Kent Kallberg’s 30-plus year career as a professional photographer has gone in, well, a flash. His passion for the work is if anything, burnished even higher over the years, and it is crucial to the results he gets, each and every time, whether working with people, places, or things. In fact, Kent’s crowning achievement is not the photographs themselves, but the detailed, painstaking, and instinctual methodology. In short, his craft, his art.
Kent has a way with a camera, it is true, but he has a keen eye, and a personable, usually humour-laden way of bringing the best out in his subjects. That might be taking corporate portraits of over 200 employees over a two-day marathon, or using his car headlights to create a fantastical lighting arrangement for a newly renovated hotel resort. There is pretty much literally nothing Kent cannot photograph, to great results.
Kent has always been quick on the draw, and this is a huge asset in any project, grand or intimate, business or leisure. Experience has taught him deeply, and well. His personality can best be described colloquially: Kent is a “mixer”. He does not know how to say “no” to any client, but working concisely, at pace, he is able to achieve the best results before anyone even has a chance to get nervous or bored.
Treat yourself to a few moments wandering through the photographs here. Try a few in each section. Yes, BC Ferries Yes, BC Hydro. Vancouver General Hospital. Yes, Translink; RBC; ScotiaBank, Expedia; Best Buy.
Kent has photographed more sports than anyone in Canada. At one time, and all at the same time, the official photographer for the NHL Vancouver Canucks, NBA Vancouver Grizzlies, MLS Vancouver Whitecaps, CFL BC Lions, Baseball Vancouver Canadians, Tennis Canada.
He has shot mining from India to China to the Arctic; resorts from Argentina to Scotland to Belize and more.
The breadth and depth of Kent’s portfolio is astonishing. But he is always in search of the next great thing, no matter where and when it might find him. If you want to know a little more, set up an espresso meeting with Kent. You’ll be happy you did.
Paula Stregger | Marketing Manager
Miller Thomson LLP
For anyone wanting a truly professional experience, Kent Kallberg is an exceptional and talented photographer. Our firm has been working with Kent for over 20 years and I am extremely pleased with his work. Our lawyer photo shoots are an ongoing project and Kent has a unique ability to make our lawyers feel natural and at ease. Kent is laid back, friendly and relaxed, yet professional, patient and attentive. His sense of humor brings out the best in people, allowing him to capture the most natural images. Recently, we hired Kent for a photography project and he worked under a very tight timeline to meet the firm’s deadline. Kent is a professional whose passion for what he does is shown by the quality of the work he produces. I can state without reservation that I highly recommend Kent for your professional photography needs.
John Larrivée Jr.
“For the last two decades, Kent has either been shooting or lending his expertise to the Larrivée family. When most photographers land, Kent is only taking off.”
Janet King | Senior Marketing Manager
UBC Sauder School of Business
“I am quite particular about the quality of photographer with whom I hire. I have chosen to work with Kent early in his career to the present, over more than 20 years! Kent always gets the shot I want no matter how complicated to execute – Advertising, aerial, in the water, portrait, travel, event, architecture and real estate, street, fashion, classroom, nature and editorial. Kent really knows his business. He’s professional, fast, efficient, energetic, creative and understands the marketing/advertising process. It’s always a pleasure working with Kent, and I hope to continue working with him for years to come.”
Michelle McRae | Managing Editor
In Focus Magazine
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kent for almost 15 years now, collaborating on various assignments for my employer. I have complete confidence in his ability to get the shot and deliver what’s needed, and I highly value his adaptability, patience, creativity, and overall easy-going attitude. I know that I can always rely on Kent to get the job done, and done well, and that makes my job so much easier. Now I just need to make sure he doesn’t retire before I do.
Umar Bacchus | Creative Designer
Yes, you really did a superb job on this and went outside the box. We can definitely use these photos and beyond!”
Loring Phinney | Vice President, Corporate Marketing
“Regardless of the project, the creative energy and passion Kent brings to every project has had him on my speed-dial for almost 20 years. His range of creative skills have always made him my first call for high quality photography.”
Shayne Labis | Markeing Coordinator
I have worked with Kent on multiple projects over the last two years and he continuously goes above and beyond to meet my project timelines and to work within my available budgets. He is professional, easy to work with, yet he still finds a way to inject some light and humour into every shoot making the day that much more enjoyable.
I would highly recommend working with Kent and look forward to our next project together.
Jessica McDonald | Former President & CEO
Kent, thanks for all your work today, and for jumping in to make the final shot work for our employee twitter. I really appreciate how much you care about making everything a success.
Richard Kish | Creative Manager, Marketing
Best Buy Canada
Having worked with Kent on product and brand launches, as well as seasonal campaigns, I’ve always appreciated his energy, positivity and creativity. There’s no challenge on set, or in preparation for a shoot, that Kent couldn’t solve. Kent forges a path of innovation and influence well before other photographers in his caliber.
He takes pictures good. No shit.