Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the photo studio is closed temporarily
Studio Photo Cookie et sa garde robe in Plaza Pointe-Claire has moved to Valois Village in Pointe-Claire in order to have more flexible hours of operation. In the past, owner Kathleen Girard would have to respect the mall hours.
Apart from having her own studio since 2006, Girard is also known as the main photographer for Montreal Families publication – she has been photographing kids for the cover since she opened.
Her studio is known for its maternity, baby, and family portraits as well as grad shots. For teens who want to learn the craft, the studio also offers a photography summer camp.
Girard says she tries to provide Montrealers with a unique photo shoot experience, instead of your typical fixed, stationary poses. “The whole idea is to make every session an event and to make every family session a fun time that will be remembered for years to come,” Girard says. “We have clients who came back to us after many years on their kids’ insistence because they had so much fun the first time around. Many of these kids are now in their late teens or early twenties.”
During photo sessions, Girard will play music, the kids will have snacks on set, and she is not shy to joke around during shoots. “It’s a very jovial environment,” she says. “We try to make people happy. The smiles are genuine, and we get to connect with people.”
The studio also does commercial shoots, such as product images for websites and catalogues, event photography and interior room sessions for stores or residential living spaces.
The summer camp is geared to kids 12-17, with three, one-week options – June 29, July 6 and July 13. Kids can sign up for one, two or all three weeks. The goal is to learn how to get great shots whether you are using a phone, tablet or a point-and-shoot digital camera.
Girard takes campers to spots around the city, like the Oxford Properties on René Lévesque Blvd. or Windsor Station to teach them skills and techniques like how to find and capture geometric shapes in nature, for example.
“Each tool is going to have a limitation, or it’s going to have an asset, but you need to know how to use it to get what you want to achieve,” Girard says. “You can take a beautiful image with [anything]. It’s a question of angles, composition, and lighting.”
On the last day of camp, the students edit their photos and a few weeks later, Girard hosts a vernissage of all the students’ work for their family and friends. The camp costs $299 plus tax per week.
The new studio location is at 64 Donegani Ave. For more information, click here.