Bio

I am a freelance photographer/photojournalist based in Ottawa, Canada providing editorial, stock, fine art, portrait and commercial photography. I now spend the summer months in Hillgrade Newfoundland and take assignments while there.

A Kodak Brownie box camera and 620 film got me started, followed by a move to a Kodak Instamatic 124 and, courtesy of a paper route, a Pentax Spotmatic SPII with 135mm telephoto lens.

A degree in electrical engineering led to a job and a Canon A-1 which served me well until I decided in 2001 that I probably should have been a photographer all along. Round about that time, with the help of eBay, photography moved from pastime to passion.

I am a graduate of the Loyalist College Photojournalism program. I truly enjoy telling a story with pictures and documenting life. Working with digital equipment I am able to shoot, process in the field and transmit photos to clients.

I began shooting for more artistic purposes. There is beauty in everyday things that many of us just don't see. I want to capture this beauty to feed my own soul and to share it with others.

My favourite time of the day is early morning - calm, peaceful with exquisite soft light. Dew is a bonus, revealing things that might normally be missed. It is positively magical.

A shadow, a reflection, contrast, line, shape - all form the basis for interesting and beautiful images. I'm like a kitten chasing a laser pointer - constantly scanning the landscape for that combination of elements that will become a photograph. Excited when I find it. Not content until I capture it.

I am constantly reminded that there are many ways of looking at things, and not only through the lens.

When shooting people, my goal is to reflect the spark that makes them who they are. A good image is one where the photographer and the subject have connected even for a brief moment. The best photographs happen when I capture that moment.

I am available for Freelance work,

For booking and rate information:
Ottawa, ON: (613) 290-3505
Hillgrade, NL: (709) 628-7438
EMAIL john@johnelliott.ca