Editorial Cover “Concept Shoot” for Ottawa Life Magazine.

I love a challenge…
This is a cover shoot for Ottawa Life Magazine featuring three people who work with children…primarily those with autism. The challenge was to illustate the story withough focussing on the kids. I chose the idea of a puzzle…which truly is what many of these disorders currently represents to our healthcare system.

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Award Winning Photography….hmmmn.

“Award Winning Photography” seems these days to be a catchphrase on every second site. Frankly, it`s lost its value, just like Jumbo Shrimp, Sale and…Your Call is Important to Us….

Here are the facts. There are actually a half dozen real photography awards in North America and no, winning the northwest Barrys Bay landscape competition does not qualify you to shoot portraits.

The real awards are judged by a panel of Nationally acclaimed photographers and these groups include the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Canada and Capic.  There are a number of high end mags like Applied Arts inCanada and PDN in the USA who have juried competitions annually. There are as well, National Associations for Journalists that hand our Editorial Awards which are properly adjudicated.

Contrast that with the latest fads…Websites that declare you a top photog because you had a few hundred of your Facebook friends vote or worse yet, media and “pay to enter” sites who set themselves up as judges based on polls that are merely popularity contests or worse…

It wouldn`t be so bothersome if not for the fact that the general public already has a hard time judging a photographers work based on a few web images, let alone his or her professionalism in business.

I stopped entering the real competitions a number of years ago. I had won at that time of 100 local, National and International awards and I simply decided to put a little more time into my family and my business. To tell the truth, I feel sorry for newbies in the biz.  There are some great photographers in Ottawa…and hundreds of “award winning photographers”

 

(Full disclosure), I am one of five photographers in Ottawa who has been honored with the title Master Photographer and the only studio owner to ever win Canadian Photographer of the Year. I am qualified as an International Judge of Photography in Canada and the USA)

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Award Winning Photography /Ottawa

“Award Winning Photography” seems these days to be a catchphrase on every second site. Frankly, it`s lost its value, just like Jumbo Shrimp, SALE and…Your Call is Important to Us….Here are the facts. There are actually a half dozen real photography awards in North America and no, winning the northwest Barrys Bay landscape competition does not qualify you to shoot portraits.

The real awards are judged by a panel of Nationally acclaimed photographers and these groups include the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Canada and Capic.  There are a number of high end mags like Applied Arts inCanada and PDN in the USA who have juried competitions annually.

Contrast that with the latest fads…Websites that declare you a top photog because you had a few hundred of your Facebook friends vote or worse yet, media and pay to enter sites who set themselves up as judges based on polls that are merely popularity contests.

It wouldn`t be so bothersome if not for the fact that the general public already has a hard time judging a photographers work based on a few web images, let alone his or her professionalism in business. I stopped entering the real competitions a number of years ago. I had won at that time of 100 local, National and International awards and I simply decided to put a little more time into my family and my business.

 

To tell the truth, I feel sorry for newbies in the biz.  There are some great photographers in Ottawa…and hundreds of “award winning photographers”

 

(For the record, I am one of five photographers in Ottawa who has been honored with the title Master Photographer and the only studio owner to ever win Canadian Photographer of the Year. I am qualified as an International Judge of Photography in Canada and the USA)

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Ottawa Portraits of Children

We love long term repeat clients. These kids have been posing for the family Christmas card for over a decade with us. This is last years and we just shot the 2012. Guess that`s as good a testimonial as it gets.

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Ottawa Photographer Paul Couvrette Photographs American Ambassador David Jacobson

 

Business portraits are a lot of fun for me. I love to come up with an image that “works”.  Sometimes its better to do a range of poses once you are at it.  This was a  casual pose that I thought worked better for an newsletter.  I have photographed every US Ambassador to Canada for the last 15 years. They are always engaging and witty guys.

David was very diplomatic when I asked if we could trade Stephen Harper for Obama…even when I offered to throw in Newfoundland. Oh well, I tried.

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Ottawa Korean Wedding at the Museum of Civilization

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Just another day on Facebook.

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Richard Robinson Presents/ Gala fashion @ Hilton Lac Leamy.

We shot these for Bella Magazine at the RR show this spring.

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Ottawa Fashion Week 2012/Bella Magazine

Here is my coverage of Ottawa Fashion week for Bella Magazine…on the stands this week.

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Carmen…a poster shot I created…

Allways fun creating images with Julie Nesrallah, an Ottawa treasure.

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