A Little About Me...
When I say I've been a photographer all my life, I'm not far off as the photo at left demonstrates. Taken by my father, Lucien Guilbault, circa 1960.
I have a knack for capturing moments... you know, the one when a child smiles, not only with their mouth, but with their eyes and heart; or the look on your dog's face when you say, "wanna go for a ride?"; or when two people in love reveal their feelings for each other in a glance. It's just a glance, but it means everything.
My 'tagline' is, "Fine Art Portraiture... an Investment in Family". And this is exactly how I feel about portraiture. When you come to a professional photographer for a wall portrait, you want to be confident that they can deliver a portrait worthy of your investment. And that's because investing in a wall portrait is an investment in your family. Nothing shows the love and relationships within a family as well as a wall portrait displayed in a prominent place in your home.
Trends come and go, but we endeavour to create a masterful portrait that can be considered contemporary, but at the same moment, timeless. In other words, a classic approach to contemporary styling. Classic doesn't mean old and outdated, it's simply a time honoured attention to detail. Something you won't find in big-box stores or 'mini-sessions'.
My new passion in life is printing!
Although most people think of photographers as 'picture takers', I believe a true professional not only captures the image, but carries the vision through to the printed page. Which brings me to my new passion in life, printing!
I sometimes miss the 'old' darkroom that's been replaced by modern digital technology, but digital printing has become an art onto itself. With a variety of beautiful, organic and textured papers or canvas to print on, along with the latest in pigment ink technology, the prints I'm creating today are better than anything I've ever created in the past. Black & White printing is also part of this new passion. The B&W prints I'm producing now are a thousand times better than anything I ever created in a darkroom.
Rather than sending your images to a lab for printing, although professional, there's nothing like taking total control of the entire process yourself. Once we've selected your portrait, I begin work to create the ultimate printed portrait. From retouching and artwork, cropping and ratios, to deciding on the best media for printing. There's no blaming the lab anymore - The print stops here!
Introducing Meia Guilbault, our Office Manager
I am very proud and pleased to introduce my wife, Meia, who has joined me in running Mike Guilbault Photography. She has, in effect, become the 'Office Manager' and will be taking over the day-to-day operation of the business leaving me to handle the photography and marketing. Meia has helped me in the past but is now taking on a much larger role in our success.
In addition to taking over the general administration of the studio, including bookkeeping, accounts payable, ordering and scheduling, she has become quite adept at using various photo-editing applications. She is already familiar with much of the gear I use and can easily step in to assist me with photo assignments and large scale projects.
As our business expands and adapts to the changing environment, Meia has become and will continue to be a valuable link in our growth. I couldn't be more proud of her and thankful for her help.
So don't be surprised if the person answering the phone has a delightful 'southern' accent - you haven't dialled the wrong number but have reached the new voice of MG Photography.
Now, if you're really bored and want to know more about me...
In 2013, I had the distinct honour of being accepted into the Master Photographers International Organization and in 2015 earned the "Master Photographer in Fine Art" designation (MPF). Just recently, I earned the title of "Nature Photographer of the Year (2016) from the MPIO International Image Competition.
Many of you may not know that I also do commercial photography. I've done catalogue work, industrial photography, aerial, a lot of Hotel & Resorts, but my specialty is Architecture. I love the challenges and the beauty of architecture, indoors or out. Today I shoot for magazines such as GoodLife and for builders, architects and interior decorators.
To see more of my commercial photography, visit my Commercial Photography website at www.MikeGuilbault.com.
In 2008 I earned the prestigious Master of Photographic Arts award (MPA) from the Professional Photographers of Canada and preceding that, in 2003, the Craftsman of Photographic Arts (CPA). Through the PPOC, I also received National Accreditation for:
- Environmental Portraiture
- Children's Portraiture
- Couples Portraiture
- Commercial Photography
- Fine Art / Photo Decor
- Environmental Wedding
Here's and excerpt from a recent publication:
"Versed in portrait, fine art, commercial and wedding photography, combined with advanced digital imaging, Mike has been able to transfer and combine techniques from these very different fields to compliment and expand the creative process. His sense of lighting, composition and creativity are evident in his work.
His photographs have hung in the National Print Salon and the Permanent Loan Collection of the Professional Photographers of Canada and featured in publications both locally and internationally. His Fine Art prints hang in the homes of clients in Canada as well as the USA, Germany, Australia and New Zealand."
Thank you for listening.
Mike Guilbault, MPF