Minister Catherine McKenna by Ottawa Portrait Photographer Paul Couvrette.

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We may have set a new World Record Time with this shoot…

From the start of the shoot to the finish, the timer on my camera recorded five minutes and 32 seconds.
It is not the ideal situation, but we made it happen with preparation, planning, previsualization of the
final product, pre-thinking type placement and all the politics involved in creating images for publication.

This is a time when partisan politics will niggle at any and all expenses, messages, appearances and decisions to the detriment of common sense. In a time of worldwide crisis we make fools of ourselves by arguing over who ordered a $16 orange juice or paid a photographer to record a multi million dollar event about climate change. No wonder faith in the media is dropping like a rock as they pander to the public`s insatiable need to make stars and then slam their every move. #FakeNews….Clickbait…FalseOutrage……precisely what the world needs less of in our time.

Politics is one ugly business and I give full marks to anyone who steps foot in it…………..(rant over)

My goal for the shoot was to portray earth elements but keep it subtle. Earth, Wind, Water, Fire.

Minister McKenna has the portfolio of managing Canada`s resources in a time of great concern for the planet. In a challenging time, it is a challenging role and to boot, she is raising a young family.

Catherine happens to be my MP for Centretown and yes…I happen to be a supporter.

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That gang from Shopify…

A rainy fall day didn`t stop us from finding a cool location and having some fun.
The groom and his buddies were new to the job market and landed jobs at one of Ottawa`s stellar
companies. We shot near the NAC, under the Canal bridge at the Chateau and at the Officer`s Mess on Lisgar Street in downtown Ottawa.
The bridal party was at Arc the Hotel which is also a great location…even in the rain.

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What if this happened to you…

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I would have thought that kicking Boom/Corus around in 2016 was fair warning.

Surely, National headlines and a 25K Lawsuit was enough to make the media pay attention…but no.

http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2016/04/08/boom-gets-busted-local-radio-station-sued-over-facebook-post.html

Here we go again with local station Chez running one of my images of an Ottawa couple and mocking them by using an altered image. I wonder if a “bacon” clothing joke is really appropriate in these times of religious and cultural sensitivity.

Perhaps unkindness is now the norm as we see it all around from the highest political office to the trolls on Facebook…

Not on my watch and not with my clients.

I imagine some people thought I was a bit overboard going after Boom but perhaps now you realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg. You are either part of the problem…or part of the solution. All this would end…if photographers stood up for their rights and defended their clients trust in them. We control our images and guard our clients privacy…it`s a responsibility few take seriously these days.

How would you feel if this was your family?

How about if it was your loved one…and yourself.

Those nice people who own Chez have offered to settle…as long as I don`t talk about this.

This is my response…

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Ladies Who Lunch

Giving back to the Ottawa community has been a part of my company throughout its 40 year history.

This city has hundreds of government and private groups that work to keep Ottawa at the forefront of social development. Personally, I have always believed that grassroots work is much more powerful than government handouts.

Ladies Who Lunch is a Facebook group led by Catherine Landry which counts over 12,000 members. Many of these women are smallbusiness owners and a large number are involved in local community projects.

Catherine suggested promoting my daughter Alana`s grassroots project helping young homeless women called LeadHer and I was tasked with helping the cause. Donations are used for everything from funding activities to buying a few treats for the get togethers.

We came up with the idea of shooting a quick portrait in a “regal” style and so I brought in my “regal” background painted by Lorene Charis, a woman who actually painted the sets for Gone with The Wind. The tricky part was budgeting time as there were hundreds of woman at the event and we had no idea who
would participate during the 30 minute break. In the end, we photographed almost a hundred women….TAKING 2 FRAMES PER PERSON!!!…a good little challenge indeed.

FYI…the fundraiser GoFundMe raised double the amount set and these funds have gone on to support the groups activities in a range of ways.

http://thefulcrum.ca/news/campus-club-starts-initiative-young-women-girls-local-shelter/

The GoFundMe page is still open by the way and accepting donations.

https://www.gofundme.com/2tkwang

Below…are just a handful of my fave shots…….

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Ottawa Museum of History Wedding.

We love the Museum of History…

What a great spot, overlooking our nation`s Parliament Hill. This couple loved it too, since they and their guests came all the way from across the USA just to enjoy our Canadian hospitality.

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Infinity Convention Centre Gala Opening.

A few shots from the opening of Infinity…. All I can say is that the food, service and decor were all five star in my opinion and we have covered well over two thousand weddings and events in the city.

Good luck Infinity…you have set the bar higher for Ottawa and we would rank you in the top ten for the city.

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Ladies Who Lunch….an offer you simply cannot refuse!

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We support over 100 charities but when my daughter Alana of LeadNow was asked to attend and meet some of Ottawa`s most amazing women I could not resist doing something extra special for the attendees. Of course sharing some of what I believe is the BEST CHEESECAKE IN THE WORLD with my friend the remarkable Vicki Heyman pretty well takes the …er cake. So here you have it…a once in a lifetime opportunity. We will be onsite with our mobile studio creating some stunning portraits of one and all and then…uploading them gratis to all who attend and support this cause.http://thefulcrum.ca/news/campus-club-starts-initiative-young-women-girls-local-shelter/captu5555555555555re

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Strathmere Wedding

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We booked this last minute wedding at Strathmere just ten days before the event! The couple were teachers, moving to Dubai and wanted to tie the knot before a small crowd of family and friends before they left. Tim shot most of the candids…I shot the formals.
Ottawa sure has had its supply of nice summer evenings in 2016….

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Couvrette Photography Staff Photographers.

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One of our staff photogs, Tim, shot this early 2016 wedding….we added a few retro effects in Photoshop. FYI, we currently have three photogs on staff and will gladly show you their portfolios at the studio.

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Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala 2016

Sure…we shoot weddings galore, but we also cover hundreds of other events every year. Tim and I shot the Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala on a beautiful evening this spring. You really don`t wanna miss a thing.5257F5299F6029F6056F5348F5366F6097F5408F6129F6400F5454F547371FF-25603F6589F6221F5748F6766F6789F5825F5880F6838F6839F6888F5822FF

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