About Us

Couvrette Photography delivers professional commercial images on time and on budget at our large Centretown studio or on location around the world. Paul Couvrette is the only Ottawa studio owner awarded Canadian Commercial Photographer of the Year.

Our portrait clients include every Prime Minister from Trudeau to Harper and every Mayor of Ottawa from Dewar to O'Brien. Our official portraits have been the choice of The Supreme, Federal and Tax Courts of Canada for a quarter century.

We are Time Magazine's photographer for the region and have created over 300 magazine covers for Macleans, Forbes, Business Week, Ottawa Life, Capital Style, Dogs in Canada and Readers Digest.

Our annual report clients include BDC Canada, Dow, Nortel, Corel, CBC, Waste Management and Standard Broadcasting. Our product photography has appeared in Vogue and InStyle. Architectural work has been featured on over 50 Homes and Land covers and has been featured in Architectural Digest.

Paul has hung from helicopters, traveled the Arctic and shot in the deepest mine in Canada all with a creative eye and a personal style that has made him one of North Americas most sought after photographers. His prints have toured China and have been on display at the Epcot Centre.

Our best images...are still to come.

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The following are selected achievements:

•Creates portraits campaign for the International Joint Commission.
•Shoots PR photography for Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala.
•Notable Portraits included Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal Marc Noel.

•Creates images for the largest worldwide anti smoking campaign in history.
•Canada 150 project featuring First Nations Josee Bourgeois at Chaudière Falls is widely published.
•Photographs Canada Day for Presidents Choice and shoots the Juno Awards Ottawa.
•Creates a portfolio of Architecture, PR and Portraiture for Ottawa International Airport.
•Michael Cox (RAIC), Jenna Glatt, (Canadian Recording Artist) are notable PR photography shoots.
•Creates a website portfolio of one of Canada's largest Commercial Property holders, Morguard.

•Creates Portraits for the Ambassador of Mainland China and the US Embassy.
•Photographs Editorial Portraits of Minister of the Environment Mckenna.
•Commissioned to Photograph the head of the Privy Council, Michael Wernock.
•Commissioned to Photograph Minister of Immigration John McCallum.
•Road trip to Toronto to photograph architecture and new website for top Law firm Hannaford Assoc.
•Creates website for Perley Robertson Law including Interiors and Portraits.

•Photographs NFL Cheerleaders for Blackrock, the world`s largest investment company.
•Provides annual report photography for Shell and Virent regarding biofuel flight at Ottawa Airport.
•Portraits of note include Ottawa author/vet/ Councillor Jody Mitic and US Ambassador Bruce Heyman.
•Travels to Toronto to create new site for leading T.O. firm Hannaford Law.

•Photographs Cheerleader Calendar for CFL Ottawa Redblacks and PR images for NFL Rams.
•Covers events for Annheiser Busch, Run or Die, LinkedIn and Brookstreet Hotel and hundreds of others.
•Multiple editorial and cover spreads in Ottawa Life, Citizen Style and Homes and Lands.
•Creates a series of Official Portraits for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Barbara McLachlin.
•Photographs opening of Tanger Outlet mall for Adidas & Reebok.

•Adds 15 more magazine covers to its total of over 500 covers including this year Ottawa Life, Wedding Dreams, Capital Style and Homes and Land.
•Covers events for Annheiser Busch, Run or Die, LinkedIn and Brookstreet Hotel and hundreds of others.
•Reprises Ottawa Roughriders Cheerleaders shoot for Ottawa Citizen Style magazine 20 years later.
•Official portraits carried out for...Chief Justice Barbara McLachlin, General Lewis MacKenzie, Ministers Joe Oliver and Chris Alexander as well as PR shoots for comedian Mike Macdonald and author Yoni Freedhoff.


•Creates editorial and PR shoot featuring legendary Ottawa entertainer, Johnny Vegas.
•Noted portrait clients include General Leslie, Gabrielle Miller, and Paul Dewar.
•Shoots over 25 magazine covers including Frances Moore Lappe for Healthwise Magazine.
•Wins Best Cover for Architecture, Homes and Lands Canada.
•Photographs 9 Power Women of the North for Ottawa Life Magazine.


•Couvrette is honored by Ottawa Life Magazine as one of the citys Top 25 Citizens.
•Notable portraits include US Ambassador David Jacobson, Bluesfest Mark Monahan, Julian Armour of Chamberfest, and Julie Nesrallah Ottawa Singer, Radio Host.
•Creates PR portraits for A Team/ CTV Morning.
•Creates stock photography decor for Ottawa and International corporate clients such as Opentext, Mosaid and Navistar.


•Photographs Amanda Forsyth for the cover and inside spead of Capital Style Magazine, Ottawa.
•Creates PR campaigns for Waste Management and Business Developement Bank of Canada.
•Couvrette Studio are sponsors of Haiti Gala at NAC, helping to raise over $125,000
•Notable portraits... Margaret Trudeau, Jeffrey Turnbull, Jim Watson.


• Paul photographs the Olympic Torch run for Dow Chemicals in Iqaluit.
• We help coordinate the visit of Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons of Kiss, providing coverage of the event for use on Family Jewels.
• Portrait clients include David McGuinty and noted French Canadian chanteuse Edith Butler.
• Couvrette Studio is selectd by Canadian Press as photojournalists for Ottawa.


• Paul lectures photographers on his work at the National Convention of Professional Photographers of Canada, as well as at the RA of Ottawa Camera Club.
• The studio is selected by the city to create all website images for the Museums of Ottawa project.
• Portraits include former Mayor Marion Dewar, Mayor Larry O'Brien, David McGuinty, Paul Dewar MP, and Marie Lemay CEO of the NCC.


• Shoots Michael Potter at Vintage Wings for cover story Fifty-Five Plus Magazine.
• Photographs Rick Mercer and 4 Prime Ministers for CBC.
• Creates campaigns for Mizuno, New Cap Radio and Princeton University.
• Creates 2 books for Canadian Red Cross on First Aid training.


• Commissioned to create portrait of four Canadian Prime Ministers for CTV's Next Great Prime Minister by Magna.
• Wins People's Choice Award for Portraiture in Ottawa.


• Shoots Time cover of Belinda Stronach.
• Selected to create Christmas card images for all Canadian MPs for the upcoming year.


• Photographs Maher Arar, Time Man of the Year, Canada.
• Portrait clients include Sir Terrance Mathews, Kurt Waldele, and St. Lawrence String Quartet (album cover).
• Couvrette images appear in Architectural Digest, InStyle, and dozens of Canadian publications.
• H2O Mini Series principal photographer for production stills.


• Photographs Inuit Artists in the Arctic for Time/Life.
• Portraits include John Ralston Saul, Chief Phil Fontaine and Canada's Culinary Olympic Team.
• Wins Editorial Award for work with Carleton University Magazine and Fifty Five Plus.
• Chosen as Ottawa's Top Photography Studio by Ottawa Sun readers.


• Wins Fuji Masterpiece Award for Commercial Photography - Ontario.
• Portrait clients include Paul Martin, Governor General Clarkson, Douglas Cardinal, and Mike Duffy.
• Shoots Sudbury Neutrino Lab, 2 km underground, for Time.


• Creates Portraits of Canada's Top 10 high tech stars for TIME.
• Shoots Nortel annual report and website.
• Selected as official portraitist to the Mayor of Ottawa for the 10th consecutive year.
• Wins three Bronze Awards for Editorial Photography at National Mature Media Awards.


• Lecture series includes speaking engagements in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa.
• Wins Best Digital Print in Ontario PPO.
• Selected as Time Magazine's photographer for Ottawa.


• Speaker at the National Convention of Professional Photographers of Canada.
• Wins Ontario Commercial Photographer Of The Year.
• Finalist, Canadian Portrait Photographer Of The Year.
• Wins "Best Architectural Photograph" in Canada.


• Portraitist for HRH Prince Philip and the Commonwealth Conference.
• Finalist for Canadian Portrait Photographer of the Year.
• Ottawa Photographer of the Year for the ninth consecutive year.
• Official portrait photographer of the National Gallery of Canada.


• Editorial images featured in Macleans, Business Week and Forbes Magazine.
• Featured speaker at Maritime Professional Photographers Convention.
• Ottawa Photographer of the Year.


• Chosen as Spokesperson for AGFA Canada a division of Bayer Inc.
• Featured in Professional Photographers of Canada magazine cover story.
• Images released as CD ROM via Corel Corporation.
• Ottawa Photographer of the Year.


• Kodak Gallery Award for Ontario.
• Photographs the Astronauts of the Canadian Space Program.
• Ottawa Photographer of the Year.


• Awarded "Photographer of the Year" for Canada.
• Ontario Photographer of the Year for the third year in a row. Wins 6th Kodak Gallery Award (Fashion).
• "Best Fashion Photograph" and "Best Computer Generated Image" in Canada.
• Commissioned by Public Archives to photograph group portrait of all living Canadian Prime Ministers.
• Ottawa Photographer of the Year.


• Kodak Gallery Award for Ontario "Best Computer Generated Image" in Canada, PPOC National.
• Awarded Ontario Photographer of the Year and Ottawa Photographer of the Year (5th consecutive year)
• Ottawa Photographer of the Year.


• Ontario Photographer of the Year - first time for an Ottawan.
• Kodak Gallery Award for Ontario "Best Publicity Photograph" in Canada, PPOC National.
• Ottawa Photographer of the Year.


• "Living Doll" photograph displayed at Epcot Centre and in PPA Loan Book.
• Wins Ottawa Ad & Sales award. This is his 3rd in three years (Magazine Ad, Outdoor Poster, and Self Promo).
• Awarded Kodak Gallery Award for Ontario (Commercial).
• Receives the title "Master of Photographic Arts", Canada's top honour in photography.
• Ottawa Photographer of the Year.