About Me

Storm Chaser / Photographer

Beth Allan

A few minutes ago, every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling,
tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent,
their songs never cease. — John Muir

Hello everyone and thanks for being curious about me. I am a storm chaser and photographer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and I specialize in weather (particularly bad weather) photography, with other work focusing on landscape, travel, lifestyle, and equine photography. I am a proud member of the Prairie Storm Chasers storm chasing collective. 

I work full time as a school counsellor and transition to full-time storm chasing in July and August. My primary goal in storm chasing is to report my observations to Environment Canada to help improve weather warnings to the public, but after that has been done, I look to capture the beauty and the fury of nature’s violent summer weather in a way that is respectful to those being impacted by the weather as well as helpful for news media who might be broadcasting information to people in the storm’s path.

I have been lucky enough to be published as one of the top Canadian Instagrammers in a Canadian Geographic special edition book, as well as featured on Global News, CTV News, Your Morning, and CBC News, amongst others. My photos have been published in local and national newspapers like the Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, regional, and local as well. I have also had my work and adventures profiled by ELLEgirl Magazine (Korea), The Huffington Post, The Weather Network, the Weather Channel, and other places I’m sure I’m forgetting.

I’m proud to have been part of an exciting art project called Turbulent Skies, working with Albertan artist Jay Bigam from Edmonton. See the Media & Press page for information about the gallery show and the project as a whole.

I was also a contributer of timelapse footage to CBC’s “The Nature of Things” special for Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Summer episode of the Wild Canadian Year five-part documentary series features several minutes of my storm timelapse footage, completed over two summers. Following my successful work with Wild Canadian Year, I spent one summer season working with two River Run Films’ teams to capture video and timelapse footage for a subsequent miniseries called “Wild Canadian Weather.”

When I’m not chasing storms, I spend time at home with my two cats, Poutine and Fromage, my life partner and chase partner, Dave Mason, and my cross stitching.