Family Portraits at Home in Ottawa

Tis the season to start planning!

We love these sessions…and it gets us doing our exercises by loading all our “stuff” and
getting out on location.

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Ottawa Children`s Portraits.

I really hate November…Whats there to like anyway….its cold, its a wish washy month,
outdoor shoots look blah and besides…its gray…

Soooo….here is a nice outdoors portrait just to make us all feel better. I have photographed these kids every year for the parents Christmas card…for the last decade. Apparently, it is highly
anticipated by the family and friends and a top secret project…no, this is not this years…you`ll have to wait.

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Ottawa Glamour and Boudoir Photography

We started glamour and boudoir photography in Ottawa in the early nineties. My first big project was the Ottawa Rough Riders Cheerleaders Calendar, which landed us on the front page
of the Citizen for the scandalous behaviour of making women look sexy…lol
Well, Ottawa has come a long way since then and today, this type of image is more common than
most people imagine as a gift for the boyfriend or even as a wedding gift. Around Valentines day
we sell a lot of gift certificates…hint hint.
Sessions are done at our large Centretown studio and we always have a female in attendence at the shoots. Dozens of photogs have come and gone in the boudoir biz…we`re still the original.
One of my images won Best Portrait in Ontario some years back.
For more images, visit our site…or come in to the studio. We have a lot of images that our clients do not want to be seen online that we have been allowed to show you in the studio.
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Ottawa Product Photography

This looks easier than it is…

Note to self…never put a round metallic object beside a cylindrical metallic object.

The image is in the current issue of InStyle…

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Ottawa Christmas Family Portrait

Ottawa Christmas Family Portrait

Ottawa Christmas Family Portrait Tis the season to start planning. I pulled these two files from last years Christmas shoots just
to get people in the mood. The Christmas season is probably the most enjoyable time to do
family portraits…it seems people’s moods are up and that really works for me. These home sessions are more challenging than in the studio…but thats half the fun.

To see more of our Christmas family portraits take a peek at our site.

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An Ottawa Editorial Photography session.

This was fun…
The shot was for an Ottawa Life feature on the Canada Council. We were a little nervous around
the Stradivarious and I thought the violinist was going to have a seizure when I asked her to balance it on her fingertips…whats a couple million I said, tongue in cheek.
Oh well, thank goodness for Photoshop.
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Ottawa Glamour Boudoir Makeover

Soooo…we posted a Makeover on Youtube a few months back and so far we are up to around 800 hits. Take a look, but if you do, make sure to push the button indicating view in high quality. Thanks to Youtube`s new higher quality it looks great….here is the link.

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Ottawa Christmas Portraits.

Ottawa Christmas Portraits.

Its that time again…yay. As soon as the blahs of November are over we will get back to shooting outdoors or on location at people’s homes. For now, here is a studio session that was lots of fun.
Our Centretown studio is equipped for shooting everything from motorcycles indoors to groups of 50. To see more of our portrait work….click away.

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Ottawa Executive Portrait of Paul Dewar

Ever wonder who shot that image of Paul Dewar that was splashed all over Ottawa recently….

It was great to shoot Paul and his Mom in what was to be Marion Dewar’s last portrait
session. Shortly after, I worked with Paul on the campaign to keep the portrait gallery in Ottawa. When the election was called it followed that he chose me to shoot his PR shots.
We wanted a relaxed look with earth friendly colors to match his party’s themes.
I was glad my work helped him become our current MP. Now that I think of it…every MP we
shot during the last two elections won…hmmmn think about that future politicos. Maybe I have
learned a trick or two having photographed official portraits of every Prime Minister since Trudeau….

Want to see more headshots and portraits…click away.

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Digital…DIY or NOT

Recently I have had some emails asking about customers printing their own digital files and making their own albums.
Is the customer always right…well, yes and no.

First off, let me explain that a raw digital file is just that…raw. When we shot on negatives we would never think of letting a customer take those negs to a lab and make prints…why…well because any print the customer could make would be half the quality we could get given our relationship to our color lab and our quality control.
So, here we are with the digital generation and they believe they can do it all themselves. The answer is yes, some can. But do they really do so….the answer is generally no.

More and more these days I am contacted by brides who tell me that “package” they thought
was a deal with all the digital files is their biggest regret…since the new hubby has not got around
to making up an album, and even prints for the parents two years later.

Lets face it, we all start out with the best of intentions, but reality creeps in fast.

I recently attended a seminar by a local photographer who said “I don`t really want the
hassle of dealing with the bride and groom after the wedding”. I made a point of asking
about customer service and he scoffed…saying it was an “outdated” concept.
Well, I have seen over 800 photographers come and go in this city since I started my career…
I can`t wait for the tide to change and take these photogs with it…

Now when it comes to the technical side of this issue, let me explain a little about DIY packages. When we prep files for our prints our experts spend a half hour per file just to
make certain that the color, sharpness and retouching is perfect. How can a photographer
promise 500 color corrected files at some of the prices we see on the net…

I leave that to your imagination….

Do we offer DIY (do it yourself) packages…the answer is yes. Am I happier as an artist making
your prints….YES. As they used to say in Rome…Caveat Emptor.

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