7 Year Parliament Project

Update – March 2018

Capturing Parliament Hill with a creative eye

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleI’m Michel Loiselle, Graphic Designer/Photographer from Ottawa. I’ve been capturing our Canadian Parliament digitally since 2006. The collection took 7 years to complete. (Part-time, while working at the House of Commons on the Hill). It was evident from day one that this Parliament had many faces and personalities. Because of its configuration and architecture, you get a different view whenever you change angles. Here is the view most tourists see from the main gates on Wellington Street in Ottawa. It’s a great view!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Moving north across the river to Gatineau will give you a totally different Parliament with the Library and the Royal Alexandra bridge. It’s fantastic! This photo, Bridged Parliament, taken during magic hour, also features the World Exchange Plaza with its original ball clock on the roof.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

From the east side during fall, yet an entirely different view of Parliament Hill. Every angle and season offers something new. I photograph Parliament year-round and am thankful for the experience. There’s something about taking your time with a photo while listening to mellow jazz on the iPod and giving in to the beauty. The gothic architecture simply takes me away every time.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleAgain, we cross the river at night with a full moon to see the true spectacle that is our Canadian Parliament.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit on Parliament Hill, and please drop in and see the 200+ Canadian Parliament collection of images on sale at mostphotos.com. The collection includes Canada day, Christmas, Inside, Silhouettes and Seasons. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. All files are quality checked for color accuracy and are noise-free.

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

Michel – http://loiselleblog.com

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Our Gothic Parliament

Update – March 2017

The Canadian Parliament is a statement in Gothic Revival architecture

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

The political lines to follow inside Parliament are evident by the beautiful gothic revival style that is the Rotunda. The workmanship and detail make the visit worthwhile as soon as you enter.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
The love of gothic architecture continues outside on Parliament Hill with stone walls, turrets and gargoyles.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
These images are part of the 250+ Canadian Parliament collection by Michel Loiselle. Photos start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Images are edited for color accuracy and noise, making them ready for publishing online or in print. The intended audience includes web and print designers, advertising and communications agencies and publishing houses. The audience also includes corporate business, Parliament Hill, diplomats and creatives.

Classic Rotunda

When your project needs to portray Canada, this important collection will serve you well. See the portfolio at mostphotos.com.

Thank you and have a great day!

Michel

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Parliament For Everyone

Update – March 2017

Our Canadian Heritage… Parliament Hill

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIntroducing the Canadian Parliament photo collection by Michel Loiselle. There are more than 200 images of our institution in scenarios including Canada Day, Christmas, Silhouettes, Seasons, Inside, Evening and Night shots. Read my article “Canada in One Photo” to see how this gothic architecture can be used.

The collection is now available to all who wish to add canadian imagery to PowerPoint presentations, reports, documents, articles and Web sites.

Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Multi-seat licensing is available for direct network access from you and your work colleagues.

Visit the complete portfolio at Mostphotos.com.

Thank you and have a great evening!

Michel

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Four Seasons on Parliament Hill

Finding season-specific Parliament Photos

Update – March 2017

Why are photos of Parliament mostly summer shots? What about the other seasons?

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Winter Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament stock photo collection by Michel Loiselle includes images of all seasons to help Designers better communicate season-specific projects. This winter image, Path to Politics is also an evening shot making it that much more enjoyable.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
Autumn Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

Consider this image, October Politics and how it gives a new feeling to the subject. It’s alive with color and truly inviting. Graphic Designers can get at least one photo of each season to help with specific campaigns.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Spring Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

This Spring Parliament photo certainly says spring with pride and energy. See how CERC has used the image for an online magazine article.

Ensuring that all seasons are included in the Canadian Parliament portfolio makes the collection more valuable to clients.

The fact that this image is on an angle also helps attract attention to your story and get your message across more readily.

Keeping the Designer in mind when creating images is important. Clients want choice.

The Political Glow image below certainly says summer with attitude! It’s a great image to have when you really need to say CANADA in your message.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Summer Evening Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament collection is an important national resource for the creative community in Canada.

See the Portfolio on mostphotos.com.

Thanks for reading and have an excellent day!

Michel

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I AM PARLIAMENT

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle.

Parliament photo collection

Update – March 2017

Typography & Photography

Here are some Parliamentary photos with the I AM PARLIAMENT theme as copy text. This will give you an idea how photos and typography can sing together for publishing projects.

See the Canadian Parliament collection. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Click for full size.

 

Thank you for reading and have a nice evening!

Michel

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Ghost Photographer

CERC Annual Conference 2012 - Canadian Parliament photo by Michel LoiselleUpdate – March 2018

Stock Photography – The story of one photo

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIt all started with this image. I license images to graphic designers at communications firms, advertising agencies and publishing houses. Those who purchase it usually do so for their clients needing a Web site, brochure, cover page or newsletter. The client may have requested a very “Canadian feel” for the piece and the designer found my Spring Politics photo on a stock photo site such as Shutterstock.com. In fact, most clients never know that I’m the photographer for their project. To them, it’s just (ghost) stock photography. Who takes the photo is not as important as getting the right image. So how do I know where my stock photos are on the web?

Reverse Search and Finding the Image

I don’t always know who’s using my photos so I call on Google Images. It works by uploading your actual photo in the search box and letting Google find it for you on the web. I call it “Reverse Search”, instead of entering keywords, you enter an image. That’s how I discovered the CERC Annual Conference e-mag article – Targeting talentism. Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

When I saw how they used and designed around my photo, I was glad… “this looks great”, the look is clean, tasteful right down to the use of fonts. When taking this photo, I knew that designers would have fun with this area, making the image a good candidate for a cover page.

So one more photo has gone full circle. I’ve created the image, published it to stock agencies and in the Canadian Parliament collection, then licensed it. I found the client with reverse search, and now can appreciate how it’s being used. It’s fun to see how other images turn out! As a stock photographer, it is very humbling to see the designers of CERC do such a great job with the photo. We always hope for this kind of turnout for our images and I get a good feeling when it happens to me, I feel good about what I do.

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Canada Parliament Notebook

Political Architecture

Bird's eye view of the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Michel LoiselleUpdate – March 2017

Michel Loiselle, creator of the Canadian Parliament Collection of stock photos, has published a 32-page notebook called Political Architecture filled with wonderful parliament photography with lined facing pages for your writings, musings and drawings. A pocket-sized canvas for your creativity. Ideal as gifts for Canadian Government agencies and Embassies of Canada.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleJust click the link below to preview the notebook and see the Fullscreen view!

See the notebook here: political-architecture

Hope you enjoy the notebook!

Michel

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Working With Designers

UPDATE – March 2018

Anatomy of a Parliament photo

The Canadian Parliament in winter at dusk in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Michel LoiselleI provide stock photos to art/creative directors, graphic designers and business professionals. When creating images, I think of what the designer may need even before I take the shot. As a graphic designer myself, most times, I’ll need to add text and title such as for this coffee table book project.

Consider this image: Path to Politics, from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It’s ideal for a Powerpoint title page or report cover. Simple is key. The Parliament is lit just enough without having blown highlights and the magic hour is just starting; not too dark, not too light. The rock creates tension and reinforces a low perspective view. The winter season brings a crisp, cool feel to the piece. Finally, a beaten path shows that many people walk here, while the sunset is placed to promote left-to-right viewing. See what I mean with this visual.

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The shot was taken with designers in mind. There is plenty of copy space on top and bottom; the image works well. When shooting, I’m thinking of these concepts to help creatives achieve their communications objectives.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHere is a fictitious layout to help us visualize a project. Once we see the possibilities, it becomes easier to select cover photos, not just for their attractiveness, but for their overall functionality.

Even with text, the piece doesn’t feel crowded or overdone. With a few tweaks, this could work out quite well.

The Canadian Parliament in winter, seen from Major's Hill Park in Ottawa. Photo by Michel LoiselleProviding Options

Designers need variety, so I like to create a series on a same theme. By providing similar scenes, you get more options, like this vertical image of the same location in the morning. Same principle here, space for text on top and bottom. Horizontal and vertical photo solutions just make sense. Taking this a step further, another photo shows the rock in summer. As a photographer/designer I ensure that these choices are available.

Taking it Further

Now we’veCanadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle gone full circle and finished the product in the new layout. We did not resize any of the elements; just a few positioning adjustments and the job is almost done.

In these situations, the landscape cover could be used for Powerpoint while the vertical version is ideal for a report cover or poster. This way, consistency is preserved and the pieces take on a more branded feel.

When I’m photographing, I sometimes picture the textual information in my mind in order to get the perfect cover page image.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection for more turn-key visuals.

Thanks for visiting and have a great evening.

Michel

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