Thursday, September 1, 2011

Moving Blog Posts

I'm moving my blog posts directly to my website. To see anything more current than what's listed here, visit

Thank you

Thursday, December 9, 2010

FREE PASSPORT PHOTOS until Dec. 18, 2010

Well.. they're free with a minimum $5 donation to the KICX 106 Salvation Army Penny Drive.  Call the studio to make sure I'm available or to make an appointment.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


PLEASE NOTE:  Our phone number has changed to 705-322-2223.

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 3086, Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0

STUDIO ADDRESS: 4 Queen St. West, Elmvale, Ontario

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Moving to Elmvale, Ontario

Store-front with mock-up sign.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be moving my studio to a new location; the quiet, quaint country village of Elmvale, Ontario.

The new studio will be located at 4 Queen St. West, just west of the main intersection of Hwy 27 and Queen St. West, also known as Country Road 92 - the road to Wasaga Beach. The building was most recently a hardware store that many people in the area will remember. It was purchased by Advantage Homes and completely renovated and updated, yet in keeping with the historical nature of the building.

We should be open for business on December 1, 2010. The more than 600 sqft space will be split into a reception area and studio, much larger than my current space so I'll be able to handle larger family groups, commercial work or other projects requiring more space than I have at the moment.

I'll post photos and progress reports as we get closer to opening as well as new contact information, phone number, etc. as things fall into place.

I'll still be servicing Barrie and the surrounding area, but from a more central location to my market area. Although it may seem out-of-the-way, it really is only 15 minutes outside of Barrie and in many cases, can be easier and faster to get to than travelling through Barrie. There's free parking on the main street as well as parking areas behind the building. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Accredited in Fine Art Photography

I am very pleased to announce that today I received notification that my submission to the Professional Photographers of Canada for Fine Art / Photo Decor Photography has been accepted.  You can view my submission on my Mike Guilbault Photography Facebook page.

Accreditation by the PPOC: 
"The award proves that the photographer is capable of delivering above average quality photographs in a chosen category of photography.
Some of the criteria judges use in assessing Accreditation submissions are: impact, style, presentation, creativity, composition, centre of interest, colour balance, lighting, subject matter, print quality, technique, and story telling."

The category of Fine Art / Photo Decor is defined as: 
"Fine art photographs may consist of unusual photographs, individual images or a series of images. The range of styles and treatments varies greatly, from the classic B/W scenes to more unconventional images. In fact, conventional beauty, formal design and familiar subjects are often not components of fine art photographs and can include painterly effects, soft-focus, journalistic, snapshot type images, bizarre and erotic images and other unconventional approaches. Fine art photographs are usually sold to individual collectors, museums and business clients. Photo Decor is usually the term used to designate a print hung to decorate a room, whether in a private home, an institution, a corporate boardroom, a gallery, etc."

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In Flight

I was browsing through some older images this morning and the thumbnail for this one caught my eye.  It's a photograph of the Canada Geese display at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. It was an ok image - but by using some techniques that weren't available when I photographed it (2002) created a much more interesting image.

Digital photography has evolved into something much greater than traditional photography. The endless possibilities have enabled the modern photographer to take their creativity further than ever before.  

Monday, May 24, 2010

Industrial Robotics: Challenges

Large scale industrial robotics photography has many challenges.  In most cases, these items are too large, or valuable, to dismantle and bring to the studio, so we have to bring the studio to the client.
This 'machine' was assembled and tested in the client's manufacturing facility. It had to be photographed where it stood.
In other words - concrete floor, bad (fluorescent) lighting, dust, steel beams, a chip-board (un-painted) background and reflections of other machinery, tools, lights, etc. reflected not only in the glass, but also in the steel and aluminum frame of the unit.
This was photographed using 3 strobes and 2 speed-lights.  Post production work included reducing or eliminating glare and reflections to the point of rebuilding some of the structure frame within the image, close-cropped to insert a graduated background, slight perspective control, improve contrast and then optimized for print and web.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Today we captured the final instalment of the 'Guns & Hoses Challenge' for the upcoming Walk for Kids Help Phone on May 2nd in Barrie. Of course, not to be outdone by our 'civilian forces' our troops from Canadian Forces Base Borden were quick to take up the challenge as well.
It was great photographing these fine soldiers as they are from the same unit my Dad belonged to when he was a member of the Armed Forces - the Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (E.M.E.). Back when my Dad was in the unit, it was called the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers (R.C.E.M.E.). This particular group consisted of Weapon Techs and we photographed them in front of one of the historic cannons at the Canadian Forces School of Electrical Mechanical Engineers (CFSEME).
Thanks guys for a great shot to help out a great cause!!


Friday, April 9, 2010


And to take up the challenge of the Barrie Police for the Walk for Kids Help Phone on May 2nd, we have today's contenders, the Barrie Fire Department! These guys look more than ready to meet the challenge - don't you think!?

Click here for more information or to get involved with the Walk for Kids Help Phone.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I found a great way to keep in touch with friends, family and customers. I've been wanting to print some greeting cards to do this, but the minimum orders are huge, I can only use one photo (or one collage of photos) per card and they can't be individually customized. That's where SendOutCards came in. They allow me to choose from thousands of Greeting Cards or I can create my own with my own images! I can send one card out at a time, or to multiple recipients. And each card can be customized including my own hand-writing!

I liked the system so much, I bought the company!! Nah.. just kidding - but always wanted to say that. So instead, I've become a Distributor and now not only can I use the system (all online by-the-way and very easy to use) but I can sign people up to do the same - AND - YOU can earn some extra money too!

Check them out at You can sign up directly using my Distributor (ID) number, 99639, or if you'd like more information or to try a free card, please contact me directly.