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Team Member Biographies

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Stuart Kasdorf
Photography has been Stuart's passion since he was a 16 year old high school student in Saskatoon. In the ensuing 32 years he has garnered a reputation as a highly creative, resourceful, awarded and respected Saskatchewan photographer. Stuart's formal photographic career began with two years of training at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (1985-1987). He opened his photographic studio, Stuart Kasdorf Photographics in 1990 in Saskatoon. Stuart's work is not only known for its creativity but for his ability to connect with his client in a significant and meaningful way. When Stuart's clients view the work he has created for them they see it through the lens of a very positive experience in the process of creation.

Stuart holds a Craftsman and Masters of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). He is also a Nationally Accredited PPOC Judge. He pursued these designations while operating his photographic studio on a full-time basis. Stuart's passion for photography was channelled into a photography business that could provide for his family. He is now at a stage in his career where he is once again pursuing more personal photographic projects.

While Stuart's photographic accomplishments are significant. He prefers to focus on the successes and joys in his personal life. Stuart & his wife Linda have been married 28 years. They have three children who are now amazing young adults. Stuart & his family are proud to call Saskatchewan home.

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Douglas Rarog
Doug was born and raised in Edmonton AB, with a family heritage of farming. While living in the city he spent most weekends on the farm with his extended family and connects deeply with rural life.

His career in photography began at the same time as his life as a father in 1987. He has continued in this career for 25 years. Doug runs a highly successful school photography business in the BC Southern Interior with 15 employees during peak season.

Doug's interest in photography began in 1985 when he was introduced to now lifelong friend and photographic colleague Stuart Kasdorf. His passion for photography has steadily grown during his career. His desire to photograph places and people purely for personal satisfaction; and without pre-determined expectations or direction is his newest goal and exciting challenge. His first solo photographic essay was created in Italy in 2007.

When a North Battleford photo essay was suggested by Stuart Kasdorf, and as a joint venture; Doug knew this was the start of a new annual personal journey, of photographic expression and fun. Doug is looking forward to photographing in North Battleford because he really is an example of the saying, "you can take the boy out of the prairies, but you can't take the prairies out of the boy".

Doug and his wife Deb are approaching their 26th anniversary and have four grown children: Dan and his wife Stephanie - residing in Saskatoon; Brendan - residing in the Edmonton area; and Alyssa - residing with them in West Kelowna BC.

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Tara Yolan
Tara Yolan is a senior reporter and videographer for CTV News and has honed her skills with the company for over seven years. She has become one of the most recognized faces on Saskatchewan television and her work regularly reaches a national audience.

Tara's career began with CTV in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan after she received her broadcasting diploma from the Western Academy of Broadcasting. Working as a one-woman crew, her stories quickly gained the attention of Saskatchewan viewers. In 2006, she was offered a full time position in Saskatoon where her career flourished. Since then, Tara has interviewed countless dignitaries and has covered everything from major crime investigations to feel-good human interest stories. Last year, she had the opportunity to launch a three hour morning show as the live roving reporter and anchor, but felt reporting for the six o'clock news on a part time basis was a better fit for herself and her young family. Tara now has time to take on longer term freelance projects which enable her to 'dig deeper' and tell a richer story.

Tara has passed on numerous opportunities over the years to leave the province and work in larger markets. She says her love for Saskatchewan, its' people and its' stories have kept her feet on prairie soil.

 

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