This year the Riverkeeper Gala beat the odds against the rising river and the Gods of Rain…to raise over a quarter million for one of my favorite charities…
As an Ottawa Event Photographer we get to see a lot of cool parties…
Snapping the key moments is one thing, but capturing the ambiance of the room, the feel of the event and all the little details does require more skill than your average paparazzi.
We shoot a wide range of Ottawa events…and products. This fun gig for Fleurs de Ville at Bayshore combined the two. Make sure you take the time to catch the show this weekend. Really amazing local talent… Congrats to all!
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.
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!!!
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….
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.
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…
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”
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.”