Andrew Alexander takes the most romantic photos of me. Sigh!
Jessica Ruano, Ottawa writer


Taking photographs of theatrical productions is surprisingly challenging. Usually done in a tight time frame, working with sets, costumes and lighting that aren't necessarily complete, it can be difficult to make photographs that either enticingly sell, or faithfully document, the show in question.

Theatre photography generally takes two forms: Promotional photography, where the photographs are made in advance of the production for publicity purposes, and Archival photography, where photographs are made during the run of the show to document what it actually looked like.

Promotional photography tends to create photographs which capture the look and feel of the show, and are not necessarily 100% accurate to actual presentation. These photographs are meant to encourage a feeling, and make people want to go see the show. Archival photography needs to be a bit stricter in terms of what is captured, as the photographs can be used for grant applications or reports.

Airport Security, Gruppo Rubato (2010)

Vimy, GCTC/NAC (2010)

This is a Recording, Ditto Productions (2009)

Snapshot, Gruppo Rubato (2012)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Algonquin Theatre (2011)

Ottawa Theatre Challenge (2011)

Speed-the-plow, Plosive Productions (2011)

Shadows, Queen Mab/Parry Riposte (2010)

Hamlet, Ottawa Shakespeare Company (2011)

Blue Box, nightswimming theatre (2012)

Ottawa Stilt Union, Rideau Awards (2011)

Roller Derby Saved My Soul (2011)

His Girl Friday, CCLA/GCTC (2012)

How It Works, Plosive Productions (2012)

Live From the Belly of a Whale, Micasa Theatre (2011)

The Lavender Railroad, Evolution Theatre (2011)

East of Berlin, GCTC (2012)

A Midwinter's Dream Tale, Company of Fools (2011)

The Crucible, CCLA/GCTC (2011)

Christopher Durang one-acts, Algonquin Theatre (2012)

Stones in his Pockets, Seven-Thirty Productions (2012)

La Boheme, Opera Lyra (2012)

Bread (2012)

The Shadow Cutter, GCTC (2011)

The Brad MacNeil (2012)

Cyrano de Bergerac, Plosive Productions (2012)

The Final Twist, Gladstone Theatre (2009)

Fly Me To The Moon, GCTC (2012)

We Want Life!, Ottawa Theatre School (2012)

The Walk, Ottawa Fringe Festival (2011)

Circle Mirror Transformation, GCTC (2012)

Antony and Cleopatra, Company of Fools (2011)

Under Milkwood, OTS (2011)

Extremely Short Play Festival, New Theatre of Ottawa (2012)

The Film Noire, Algonquin College (2012)

The Suicide, OTS (2012)

Zastrozzi, Algonquin Theatre (2011)

That Summer, Algonquin Theatre (2011)

Little Martyrs, Evolution Theatre (2011)

Mary Magdalene, Evolution Theatre (2012)

The Curse of the Pekinese Peregrine, Eddie May Murder Mysteries (2012)

Noises Off, Gladstone Theatre (2009)

The Secret Mask, GCTC (2012)

The Fireweavers, Lumiere Festival (2012)

Ridergirl (2012)

November, Seven-Thirty Productions (2012)

Strawberries in January, GCTC (2011)