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Andrew’s Wedding last week at The Courtyard

Jennifer & Greg were married at The Courtyard Restaurant just over a week ago.  This has been a big year for Ottawa winter weddings and it has been a joy to take part in these events. The difference that I have noticed while shooting a winter wedding is that the focus comes off the weather, the scenery, the stuff, etc, and seems to migrate almost completely on to the people.  Within 10 seconds of Jessica and I walking into Greg’s place in the west end, we knew that it was going to be “one of those” weddings. “One of those”  weddings is one where everyone treats you like one of the gang from the start. These always seem to be the most down to earth people with lots of very close family and friends, and really sweet kids. People like this come from great parents and there was no shortage of them either. To make things even more warm and perfect, Miranda from the Courtyard was on hand invisibly making things right along the way. As if that were not enough, it was great to see Bryce Healey performing the ceremony. I had the pleasure of shooting Bryce’s wedding 2 years ago and knew how great of a person he is. The ceremony was perfect as expected. For the full blog post on Andrew’s go <here>

Cindy & Andrew’s Cinematic Wedding Trailer, July 15th, 2013

We couldn’t have had more fun being part of Cindy & Andrew’s wedding, it was our first Egyptian Wedding here in Ottawa.

Cindy and Andrew wanted an upbeat cinematic wedding trailer which showed both their passionate and fun side, so we mashed 2 songs together. We think it worked out well !

Their beautiful smiles and laughter were infectious…and the FUN lasted way into the wee hours of the night.

            you can read their testimonial here   

Off-Camera Flash and Location Lighting Workshop!


“Learn to light your subjects on location using simple equipment with Blair Gable, freelance photographer working for Reuters, MacLeans magazine, Globe and Mail, and many others. During the workshop, you will learn techniques to creatively light a portrait, on location, with simple camera based flash. Soak up Blair’s years experience shooting pro sports and world leaders including Obama, the Queen, Princess Kate.”

Ottawa portrait photographer Blair Gable


DATES: (the spring 2012 session filled quickly!)
Classroom and hands on practical: Daytime, October 19, 2013
Follow-up & Critique: Daytime, October 20, 2013.

Workshop is held at Blair’s studio Third Floor York located in Ottawa’s Byward Market.

COST: $400 + applicable taxes


You will meet Blair for both in the field instruction and a critique session. Together your lighting skills will develop to a new level. You will learn about:

–  basic photographic and composition techniques
–  setting up off-camera flash and why it’s superior to on-camera flash
–  different ways to trigger off-camera flash
–  different light modifiers to help get the right effect
–  creating exceptional portraits with 1, 2, 3+ flashes
–  deconstructing photos to make you a better photographer
–  getting big results from small lights


The emphasis of this photo course is on your skills behind the camera and your ability to effectively use the camera you have. We encourage digital SLR cameras for this course for ease of critique. Film shooters are welcome – work must be ready for presentation for the critique session. Participants must have an SLR camera and an external flash.


Space is limited! Contact Harry Nowell by email or by phone at 819-827-9460 for more information and to register.

Cinematic Destination Wedding Film – Reno Video Productions

We don’t often post our Cinematic Wedding Films on social media or even on our website, mostly because they are quite long. We decided to share this wedding film because we spent one week with the couple and wedding party in the Dominican Republic.

We will do destination weddings anywhere in the world,  if our schedule allows us.

The cost ends up approximately the same as a full local Ottawa Wedding.

Better yet, because we are so passionate about what we do, we don’t restrict our coverage of filming the couple to a schedule, but tend to go with the flow of what is going on during the week. So you know that means, lots of beautiful footage for us to use for our cinematic wedding films and wedding trailers.

Michelle & Danny’s wedding trailer was ready three days after they came home, and this cinematic film was completed within 6-9 months, just in time for their honeymoon baby.

Congrats to the new parents !!