David Watt

Award-Winning Photographer

Corporate photographer, architectural photographer, commercial photographer, editorial photographer, industrial photographer, fine art photographer, artist in B&W and color. This is David Watt.

For twenty years David has worked with industry’s leading professionals, corporate and agency creative directors, editors, and communications departments, to create unique images for sales literature, print collateral, advertising campaigns, special projects and events in Calgary, Alberta and throughout Western Canada and the northwest US.

David is an easy-going, disciplined and creative photographer comfortable working in any environment. Emigrating to the world of photography from a path in Geography, he developed a bold and cinematic approach to his subjects and their environment that retains an honest authenticity that he hopes will provoke a reaction, thought or discussion.

Time and time again, David captures what makes each client or project unique. Coaching his subjects to reveal their unique character, while living in a beautifully lit and aesthetically orchestrated scene, are what have made David, an accredited Nikon Professional, one of the most sought-after photographers in Alberta.

His work has been showcased in print media from the New York Times in the east to Up Here and Far North Oil & Gas magazines in the north to Costco Catalogue, Canadian Interiors, Aviation World, Pharmacy Business, Octane, YCM, YFM magazines and many others in North America.




Aboriginal Friendship Centre Calgary

Akita Drilling

Aklak Air Ltd

Alaris Royalty Corp

Alberta 4H

Alberta New Home Warranty Program



Anderson Exploration Ltd

AN Design


Aqua Terra Water Management

Aramark Services Ltd


Arctic Nature Tours

Arctic Oil & Gas Services Ltd

Arrow Engineering Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher Canada

Assoc of Business Communicators

Atlas Development Corp



Avi Urban Developments


Badger Daylighting 

Baker Hughes

Battistella Developments

Belterra Corp

Bill Bailey's Sports Bar

BJ Services Company Canada Ltd

Bluestar Engineering Ltd.

BP Energy Canada

Bravo Target Safety


Brulee Patisserie


Cadient Group - Malvern, PA  USA

Calgary Business Magazine

Calgary Lighting Products

Calgary West Central Primary Care Network

Cameron Stephens

Canada Towers Inc

Canadian Diabetes Assoc

Canadian Energy Research Institute

Canadian Helicopters Ltd

Canadian Water Technologies

Cap-it International

Cardel Lifestyles

Cargill Ltd, Minneapolis, MN  USA

Century 21

Chatters Canada Ltd

Chestermere Towne Square Ltd


Cieslok Media

City of Red Deer

Clearmotive Marketing Group

CLG Displays

CMR Consulting Inc

ConocoPhillips Canada

Core 77





Dahlson Industries

David Milne Design

Dawson Wallace Construction Ltd.

Degree Bending

Delphi Private Wealth Mgmt

Department of Health & Social Services

Dewar Communications

Dipper Oil Recycling

Disney Adventures Magazine

Ditch Hitch Inc.

DLC Brayco Financial

Dominion Diamond Corp

Dowland Contracting Ltd

Dynamic Source Manufacturing


ECO Canada Ltd

Eagle Copters Ltd

Edon Management


Enerplus Resources

Enflow Industries

Enmax Corp

Enright Capital


Essential Meetings + Incentives Inc

Estancia Investments Inc

F Ltd

Far North Oil & Gas Review

Fillmore Construction 

First National Financial LP


Fort McKay Group of Companies

Foss Leasing


Fulcrum Media

Fusion Communications Group


Grafton Asset Mgmt

Group2 Architecture

Groupe Dynamite

Gibsons Energy

Gillespie Clinic

Great West Life Insurance


HB Consultants

HCM Contractors Inc




Imperial Oil Ltd

IMT Standen's

Indian & Northern Affairs Canada


Inuvialuit Cultural Centre

Inuvialuit Development Corp

Inuvialuit Northern Logistics Ltd

Ironclad Earthworks Ltd

Insul - Lite Manufacturing Ltd


Jayman Homes

John Deere (Deere & Company)

John Linster: ReMax


Kassian Dyck & Assoc

Kiss Builders

Knibbe Automotive 

Kobold Services

Kor-Alta Construction

Krista Hermanson Design


Landmark Cinemas

Legal Aid Calgary

Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge

Legacy Wealth Management Inc

Lightstream Resources

Lindt & Sprüngli (Canada), Inc.


Long View Systems

Lou's Skiing Performance Centre


Mackenzie Gas Project Ltd

Macquarie Capital

Marcus & Millichap

Marshall Tittemore Architects


Melanson Homes & Renovations

Millar Smith

MKS Learning Centre

MMT Chartered Professional Accountants


Morguard Properties

Mosaic Capital Corporation


New Image Consultants

Norr, Architects, Engineers & Planners

North American Oil Sands Corp

Northern Games 2000

Northwest Tel Ltd

Nova Chemicals, Pittsburgh PA, USA



Open Range Energy Corp


Palliser Oil & Gas Corp

Pengrowth Energy Corp

Peraton Canada Corp

Petro Canada Ltd

Petrotranz Inc

Pipestone Energy Corp

Poseidon Concepts

Powell Industries Inc - Houston, TX  USA

Pretec Energy Services Ltd



Production Canada Inc

P & W Bank of Canada

Public Service Alliance of Canada


Raymond James Ltd


Repsol Canada

Rio Verde Properties Ltd

RJC Engineers 

Richardson Partners Financial Ltd

Rider Levett Bucknall (Canada) Ltd

Ridgecrest Developments

Rising Edge Group


Russell Reynolds Assoc.



S2 Architecture

Safeway Holdings (Alberta) Ltd

Saje Natural Business Inc


Scotia Capital

Sekur Energy

Serinus Energy

Shell Canada Ltd

Shory Law

Sigma Explorations Inc.

Silver Tree Structural Ltd



Stagnito Business Information


Stanton's Distributing Ltd

Staubach Western Canada Corp

Stinton Financial Group

Stuart Olson


Talisman Energy


Teck Resources

Tetra Tech

The Monogram Group - Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Titanium Corp

Tommy Gun's Original Barbershop

Torys LLP

Town of Inuvik

Trail Appliances

TransCanada Turbines Ltd

Triumph EPCM Ltd



University of Calgary

UpHere Magazine


Vertefeuille Rempel 
Visual Environments Inc





West Hillhurst Community Assoc

Wings Magazine

Wood Group

Publications: A Selection

Akita/Equtak Drilling Ltd. Advertising Brochure

This is the shoot that pretty much whetted my appetite for a career in photography. The late afternoon had me photographing a dog team backdropped by an Akita drilling rig against an expansive tundra winter scene (later published in the NY Times) and the evening photographing the scenes seen above in steady - 45 Celsius temperatures, that eventually got the better of both of my camera’s electronics that completely froze in spite of several rounds of fresh batteries. I kept warm in my North Face winter parka, MEC overpants and my incredibly warm down mitts over my fingerless wool gloves.

The Alberta New Home Warranty Program - Annual Report

We spent several fun and challenging days with our client photographing several of their warranty properties throughout the City of Calgary. This was a quick grab shot when I spotted the wonderful symmetry of the row of homes under construction. Sometimes the least expected images are the ones that eventually adorn the covers of the Annual Reports!

ATCO Energy Annual Report

ATCO Power’s 760 megawatt Sheerness Generating Station steam turbine blades were brought to life by raking warm gelled Profoto strobes on grid across their angled surfaces making for striking image.

Canada Towers - Advertising Brochure

Every few years Canada Towers brings us back to their facility to capture their latest mega lights and towers, that make for terrific subjects against a winter cobalt blue sky. It is quite simply a goldmine of stunning subjects.

Canadian Water Technologies Ltd. - Advertising Brochure

Don’t ask me how these contraptions work, but I expect only an engineer would be able to design these massive water filtration units! Many times, we have photographed these various units against our photographer’s supplied large pure white background. Challenging to say the least given the white and multi-reflective surfaces. The setup is very elaborate and typically involves the use of at least 5 powered Profoto strobes with various light modifiers.

Cargill News

It was an interesting and insightful day photographing at the Cargill High River beef processing plant. Here lovely Genalyn, is nicely smiling for the camera on the walkway above the main processing area.

myCostco 2018 Annual Catalogue - Inside Cover

We spent a day in Three Hills, Alberta photographing Billy Coles, owner Billy’s Construction and Painting, for Costco. It was most delightful finishing off the day photographing Billy and his wonderful family in their home. The greatest challenge of the day was getting that little guy running in front of his wife to cooperate just the way we wanted, so we finally had to take the perfect shot of him from one image where he cooperated but someone else wasn’t quite captured the way we were seeking and clone him into this image!

G2 Architecture - RAIC Submission

The devil is in the details and location, timing, lens choice (500 mm Nikkor) and getting that perfect exposure was challenging, indeed. This was one of several images shot for G2 Architecture’s RAIC Awards of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture of the EDT University of Calgary Education Tower.

myCostco 2018 Catalogue - Front Cover

A simple headshot of Billy Coles, BCP Construction, Three Hills, Alberta taken for the cover of the Costco catalogue? Nope! This was shot in a 3 sided, glass walled office with all the attendant challenges of reflections and space - I am jammed against the back wall between my tripod and the wall and lighting Billy was beyond problematic but somehow we managed it. Thank you for your patience Billy!

Enerplus - Advertising Brochure

We spent most of the day at the Enerplus head office shooting for their Annual Report, sales literature, print collateral and advertising campaigns and to finish off the day we photographed this team of workers on Stephens Avenue, Calgary, Alberta for their Enerplus Careers brochure. Lots of fun crawling around on the pavement, bringing out the smiles and finding a cool perspective with the buildings providing a great backdrop!

Far North Oil & Gas Review - Front Cover

In the heyday of oil and gas production I spent countless hours on rigs, helicopters and driving the ice roads in the Mackenzie Delta in the area bordering the Beaufort Sea. Warm clothing and camera gear efficiency were paramount. I must say I loved everything about those shoots although the noise factor on those rigs was a nuisance with having to constantly place and pull out those ear plugs. I finally got myself a few pairs of the headphone style and whey, do they ever nicely work.

Westeel - Advertising Brochure

For years I have been returning to Westeel's Olds facility to photograph their manufacturing processes and workers and as part of those projects we annually photograph their new products just off a gravel road in a field adjacent to the plant. The greatest challenge was placed on Stan, the amazing forklift operator who had to delicately and expertly place the tanks 'just so' to capture the best background, keep the tanks horizontal and most importantly to deal with whatever ambient light position to optimise the our lighting and composition.

Alberta New Home Warranty Program - Annual Report Cover

Days spent travelling all around Calgary, photographing properties under construction, inside and out. While stumbling through the mud I came across this shovel from a digger and loved the grittiness of it to show what actually starts the process of construction on these properties.