Wedding on a boat on the Ottawa River.


This summer we have a few brides who have discovered that not only is a boat wedding kinda fun, but the prices are really reasonable for catering too. Elena shot this great image and now has a second boat wedding this summer…I`m jealous.

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Candids VS Photojournalism


Just so we are on the same page when discussing wedding styles…the top photo is wedding photojournalism….shooting unposed images. The bottom shot, while a lot of fun, is what is now
being called “candid” groups…ie more fun in posing. These need time and a cool location. People do not naturally do the things that you see in a lot of wedding photos…if you invest the time, we can create some great images.

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Portraits on Location

We have a large studio and that allows us to shoot some very big groups, but of course
a portrait at home or on location affords the client a little more convenience. This family have been studio portrait clients for many years and it was nice to finally shoot in their home and see the gallery of my work on their walls.

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Ottawa actress Sonja Smits


Recently we spent a couple of days in the Picton area shooting portraits of Canadian
actress Sonja Smits for a travel promo. Sonja was great to work with and our Ontario
“summer” even let up for awhile so I could get these shots. Check out the current issue
of Ottawa Life for the full spread.

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Ottawa Engagement Portrait.





Hot off the presses…shot last week at the end of the Tulip Festival. Looking forward to
more fun shots at their Chateau Laurier wedding in July.

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Wedding Advice..

Hey…I didn`t write this…but I did take the shot.

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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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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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Photoshop Artistry


We just hung a large new BW in our Gladstone St window and people are really responding to it…I can tell, when cars slow down and folks stare.
I thought it was the perfect time to talk about the issue of digital files. We book a few weddings
per year in which people tell us they are making their own albums. Sooo…in the interest of science I have posted these two files and allowed you to grab them and try your luck at changing
the color file to the bw. If you can create the kind of look we did..hey, good for you. Now multiply
that time by a few hundred images and perhaps you’ll see that it might be a good idea to let a professional make your wedding album.

I read recently in Popular Photography that over half the people who thought they had the skills and time to create their own albums hadn`t done so…over two years after their wedding!

We had a bride show up just last week who must have spent 50 K on her wedding three years ago…yup…the photographer (who will go unnamed) didn`t offer an album service and her hubby promised to make the albums..

I can`t imagine how many times he regretted that idea.

BTW, email me the results if you really nail that Photoshop test…we always have openings and lots of work…

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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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