Acting and modelling headshots.


Always nice to shoot headshots for aspiring models and actresses….

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Ottawa bodybuilder’s portfolio

No, this is not me with my shirt off…lol.

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Editorial Assignment with Sonja Smits



In early June we were off shooting Ottawa-born actress Sonja Smits at her winery, Clossen Chase near Picton in Prince Edward County . It was a nice mix of tourism, architectural and portrait photography. Sonja was great…and even gave us a bottle of her celebrity wine to keep on our shelf…
I`m beginning to think this type of photography is some of my favorite work. Since I shoot editorial, architecture, groups, aerial, product, conventions, portraits, construction, headshots, corporate, advertising, lifestyle, stock, tourism, executives, photojournalism, portfolio, legal, medical and catalogue photographs…whew…it’s tough to decide.

Guess I’ll wait til I grow up…..

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Ottawa Gothic

Here is the current cover of Ottawa Life with a slightly different image than our norm thanks to a classic American painting, a magazine owner with an open mind and some nice photoshop interpretation by our own Rachelle Latremouille. Its nice to stretch the creative wings once in a while…

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Stock from our Ottawa Archive.

We sell a fair bit of stock…whether its from personal work or from images we retained the rights to from assignments. Its great to get paid again for a shot you did 20 years ago… I`ll never figure
out why most photogs don`t keep an organized stock library…but then again, I`ll never figure out most photogs..lol.

Btw…here is a link to the site…a worthy cause indeed.
http://www.answertocancerottawa.ca/en/index.php

To top it off…I even got this thank you today. 4/6/09

I just wanted to say thanks for the photos on the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Lottery brochure. We’d received some great feedback, and appreciate your help. Our client is so impressed that we were able to acquire such great shots of Ottawa.

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Ottawa Photojournalist

I wear a lot of hats…

My first assignment in photography was tagging along with noted photojournalist Peter Bregg, formerly of Macleans and now Hello Magazine. To date I have worked for roughly 40 major mags including Time, Newsweek, Forbes and Playboy. I have produced over 250 magazine cover shots from Time Canada and Macleans to our own Ottawa Life and Homes and Land.

Recently I was honored to be asked to join Canadian Press, Canada`s premier agency that supplies the creme de la creme of photojournalists across Canada.

Time to buy another hat….

OH…btw…we also shoot weddings in a photojournalistic style. Check it out.
Seems it’s trendy these days to say you`re a “wedding photojournalist”.

Wonder who the other guys shoot for…..you might want to ask. Frankly, the
only photojournalist I know who shoots weddings is Bill Grimshaw, whose
edgy stuff if kinda cool. Just because you got the best man to put on sunglasses
for his portrait doesn`t make you a photojournalist.

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Executive Portrait of a BC Lawyer.

We photograph a lot of Judges and Lawyers. I photographed the wedding of Chief Justice
Barbara Mc Lachlin and the family portraits of hundreds of local Judges and Lawyers.
The way I see it..if a lawyer writes you a testimonial it should give you double bonus points…lol

Check it out… (scroll about half way down…)

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Executive Portrait of a BC Lawyer.

We photograph a lot of Judges and Lawyers.
I have done official portraits, event coverage and architectural
work for the Supreme Court, the Federal Court and the Tax Court
of Canada for over 30 years…

The way I see it..if a lawyer writes you a testimonial it should give you double bonus points…lol

Check it out…

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Commercial Photographers…Who Ya Gonna Trust.

The web is a great place to compare services, but it has its limitations. It doesn`t take much to set up a website with a few shots that looks really cool.
The real test is Googling the actual names of a couple of photographers you like. Don`t bother with their own sites (of course we all make ourselves look pretty) Read what others say about them and where their work is published. You`ll learn a lot more than looking at pretty pictures…even mine.

Wanna play...start here!

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Reputation, reputation,reputation.

The web is a great place to compare services, but it has its limitations. It doesn`t take much to set up a website or a blog with a few shots that look really cool.
Want the real story…..Google the actual names of a few photographers you like…then ignore their sites and see what others say about them, who has hired them in the past and what unbiased sources say about their work. Checking out the Ottawa Better Business bureau rating may really floor you…but don`t say we didn`t mention it.

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

You`ll learn a lot more by looking at words than looking at pretty pictures…even ours.

Here`s mine to start….

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