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World famous photographer loses Kelowna cabin to fire

Gary Fong, a world renowned photographer and inventor, lost his home in Ellison to a fire Sunday.
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January 13, 2015 - 2:03 PM

KELOWNA – A luxury cabin in Ellison that burned to the ground over the weekend belongs to world-renowned photographer and inventor Gary Fong.

Fong, a former musician and wedding photographer, is also the inventor of several popular lighting systems and an instructional website many professionals around the world consider the gold standard.

His best known invention, the Lightsphere, is a flash diffuser used to soften light. It has sold almost half a million units since 2004.

"Wedding Photography has made me wealthy beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of," Fong says in his bio. "I get to travel the world performing in front of live audiences as I teach techniques on how to see and change light. The products I've invented are seen everywhere and are used in Nasa missions."

Fong is also credited with creating the first Storybook-style wedding album and in 2000 the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers named him one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world.

In 2009 Fong published The Accidental Millionaire – How to Succeed in Life Without Really Trying. Melissa Levine of Independent Book Reviewers calls it “not your typical how to get rich book.” 

“This is the story of a man’s life; an illustration of the major events that influenced his thinking and behavior. Fong’s story includes not only his successes, but also his failures in business and his personal life that drove him to constantly reassess his approach. This is a book that will shake up your way of being in the world, maybe even crack open a door for a few accidents of your own to tumble through. I highly recommend it.”

Over the course of his career, Fong has photographed celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Ronald Reagan, Paul McCartney, Bruce Lee and Priscilla Presley.

According to, he has a net worth of around $20 million.

For more information on his inventions and links to all his tutorials, visit

The cause of the fire Sunday has not been released, but Fong and his family were reportedly out of town while the cabin was being remodeled.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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