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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The “Cowboy Bride”returns….


If you look a few posts down you will see a familiar face… as I photographed this clients wedding a couple of years ago. She is still a “horse person” and I guess it runs in the family as the groom is a blacksmith….

As you can see from my fine art shot….the little one already has some boots…lol.

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Pregnancy Portraits Ottawa


Here are a couple of recent pregnancy portraits of one of our clients. These are priceless memories…I know….we show our shots to our kids and they love ’em.
I had previously photographed this client for a bodybuilding portfolio last year. Return clients
are the best testimonial to our work…

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Some well known faces…

This is my portrait of a number of Canada`s Prime Ministers and Alex Trebek, which I shot for Magna and the CBC to promote the Next Great Canadian Prime Minister TV show that airs
today. I have photographed portraits of every Prime Minister from Trudeau to Harper and this
assignment is one I have carried out for 4 years on location in Toronto.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I realize that I am having a glass of wine with Kim Campbell or hearing John Turner describe me as his favorite photographer. Its always nice to
get together with them and this year meeting game show legend Alex Trebek was an added bonus.Behind the scenes…he`s funnier than on TV.

Now if I can get these guys to all smile on cue…imagine what we can do for YOU!

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Fashion and Beauty

I started my career shooting Fashion and Glamour for Ottawa designers and models. The experience was great and led me to assignments from international cosmetics companies. I also keep the rust off by doing some local sessions with upcoming models and actors. This shot is part of a major ad campaign that recently appeared in Vogue and InStyle.
Here is the website…which I think is really nicely done. We also shot all the product photography.

Thinking of modelling…perhaps its wise to invest in headshots by someone who knows the biz….
Got a product…we`ll make it beauuuutiful.
Need a glamour portrait…give us a call!

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Photojournalism meets Fashion

We were thrilled to be selected to create the current cover of Ottawa Life magazine featuring
some of Ottawa`s most dynamic women. Recently we have also been honored to be selected as
photojournalists for Canadian Press to add to our work for Time, Macleans and Newsweek.
A lot of people in the wedding biz claim to be photojournalists…we really are!…check it out.

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Medieval Wedding Ottawa

Last weekend we photographed a fantastic Medieval theme wedding.
It reminded me that we had one on Youtube that I posted last year and
so here it is on my blog. Stay tuned for the recent shots in a week
or so…

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The Couvrette Building

Recently I decided to research the history of my building on Gladstone Avenue. The shape of the building always puzzled me and the City Archives finally solved the mystery.

Couvrette Studio was built in 1910 as a Livery (horse and carriage depot)by one of Ottawa`s top hotels, The Alexandria on Bank Street, founded by entrepreneur Thomas Babin. By 1923 it became Horner Motor Sales, the first automobile showroom in the city. In the mid thirties it was the home of Progressive Printers and was heavily reinforced to hold huge presses on the second floor. The building is so solid that it easily withstood a car crashing in the front window last year.
Kinda reminds me of my company, which has withstood three recessions so far and counting. Yes, we started in 1977…making us one of the longest standing studios in the city.

Dollco took over the printing business and 430 Gladstone became one of Ottawa`s original hi tech companies in the mid sixties.I purchased the building in the mid 1990’s and after extensive renos…voila, Couvrette Studio.

When I started my business there were 15 studios owned by photographers in the downtown core, bounded by Bronson, the Ottawa River, the Queensway and the Rideau River. How times change…now its just us……STABLE .you betcha! (its a joke,…livery (stable) oh well.

It sure would be nice to have some shots of horses and Model T`s in front of our building…maybe a project for the 100th anniversary next year!

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Ottawa Boudoir and Glamour Portraits.

Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Here are two more from the session…

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Something prospective brides might consider when comparing photographers is how well they do portraits. Photojournalism is fine and dandy, but a talented photographer should also know how to make the bride look great. Frankly, even our assistants in training can manage to get a few lucky shots, but they need a couple of years training to do great portraits. Take a look at entire sites, and not just cherry picked wedding shots. Better yet, ask to see an entire wedding…thats when you really know how to judge a photographers talent.

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