Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2014/Christopher Griffin promo photography.


I shot these for Ottawa artist Chris Griffin to promote his work in the 2014 Nuit Blanche Festival in Ottawa. Having the widest cyc wall and the longest floor space run of a studio in Ottawa allowed me to create this in one shot. The antique canoe was roughly 15 feet long and yes, we do have a double set of cargo doors that allowed us to bring the canoe into our Gladstone studio. There would have been no way to shoot it on standard 8 foot background paper and comping it together would have been a nightmare.

I believe the canoe to be of 50`s or 60`s vintage and I chose to light it slightly warmer than real life to contrast the blue background I created with light…Virtually no photoshop, other than comping the shots together…What can I say. I am old school that likes to shoot it right the first time.

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Ottawa Event Photography – Ottawa Riverkeeper

Paul’s assistant Lorien here!

Ottawa Riverkeeper is a fantastic organization dedicated to protecting Ottawa’s waterways, and ensuring that they are safe for everyone. Last weekend, they along with Swim Ottawa had their Inaugural 4K Inter-Provincial Swim. The event had swimmers making their way right across the Ottawa River – from Parc des Cedres, in Aylmer, QC, to Lac Deschenes Sailing Club, near Shirley’s Bay, ON. The swim was a full 4 kilometres and took most of the swimmers under two hours to complete. What a fantastic day raising money for a great cause! Enjoy some of our images below, and feel free to take a look at the original post on my own blog, Lorien @ Couvrette.


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Ottawa Chinese Acrobats/ Event Photographer Ottawa/Music and Beyond/Julian Armour


A troupe from China performed during the Music and Beyond festival and I had a great time shooting them for PR…
It was interesting to see the dedication these kids had…a totally different show than Cirque..but quite worth the time. Julian Armour has pulled off another Ottawa success this year…

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Canada Day Photography


We shoot a broad range of events from conventions to celebrations like this one. Fireworks are a classic on Parliament Hill and I like to find a new viewpoint. I have been shooting fireworks dozens of times on the Hill, but these were my faves. In the big days of stock photography I did very well with Corel, releasing hundred of images on CD….

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Glowfair Ottawa.

IMG_8406Ottawa is often referred to as the town that fun forgot. I have a lot of friends who are determined to change that cliche.
We at Couvrette Studio contribute to over 200 charities and while this was a promotional festival….what better venture to support
than a group of people trying to liven up the core where I live as well as operate the only photographer-owned studio in Centretown.

PR is a funny thing. Old media are dead or dying and much of the “new media” while funky are simply not effective. Quality and immediacy
are still king. We shoot PR for some of the largest corporations in the world and then shoot for a local lady making kids lunchboxes…

If I think of the reach of these images alone, it defies any notion I was ever taught in J-school years ago. With my social media network and the
followers of this blog, these images will be seen by over 25,000 eyeballs by the end of this month. That is more views than most local mags
and papers will command on a story and more PR than a flack could have generated in a year merely a decade ago.

At the core of PR is strong imagery…Yes boys and girls…They are still worth a thousand words!

Please LIKE or better yet, SHARE this post at the bottom of the page…Let`s Wake Ottawa Up…


Barbara Munshaw Socialized - June 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM

A picture says a thousand words Paul. I didn’t make it out to the fest. but loved the pics you took. And great post by the way.

Paul Couvrette - June 24, 2014 - 1:43 AM

Oops…I was wrong. The 75 LIKES on this page in less than 24 hours means that with the average Facebook user having 300 friends, my estimate of 25,000 views by the end of the month is wrong…Looks like 25,000 views in 24 hours. If I combine my own social media hits in the last 24 hours I am looking at another 5,000. No doubt this will decline…but I would estimate that by the end of the week I will have more hits than the circulation of our largest daily….makes you wonder.

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