The dude on the right is myself and the beautiful girl on the left is already taken. And the background is where we live.
Name: Francois-Xavier De Ruydts
Job: Adventure photographer
Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nationality: So far, Belgian…
Past: Geographer, environmental industry worker, round the world by bicycle-er, nature lover, adventurer, boy-scout, traveller…
Loving: Travelling, the Hight Atlas in Morocco, wide angle lenses, my wife’s cooking, bike touring, climbing big mountains, coffee, caving, having crazy ideas and actually go for it…
Specializing in: I like to say that I shoot everything from skiing, to climbing, to hiking… But I must say, lately I’ve been specializing in two sports that nobody is specialized in, caving and canyoneering. Kinda cool to be (almost) the only one.
What you need to know:
– I bet you can’t pronounce my name! At first I thought it was a pain but now that am freelance I think having a weird name can help. “Do you remember this photog? You know something like… Frac@#$%- Xav$%^ De Ruyidtsyiu” – “Ooooh yeah, the guy with the weird name!”
– But my foreignerness has more advantages. How about that: I suck at English! That’s just another way to attract prospective client’s attention. “Ooooh yeah, the guy who speaks English like a Swiss cow! Now I see… Great photog by the way!”
– Why did I move to BC? Check Belgium in Google images, what do you see? A bunch of photos of the Grand Place. Why? Because it’s all we have.
– How to make me happy: HIRE ME!