Want to be the Featured Artist?


Of course you do! Here's why:

  • You get to tell the world a little bit about yourself and why you love what you do

  • You get to be celebrated all month long (like it's your birthday!)

  • Your work gets shared and promoted a ton!

  • We will create a sales campaign for all of your images! (but you will still take home full commission).

  • You get to have your selfie right here! And hopefully a little intro video too (everyone loves to see you on film!)

  • And come on....bragging rights!

Sounds awesome right?

Let us know you are interested by emailing info@insta-art.ca with the subject line: Featured Artist

Let's see your face up here soon!

Denise Wait

Denise Wait Photography

INSTAGRAM: @shaggadelic_ru

I hope people gain an appreciation of their surrounding whether it be where they live, who they are with, the celebrations and moments in time.

Interview with the Artist

Insta-Art: How long have you been practicing photography for?


Denise: I have been involved in photography (the art of light) since 1980. My interest began while in Art 11/12 with Robert King a teacher at my high school. He was very encouraging and said to think outside the box when capturing my surroundings. This was key for me and it fueled my creative growth, I saw the world differently, it wasn't just people or buildings or trees, it was the details of life unfolding before my eyes.

Insta-Art: What do you like about photography?

Denise: Photography brings the world to life and captures the moments that are gone in the blink of an eye. Photography forces me to be more observant and patient when capturing and instant in time. Photography allows me to get outside, to meet people, to find out why someone plays an instrument, or a sport, has a 55 Belair Air or just who they are. Photography allows me to see the different seasons and the weather that goes along with those seasons. Photography allows me to flex my creative muscles and it has changed me as a person.

Insta-Art: Where did you grow up?

Denise: I grew up in Coquitlam, B.C.

Insta-Art: Where do you reside now?

Denise: I reside in North Vancouver and have since 1989.

Insta-Art: What do you enjoy photographing?

Denise: I have several areas that interest me. I enjoy capturing flora and fauna through a macro lens, the stories of life, such as weddings and family events, and old cars and antique items that slowly vanish from the world. I also enjoy land and seascapes and sometimes return to capture the same scene in the different seasons. Wherever I travel to, I have my camera or iphone sometimes, and I capture those areas noted above.

Insta-Art: Are you professionally trained?

Denise: I am self taught, my skills have evolved over time, and I am always learning.

Insta-Art: Do you have any favorite equipment?

Denise: I love my macro lens as it captures the smallest details of life around me, particularly the flora and fauna in British Columbia.

Insta-Art: What is something, or where is someplace that you would love to photograph, but haven't yet?

Denise: I would love to go to Paris. The architecture, the sidewalk cafes, the art history, the people and romance surround this city. I would like to go to the Gardens of Giverny and see where Monet was when he was painting. It's on my bucket list.

Insta-Art: What do you hope people gain from your photography?

Denise: I hope people gain an appreciation of their surrounding whether it be where they live, who they are with, the celebrations and moments in time. I hope that people will be spurred on to pick up a camera, to travel to new places or just stop and smell the roses instead of just walking by them. Photography can bring people from all corners of the globe together through social media, people can see how others live, struggle in other places, or natural beauty of an undiscovered place. I hope my photography can help others see the world around them in a new way.

Insta-Art: Where do you gain your inspiration?

Denise: The spark that drives my creativity and where I gain my inspiration from is all around me. Whether that is taking a walk, going somewhere new, perusing a book on a famous photographer and seeing their perspective. I challenge myself to capture images in new ways, with new angles and new techniques. I've been on photo walks and learned from other photographers. I see a challenge and i'm in, I want to push my boundaries. I am continuously learning.

Insta-Art: Is there anything else you would like to share? 

Denise: If someone tells you, you can't do something, you will never be successful or you can' t make a living at a profession, don't give in or give up. "Life is like a camera. Just focus on what's important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't turn out, just take another shot." Winston Porter

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