Better Business Bureau of Ottawa Photographer Recommendations

Seems to be my lucky week…lol.

I had no idea people actually still looked at the BBB for referrals, but a new client
actually told me that they found me there….so I looked up local photographers…and
was surprised at what I found…or perhaps I should say what I didn’t find.

Here`s our listing…go ahead…compare.

http://www.bbb.org/ottawa/business-reviews/photographers-commercial/paul-couvrette-photography-in-ottawa-on-10588

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My fifteen minutes..extended.

The current issue of Ottawa Life features Ottawa’s Top 50 Citizens and guess who made the it on the cover. Nice to be in the company of Larry O’Brien and Michael Ignatieff. Read all about it here.
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Better Business Bureau of Ottawa

Its no fun to get all serious about such a happy topic as wedding photography.

This summer, however, we received a high number of emails asking our advice on the topic of Ottawa wedding photography. Sadly, many with tales of woe.

We have seen roughly 800 Ottawa and area photographers come and go in our 30 years in business. Currently there are roughly 200 Ottawa Wedding Photographer websites the majority of which are different from what we saw 5 years ago…and 5 years from now there will be a different 200.

When we started, you needed a business licence and you could not operate from your basement.
The population of the city supported about 20 excellent portrait and wedding specialists. Today,
all you need is a laptop, a dozen cool shots on a website and you`re in business…for a while.

Are some of the new crop good enough to last…yes. We recommend a mix of new and established studios when we are fully booked on a date.

Are we concerned about competition…no…frankly we love it…thats what keeps us on
our toes.

We are concerned however about the number of couples who contact us to
located their missing photographer, fix their digital files or make them an album
when their photographer does not provide this service.

After this much time in the industry, we have concerns about the reputation of our profession.

Soooo…we strongly suggest that couples use that old standby, THE OTTAWA BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU to check out photographers reputations. We did, and were shocked to
find how many rated low. Check it out for yourself.

You WILL find one AAA we’re proud to say.

PS…Yes, we will offer the service of correcting your wedding files and making you an album, but sorry – we can no longer help you track down your photographer or offer legal advice. We are
too busy serving our own customers. Frankly, we have been so busy this summer I have not posted as many shots as I would like…I`ll correct that soon.

Ok…enough said…back to smiling faces….

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These people know how to have fun…

I would love to have been there….

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Paul and Friends


Some days I remember why I chose this profession. Its rare to get me in front of the camera
and rarer for me to post it…but this one I could not resist. Here I am backstage with my friends Kiss and Shannon Tweed, Playboy model and former Ottawan. We met many moons ago when I shot her modelling portfolio and one of the images was chosen as the “before” shot in Playboy.
No, I`m not that short…everyone else was wearing high heels…

Here is a link to the backstage shoot and a few concert snaps for diehard fans.

http://www.couvrette-photography.on.ca/KISS_Blues_Festival_2009_gallery/index.htm

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Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed party in Ottawa.

As promised…your invite to a private party, that was wild. Click on…..

Have Fun!

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Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons KISS Ottawa.

Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons are set to arrive in Ottawa and from the Tuesday evening party to the Bluesfest concert it should be lots of fun.

We will be covering most of the events so stay tuned to the blog and you will see a post on Wednesday showing how much fun you can have in the town that fun forgot…Its your backstage pass to the party of the year in Ottawa.

I want to thank all the residents of Ottawa who called and wrote in offering their support for
Shannon Tweed Day and their kind offers of goods and services to show Shannon and Gene that we really do know how to party. The response from the real people of Ottawa has been outstanding.

One bit of media I did want to clear up is the report that I shot Shannon for Playboy. While I do shoot for such publications for Time, Newsweek,Macleans and Businessweek…the feature in Playboy was shot by their staff photographer. The image I sold Playboy…my first big magazine sale about a quarter century ago..was a model test shot done for Lorraine Hammond modelling agency.

To those in Ottawa who tongues are still wagging over the Tweed Day debacle, I should note that Marilyn Monroe and Gina Lollobrigida appeared topless in film and print over 50 years ago.

Someone once wrote that living well is the best revenge…I think laughing well ain`t bad either.

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Wedding on a boat on the Ottawa River.


This summer we have a few brides who have discovered that not only is a boat wedding kinda fun, but the prices are really reasonable for catering too. Elena shot this great image and now has a second boat wedding this summer…I`m jealous.

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Candids VS Photojournalism


Just so we are on the same page when discussing wedding styles…the top photo is wedding photojournalism….shooting unposed images. The bottom shot, while a lot of fun, is what is now
being called “candid” groups…ie more fun in posing. These need time and a cool location. People do not naturally do the things that you see in a lot of wedding photos…if you invest the time, we can create some great images.

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Portraits on Location

We have a large studio and that allows us to shoot some very big groups, but of course
a portrait at home or on location affords the client a little more convenience. This family have been studio portrait clients for many years and it was nice to finally shoot in their home and see the gallery of my work on their walls.

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