Having a good smartphone with a high-resolution camera is great…for Instagram and social media platforms, maybe. But for those important and memorable events, the best photographers in Ottawa can capture moments better.
Some people understandably balk at the thought of hiring one because of the perceived expenses that come with it.
To give you a general idea of the costs, we’ll be discussing the different photography rates in the next section.
How Much Do Photographers Charge in Ottawa?
For this listicle, we selected different types of photography specializations.
Some of the studios and photographers in Ottawa charge according to output, time, and other factors as illustrated by the table below.
|PHOTOGRAPHER/PHOTOGRAPHY TYPE||ESTIMATED COST|
|Wedding photography (Laura Kelly Photography)||$5,850 for 10 hours of wedding day coverage, engagement session, engagement and wedding online photo gallery and physical album|
|Commercial photography (JVL Photography)||$1,000 – $2,000 creative fee for half or full-day shoot, images with a single-user license|
|Architecture, exterior/interior photography (Photolux Commercial Studio)||$750 – $25,000 based on project and equipment requirements|
|Family photography (Tammy Bouchard Photography)||$700 – $800 up for family portraits with 25 – 35 high-res black and white images|
The fees can also depend on how specialized a shoot is and if it involves advertising and commercial intentions. For these, commercial licensing fees will come into play.
Generally, personal photography sessions involving family members, newborns, and pets are more affordable than commercial shoots. Other expenses involving distance, location, equipment, and schedules could factor in the final cost, as well.
The Best Photographers in Ottawa
Ready to have your special events professionally captured? Then let’s take a look at what the best photographers of Ottawa can do to achieve this.
1. JVL Photography
|SERVICES||Corporate, editorial, portrait, and architectural photography|
|ADDRESS||65 Laurel Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 3E1|
|CONTACT NUMBER||[email protected] |
|OPERATING HOURS||By appointment|
Justin Van Leeuwen is the eye behind JVL Photography. He specializes in commercial photography with an emphasis on architecture, interior design, editorials, portraits, and trade events.
His photography studio also does headshots and custom stock photos for different brands and corporate clients.
Justin’s commercial architecture portfolio shows no-frills, straightforward images of buildings, homes, and commercial façades that look compelling in their simplicity. On the other hand, his portraits and headshots capture pure expressions without ending up looking staged or posed.
It’s rare to see a photographer with an eye for capturing both stone, steel, and wooden constructions while being able to portray everyday humanity with smiles and natural expressions in seemingly unguarded moments.
Aside from being featured in regional and national print and online publications, JLV Photography also boasts of having impressive return clients like Telus and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.
See how past clients liked JVL Photography’s services:
“Not only is Justin’s work excellent, but he’s also very easy to work with. I hired Justin to photograph a great room makeover and was impressed at how his photos captured the energy of a room. Working with Justin was a breeze: clear communication with him and his team at the photoshoot, and a quick post-production turn-around. I look forward to working with him again.” – Saree Parry Design
“JVL Photography was wonderful to work with. It was easy to schedule our photo shoots as JVL was very cooperative in working with our clients and our schedules. The proofs were received in a very timely manner and final copies were received just as fast. We would absolutely work with JVL Photography again.” – ARTium Design-Build
2. Laura Kelly Photography
|SERVICES||Luxury wedding photography, engagement session photography, staged photos|
|ADDRESS||118 Second Avenue Ottawa, ON K1S 2H5|
|CONTACT NUMBER||Contact page only|
|OPERATING HOURS||By appointment only|
We included a wedding and engagement session photographer in this listicle because they’re one of the most in-demand types as far as photography goes. Laura Kelly’s portfolio is also a gorgeous, sentimental trip into the lives of her clients.
Laura Kelly Photography was conceived by the woman behind the lens who’s been in love with the man she intended to marry since she was 17 years old.
Today, the thrill of being with her high school sweetheart is still evident in the soft, fairytale-like filter that often shows up in her wedding photography.
Laura offers both engagement photoshoots and wedding-day photography. Her studio can also accommodate maternity shoots, newborn photography, and other lifestyle and social branding imaging needs.
She reassures engaged couples that it won’t matter if they shoot in an exotic location or a garage as she “cares about people, not backgrounds”. This is a refreshing take on pre-nuptial photography because it focuses on the couple’s story and not on cheesy, gimmicky backdrops.
Read the following client feedback for Laura Kelly Photography:
“Things I look forward to most on my wedding day: 1) Seeing my groom for the first time; 2) Uniting our friends & family from one end of the country to the other while of course lighting up the d-floor; and 3) Knowing that I am in the BEST hands when it comes to having the most well-rounded, passionate & vivacious photographer in the Ottawa area. She has gone completely above & beyond throughout this entire process and EXUDES love for her craft — We are SO lucky (& happy) that she is our photographer!” – Michelle and Mike
“Worked with Laura at a wedding this summer– she is extremely friendly and professional and her photos speak for themselves! If you need a wedding photographer, look no further!” – Jinbon Lau
3. Couvrette Studio
|SERVICES||Professional commercial photography, portrait photography, magazine photography, editorial shoots, wedding and engagement shoots|
|ADDRESS||54 Florence St. Ottawa, ON, K2P 0W7|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 9 AM – 5 PM|
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Since 1991, Couvrette Photography has been steadily reaping photography awards from local and national award-giving bodies.
Among others, the studio has won Ottawa Photographer of the Year several times, the Kodak Gallery Award for Ontario, and was the official portrait photographer of the National Gallery of Canada.
Couvrette Photography is truly a jack-of-all-trades in the photography realm. Aside from commercial and product photography, the studio also does photo shoots for weddings, families, special events, and personal portraits.
There’s even a portfolio for pets and children! They’re straightforward and simple staged studio shots that nevertheless tell personal stories by way of expression, lighting, and colour.
What makes this studio’s portrait photography different is that it can accommodate up to 50 people in one shoot — and promises to still capture the essence and mood of the group. These portraits have found their way in different magazines and publications including Time Magazine and Ottawa Life.
See what past clients have to say about Couvrette Photography:
“Great reputation. Very fine work done by this studio. I highly recommend these folks if you have a need for professional photos.” – Caylee G.
“Great photographer and an excellent choice for all professional marketing scenarios. Paul has been serving our family for decades and my business for years. Great guy too.” – Jacen M.
4. Photolux Commercial Studio
|SERVICES||Commercial, food, architectural, and lifestyle photography|
|ADDRESS||197 Preston St. Ottawa, Ontario K1R7P8|
|OPERATING HOURS||By appointment only|
While it’s a seemingly daunting task to capture the “mood” of an object or a building, Photolux Commercial Studio manages to do it, anyway. A quick glance at its folio of works on the homepage reveals exciting sports action shots, mouth-watering dishes, and masked portraits that still manage to convey deep expressions and moods.
The palette and lighting make each face, food, or façade come alive as the creative team’s portfolio proves. Each photoshoot is described as an “experience” with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment for every client.
The team, headed by photographer Christian Lalonde, is prepared to travel the world for the perfect image for its clients. It takes pride in being able to meet the simplest photography demands to the most complex ones without missing a beat.
Photolux has been earning photography awards since 1999 from reputable award-giving bodies. Some of the studio’s most impressive achievements include PPOC Canadian Commercial Photographer of the Year for several years and first place several times over for the WPPI Fine Art category.
The following clients have good things to say about Photolux Commercial Studio:
“Photolux has documented a few of our projects. Their eye and vision have time and time again correctly displayed the intent and quality of our work. We highly recommend this firm!” – LineBox Studio
“Excellent service, very professional. I am extremely satisfied with the result!” – Brigitte Carboneau
5. Tammy Bouchard Photography
|SERVICES||Session photography, family and newborn photography, pet photography, lifestyle documentary photography|
|ADDRESS||Ottawa, ON K1T 1E2|
|CONTACT NUMBER||(613) 614-2414|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Sunday 6 AM – 8 PM|
As a lifestyle documentary photographer, Tammy Bouchard wants to (as she puts it) “capture your story through light and artistry”. The softly-lit, ethereal quality of her photos attests to this claim.
She regards professional photographs as something beyond mere photography products. For her and her clients, they’re heirloom pieces that can be passed down from one beloved family member to the next.
Her process is a unique and sentimental one. She works both indoors and outdoors of a client’s home to truly capture a family’s essence and mood in an untouched, unstaged, and natural manner.
Testimonials to her work often mention how professionally and quietly she captures private moments that clients almost forget she’s there in the background. Browsing through Tammy Bouchard’s portfolio feels like being allowed into intimate moments where different moods and expressions come as naturally as sunlight.
See why past clients liked their experience with Tammy Bouchard Photography:
“Working with Tammy was such a great experience! She doesn’t make it feel like a service transaction. Her shoots are so natural and easy-going, and there’s no stress. The fact that she can come to you when you have little kids gives you the peace of mind knowing they will feel comfortable.” – Danielle & Bobby Ryan
“Tammy is our go-to family photographer. Her work speaks for itself, it is so untouched, stunning, and real. At first, we were unsure how a “docu-style” photography session would work; would it be weird having someone snaps pics of you without you knowing? Invasive? Awkward? No, no and no. It was completely natural, relaxed, and comfortable—way less stressful than a staged session. Tammy is so great at what she does that you barely know she’s there, we just went about our daily lives. What she captures is a family at the moment in a raw, real moment. It makes for a beautiful story and something that we will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you Tammy for capturing our precious moments and making them a lasting memory.” – Julie & Kyle Turris
6. Alan Dean Photography
|SERVICES||Corporate, Actors, Musicians, Models, Arts, Family, Kids, Sportraits, Commercial|
|ADDRESS||1295 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B1|
|CONTACT NUMBER||Phone: 613 798 9812 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Thursday: 8AM–9PM|
Alan Dean studied photography at Langara College’s Focal Point professional photography program. He has been in Ottawa since 1990, where he has built a reputation as one of the city’s leading photographers.
While he focuses primarily on portraits, his diverse portfolio includes headshots, children and family portraits, and commercial photography. His diverse range of clients finds him working with schools, actors, models, and others involved in fashion and entertainment.
Alan Dean also specializes in photos for the business community, offering high-quality business portraits to the likes of realtors, mortgage brokers, lawyers, and doctors, among many others. Although he has a studio in West Wellington, he is open to shoot on location in Ottawa and Montreal for your business’ needs.
7. Sarah Stewart Photography
|SERVICES||Headshots, Pin up Glamor, Family, Maternity, Pets, Weddings|
|ADDRESS||594 Blanchard Crescent, Ottawa, ON K1V 7B8, Canada|
|CONTACT NUMBER||+1 613-400-9703|
|OPERATING HOURS||Open 24 hours|
If you’re looking for a photographer who has a range of skills and different photoshoot packages, Sarah Stewart Photography may be the best choice for you.
They offer standard services like headshots, family and maternity shots, pets, and weddings. Sarah Stewart, the woman behind the company, makes sure that the photoshoots that she does for her clients are tailor fit to their needs and preferences.
One of the things that make them stand out is their pin-up and glamor services. Pinup sessions are customizable to customers, and they can even do calendar shoots.
Thinking of gifting this to a friend? Not to worry, because pinup parties are available and they also do it onsite.
This could be a great theme for a bridal shower if your guests are into it. Speaking of, another service that we like about Sarah Stewart Photography is she ‘Trash the Dress’ photoshoots available to add to your wedding packages.
Sarah Stewart Photography offers a wide selection of photography services. The only thing that we didn’t like is that despite their relatively high pricing, they do not offer print options for their photos.
Some packages include hair and makeup wardrobe, coaching, and set design. Their prices are reasonable for all of the services listed.
In total, you get bang for your buck when you avail of their services. We recommend Sarah Stewart Photography, especially if you are eyeing a one-of-a-kind experience photoshoot.
8. ChristinaLH Photography
|SERVICES||Lifestyle portraits, headshots, commercial photography, special events photography, nature photography|
|ADDRESS||1402 Cheverny Crescent, Orléans, ON K4A 3C2, Canada|
|CONTACT NUMBER||+1 613-762-2905 | [email protected]|
With more than 20 years of experience, Christina is a seasoned photographer who has been part of events like eSax Ottawa, The Heart of Orleans BIA, and RAW Artists Canada.
There are a lot of reasons why we recommend Christina. First of all, her services are very flexible, and she’d be more than willing to accommodate your requests as a client.
In fact, Heart of Orléans BIA is one of her satisfied clients and they have nothing but praises for her high quality work. She handled a lot of aspects of the project, and everything went smoothly.
We think it just goes to show that she’s very talented in various fields of photography. So if you’re looking for someone like that, then she’s definitely the one.
In comparing her to other photographers, in 2021, she has received the “Orléans Leading Women and Girls Recognition 2021 Award” from MPP Marie-France Lalonde for services rendered/volunteered during the pandemic at no charge. Over the course of a few months, she photographed 115 families and at least 25 businesses at no charge.
There was no personal gain – she did so solely in exchange for donations to the Orléans food banks. To add more to this, she actually volunteers often and gives out gift certificates for worthy causes.
However, her studio doesn’t have fixed operating hours. Thus, we recommend getting in touch with her first through her social media pages before planning an appointment.
Nonetheless, we think that Christina’s services are really great, especially considering her highly competitive rates.
Couldn’t ask for a better photographer
“It was an amazing experience working with Christina! The photos came out absolutely amazing! Myself and my significant other couldn’t ask for a better photographer, during the shoot she made us laugh and really made the experience that much better! – Noah Sastre
Unique experience and fantastic memories
“Christina has an awesome energy and she pushed us past our comfort zone during our business photo-shoot. She was instrumental in creating our REALLY cool shots. If you’re looking for a unique experience and fantastic memories/pictures – Christina your gal!” – André Grzela
FAQs About Photographers in Ottawa
The best photographers in Ottawa can capture anything from your business’ products and services to that cute expression on your pet’s face.
If we forgot to mention some good photographers in this review, do send us a message and we’ll remedy it.
Are you looking for professional photographers to capture your big day with your special someone? Read our listicle on the best wedding photographers in Ottawa to know which one to approach.