Jeremy Stinton
Stinton Financial

David has been doing our corporate profile shots for the last few years. He is great to work with and makes the process very simple for us. He comes to our office, sets up and does a fantastic job! Highly recommended.

Rhys Dowbiggin
Rising Edge Group

Rising Edge hired David to shoot our new head office - and it has never looked better! He was a pleasure to work with, going above and beyond when it came to planning the shoot, set-up, and providing post-production. He even made a second trip back to our office to shoot the exterior at dusk. It was an excellent experience collaborating with him.

Yasmin Zachary
Badger Daylighting

David was very professional, punctual, friendly and maximised the use of our space to deliver great pictures. He also gave professional recommendation on a more contemporary backdrop to suit our purpose. Pictures came out great and our CEO was very pleased with the results. Great quality! Great turnaround time! Great price! I definitely recommend.

Rebecca Neu
Peraton

We engaged David to capture some very challenging technical shots for corporate purposes. David's creativity and exceptional eye really came through in the finished products which were amazing renderings of otherwise pretty boring equipment. Forever the professional, we have already worked with David again since our original day of photography and highly recommend him for your future corporate photography needs.

Charlene Coles

David was chosen by Costco to photograph my husband and our family as we represented our business in the Costco magazine. He was equally professional and friendly, and put us at ease about every aspect of the shoot. He takes time to pay attention to every detail and is passionate about producing results that represent his clients in the best way possible.

Michelle Paul

David is a wonderfully talented photographer. In our case, we had David take pictures for our website, which included both portraits and environmental shots of our office to use as background images. David took the time to ensure the pictures captured were exactly what we had been looking for. We ended up with strong portrait pictures and artistic environmental shots, which was what we were looking for.

Eagle Canada

David provided the photography for the photos on our website. Very pleased and satisfied with the excellent work done. Thanks for your help! Highly recommend David

CLG Displays

We have used David several times over the years to document our work and are extremely satisfied with his results.

Le-Ann Hall

David won our business based primarily on his online portfolio of work, provided a very detailed estimate with a competitive quote. Once on site (on time) he was prepared, personable, thoughtful, reviewed and discussed our vision for the shots. He and his assistant took the time to consider all ideas and angles and easily received feedback and input to create the best shots possible. Turn around time for receiving the images was ideal and the quality results have been very well received. It was a professional and fun shoot.

Rosanne Hayes
Core 77 Inc.

David was fantastic to work with! I am in Toronto and needed a local Calgary photographer to shoot my client's commercial interior design project for her portfolio. David was very professional and responsive, keeping me informed throughout the process and his photography was excellent. His work was meticulous and he took the time to ensure his shots were perfect. Both my client and I were extremely happy with the final product. Would not hesitate to recommend David.

Joseph Burke

The world needs more people like David in it. From start to finish the one thing that struck me most about him was his dedication to doing it right; getting the perfect shot. I've been to other photographers before who would just shoot where they had planned to, regardless of the quality. This is far from Davids method. He wanted to capture the THE picture. His attention to detail is a breathe of fresh air as too is his wonderful personality. I will be using his services many more times in the future. Great work!!

Justin Knibbe
Knibbe Automotive

David took photos for our business, and I would highly recommend him. He went above and beyond what was called for in wanting to provide us with the perfect shots. He was meticulous and patient; he cares a lot about his work and his clients. I am very happy with his work, and I will definitely use him again.

Communications ANHWP

I worked with David Watt personally and professionally on various photo shoots. He always over delivers with quality images. He is very easy to work with. I have recommended him on multiple occasions.

Jenica Foster

David Watt is an excellent photographer. Edon Management, a commercial property management company in Calgary, used David to shoot corporate photos for its website. He was able to provide a flexible schedule and quick turnaround time. Additionally, David was very accommodating with the extensive paperwork the organization required him to sign to be added to the company's Approved Subcontractors List.

Justin Williams

I hired David to produce some professional headshots of me for use on my LinkedIn profile, upcoming website, etc. What I really appreciated was David's attention to detail, his ability to create some wonderful photos, and the quick turn around time and willingness to answer my questions (this was my first real photo shoot). Thanks, David!

Courtney MacDougall
Marketing Coordinator at Plume Cosmetics Inc.

David is now our go-to corporate photographer. We initially contacted him to take some photos of our facility, equipment, and products for our website, and he more than delivered. Shooting on a busy production floor is a major challenge, especially with the highly sensitive equipment and components you are required to work around. David did an excellent job capturing the shots despite the challenging situation and his shots will really elevate the look of our new website and marketing materials. I would 100% recommend him to individuals and organizations looking for a professional, highly creative photographer who will go far above and beyond to ensure your needs are more than met.

Megan Murphy
Executive Assistant at Canadian Energy Research Institute

We hired David to take corporate photo's for our website. We were beyond pleased with the results! David is extremely professional, yet very down to earth. Easy to work with and made all of our staff feel comfortable in front of the camera. The photo's were much more than we expected and I would highly recommend him for any photography needs.

Robert Leyland
Consultant at Robert Leyland

I have worked with many top photographers over the years and David certainly ranks highly amongst them.
David has the ability to use photography to powerfully convey and re-inforce messages.
He is very creative and has produced stunning and memorable images.
I strongly recommend David if you want distinctive photographs which will make you, your event or your business stand out.

Sheila Hellevang
Executive Assistant - Gibson Energy, Calgary

David is a pleasure to work with. He is very detailed and has an incredible gift for being able to see things in a new/different light. I would never hesitate to hire him again whether it was on a personal or professional level.

Renee Netzel
Sales Lead at Battistella Developments Inc.

David is a very detail-oriented photographer and a perfectionist at his craft. He takes the time and it shows. I would highly recommend him for any kind of photography work, whether for corporate or personal purposes.

Jerome Labeyrie
Handling Deputy Manager at Newrest Servair Inflight

David will take and succeed in the challenge to put you or your company under the best image and light. David is truly gifted to turn a place and an uncomfortable situation into an amazing experience.
I look forward to any opportunity to work with David in the future.

Carolyn Moore-Robin
President of CMR Consulting Inc.

David has worked for me on projects with me while at Encana starting back in about 2001/02 and continues to provide excellent work for my clients on assignments today. I would highly recommend him for his client commitment, value and creativity.

Amy Dryer
Artist

David Watt came to my art studio a few years ago to take photos of me in my space. I wanted the photos to capture me as an artist with my work; David did just that. With enthusiasm and expertise, David Watt took a number of photos that captured me as an artist. Lighting, composition, fashion, and variety were considered in Watt's photos; I would recommend him to anyone looking to capture a unique portrait.

Peter Jalkotzy
Technical Lead, Regulatory and Permitting (DCS - Design and Consulting Services)

I have known David for many years and have always admired his skill and dedication to the photography business. It is his passion. And this passion is wholly evident in the work he produces. Creative, thoughtful, and unbounded by tradition, David's photography is unique and engaging.

Nikki Croft
Croft Creative Communications

David Watt is a talented photographer, with experience across a broad spectrum with a portfolio that includes both corporate Calgary as well as individuals. He's terrific to work with because of his flexible nature, and the high standards he has for getting "the shot." Nikki Croft

The David Watt Photography Blog

I came across this item in Kevin Dooley's Flickr blog posting and it very much resonated with me, and have decided to share it here. This is something that I have been tossing about in my mind for the past few years and am going to follow up this blog posting with others along the same subject. Constructive feedback will be most welcome!
I recently was hired for the challenging and exciting task of flying to several major centres across Canada to photograph executive environmental portraits and employee headshots for a major Canadian engineering firm. For obvious budget considerations the logistics were challenging as on-site scheduling was very tight, I had to work without an assistant and of course, photography gear had to be kept to an absolute minimum. These are a small sampling of the environmental executive portraits I captured. Typically, I only had a only a day or two at each location to capture anywhere up to 18 or so environmental portraits using a single Profoto Octagonal softbox. I met the challenge and had a very satisfied client!
This was one of the more satisfying architectural shoots I had the pleasure of completing for my client, Morguard.
I was pleased to learn that one of my images from the DMD Ltd Toronto design firm photo shoot of the Swissport Aspire Lounge at the Calgary International airport was published in the January/February 2019 issue of Canadian Interiors.
This was a challenging area to shoot in, not only for the monochrome look to the room, but avoiding the powder coating spray.

11/29/2016

While meeting with a new client the other day, she related that she almost steered away from my photography services upon first landing on my web site. She had perused my portfolios, checked out my client list and after her initial favorable reaction her inclination was to move on, ‘as probably too expensive for our present budget constraints.’
As a photographer who has been plying his trade full-time in Calgary for over 15 years, it has often crossed my mind that I may be in a unique position to provide relevant and perhaps not readily obvious information to those often finding themselves tasked with seeking a photographer for a photography shoot, be it for corporate head-shots, an industrial on-site shoot, architectural or any of the other plethora of photography needs.
I was recently wading through hundreds of my archived images when I came across an image of a Brocken Spectre surrounded by rings of glory, (my climbing partner with arms extended) taken from the summit ridge of Mt. Slesse many, many years ago. It reminded me of another amazing Brocken Spectre that I had observed a few years ago while my BA flight was descending into Berlin. Our 737 was casting its shadow against the mist which had formed into a magnificent Brocken Spectre surrounded by a circular rainbow. Who saw it?
This was a cool photography session at the Alberta Children's Hospital, where I was introduced to #Medi, a robot using humanoid technology created by the #RxRobots group to help alleviate a sick child's pain, assist in the child's education in managing their health and act as a companion for the child. Very cool, indeed!
As New York ad agencies endeavor to portray a perception of excellence on their web sites, surely they would display outstanding images of their people alongside visually stimulating content relating to their work and company culture?
HDR tone mapping has become increasingly popular amongst photographers as a post-processing technique, where several exposures at different shutter speeds are combined to produce an HDR image, followed by a tone mapping operation.
The longer I am in this business the more it gets driven home how vitally important preparation and planning with absolute client commitment is to the successful outcome of a photo session.

Recommendations

Jeremy Stinton
Stinton Financial

David has been doing our corporate profile shots for the last few years. He is great to work with and makes the process very simple for us. He comes to our office, sets up and does a fantastic job! Highly recommended.

Rhys Dowbiggin
Rising Edge Group

Rising Edge hired David to shoot our new head office - and it has never looked better! He was a pleasure to work with, going above and beyond when it came to planning the shoot, set-up, and providing post-production. He even made a second trip back to our office to shoot the exterior at dusk. It was an excellent experience collaborating with him.

Yasmin Zachary
Badger Daylighting

David was very professional, punctual, friendly and maximised the use of our space to deliver great pictures. He also gave professional recommendation on a more contemporary backdrop to suit our purpose. Pictures came out great and our CEO was very pleased with the results. Great quality! Great turnaround time! Great price! I definitely recommend.

Rebecca Neu
Peraton

We engaged David to capture some very challenging technical shots for corporate purposes. David's creativity and exceptional eye really came through in the finished products which were amazing renderings of otherwise pretty boring equipment. Forever the professional, we have already worked with David again since our original day of photography and highly recommend him for your future corporate photography needs.

Charlene Coles

David was chosen by Costco to photograph my husband and our family as we represented our business in the Costco magazine. He was equally professional and friendly, and put us at ease about every aspect of the shoot. He takes time to pay attention to every detail and is passionate about producing results that represent his clients in the best way possible.

Michelle Paul

David is a wonderfully talented photographer. In our case, we had David take pictures for our website, which included both portraits and environmental shots of our office to use as background images. David took the time to ensure the pictures captured were exactly what we had been looking for. We ended up with strong portrait pictures and artistic environmental shots, which was what we were looking for.

Eagle Canada

David provided the photography for the photos on our website. Very pleased and satisfied with the excellent work done. Thanks for your help! Highly recommend David

CLG Displays

We have used David several times over the years to document our work and are extremely satisfied with his results.

Le-Ann Hall

David won our business based primarily on his online portfolio of work, provided a very detailed estimate with a competitive quote. Once on site (on time) he was prepared, personable, thoughtful, reviewed and discussed our vision for the shots. He and his assistant took the time to consider all ideas and angles and easily received feedback and input to create the best shots possible. Turn around time for receiving the images was ideal and the quality results have been very well received. It was a professional and fun shoot.

Rosanne Hayes
Core 77 Inc.

David was fantastic to work with! I am in Toronto and needed a local Calgary photographer to shoot my client's commercial interior design project for her portfolio. David was very professional and responsive, keeping me informed throughout the process and his photography was excellent. His work was meticulous and he took the time to ensure his shots were perfect. Both my client and I were extremely happy with the final product. Would not hesitate to recommend David.

Joseph Burke

The world needs more people like David in it. From start to finish the one thing that struck me most about him was his dedication to doing it right; getting the perfect shot. I've been to other photographers before who would just shoot where they had planned to, regardless of the quality. This is far from Davids method. He wanted to capture the THE picture. His attention to detail is a breathe of fresh air as too is his wonderful personality. I will be using his services many more times in the future. Great work!!

Justin Knibbe
Knibbe Automotive

David took photos for our business, and I would highly recommend him. He went above and beyond what was called for in wanting to provide us with the perfect shots. He was meticulous and patient; he cares a lot about his work and his clients. I am very happy with his work, and I will definitely use him again.

Communications ANHWP

I worked with David Watt personally and professionally on various photo shoots. He always over delivers with quality images. He is very easy to work with. I have recommended him on multiple occasions.

Jenica Foster

David Watt is an excellent photographer. Edon Management, a commercial property management company in Calgary, used David to shoot corporate photos for its website. He was able to provide a flexible schedule and quick turnaround time. Additionally, David was very accommodating with the extensive paperwork the organization required him to sign to be added to the company's Approved Subcontractors List.

Justin Williams

I hired David to produce some professional headshots of me for use on my LinkedIn profile, upcoming website, etc. What I really appreciated was David's attention to detail, his ability to create some wonderful photos, and the quick turn around time and willingness to answer my questions (this was my first real photo shoot). Thanks, David!

Courtney MacDougall
Marketing Coordinator at Plume Cosmetics Inc.

David is now our go-to corporate photographer. We initially contacted him to take some photos of our facility, equipment, and products for our website, and he more than delivered. Shooting on a busy production floor is a major challenge, especially with the highly sensitive equipment and components you are required to work around. David did an excellent job capturing the shots despite the challenging situation and his shots will really elevate the look of our new website and marketing materials. I would 100% recommend him to individuals and organizations looking for a professional, highly creative photographer who will go far above and beyond to ensure your needs are more than met.

Megan Murphy
Executive Assistant at Canadian Energy Research Institute

We hired David to take corporate photo's for our website. We were beyond pleased with the results! David is extremely professional, yet very down to earth. Easy to work with and made all of our staff feel comfortable in front of the camera. The photo's were much more than we expected and I would highly recommend him for any photography needs.

Robert Leyland
Consultant at Robert Leyland

I have worked with many top photographers over the years and David certainly ranks highly amongst them.
David has the ability to use photography to powerfully convey and re-inforce messages.
He is very creative and has produced stunning and memorable images.
I strongly recommend David if you want distinctive photographs which will make you, your event or your business stand out.

Sheila Hellevang
Executive Assistant - Gibson Energy, Calgary

David is a pleasure to work with. He is very detailed and has an incredible gift for being able to see things in a new/different light. I would never hesitate to hire him again whether it was on a personal or professional level.

Renee Netzel
Sales Lead at Battistella Developments Inc.

David is a very detail-oriented photographer and a perfectionist at his craft. He takes the time and it shows. I would highly recommend him for any kind of photography work, whether for corporate or personal purposes.

Jerome Labeyrie
Handling Deputy Manager at Newrest Servair Inflight

David will take and succeed in the challenge to put you or your company under the best image and light. David is truly gifted to turn a place and an uncomfortable situation into an amazing experience.
I look forward to any opportunity to work with David in the future.

Carolyn Moore-Robin
President of CMR Consulting Inc.

David has worked for me on projects with me while at Encana starting back in about 2001/02 and continues to provide excellent work for my clients on assignments today. I would highly recommend him for his client commitment, value and creativity.

Amy Dryer
Artist

David Watt came to my art studio a few years ago to take photos of me in my space. I wanted the photos to capture me as an artist with my work; David did just that. With enthusiasm and expertise, David Watt took a number of photos that captured me as an artist. Lighting, composition, fashion, and variety were considered in Watt's photos; I would recommend him to anyone looking to capture a unique portrait.

Peter Jalkotzy
Technical Lead, Regulatory and Permitting (DCS - Design and Consulting Services)

I have known David for many years and have always admired his skill and dedication to the photography business. It is his passion. And this passion is wholly evident in the work he produces. Creative, thoughtful, and unbounded by tradition, David's photography is unique and engaging.

Nikki Croft
Croft Creative Communications

David Watt is a talented photographer, with experience across a broad spectrum with a portfolio that includes both corporate Calgary as well as individuals. He's terrific to work with because of his flexible nature, and the high standards he has for getting "the shot." Nikki Croft