Beantown Ranch Fireworks.

 

Shopping for a wedding photographer is not an easy task. You have to consider technical and artistic skills as well as personality and of course, the company`s follow up in delivering the final product.

A talented photographer simply gets the best shots of the people and events of that day…period. Put a dozen photographers in a room and you will get 12 different interpretations and frankly, 12 different levels of success at capturing that shot.
That is the real story when shopping for a photographer…not packages, pricing and a slick sales talk. The problem with comparing photogs online is that it is impossible to see what two photogs will do in a similair situation. Here is what Google finds for a location one of our staff recently photographed.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…

http://www.google.ca/search?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7DACA_en-GBCA266&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=zPmTUPaiMey62gXz0oHAAw&q=beantown%20wedding%20fireworks&biw=998&bih=582&sei=z_mTUMmHNc7y2gXasIDIBg#um=1&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us%3AIE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7DACA_en-GBCA266&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=beantown++fireworks&oq=beantown++fireworks&gs_l=img.12…37375.37375.1.39453.1.1.0.0.0.0.47.47.1.1.0…0.0…1c.1.Rh6PlsV5sTA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=7c963f4a268d5a2e&bpcl=37189454&biw=1360&bih=596

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Ottawa Christmas Family Portrait

It`s time to book that Christmas session…yes, we have a studio large enough to shoot a group of 45…come on down.

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Ottawa Christmas Family Portrait

It`s time…get the gang together and give us a call. Our Centretown studio can accomodate groups of 45…schedule early for Christmas!

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Just another day on Facebook….

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Barbara Ann Scott tours my work…

 

Sad to hear of the passing of Canadian Icon Barbara Ann Scott. This was taken just a few weeks ago as she toured my work at City Hall.  Thanks to my friend JM Carisse for the shot.

I only wish I could have added her portrait to my gallery of great Canadians. She was one elegant, talented lady.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUTTkM_pj0I

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Full Coverage of an Ottawa Wedding by Paul Couvrette

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Ottawa Bridal Fair


 
Heading down to the Bridal Fair this weekend. Make sure you stop by the Wedding Dream Magazine`s booth and fill in a ballot to win an engagement session. The mag chose Couvrette Studio as the prize and to make it even better, the shoot will be featured as an editorial spread in their upcoming issue…cooool.

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Editorial Cover “Concept Shoot” for Ottawa Life Magazine.

I love a challenge…
This is a cover shoot for Ottawa Life Magazine featuring three people who work with children…primarily those with autism. The challenge was to illustate the story withough focussing on the kids. I chose the idea of a puzzle…which truly is what many of these disorders currently represents to our healthcare system.

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Award Winning Photography….hmmmn.

“Award Winning Photography” seems these days to be a catchphrase on every second site. Frankly, it`s lost its value, just like Jumbo Shrimp, Sale and…Your Call is Important to Us….

Here are the facts. There are actually a half dozen real photography awards in North America and no, winning the northwest Barrys Bay landscape competition does not qualify you to shoot portraits.

The real awards are judged by a panel of Nationally acclaimed photographers and these groups include the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Canada and Capic.  There are a number of high end mags like Applied Arts inCanada and PDN in the USA who have juried competitions annually. There are as well, National Associations for Journalists that hand our Editorial Awards which are properly adjudicated.

Contrast that with the latest fads…Websites that declare you a top photog because you had a few hundred of your Facebook friends vote or worse yet, media and “pay to enter” sites who set themselves up as judges based on polls that are merely popularity contests or worse…

It wouldn`t be so bothersome if not for the fact that the general public already has a hard time judging a photographers work based on a few web images, let alone his or her professionalism in business.

I stopped entering the real competitions a number of years ago. I had won at that time of 100 local, National and International awards and I simply decided to put a little more time into my family and my business. To tell the truth, I feel sorry for newbies in the biz.  There are some great photographers in Ottawa…and hundreds of “award winning photographers”

 

(Full disclosure), I am one of five photographers in Ottawa who has been honored with the title Master Photographer and the only studio owner to ever win Canadian Photographer of the Year. I am qualified as an International Judge of Photography in Canada and the USA)

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Ottawa Portraits of Children

We love long term repeat clients. These kids have been posing for the family Christmas card for over a decade with us. This is last years and we just shot the 2012. Guess that`s as good a testimonial as it gets.

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