise

It’s not easy to get photos like these. Bec and Andrew hike up mountains with bursting bags of outdoor gear and cameras, setting up camp wherever they can find flat ground. Cold nights roughing it in a tent are worth it come morning. “Watching the sun rise from these points makes for amazing photos, but the experience itself is enough to keep you hunting for the next mountain to climb.”

Andrew and Bec are avid bloggers and Instagram users. The platforms allow them to share the images that inspire them with a global audience, as well as impart information about their process, new work, and upcoming events. Social media also puts them in touch with their fans. “We have met some of the most amazing, like-minded people through Instagram.”

Andrew_Pavlidis_IcelandicRoad

The duo’s favourite photos are those that capture a memory of a particular special moment or experience. One example: “Icelandic Road.” After a long drive along the south coast of Iceland in terrible weather, Bec and Andrew realized that they had passed the turn to their intended destination, and spent hours retracing their route. They took the same road the next day, in markedly improved weather. “We had no idea of the view we’d missed the previous day. The valley completely opened up to reveal the scene you see in the photograph. Looking into the photo still feels like magic.”

AndrewPavlidis_SleepingUnderTheStars

ADVERTISEMENT

In “Sleeping Under the Stars,” the camera is focussed on the duo’s tent, illuminated from within on the south island of New Zealand. It gives a sense of a landscape photographer’s day-to-day life “hiking up to remote mountain peaks, setting up for the night and waking up early to catch first light.” When Andrew and Bec capture a special scene like this one, it serves as a reminder that “the happiest moments are often the simplest.” Their hope is that their photos remind viewers of their own happy adventures – or, better still, inspire them to get out and enjoy the outdoors too.

Images courtesy of Akamina



Latest News

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are selling their luxurious Beverly Hills estate for an estimated $65 million.
June 13, 2024
Make laundry day more enjoyable (and efficient) with these small laundry room ideas.
June 13, 2024
Add these non-toxic cleaning products to your Amazon cart for a healthier home.
June 12, 2024
Ready for a 1970s time warp? Graphic prints and tones of brown, orange and green are a playful nod to 1970s design.
June 11, 2024
This lakeside cottage may be one of Scott and Debra’s biggest projects yet.
June 11, 2024
On the hunt for the perfect Father's Day gift? With the big day less than two weeks away, we've got you covered.
June 10, 2024
If you're looking for easy ways to tidy your home minus the hassle, these steps will help you declutter in under 30 minutes.
June 10, 2024
Turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat with these 10 swoon-worthy design ideas.
June 6, 2024
The Scott family is celebrating their newest arrival.
June 6, 2024
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
This content is restricted to adults of legal age.
Please enter your birthdate to confirm.
Date of Birth