Category Archives: Commercial Photography

Professional Business Headshots for 2017

Professional business headshots are very important in this digital age. They will probably be the first thing people see even before meeting you. A high quality portrait by a professional photographer is a perfect way to present yourself to new clients.

I offer professional business headshots on location anywhere in the Montreal area. My portrait style is natural, classic and perfect for professionals looking to enhance their online image. Please contact me at to find out more about scheduling your professional headshot or business portrait.

Business portraits start at $ 95.00 per session and includes a final retouched image of your choice.

Here are some examples of my work:Professional business portrait photographer
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Please contact me if you would like to get additional information for a professional headshot or business portrait in Montreal. All my portraits are done on location and delivered within 1-2 days.

Get the best professional business headshots and portraits:

What to wear for your business portrait:

  • I recommend wearing clothes that are well-fitted, classically cut and without any big patterns. You want to make sure the focus stays on you and not your clothes. Neutral tones and solid colours are also a good choice. I will often photograph men with and without a tie. This way, they can have two looks (casual business and corporate).

Background for professional portraits (studio or environmental):

A professional portrait can be done with a solid backdrop (grey or white is recommended). Headshots can also be done as an “environmental portrait”. This means that you can see the background of your work environment or the room you were photographed in.

An environment portrait has a softer look and helps to tell a story about you and your work. The trend I’m noticing right now is for approachable and natural looking portraits. Environmental and lifestyle portraits are the best way to achieve this.

Here are two examples of environmental portraits.

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How often should you update your business profile photo:

  • I would recommend updating your profile photo every 2-3 years or if you had a major change in your appearance (new haircut, new hair colour, new glasses). You want to make sure the photo never looks outdated.
  • A new job or promotion is also be a good time for a new photo.
  • I can also give you two or three different looks for your photo. You can put them in rotation or use the one that best suits the situation. Relaxed, casual, serious or smiling.

Updating business profile photos for a company or website:

  • If you are updating the profiles of all your employees for the company’s website, I would recommend consistency in style and look. Use the same photographer, same background (studio or environmental). This will tie everyone together as a team and add to the visual branding of your company. I often go to companies and get all the portraits done on the same day or over a two day period. These portraits can also be used for business cards or LinkedIn profile photos. I always deliver the photos resized to the requirements of the website, profile or business card. And I’m happy to return when new people are added to the team.

How long does it take to get a business portrait?

  • I can do a business portrait in 3 -5 minutes (not including set-up). You will be given 6-10 photos on a contact sheet for your selection. The retouched photo(s) can be delivered in the following days.

How much does a business headshot cost?

  • I offer professional headshots for $75.00 for 1 to 5 people with a one-time set-up fee of $50.
  • If you need 6 or more business headshots, the price will be adjusted based on the number of people.


Please contact me if you would like to get additional information for a professional headshot or business portrait in Montreal. All my portraits are done on location and delivered within 1-2 days.

Q&A with Atelier Carmel – a fresh take on Wedding Bouquets

If you’re looking for the WOW factor for your bridal bouquet and centerpieces, I recommend you get to know the work of Atelier Carmel. I was instantly drawn to their unusual, garden-inspired style and contacted the owner Carmel Sabourin to see if I could interview her for my blog. Carmel embodies everything that is fresh and innovative in bridal and event flower arrangements.  We’ve had a few events together and the originality and beauty of her work always takes my breath away.

Carmel Sabourin, Florist – Photo by Kate Fellerath

As a wedding photographer, I get a lot of questions about flowers and bouquets, so I thought I would ask the expert. I met with Carmel at her charming storefront location in Plateau Mont-Royal (close to downtown Montreal). I asked her to let me in on some of her trade secrets and her work philosophy.

Q: What words would you use to describe your style?
A: Garden-inspired, organic, natural, loose and wild.

Q: What differentiates you from other florists who offer flowers for events and weddings?
A: The main difference would be the aesthetic. I work differently from other florists. People come to me for the specific aesthetic that I have. Almost all my brides come to me with a loose garden look. It’s a specific style that I’m able to do really well. It’s getting more popular but it’s actually very hard to do.

Q: Do you like clients to bring you pictures and ideas of what they want?
A: I like it when clients bring me a Pintrest board which gives me a good idea about what they want.

Q: What do you think is important when choosing flowers for a wedding?
A: I like working with flowers at the height of their lushness. When I pick the flowers, there is such a huge range of things I have to consider. Price is one of the considerations. And I work mainly with seasonal flowers. Flower selection is done about 3-4 weeks before the event so I know what I can get.

Q: What flowers do you recommend for winter weddings?
A: There are lots of flowers available for winter weddings. Most spring flowers get a head start in greenhouses and can be used for winter weddings. And in other countries (where the flowers come from) it’s warmer. For example, here it’s winter, but in Holland it’s already spring.

Q: Are there any flowers can best survive the cold weather?
A: Most spring flowers would be ok. But flowers don’t do well in below zero weather. So I would recommend doing the photos after the ceremony. Or if you’re doing the photos before the ceremony, consider getting a second bouquet. I’m all about saving my clients money, but that might be a good solution.

Q: What about summer weddings? What do you recommend to keep the flowers from wilting?
A: All my flowers come in jars of water. It’s worth putting the flowers back into water when they are not needed.

Q: When do you prepare the arrangements and bouquets?
A: We pick up the flowers 2 days before the event and create the arrangements the day before.

Q: What is the average price range for a wedding bouquet?
A: I’d say the average range is $200-$250. Unless the client wants something very big, which is actually becoming quite trendy right now. Enormous bouquets or if they want something that is especially expensive. For example peonies are always expensive except for the two weeks a year when we get local peonies. They’re always expensive but I usually only put 3 or 4 in a bouquet. Bridesmaids bouquets are about $100 each [There are less flowers and the bouquet is small than the bride’s bouquet.]

Q: And what about the prices for centerpieces?
A: There’s a big range. For example last year I did centerpieces for $12 and the most expensive was $400 per table. But I’d say the average is about $75-150. It really has to do with the amount of flowers.

Q: What other things do you offer for weddings?
A: Ceremony décor, big arrangements, arches, huppas. We do a lot of décor for the reception for example escort tables, sweet tables. We also offer boards and displays to rent. Flower girls baskets, corsages, whatever people need for the event.

Q: How far in advance do you book your clients?
A: I only start meeting clients a year in advance. I would say my average is about 6-8 months before the wedding. But I also have a lot of clients who call me and the wedding is in two months. I am able to book multiple weddings on a weekend.

Q: Any tips or advice to impart to future brides?
A: I would say focus on the general feeling/aesthetic and a colour palette that you want. If you have a favorite or meaningful flower, that’s worth mentioning to the florist. But don’t get fixated on specific flowers. I create my flower arrangements based on the colour palette and budget.

Q: What is the best way to reach you?
A: Email is the best and meetings are by appointment only.

Website: Atelier Carmel
Pintrest: Atelier Carmel on Pintrest

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All Photos by Kate Fellerath