Ottawa Photographer’s Co-op Program

Parent Studios has been working for two years now towards creating a co-op program with Algonquin’s photography program and local Ottawa high schools. We are offering a hands on approach while teaching the students the basics of photography (lighting, lens, camera functions), photo editing and file management as well as web design and marketing. The program offers assistance to photographers of various backgrounds and interests. Whether the student is interested in photography as a hobby, a part-time job or a full-time career, Parent Studio will ensure that they will know how to be able to run their own business by the end of the program. If interested in joining the program, feel free to send us an e-mail through our contact page.

This year’s high school student was JoAnnie Lefebvre. She is 16 years old with the interest of pursuing photography as a career. Here’s a blog by JoAnnie.

I’ve always had a passion for the arts. It’s influenced my life greatly, whether it’s dance or visual arts, I have always been a part of me. It’s such an important part, that I’ve dedicate my four years of high school to the Specialized Arts Program in the Visual Arts as well as focus the last two years for obtaining a Major Highly Specialized in Arts and Culture. A program which enables me to receive a diploma with the seal of the program which is recognized by many universities and offers many avantages when it comes to studies in the field of choice. This program is offered for students who are in the Specialized Arts Program in visual, musical or dramatic arts and wants or is thinking about pursuing a career in the arts. Boursaries are offered specifically for these students. As well as completing two co-op credits, there are many courses offered with the program like first aid and fall prevention. There are also other classes like event planning taken one of the two years of the program.

I try my hand at different aspects of visual arts like sketching, painting and photo creations/editing and photography. I guess growing up with picturesque scenery like Rocky Mountains and gorgeous national parks in Alberta and travels around Canada had it’s hand in my artistic influences. It became more of a passion during my grade 10 so I decided to enroll in the Majors in Arts and Culture Program which gives me the opportunity to do a co-op in a field of visual arts that interests me. I had many different ideas of domaines where I wanted to do my co-op, such as interior design, graphic design, photography and event planning. I started researching different places that I could do a co-op placement starting at the beginning of september. It was a long process that had it’s highs and lows and it took a lot of time and effort on my part and my co-op teacher. Which is why when Ryan Parent Photography agreed to accept me as a co-op student, it was a great reward to the many hours put in finding it. I had the support and encouragement of my co-op teacher and all of my art teachers. I still remember what my art teacher told me when I started talking about my new co-op placement, it was rare that photographers accept students and that I was very lucky for this opportunity. I do consider myself lucky to have this placement and have as much freedom with it. What I liked about working with a photographer is that I’m able to work from home, the hours are very flexible, I get to meet interesting new people and I’m always somewhere new. I’ve had the chance to wander around the downtown core, around parliament, along the Ottawa river and the Glebe. Another great part of my co-op is the unknowing of where I’m going to be from one day to the next as well as the freedom to experiment with different techniques and differents types of photoshoots and not feeling rushed to do something. Overall, it reflects my style and personality: very social, creative and laidback. It’s only been a few months now since I’ve started my co-op and have learn alot and I hope to keep learning throughtout my placement. Since starting my placement back in September, I have done photoshoots with models, architecture, nature, kids, animals, and some standard studio photoshoots as well as working on my website.

Here’s a couple of photos taken by JoAnnie and an engagement shoot last month. This was her first ever engagement shoot!

Photo by Co-op Student Jo-Annie

To see more info on our page on the Ottawa Photographers Co-op Program

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