Couvrette Studio

Recently I decided to research the history of my building on Gladstone Avenue. The shape of the building always puzzled me and the City Archives finally solved the mystery.
Couvrette Studio was built in 1910 as a Livery (horse and carriage depot)by one of Ottawa`s top hotels, The Alexandria on Bank Street founded by entrepreneur Thomas Babin. By 1923 it became Horner Motor Sales, the first automobile showroom in the city. In the mid thirties it was the home of Progressive Printers and was heavily reinforced to hold huge presses on the second floor. The building is so solid that it easily withstood a car crashing in the front window last year.
Kinda reminds me of my company, which has withstood three recessions so far and counting. Yes, we started in 1977…making us one of the longest standing studios in the city.

Dollco took over the printing business and 430 Gladstone became one of Ottawa`s original hi tech companies in the late sixties.I purchased the building in the mid 1990’s and after extensive renos…voila, Couvrette Studio.

When I started my business there were 15 studios owned by photographers in the downtown core, bounded by Bronson, the Ottawa River, the Queensway and the Rideau River. How times change…now its just us……STABLE .you betcha! (its a joke,…livery (stable) oh well.

It sure would be nice to have some shots of horses and Model T`s in front of our building…maybe a project for the 100th anniversary next year!

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The Couvrette Building

Recently I decided to research the history of my building on Gladstone Avenue. The shape of the building always puzzled me and the City Archives finally solved the mystery.

Couvrette Studio was built in 1910 as a Livery (horse and carriage depot)by one of Ottawa`s top hotels, The Alexandria on Bank Street, founded by entrepreneur Thomas Babin. By 1923 it became Horner Motor Sales, the first automobile showroom in the city. In the mid thirties it was the home of Progressive Printers and was heavily reinforced to hold huge presses on the second floor. The building is so solid that it easily withstood a car crashing in the front window last year.
Kinda reminds me of my company, which has withstood three recessions so far and counting. Yes, we started in 1977…making us one of the longest standing studios in the city.

Dollco took over the printing business and 430 Gladstone became one of Ottawa`s original hi tech companies in the mid sixties.I purchased the building in the mid 1990’s and after extensive renos…voila, Couvrette Studio.

When I started my business there were 15 studios owned by photographers in the downtown core, bounded by Bronson, the Ottawa River, the Queensway and the Rideau River. How times change…now its just us……STABLE .you betcha! (its a joke,…livery (stable) oh well.

It sure would be nice to have some shots of horses and Model T`s in front of our building…maybe a project for the 100th anniversary next year!

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Ottawa Boudoir and Glamour Portraits.

Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Here are two more from the session…

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Something prospective brides might consider when comparing photographers is how well they do portraits. Photojournalism is fine and dandy, but a talented photographer should also know how to make the bride look great. Frankly, even our assistants in training can manage to get a few lucky shots, but they need a couple of years training to do great portraits. Take a look at entire sites, and not just cherry picked wedding shots. Better yet, ask to see an entire wedding…thats when you really know how to judge a photographers talent.

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Ottawa Boudoir Photography

Here is a shot from a recent session in our Centretown Studio. Luckily this nice young lady was OK with us posting it online. At the studio we have hundreds of other sessions that we can show you. A lot of our brides are doing these as wedding gifts and of course Valentines Day is always a busy time for these sessions. For women who are too shy to shoot these with a male, we do have a female photographer on site.

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Ottawa Wedding Musicians

Looking for a referral to a wedding musician?
Well..here is one you might want to check out. She also has a neat
list of offbeat ideas for wedding venues and locations on her site.

http://www.louiseebeltoft.com/gallery/index.php

Another group of dependable professionals is http://www.classicalsounds.com/

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I Dare You.

….wait for it.

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Ottawa Glamour and Boudoir on Youtube

Glamour and Boudoir portraits are lots of fun…and great gifts that we often do for brides to be…

Here is some digital magic we did just to see how far we could push it. Take a look at it on
Youtube itself if you really want to see the detail and of course push the “view in hi res” button.

We have an extensive set of examples on our site, but better yet, set an appointment to come by the studio to see lots more. Shooting this style in a natural offshoot of our wedding work…and I wonder sometimes if a lot of photographers have lost the art of making women look good.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f7CKO1t_80]

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Awwww,,,,

I just couldn`t resist putting this on my blog…click and you`ll see why.

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How much should you spend on a photograph…

We quote on jobs all day long…some we get..others we don`t. Thats life.

Ottawa is a very competitive market and hey…competition is what makes life fun.

How much should a great executive portrait that will sell your personality cost?
What should you pay for that product shot that drags customers to your door?
Whats the right fee for a portfolio to sell your services as a model or actor?

The answer is…as much as you can budget.

I look at it this way….how much do large successful companies pay for their ad shots. They pay top dollar.
Why…because they know a couple of things about running a successful business. First, if you pay peanuts you get…well you know_____________. Second, a great image IS worth a thousand words. Third, given the cost of running an ad, creating a web site or
publishing posters and flyers…the cost of the image is really…well….tiny. Is it wise to save a hundred dollars on an image that you will use in ten thousand dollars worth of ads in the next year or two…
If you are trying to sell a service, a product or your own talents…don`t go cheap. Sometimes a bargain is simply a bad investment that doesn`t make the photographer or you a profit.
If I take for example the real estate industry, it seems that the top 10 in the city all have great
shots and invested in those shots even when they started out…How do I know this…because most of them are still my clients.

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New Movie Poster shoot

You will see this poster appearing all over town these days. We shot the motorcycle
and the actors in the studio during the last days before the snow fell. Having a ground floor studio has its benefits…

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