Service with a Smile

Your call is important to us!.….Press 8 while standing on one leg and and holding your breath so we can transfer your call to our operator in Bangladesh.

In todays world that’s pretty well the norm, but not at Couvrette Studio. We’ve employed a full time office manager and support staff since the start of our studio in the seventies. Booking a part time photographer that works from home may look like a bargain, but in the end you may find otherwise. A wedding is generally comprised of 3 to 10 hours of photography and 25 hours of coordination, planning and post production. Our office manager and support staff work 9 to 5 weekdays and your call will always be answered right away, or within the hour if we are on the line serving another customer.
Yes, we are not open til midnight on Tuesdays …that’s because we operate a full time studio not a hobby business out of our homes in the evenings.

Sometimes we all get caught up looking at price so much that we forget to compare service. It is a huge part of coodinating and creating a fantastic wedding album or a beautiful wall portrait and delivering it flawlessly and on time. I`ll confess that I buy our paper towels at Costco..but when it comes to something really important like our cameras…we go pro all the way.

There are only 5 studios in Ottawa who have flourished for over 25 years….now you know one of the reasons why…


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Medieval Theme Wedding at the Chateau Laurier Ottawa.

I promised to post some shots of this wedding a couple of weeks ago…so here goes. The Chateau Laurier was the perfect backdrop for this amazing late winter wedding. The bride, a noted singer from Calgary, had organized an event that was spectacular from the costumes to the decor. We
were honored that she chose us to record the whole thing. Truly a special evening.

Update…I recieved this email from the bride about five minutes ago…I think you might call it a testimonial…

Dear Paul,

WOW, WOW and WOW again… OMG… which ones to choose for our picture gallery???? Some if not most of them left us breathless.

I am so very glad you were there… you made us relive the entire fairytale as you captured our emotions on every one of them… THANK YOU, for immortalizing such a great day for us to pass on for generations to come.

Lucie and Don

Then a bit later, Daniel Richer, Ottawa`s Town Crier who is the gallant gentleman acting as
Master of Ceremonies wrote….

Squire Couvrette
As always you have the masters touch….
Hope to be in front of your lens soon… Daniel


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An engagement portrait shot in Ottawa just last week.

> These are hot off the presses from last weeks brrr…cool… shoot of a couple from the Niagara Falls area whose wedding we are shooting this summer near Russell on their family farm. We recommend these sessions so people can get a good idea how they look on camera. Besides, it allows us to get really relaxed shots which sometimes people miss on their wedding day due to overscheduling of the photography session. Planning the day is key to having a fantastic album as our office manager Sheila will tell you.

UPdate…this is the email I got when they recieved their mini album.

Hi Paul, Ryan and I just wanted to say thank you for the great pictures! They turned out so well and everyone absolutely loved them. Everyone was asking who the photographer was, and were saying you have a great eye! We’re looking forward to the wedding day photos. (I will be sure to smile more since my hair won’t be in my face!)See you at the end of May.

Take care, Amy & Ryan

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A couple of fun people….

Modern portraits can have various “looks”. I think there is a place for studio portraits..besides, they can still be cool…and we can charge a lot less, since we are not lugging our gear on site.

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Awwww….Ottawa Baby Portrait

This little character opened his eyes for only a split second….but thats all we needed…cute indeed.

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Save Money on Your Ottawa Wedding…without going cheap!

Ok, so you want your wedding to be special…yet you want a great deal…Easy.
Here are some tips for saving money when you plan your Ottawa wedding.

Lets start with the obvious.

Photography If you find a photographer at half price….some part of the deal will generally be half as good. One trick is to hire a great photographer for less time. No matter whether a photographer says they do not charge extra for time…its a myth. Time is built into every quote. Isn`t a great photographer for 6hrs better than a mediocre one who offers to stay and party til midnight. While we are on the topic…90% of all wedding album photos brides choose are not selected from coverage at the reception.

Limos Check out the cost of renting a really swank luxury car. Even with gas, its a quarter of a limo rental and just as ritzy.Get one of the groomsmen or even that Uncle with the great sunglasses to be your “chauffeur”. You`ll save hundreds, plus you won`t fall into that worrisome game of paying for that exhorbitant “overtime” if you are a little late.

Dress You can find a Justina McCaffrey on Craigslist or Kijijij for less than half the price….heck, you can even sell it back on these forums and de facto have had a designer dress for FREE. If that’s too radical…check out Sinders…a bit out of town, but worth the drive.

Rings My jeweller friends will hate me for telling you this…but you can actually buy diamonds online and have a custom ring made for way less than the major retailers. Check out a little shop called Marigold on Dalhousie…they`ll make the band up for you. A custom ring at a third off…can’t be beat.

Reception First off, check the Quebec venues…prices are 10 to 20 percent cheaper. Second…plan your wedding for off season…and get tough with the sales staff. They can make you a better deal in February. Reconsider that open bar…or buy everyone a first drink… hey, there`s a recession on! Check out reception halls that let you bring in and serve your own alcohol…you will save a small fortune. Double check the “gratuities” clause in the contract…some add a nice little mandatory 15%,but some add 25%, yikes…..on your biggest cost, it can be a killer surprise.
One more tip…check out the boatlines for a fun floating location at a reasonable price per person.

Video Most people view their videos for the first few months…their wedding albums for decades…If you do price a video, avoid all those special effects and titles…Simple clean photojournalistic video will be a lot less costly and twenty years from now will still look classic.

Flowers Got a creative friend…then hit Michaels and make your own unique bouquets….

Decor….while you`re already at Michaels…think about decor too…Where do you think the decor
people shop…lol.

Honeymoon…there are a lot of last minute deals, but thats probably too scary for most.
Travelzoo will send you emails weekly with deals you can book months ahead and save big time.

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Every once in a while, someone asks me for a testimonial……….

Perhaps I could list the famous clients whose weddings we have shot like Barbara McLachlin, Justina McCaffrey, Marlen Cowpland or the Potters….hmmmn…that’s gonna scare people.
Ok…how about being the only photographer who has done portraits of every Prime Minister from Trudeau to Harper….nah…boring.
Would 150 awards make a difference…maybe not. Just sound like we are gonna be expensive…a myth btw.

Ok…I`ve got it……..Some real nice, real people….this should do it. Phew!

BTW….Check these ladies out if you need some real nice real estate in Kingston.

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Ottawa Wedding Ceremony Officiants

We have attending over a thousand weddings and seen the good, the bad and the…well, lets leave it at that.

The range of people who will officiate on your special day is so wide that it amazes us. We have seen ministers who must have mistaken this joyous event for a wake and officials who could not even remember the bride’s name!

Our faves….certainly Floralove Katz from is one of the nicest, most personable. As well, the people at are…well exceptional.

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Ottawa Wedding Makeup

Looking over the post below, it occurs to me that I should mention some dependable and talented
Ottawa wedding makeup artists. We have worked with quite a few and while style is very individual (ask for a test run) professionalism and timing are what impresses us.
First, I would stay away from most hair/makeup salons unless they can guarantee that you are the only wedding there that morning. Hair salons tend to overbook and we have seen more lateness from salons than from individual artists that go to your location. No matter how great your hair and makeup look for that critical 12hrs, your photographs will be around for many thousand times those hours…and all the makeup in the world won`t hide a look of stress….The most dependable salon if you do go that route in town...Rinaldos.
As far as individual services, Weddings by Tracy and Ottawa Makeup Artists are really professional. We also like the work we have seen from Seema Haider..but have not shot with her yet.

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Ottawa…no Qatif.

We shot these for a bridal salon in Saudi Arabia. Now how did we get a client from
Saudi…long story. Oh, btw, we do travel to destination weddings and have shot weddings in the
USA, Jamaica and a number of Canadian cities. Still waiting for one in Vegas…if you`re going…lets make a deal!

The makeup is by Layali Almobasher for her Salon in Qatif.

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