Blair Gable

Photography is my absolute passion. It hit me immediately the first time I ever held a camera when I was a teen. The second I snapped that first photo, I knew I was going to do something with this and I was going to work really hard at being great at it. As you can imagine, knowing what you want to do with your life at such a young age really helps you focus.

My style is a result of years of hard work, determination and a group of amazing mentors. For more than 10 years, I have been working with the country’s largest media outlets including Reuters, Macleans Magazine and the Globe and Mail. To date, I’ve been able to photograph some of the most powerful Presidents, Prime Ministers and Royals in the world.

It just so happens that my style transfers to weddings quite nicely. If you’re looking for an alternative to the mainstream wedding photography, one that combines photojournalism and environmental portraiture, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

I say “friendship” because that’s what I hope our relationship will turn in to. You’ll be trusting me with the most important day of your life and I will be there for every important moment. I thank you, in advance, for considering me to play such a key role in capturing the memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Ottawa wedding photographer Blair Gable

Photo by Ryan Pfeiffer

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME

I listen to my clients.
You will not look stupid in photos or waste money on something you don’t want. Expect to feel listened to, comfortable and maybe even excited about the experience.

I guarantee you’ll have a great experience working with me.
Your deadlines will be met and your time respected. Family portraits aren’t always a crowd favourite, but we’ll make it quick and painless. Need help putting on a boutonniere? I’ve got you covered and I’ll have your back throughout the big day. 

I’m a professional.
People will remember your wedding for you, not for the crazy photographer who stood out like a sore thumb. I don’t tend to try out crazy new hairstyles on a whim or grow ridiculous facial hair. Technologically speaking, rest assured your pictures won’t go missing or get corrupted. (I actually bring multiple backups on site and download every single one of your photos before I leave the venue.)

I always deliver.
There are no do-overs for me, I have to get it right the first time. There is so much going on during your wedding, it’s almost impossible to observe everything that’s happening. Let me be your eyes for the day so you can relax and enjoy knowing I’m taking natural looking, beautiful pictures.

WHAT I EXPECT FROM YOU

You have great style.
You pay attention to trends. You know what gingham and wayfarers are (and no, it is not the name of a law firm.)

You let me do my thing.
I shoot weddings the same way I shoot for my editorial clients. Very little setup, nothing staged or awkwardly choreographed. I do not copy other photographer’s styles or try to adapt my images to the photos on the popular Pinterest boards.

You’re BOTH involved in the process.
Both the bride AND the groom must be involved. This is for authenticity’s sake. It’s the way I work best and the only way I work with you.

You respect a great product.
Experience over price! You leave your bargain shopping to Dollar Store excursions, not when choosing your wedding photographer. 

Still reading? Awesome. My pricing starts at $3000. Still with me? Perfect. I’d love to work with you. Want to know more about me? Keep reading, if you’d like.

Early Beginnings

I was 16 years old. I was walking home from school one day and was astounded by the intensity of a sunset. I didn’t know why, but I knew I needed to capture the image. I ran home and borrowed my Dad’s camera. The result? An amazingly well composed, beautiful picture that surprised even my parents.

I’ve always had a knack for being at the right place at the right time. From that very first picture, photography became everything. My job during high school was at the local camera store, giving me exposure to lots of camera equipment as well as time to learn new post-production techniques. While shooting for my high school’s yearbook, I met a photographer who worked at the local paper. The photographer took me under his wing and let me apprentice with him. (Side note: My mentor is now the Prime Minister’s official photographer.)

Photojournalism is where I’ve always been destined to go, even though the industry is a little transient. From Ottawa Citizen to Windsor Star, Chatham Daily News, to St. Catherines Standard, I’ve been part of many bustling newsrooms.

One might say my photojournalism career reached a poignant place for me in 2008 when the head of photography for Reuters Canada put me in a headlock (literally) and told me they wanted me to come work for them. After that, assignments from the countries largest media outlets came rolling in.

I have been an independent photographer, running my own business since 2008. Entrepreneurship has been as great a fit for me as photography. No surprise since I was always the creative entrepreneur when I was young. In grade school, I used to draw sports logos and cartoon characters to sell to my classmates for lunch money on hot dog day. However, I quickly realized that winning their money playing poker over lunch hour took less time.

The Fun Stuff

If you’re reading this far down, you must really like me. Why aren’t we working together yet?

I would love to go on an African safari, shoot the Olympics or drive a racecar in Las Vegas. Whatever comes first. Every time I have an opportunity to do something I’ve never done before, I usually do it.

I’m an avid snowboarder and golfer. I’d like to learn another language, sky dive and bungee jump, but not all three the same time. I’d really, really like to learn to break dance and I have a weakness for hip-hop karaoke.

I’m married and have two awesome sons.

Blair is always happy to meet for a chat/coffee/beer at his studio Third Floor York in the Byward Market.

Third Floor York
1 York Street, 3rd Floor (above Play)

Thank you for your inquiry. I will be in touch soon.