Video Rental.

We rented the studio for a video yesterday…a crazy day indeed with probably 100 people running around the building getting busy. The guy on the left is probably our next Prime Minister. These guys from Toronto sure know how to do lunch…

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Photographs worth a thousand words.

In law, they used to use the term “photographic evidence”…not any more. In the digital age, photographs can be downright misleading…
We see a lot of websites and blogs showing a half dozen shots per wedding. That’s no way to judge any photographer’s skills. Frankly, even our trainees come up with a few good shots per wedding. The real test is whether they can cover the whole day from portraits to candids.

Sooooo…I thought I would post a recent wedding that shows what we do on a real job. If you want a fair comparison……..ask other photogs to do the same.

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Service with a Smile

Your call is important to us!.….Press 8 while standing on one leg and and holding your breath so we can transfer your call to our operator in Bangladesh.

In todays world that’s pretty well the norm, but not at Couvrette Studio. We’ve employed a full time office manager and support staff since the start of our studio in the seventies. Booking a part time photographer that works from home may look like a bargain, but in the end you may find otherwise. A wedding is generally comprised of 3 to 10 hours of photography and 25 hours of coordination, planning and post production. Our office manager and support staff work 9 to 5 weekdays and your call will always be answered right away, or within the hour if we are on the line serving another customer.
Yes, we are not open til midnight on Tuesdays …that’s because we operate a full time studio not a hobby business out of our homes in the evenings.

Sometimes we all get caught up looking at price so much that we forget to compare service. It is a huge part of coodinating and creating a fantastic wedding album or a beautiful wall portrait and delivering it flawlessly and on time. I`ll confess that I buy our paper towels at Costco..but when it comes to something really important like our cameras…we go pro all the way.

There are only 5 studios in Ottawa who have flourished for over 25 years….now you know one of the reasons why…

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Medieval Theme Wedding at the Chateau Laurier Ottawa.

I promised to post some shots of this wedding a couple of weeks ago…so here goes. The Chateau Laurier was the perfect backdrop for this amazing late winter wedding. The bride, a noted singer from Calgary, had organized an event that was spectacular from the costumes to the decor. We
were honored that she chose us to record the whole thing. Truly a special evening.

Update…I recieved this email from the bride about five minutes ago…I think you might call it a testimonial…

Dear Paul,

WOW, WOW and WOW again… OMG… which ones to choose for our picture gallery???? Some if not most of them left us breathless.

I am so very glad you were there… you made us relive the entire fairytale as you captured our emotions on every one of them… THANK YOU, for immortalizing such a great day for us to pass on for generations to come.

Lucie and Don

Then a bit later, Daniel Richer, Ottawa`s Town Crier who is the gallant gentleman acting as
Master of Ceremonies wrote….

Squire Couvrette
As always you have the masters touch….
Hope to be in front of your lens soon… Daniel

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An engagement portrait shot in Ottawa just last week.

> These are hot off the presses from last weeks brrr…cool… shoot of a couple from the Niagara Falls area whose wedding we are shooting this summer near Russell on their family farm. We recommend these sessions so people can get a good idea how they look on camera. Besides, it allows us to get really relaxed shots which sometimes people miss on their wedding day due to overscheduling of the photography session. Planning the day is key to having a fantastic album as our office manager Sheila will tell you.

UPdate…this is the email I got when they recieved their mini album.

Hi Paul, Ryan and I just wanted to say thank you for the great pictures! They turned out so well and everyone absolutely loved them. Everyone was asking who the photographer was, and were saying you have a great eye! We’re looking forward to the wedding day photos. (I will be sure to smile more since my hair won’t be in my face!)See you at the end of May.

Take care, Amy & Ryan

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A couple of fun people….

Modern portraits can have various “looks”. I think there is a place for studio portraits..besides, they can still be cool…and we can charge a lot less, since we are not lugging our gear on site.

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Awwww….Ottawa Baby Portrait


This little character opened his eyes for only a split second….but thats all we needed…cute indeed.

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Web site concept and Executive Photography.

Now what do these funky family shots have to do with commercial photography. For the answer, go to Winning Charities and check out their site, especially the staff head shots.This group came to our studio in Ottawa from Brockville just to do the shoot. We came up with the concept and I think it really works in todays business environment where showing more than a corporate look

can separate you from the crowd. Nice working with you guys and gals.

BTW….this just came in from the client….unsolicited.

Hello Paul

I wanted to let you know that our website is slowing working its way to completion. We have a few pages online, at www.winningcharities.com

Thanks again for the great day at your studios. We had a great time, and the website (and soon to be marketing materials) are going to look great because of it.

Hope we can work together again. We highly recommend you!

Abby MacIntosh-Hooper

Vice President, Marketing | Winning Charities



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Testimonials…simple and sweet.

Travelling to do commercial photography is one of those fantasies that is a lot more idyllic than realistic. I am happier when I get clients from other parts of the world…and they come to me!

We have catered to Toronto execs who actually flew in for a portrait, New York musicians who drove here and even a lady from Newfoundland who came all that way for a boudoir shoot.
Lately we have had a run of clients from along the St Lawrence. We had a lot of fun with this real estate group who drove up from Kingston for a shoot for their upcoming web site.

Then I saw this and wow.

Awwww Thanks ladies!

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Ottawa…no Qatif.

We shot these for a bridal salon in Saudi Arabia. Now how did we get a client from
Saudi…long story. Oh, btw, we do travel to destination weddings and have shot weddings in the
USA, Jamaica and a number of Canadian cities. Still waiting for one in Vegas…if you`re going…lets make a deal!

The makeup is by Layali Almobasher for her Salon in Qatif.

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