Quite the cute little spot on the banks of the Gatineau River. I photographed the place years back for a magazine editorial with Bob Philips and was happy to return for a wedding . The rainy weather did not stop us from getting the shots…that`s what separates a pro from an amateur boys and girls.
Lovely spot…hope to get back there on a sunny day soon.
We were shooting a wedding at the Cordon Bleu on Laurier when I noticed a film crew across the street as we walked by. They were shooting some actors and a lot of splashing around (hence the water all over the director) I asked if they would play along and they were good sports so we used their setup just for fun…
So here we are…that holiday called Family Day. It got me thinking about what it costs to raise a family…
Lets start with an average middle class family home in Ottawa at $300K. We should add the feeding, care and clothing of two-point-five kids for 20 years @25K. Let`s top it up with a few years in college and a half dozen trips to Disney. Add some cell phone bills and a gadget or two and you`ll approach a million dollars really quickly….
I am reminded of that joke… “I went to (___________) and all I got was a lousy T-Shirt.”
It is rare for most families to have a family portrait these days. Those that do have a DVD in a drawer somewhere that will be unreadable in twenty years and of course that notion to make prints with it has long been forgotten.
Progress…..hmmmmmn…sometimes I wonder.
I have never really understood why people settle for less than great portraits….Companies spend a fortune building websites, buying billboard space and running ads yet many seem to forget that personalities sell things…and do it very well. People spend a lot of time, energy and money on their appearance but the bulk of people don`t actually have a great portrait of themselves or their families. I truly enjoy helping people create great images and wonderful memories…and thank my clients for the trust they have put in me over the years…
This lovely couple decided on some classic portraits to celebrate their union…
While we love all this street photography with graffiti walls and sunglasses, I think that a decade or two down the road, classic will stand the test of time. If you missed getting a gorgeous shot of that dress on your wedding day….give us a call…It`s never too late.
There are a zillion award sites on the net and fake popularity contests on social media. Frankly, anyone can go to an event with one of today`s super tech cameras and come back with a dozen good shots. That is not really what a professional photographer does…
A pro gets it right, first time, every time….On time and on budget.
A pro doesn`t call his living room or basement a “studio”….
A pro charges a little bit more than an amateur…because his experience comes through in the crunch.
A pro answers the phone when you call…and does not setup meetings in a coffee shop after his day job.
A pro had a three star rating with the Better Business Bureau and hundreds of recommendations on LinkedIn.
A professional photographer knows that his clients put their trust in him to record those moments that everyone else missed,create that headshot that helps you reach the public and takes photographs for your business that are worth a million words.
It doesn`t get much better than LINKEDIN to check out a person`s credentials…especially when one of the reviews comes from…ummmm LINKEDIN…