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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Featured Photographer: Berni Wood MPA, SPA

Berni Wood MPA, SPA
This month, we are so pleased to feature Berni Wood, owner of Reel Media Studio in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She is an award-winning photographer with a Master of Photographic Arts and Service of Photographic Arts designations, and thirteen National photographic accreditations from Professional Photographers of Canada. Reel Media provides commercial and portraiture services, as well as production, direction, and location management services for film and television. She has produced, directed or line produced various music videos, tourism and cruise promotional pieces, commercials and documentaries.

An image of a cranberry carousel on Prince Edward Island
Cranberry Carousel – This image won Best Commercial Industrial photo for PPOC National in 2013. The photo was taken at Mikita Farms cranberry bog in Farmington, Prince Edward Island. "I was in chest waders in the bog and it was freezing cold, on Thanksgiving weekend".

Berni's imagination and artistic style capture the true spirit of her subjects and leave a lasting memory, like none other. She gets to know her clients, makes them feel at ease, gets a good sense of who they are, and what they are looking for; all before she turns the camera on! This, combined with technical skill and expertise, are all part of her success.

Black and white portrait of a man in a hat, by Berni Wood
Always on Mind – This image won Best in Class for Portrait in the PPOC Atlantic Awards and winner in Black and White Spider Awards.  Victor is a gardener at my friend's house in Costa Rica. He was taking a rest by the pool and thinking about his wife, who passed away shortly after the photo was taken.

As well as specializing in professional photography, commercial video production and website design, Berni is a Certified International Trade Professional, and a Certified Project Management Consultant. As well as studying photography, Berni studied Business and International Trade at the University of Prince Edward Island. Prior to starting her own business in 2002, she was the Atlantic Vice President of the Canadian Television Fund, an Executive Producer with the Banff Television Foundation, and spent 21 years in various senior management capacities with the Province of Prince Edward Island.

An award winning image from the Alien ballet performance, photo by Berni Wood
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada – An award-winning image from the Alien ballet performance, which is an intimate exploration of the human side of immigration.

Image of a Mi’kmaq dancer by Berni Wood
Mi’kmaq Dancing Queen – This image of Julie Pellissier-Lush is a winner of the International Color Awards, and was photographed for Parks Canada in Cavendish, PEI. Julie is known for her traditional Mi’kmaq dancing in Prince Edward Island.

An image showing power cable being layed under the Confederation Bridge. Photo by Berni Wood.
Laying the Power Cable – This image won Best Commercial Industrial photo for PPOC National in 2017.  The image was shot from a fishing boat in December in the Gulf of St. Lawrence when the power cable was being installed under the bridge between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. "It was the coldest day of the winter and I shot it from the top of a ladder on a fishing boat with my leg in a cast!"

Portrait of a Lighthouse Keeper by Berni Wood
The Lighthouse Keeper – This image of Emard Court is an award-winning image with PPOC Atlantic, Black and White Spider Awards and several others.  The image was captured at the Rustico lighthouse which is beside his house. Emard’s eyes just light up every time he tells stories of the lighthouse and fishing in the community of Rustico, PEI.



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