Our Story

The name Oak & Linden comes from the symbolism that these two trees hold in Latvian culture, and their personal importance to the creators of Oak & Linden Photography, Gwen and Vilnis.
 

These trees carry deep spiritual significance, and still hold their place in the practical and spiritual lives of the Latvian people. 

 

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What We Do

Through our various styles of photography, we hope to instill in people a wonder for the natural world in a way that escapes words.

Photo prints can be ordered through the shop page, while custom orders for canvas prints can be made by contacting us via email. 


 

Who We Are

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Vilnis Kalniņš

Photographer, Wood Carver, Outdoorsman

VILNIS' LATVIAN HERITAGE instilled in him a reverence for the outdoors from an early age. Although raised in the city, he spent his childhood in the Ontario Muskokas, helping build his family's cottage, a process which took roughly twenty years. Many of the photographs from this site feature the land and natural wonders that are found on the cottage property. 
His passion involves sharing with the world the many amazing things to be found in nature, that you will never see within the confines of a city. 

 

Vilnis studied fish & wildlife disciplines as well as conservation law enforcement. You can usually find him in the bush doing something crafty.

Gwen McCrone

Photographer, Falconer, Video Creator

GWEN GREW UP on a small hobby farm in the Lake Simcoe region of Ontario. She is a licensed falconer, hunting small game with a red-tailed hawk. 

Gwen found her passion for photography when she was 12 by accidentally taking macro shots of various plant and animal life. She focuses much of her energy on highlighting the hidden treasures of the forest through her intimate style of photography.

Gwen has studied forestry, urban forestry, and arboriculture, and has been working in industry since 2017. Currently she is exploring her creative and entrepreneurial side as she focuses on her own passions.

You can find her YouTube channel here.