Ottawa Portrait Photography by Couvrette…from Pierre to Justin Trudeau and more…

Couvrette Studio is celebrating its 40th year in business creating Portrait, Wedding and Commercial images across North America.
In portraiture, we have photographed every Prime Minister of Canada from Trudeau to Trudeau and every Mayor of Ottawa since we started in 1976.

Our commercial photography has been featured in over 500 magazine covers and features from Time to InStyle , Forbes and Macleans.

Our 4500 sq ft facility on Gladstone Street is the largest studio in the city and the only photographer owned studio in the core.

Justin and Pierre Trudeau Canada Day. Parliament Hill.

Justin and Pierre Trudeau Canada Day. Parliament Hill.

Pierre Trudeau John Turner Jean Chretien Joe Clark Kim Campbell Canadian Prime Ministers.

Pierre Trudeau John Turner Jean Chretien Joe Clark Kim Campbell Canadian Prime Ministers.

Joe Clark Kim Campbell Paul Martin Brian Mulroney Canadian Prime Ministers.

Joe Clark Kim Campbell Paul Martin Brian Mulroney Canadian Prime Ministers.

Justin Trudeau boxathon

Justin Trudeau Boxing at Boxathon

Pierre Trudeau portrait photography

Pierre Trudeau Portrait Ottawa

Justin Trudeau US Embassy photography

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Ottawa Headshot Photographer

Headshots are a specialty, whether in our Ottawa studio or on location across Canada.

We recently photographed this crew at BDO and just to show you that we are not all that stuffy…and neither
are they…we included this fun one at the end of the session.

FYI, our studio is the largest in the city @ 4500 sq ft and we can accomodate groups of 50!!!

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Justin Trudeau Boxathon.

http://boxathon.com/

We shoot for events, charities, sports and politics….so how about combining all three!

Check out this link and sign up for the next one. Proceeds for this event all went to Cheo….

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RAIC Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Event.

We shoot a lot of Architecture, from work for the Federal Govt to covers for Homes and Lands. The diversity of our capabilities even includes event and portrait work for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada at Ottawa`s gorgeous Museum of Nature.

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Ottawa Product Photography

We created these images for a National Medical Company over a three day span last fall.
They may look simple, but shooting images like this is far from straightforward. Keeping a
consistent white and correctly exposing items with varying levels of transparency is not
a job that is to be trusted to a novice.

As well, getting the tech specs and sizing of digital files correct requires a lot of pre
planning so the images look great, print great and sell your products…

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Ladies Who Lunch

We do a lot of portraits onsite in Ottawa…

These were part of a fundraiser for a charity at Ladies Who Lunch at the Chateau Laurier.
In a 45 minute session we managed to pull off 80 portraits. As I am prone to saying….

“Don`t try this at home kids”

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Personal Reflections on our U.S Neighbors

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Working for many American clients and photographing countless Diplomats for the last few decades, has been one of the highlights of my career.  Yes,  I am as  Canadian as you can get, but while I still believe we are one of the greatest countries in the world…we are surely not alone.

A love/hate relationship has existed all along with our neighbors and it wasn`t just the War of 1812 that started the process. There is envy mixed with admiration no matter how we try to hide it.  We are different from our neighbors…better, perhaps in that we did not embrace slavery to the same extent, worse in that we “settled” economically as hewers of wood and carriers of water. Neither of us did quite right by the First Nations and that history haunts us both.

We share with the USA the longest undefended border in the world. I know this all too well, having worked on Canada`s official gift to the US to commemorate their Bicentennial, “Between Friends” which was a photographic documentary of that border .  My ancestors fought side by side with the US in two World Wars but Canadians wisely refrained from many battles that ended disastrously in recent times (thanks Chretien). We grieved with them over Kennedy, stood by them in Tehran, exported some of our best talent to Hollywood and showed them our values at 9/11. That relationship is a testament to how we humans can evolve to live differently…side by side.

US Diplomats to Canada over the course of our history have generally been the sharpest guys in the room .  Bruce and Vicki Heyman have undoubtedly been Ottawa`s favorites. I was fortunate enough to have experienced the warmth of their hospitality and have seen them weave together the promotion of our shared economies and the power of art as a cross border communication tool. Together, they personify all that is great about our neighbors.  How ironic that they served during that brief moment when Trudeau was Prime Minister and Obama was President. This may in fact be the closest we will ever approach to Camelot in our time….

The US is now in the throes of radical change and to many eyes it is an unwelcome direction.  I always took great pleasure debating the US Ambassadors when they sat for my portraits. No cigars were pulled from Churchillian hands but I once had the chutzpah to mention during a session that our times were symptomatic of

… ‘The Decline of the American Empire’.

Ambassador Paul Celucci responded…”You can knock us down as many times as you like…but never count the USA out.”

 

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Happy 2017!!!

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Subzero weather and blowing snow…no problem.

A bit of planning, the right clothing and good equipment are key to getting the shot. We camped out across from the Parliament Buildings at the Museum of History along the Ottawa River for an hour before the historic launch of Canadas 150 Year Old celebrations.

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Ottawa Grocery Store opening coverage. YIG Massines.

When we got the call to quote on shooting the launch of our neighbourhood grocery store we were thrilled. First, because we had been shopping there for 40 years and second because we got a sneak peak at the new lighting, displays and layout. Good for you Massines.

Oh…Maple and Bacon President`s Choice Popcorn….yes please.

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When Image Theft, Fake News and Hate collide…

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Couvrette Photography has a 40 year history in Ottawa….   Sadly, the theft of our images has doubled every year since the advent of the internet.

“The camera never lies” is a very, very old saying, but images still lend credibility and have the power to do great good and great harm.

The following images  were recently taken  from our site and social media page illegally. This is not about “sharing” on social media. This is about theft and sometimes it is about something far worse…

Actual Examples….

♦ A family photograph from our site that was used on Awkward Family Photographs to mock the children of an Ottawa family. It resulted in them being bullied at school…(we issued a forced takedown)

♦ An image of a prominent politician used illegally and affixed with wording that vilified this person. FYI the culprits are the Conservative Party of Canada.

♦ An  image of a well known Ottawa woman whose wedding photograph was used on a DVD cover.

♦ An engagement portrait used by local radio station CHEZ to mock a Chinese client and his wife. (the image is too vile to repost here)

♦ A wedding photograph of one of Canada`s most well known couples..used in a feature  on Russian  mail order brides that we forced them to take down. (complete and total fabrication…she is neither Russian nor mail order.)

♦ Literally hundreds of our wedding images, lifted from our website and used to represent a number of local and even International photographers work.

♦ Our case against Boom FM regarding our unique image of 24 Sussex that was recently settled in court. (We were originally offered…ahem…a verbal apology)

 

These are but a few of the cases.  There are more that we have ignored over the years, in part because of time constraints. Our site has the strongest legal wording one can post, yet the thefts go on. In these times of seemingly increasing hate and fake news, we will not stand idly by….

Given that most photographers have a short lifespan in Ottawa and have minimal resources and interest it would seem in protecting their clients, it could be that many people are simply not aware of the potential problems. Sweeping this issue under the rug is irresponsible…We defend our clients and our industry.

 

The general public seems to not understand the implications of all this. We all lose the value of sharing our images on social media every time another person steals another image and frankly, it is becoming rampant. It can happen to you on a business level or a personal level and once it goes viral, no amount of outrage will make you feel any better.  From politics to your own snaps of your kids, little seems sacred these days to theft and misinformation.

We have laws against this….it is time people acted, spoke up and stopped this trend. We should all be careful and stand up to these bullies and thieves….

Given that our images have been online for 20 years, our studio is literally the “canary in the coal mine”.

It can happen to you…it may have already happened.

 

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