Hi, I'm Blake Loates, and I am an Edmonton based mental health advocate and photographer. 


photography portfolio

I get such joy from documenting meaningful moments.

It's the moments that count. The moments where you can observe how much love is in a person's heart. The moment when you can truly see who a person is; when you witness the authenticity of life and love - that's why I take photos, that's why I do what I do.





Mental Health Advocacy

I'm on a mission to fight the stigma of mental illness. 

I have openly shared my own mental health journey for over 20 years. As both a patient and former psychiatric nurse, my unique viewpoint allows me to connect with countless individuals who struggle with mental illness or have been affected by it. I combine photography, public speaking and education to de-stigmatize mental illness. It is my ultimate dream that all individuals struggling with a mental illness feel supported, understood, loved and valued. Learn more about my recent projects and how we can work together