Parlez-Vous Parliament?

Update – February 2017

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Parliament Stock Photos For Documents

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIf you’re a parliamentarian, you speak Parliament everyday. You may work for a Member of Parliament or with a government agency in some way or another, you probably speak Parliament more than you think.

I’ve been parlez-vous Parliament since 1984 when I started working as a Graphic Designer on Parliament Hill. Also, I’ve photographed these incredible architectural treasures since 2006 and now have an extensive collection of images to share with all who wish to enhance documents or reports with Canadian photos.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIt’s all about Canadian pride. Why use Parliament photos? Well it’s not what people expect to see in a document or PowerPoint presentation and is always a pleasant surprise for the reader to see the beauty that is our Canadian Parliament Heritage architecture. What I’ve done is phototographed the buildings of the Parliamentary Precint including the West, Centre, East and Langevin blocks, along with the Justice and Confederation buildings. These structures can be seen in all kinds of settings such as Seasons, Day, Night, Inside, Canada Day, Christmas and more!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIf you’re from Canada or Ottawa, these photos will go a long way to bring professionalism to your communications whether in print or online. Photos add a certain importance to your articles or blogs. See the 200+ collection of Canadian Parliament photos starting at $12 and available for immediate download.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHave a look at the collection, and, you too will answer yes if asked “Parlez-Vous Parliament”?

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Have a great evening!

Michel

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Terry Fox Anniversary

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Update – March 2017

He Was a Great Person

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleApril 12, 1980, Terry Fox embarked on his cross Canada run on one leg called the Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.

Terry Fox statue in front of the Centre Block Tower at noon.
See the Canadian Parliament collection at mostphotos.com.

Have a nice day.

Michel

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Exposing Parliament

Update – March 2018

I’m exposing Parliament Hill. See it for what it really is – beautiful gothic castles in the middle of downtown Ottawa. Of course, many locals take the architecture for granted as it’s there everyday.

This image, Corner Politics, taken from Wellington and O’Connor streets, concentrates on the West Block with the Peace Tower in the background. It’s not an angle you see every day. Below, the same scene is depicted at night to give you design choices. For more on this building, read my post The West Block of Canada.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Many of the photos here are ideal for canadian documents. They can lend some authenticity to your written word by giving substance. Adding photography to reports slows the reader while lending a more positive experience.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHere, we see the roof of the Library of Parliament. Its original architecture is so unique, you can’t help but want to see it up close. What goes on inside is a complete research service for parliamentarians. Read about it in my Library of Parliament photo feature.

Although I am a local myself, I’ve been looking at Parliament through the eyes of a tourist and photographing my findings in a collection since 2006. I’m always amazed at how wonderful the architecture is during any season and at any time of day. I’ve found some interesting angles and different themes to help with your page layouts. For more on different views of Parliament see my post 7 Year Parliament Project.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleConsider original images such as this one, East Block Tower, seen from the unicorn gargoyle’s point of view. Again, not an everyday photo. These types of images give variety and originality to your reports.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleLooking behind Parliament, here we see part of the Library of Parliament, the Peace Tower and the statue of Thomas D’arcy McGee. The flag is ever present and the late-day sun is shining  just right on the gothic architecture.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Meanwhile, on the Peace Tower, we can see many grotesque and gargoyle sculptures. If you’re curious about these beasts, read my post Gargoyles on Parliament Hill to get the story.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Featuring the Parliament during different seasons is a great way to add varations to your documents and reports. Here, hundreds of tulips complement our institution. I invite you to read my post Tulips on Parliament Hill to see how nature and architecture get along in Spring.

The images in this blog are taken from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It contains over 200 parliamentary images in categories such as Canada DayChristmas on the Hill, Silhouettes, IndoorsEvenings, Nights and Seasons. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Multi-user licensing is available.

Thank you for reading.

Michel – Website

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Our Gothic Parliament

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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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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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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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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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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

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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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Canadian Pride

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Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Update – March 2017

Respecting Canada and its Institution

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleMeet Michel Loiselle, an Ottawa Graphic Designer / Photographer who fell in love with the gothic architecture of the Canadian Parliament. As for respecting the institution, he’s built a 25-year career on Parliament Hill as a Graphic Designer. “I’ve been taking photos of Parliament since 2006 and consider the collection ready for show”, says Loiselle. He continues to add to the collection. As it grew, he wanted more, wanted to portray it in ways that showed pride, history, excitement, education and national community. The Parliament collection is now available for sale to publishing houses, advertising and communications firms through stock agencies such as Mostphotos, Shutterstock, BIGSTOCK and Fotolia, but more and more people are buying them for their homes. It shows the respect Canadians have for their freedom. The various Parliament buildings are showcased in scenes such as Seasons, Inside, Night, Canada Day, Evening, and Christmas. Great care is taken to ensure that images are of the highest quality for magazine publication. The photos are also used as posters for Canadian events and conferences.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleUnusual Angles and Perspectives

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe collection features different perspectives as in this Parliamentary image behind the Alexandra bridge. You’ll agree that it has its own feeling! Because he’s from Ottawa, Michel returns again and again to Parliament Hill to get the best times of day or special days when just the right seasonal effect is needed. Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThis image, Political Justice, is another example of Michel’s dedication to originality. By combining justice and political icons, the photograph becomes a story, concept or metaphor, giving designers more flexibility for imaging. All this thinking goes into creating an original collection.

By making available various buildings, the collection becomes more important. For example, if you wish to show where Members of Parliament have offices on Parliament Hill, simply turn to the Confederation building, expanding the reach and giving designers more options. These photos of the Confederation building taken in summer, winter and spring, show the diversity of the Canadian Parliament collection. Creating it takes time as the seasons pass, a few images are added and different feelings are achieved.

The Canadian Parliament Confederation Building in summer. photo by Michel LoiselleThe canadian Parliament Confederation building on Wellington Street in Ottawa. Photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament Confederation Building on Wellington Street in Ottawa. Photo by Michel Loiselle

Have a look at the Canadian Parliament collection and share in the Canada pride!

Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you and have a nice evening!

Michel Loiselle

819-246-4103

Loiselle2@Bell.Net

Website: http://LoiselleBlog.Com/Contact

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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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Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada