Better Business Bureau of Ottawa

Its no fun to get all serious about such a happy topic as wedding photography.

This summer, however, we received a high number of emails asking our advice on the topic of Ottawa wedding photography. Sadly, many with tales of woe.

We have seen roughly 800 Ottawa and area photographers come and go in our 30 years in business. Currently there are roughly 200 Ottawa Wedding Photographer websites the majority of which are different from what we saw 5 years ago…and 5 years from now there will be a different 200.

When we started, you needed a business licence and you could not operate from your basement.
The population of the city supported about 20 excellent portrait and wedding specialists. Today,
all you need is a laptop, a dozen cool shots on a website and you`re in business…for a while.

Are some of the new crop good enough to last…yes. We recommend a mix of new and established studios when we are fully booked on a date.

Are we concerned about competition…no…frankly we love it…thats what keeps us on
our toes.

We are concerned however about the number of couples who contact us to
located their missing photographer, fix their digital files or make them an album
when their photographer does not provide this service.

After this much time in the industry, we have concerns about the reputation of our profession.

Soooo…we strongly suggest that couples use that old standby, THE OTTAWA BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU to check out photographers reputations. We did, and were shocked to
find how many rated low. Check it out for yourself.

You WILL find one AAA we’re proud to say.

PS…Yes, we will offer the service of correcting your wedding files and making you an album, but sorry – we can no longer help you track down your photographer or offer legal advice. We are
too busy serving our own customers. Frankly, we have been so busy this summer I have not posted as many shots as I would like…I`ll correct that soon.

Ok…enough said…back to smiling faces….

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Ottawa Florists we recommend for our Weddings.

People have been asking about florists.

First to come to mind is Silver Rose…classic elegance and excellent service.
http://www.thesilverrose.com/ Also look at Langdons in Alta Vista as well as Phulero Dola.
Out in the country…try the nice folks at http://www.poshpedalsflorist.com/

One bit of advice you should really heed. Have your flowers delivered early. We have seen
at least five weddings this summer whose flowers arrived half way through the house photo session. I have no idea why someone would not deliver on time…

Here’s an idea. Why not get them early.
If the florist says they have to get to work earlier to prep em…too bad.

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These people know how to have fun…

I would love to have been there….

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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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