Photography by Lois Siegel

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Still Life

The Ottawa Citizen

The Kitchissippi Times
Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute

Metroland Media

Capital Style Magazine

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Photo by Lois Siegel

Lighting by Frederic Dekkal

424-C Queen Street

Erin Chapman, Model
Azadeh, Makeup
Sam, Hair
Joseph Saikaley, Art Director

Photo by Fred Dekkal

Museum of History

Grand Hall

Michaëlle Jean

Christmas Card 2014

Photo by Victor Turco

Jean-Daniel Lafond, Husband of  
Michaëlle Jean
 Lois Siegel, Photographer

Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada 2005-2010
Christmas Card, 2011

Ottawa Photographer Lois Siegel

499 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z2
Phone: (613) 567-4700

Liv Ullmann
Norwegian Actress/Film Director

No stranger to Vistek’s in-store galleries, Ottawa photographer Lois Siegel’s latest star studded exhibit will be on display at Vistek Ottawa from July 18th – September 3rd, 2015. As a citizen of Ottawa – a city she has fallen in love with since her arrival in 1992  Lois is involved in multiple activities. Siegel was named one of the Capital City’ Top 50: People who are shaping the future of the National Capital, by Ottawa Life Magazine. With a career spanning 35 years, Lois Siegel is one multi-faceted individual.
A photographer, filmmaker, writer, teacher and musician,
if she likes something or finds something interesting, she’s on it.
For example, she picked up the fiddle and started playing in a Celtic band, because,
well, just because the idea intrigued her Her local resume includes photographer/writer for the Glebe Report
 as well as photographer for the Ottawa Business Journal and Healthwise Ottawa.  
She has also worked for the Ottawa Citizen and Capital Style Magazine.
And to round out her local gigs, Siegel teaches Video Production at the University of Ottawa. As for Lois Siegel photographer/filmmaker, she has achieved national/international
recognition and her work has received multiple awards
 including a 1990 Genie Award: Best Short Documentary
 from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for her film Stunt People.
Lois is notable for being chosen as one of nine photographers
to shoot The Rolling Stones 2005 Bigger Band Tour when it arrived in Ottawa.
Lois’ other major accomplishment was working as a filmmaker/photographer for
Cinema Canada, where she encountered world-famous celebrities at the
Montreal World Film Festival, taking photos of the visiting actors, producers and directors.

Photography by Lois Siegel

Donald Sutherland
, Canadian Actor

Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli
1321 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario

Phone: (613) 722-8753
     until October 12

Sophia Loren,
Italian Actress

Stephen Rea, Irish Actor

Lois Siegel
(613) 830-2509

Meet the Artist

Lois Siegel
Shenkman Art Centre
245 Centrum Boulevard
April 23-May 25, 2015


Photography by Lois Siegel

 star Stars  star
Camera Store
499 Bank St
(613) 567-4686

Sophia Loren
Photographer Lois Siegel




10569 109th Street NW

October - November 2011


1231 10th Avenue SW.

November - December, 2011


Dizzy Gillespie
American Jazz Musician
 Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli
1321 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario
Phone: (613) 722-8753
 December 2011- January 2012
Lois Siegel
(613) 830-2509 
Northern Stars
Shenkman Art Centre
Promenade Arteast
June - August, 2011

Photo by Virginia Dupuis
Lois and Dizzy

Lois Siegel has been a photographer, filmmaker, professor, musician and now an agent as well. Photo: Tom Robertson 
    Photo: Tom Robertson 

Lois Siegel has been a photographer, filmmaker, professor
musician and now an agent as well.

By Jonathan Perron-Clow

Artist Lois Siegel's photographs will don the walls of the
Vistek camera store from July 4 to August 17
 and the Ottawa Bagelshop until December, but those only represent
a fraction of the work she does.

While some artists might limit their work to one media,
Lois Siegel has never been one to avoid trying something new.

"I play all day, every day. Everyday is different,"
she says of the different work she does.
A multitude of projects occupy her time. Siegel has been a
filmmaker, a photographer, an English teacher
 and a video production professor at Concordia
and the University of Ottawa.

She was interested in music, so she took up the violin in 1997
and now plays Celtic music at a variety of events.

Recently, she noticed that there were few agents for artists
in the area, so she took that up as well.

"I only do fun things."

Though she has moved away from Montreal where she did
photography of big name celebrities,
the pictures she takes today reflect other artists.

"All of these musicians (that come to the region for various events)
 some of them people don't even know,"
she points out of fiddlers and country musicians that she
has been photographing lately.

The art industry in which she plays many parts has had to deal
with new issues in recent times in Siegel's opinion.

"Now with (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper cutting all the funding
 it's a bit depressing for all these artists.
It's a real struggle for a lot of people," she mentions.

Though federal support has left, local support has increased in her view.
 "Ottawa is absolutely fantastic
 (for its support of amateur musicians)," she says noting the
development of bands and jam ensembles.

Orléans bound

After many years of living comfortably in Montreal, Siegel's husband
Paul Jean came to her with a question.
 "How would you like to move to Ottawa?" She was puzzled. "Where?"

He works in the high-tech sector and an
opportunity came up in Ottawa.
Though she had only been to the city a few times,
she agreed to make the move.
"The compromise was that we would live in Orléans, because it's closer
to Montreal. That was great for me."

Having lived in Orléans since 1997, Siegel has grown quite fond of the area.
"I love Orléans. I wouldn't want to move. I've seen all kind of developments.
People speak French and it reminds me of Montreal."

The growth of the arts community and the addition of the
Shenkman Centre don't hurt either.
The 'Musicians' show moving to the Ottawa Bagelshop
was previously showcased at the east end's arts hub.

Saatchi Gallery


Dizzy Gillespie
American Jazz Musician

Ottawa West
February 13, 2009

West end photography show features
movie stars, famous faces
By Rosalyn Stevens

East Ottawa Star
February 6, 2009

Photographer shines with ‘Stars’

 by Laura Cummings

Lois Siegel
Canadian Women's Open
Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

Photo by Ron Levine
Prisoners of Age

One of the biggest differences between photographing
regular subjects and celebrities
– as long-time, Orléans-based photographer Lois Siegel tells it
 – really just comes down to the level of chaos.
Shooting screen siren Sophia Loren at the Montreal World Film Festival
 press conference several years ago
“was kind of a zoo shoot,” she recounts. “I was first in line … but I sort of
got pushed out of the way.
It was push and shove the whole time – it’s a danger zone sometimes.”

Actor Robert De Niro was another celebrity whose portrait
didn’t come without some frustration, Siegel continues.

With a public appearance planned at a Montreal shopping centre
 “everyone in Montreal was there,” she explains.
“There were like 5,000 people. But when the press conference
was about to start, De Niro was still in New York City.”

Though he arrived before pandemonium broke out,
it wasn’t before some panic from local media and
fellow photographers, she adds with a laugh.

Looking back over her long history of shooting celebrities, Siegel – who
fell into photography while studying journalism at Ohio University,
launching a career that’s spanned decades and different cities
 – is currently exhibiting 50 portraits of her famous subjects
in a show simply titled Stars.

It’s a litany of names including a young Howie Mandel, Leonard Cohen,
Clint Eastwood, Hugh Grant, Ben Kingsley,
Dizzy Gillespie, Ralph Nader, Sting and Pierre Trudeau.
Gigs like photographing the Montreal World Film Festival
have helped get her close to many of the actors and directors
including Loren – featured in the exhibit,
she recounts, though “hanging around jazz clubs shooting all the musicians”
and working Montreal parties has also led to many of the displayed portraits.

“It’s fun when you spend more time with the people,” Siegel continues,
adding that press junkets and other promotional events
don’t allow for much interaction between photographer and subject.

Holding 'Stars' at the Westboro Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli
has proved to be the perfect location
– “it’s like a Hollywood deli, with all the pictures with
autographs on the walls,” she says,
 explaining how each photograph is accompanied by a plaque
detailing the story of where and how it was taken.
“People love looking at pictures of celebrities.
And the stories just makes it so much more interesting.”

Vince Piazza, owner of the Ottawa Bagelshop, explains his store
has been providing an outlet
to support local artists for the past 13 years
 typically switching exhibits every five weeks.

"It's a win-win situation; I like to promote artists," he says,
adding that customers also enjoy perusing the work,
making their visit to the business more interesting.
"It's like an art museum in here."

Hard Hat Lady
Construction Site
Photographing the Hoisting of the Sign
at the New Shenkman Arts Centre
The Shenkman Arts Centre

©Photo by Lois Siegel
-17 C
Feels like -28
The A-Channel TV Guy's Record Button Froze
Steel-Toed Boots (not pictured)
Construction Photography

Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch

©Photo by Lois Siegel
July 2010

©Photo by Mike Levin

Photo by Jason Ransom
Stephen Harper's Official Photographer

Norwegian Ambassador Tor Berntin Naess Meets
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper


starHollywood Deli Northstar

James Woods and Nicholas Cage
American Actors

Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli
1321 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario
Phone: 722-8753

July 2009 - January 2010


"In the Street"   
Candid Photography
by Lois Siegel
Ottawa Public Library
Main Branch
120 Metcalfe St. & Laurier 
November 2009

2nd Floor Mezzanine
Take the stairs
leading up to the 2nd floor

©Photo by Lois Siegel

Contact: Lois Siegel
(613) 830-2509

Lois Siegel has just been invited to display her photographs
 on the Saatchi Gallery, London, England, website

You can view her work here:
Saatchi Gallery


Les Violons du Roy
Film directed by Don Winkler, produced by Craig Graham
Premiere CBC "Opening Night" Series
Thursday, April 5,2007
9 p.m.
Photos by Lois Siegel

Cover Photo by Lois Siegel
St. Andrew's Review
North Carolina, USA
November 2006

©Photo by Tom Robertson

©Photo by Lois Siegel

©Photo  by Lois Siegel

Cierra Campeau
Jazz Singer

©Photo by Lois Siegel

Siegel won 1st Prize: “Photography” at the 23rd Annual Art East  Art & Photo Exhibition
Orleans, Ontario (2004) for her portrait of “The Crowd” trumpeter Adam Bell

Scripps alumna named to Ottawa’s Top 50
(Type: Lois Siegel under "Search")

The Now EMC

Orléans resident enjoys success
in filmmaking and photography
By Nick Bergamini
Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Rolling Stones
World Tour

Press Conference


©Photo by Steve Coleman

Orleans photographer
 gets assignment of a lifetime
By Steve Coleman, Neighbourhood News Staff
Fri, Sep 2, 2005 2:00 PM EST

Business Journal
An Orleans resident won the lottery last weekend. For a photographer, the prize was better than money - even though "Under My Thumb" could have been the night's unofficial theme song.  

Lois Siegel was one of only nine photographers standing between the crowd and the front of the stage Aug. 28 when the Rolling Stones played for more than 40,000 delirious fans at Frank Clair Stadium.

"I brought earplugs," said Siegel. "I made friends with a lot of the other photographers there."

The job was with the Glebe Report, a community newspaper covering the area around Lansdowne Park. With 4 a.m. sound checks at full volume, Super Ex might have been looking to mend a few fences with neighbours, she said.

Armed with a new camera after the switch from 35 mm film to digital, the concert was a learning experience, she said. Even though she's been shooting for years.

"All of the photographers were guys," she said. "I was the only girl there and they had all of the expensive equipment."

While she said she's shot nightclub shows and festivals in the past, including acts like Johnny Winter, Dizzy Gillespie and the Juno Awards ceremony in Montreal, the weekend gig at Bank Street was the first major concert she said she has done. The band made sure it had the final say in who took the pictures, too.

Photographers at the show had a long list of restrictions and had to sign a waiver in case something went wrong while they were on the job. And for people at the concert wondering why the first two songs the Rolling Stones played were lit with white stage lights, it was all of the time the small group of photographers at the front of the stage had to get their shots.

"I'm learning every time I shoot," she said. "All we had was 10 minutes."

She said she squeezed 137 pictures into her camera in eight minutes.

Band management kept a tight rein on the camera crowd in other ways too. One of the things they had to agree to before they were herded out was to follow directions on what they could and couldn't shoot - like the audience.

The hurry-up-and-wait routine continued into the final few minutes before the show. Photographers working the night of the show were invited Saturday's press conference to get shots of the stage. They sat around for an hour waiting to get the OK to drag out their gear.

Whether or not it was planned, security guards knew all of the faces the night of the show. And to keep anything untoward from getting out, photojournalists shooting that night's concert were under strict instructions to keep their lenses pointed at the ground when backstage among the band trailers.

Stones front man Mick Jagger likes to go for a run before just before a show to get himself warmed up.

"The rules didn't bother me," Siegel said. "I didn't want to get kicked out. How many people get to shoot the Rolling Stones?"

She said she didn't notice which songs the band played at the start of the show and it wasn't because of the earplugs. Getting into the zone tuned her out of the show.

©Photo by Lois Siegel

Siegel won 1st Prize in the category “Photography” at the
23rd Annual Art East  Art & Photo Exhibition
 Orleans, Ontario (2004) for her portrait of “The Crowd” trumpeter Adam Bell

Her photography is listed in Mayworks: Ottawa’s first Visual Artists Directory.
Honorary Photographer for the 2005, 2006 Arts Ottawa East "Luncheon for the Arts.

by Michael Spencer with Suzan Ayscough
Photographs by Lois Siegel
Cantos International Publishing
Review by James Forrester

Hollywood North: the Creation of the Canadian Film Industry is the unvarnished story of the development and evolution of a cultural industry that began with a two-page memo to Cabinet in 1965 and grew into a $3 billion industry. This complete and revealing reference work is liberally spiced with tales that have never been told and illustrated with photographs that recall the playful infancy of Canadian cinema.

©Photo by Lois Siegel
Justin Time Records Inc.

©Photo by Lois Siegel
Troy MacGillivray

©Photo  by Lois Siegel

©Photo  by Lois Siegel

 Alexis MacIsaac

star Stars star
Photography by Lois Siegel
120 Photos

©Photo by Lois Siegel

Montreal World Film Festival
Complexe Desjardins

©Photo by Lois Siegel

The Ottawa Citizen

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Soul Catcher
by Paul Gessell

Lois Siegel has been photographing musicians for years,
but they're often camera-shy, she tells Paul Gessell

CREDIT: Pat McGrath, The Ottawa Citizen

An exhibition of Lois Siegel's favourite photographs of musicians opens July 22, 2004 at the Ottawa Folklore Centre.

Jazz diva Esther Phillips was "difficult."

So was k.d. lang. Fiddler Ashley MacIsaac was, at least back in 1996, "naive" and Sting was, well, a bit of a surprise.

©Photo by Lois Siegel
Ashley MacIsaac

Lois Siegel saw a pack of photographers chasing someone in 1982 and, without knowing who the quarry was, the intrepid Ottawa photographer joined the race. The prize: A great shot of an amazingly relaxed-looking Sting.

Siegel has been photographing the rich, famous and musical for two decades. She has captured anybody who was ever anybody at the Montreal World Film Festival. For years she haunted all the legendary jazz and blues clubs in Montreal, including Spectrum, Biddles and Rising Sun, to spy on musicians making love to their instruments.

Siegel's collection includes many fiddlers. She's one herself and spends quality time with various performing outfits, including the Lyon Street Celtic Band. Sometimes she shows up at festivals, concerts, hoedowns and fiddling competitions as the official photographer for such magazines as Cinema Canada or Downbeat.

Sometimes she just shows up, her camera hidden from bouncers. Being short and with the innocent face of a child, no one would ever guess Siegel is something of a sneaky whirling dervish stealing the souls of celebrities.

Musicians are increasingly wary of photographers, Siegel says during a recent interview in her Orleans home. Even the most laid-back bluesman can get cranky when someone, anyone, tries to get close with a camera during a concert. So, don't expect to see Siegel prowling around this week's Bluesfest. Anyway, if any of the Bluesfest artists are really, really noteworthy, chances are Siegel has already shot them some place else and hung their pictures on the wall of her home (the best photo gallery in town), alongside Sophia Loren, Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and other favourites of the paparazzi.

©Photo by Lois Siegel
Sophia Loren
Montreal World Film Festival, 2001

An exhibition of musician photos by Siegel opens July 22 at the Ottawa Folklore Centre at Bank and Sunnyside.

Siegel was hoping to show about 30 of her favourite musicians' shots.

The musicians she's eyeing for the show cover everything from jazz to the classics. The photos are a mixture of the candid and the posed.

Here are some of the contenders for the exhibition, simply titled Musicians: Charlie Biddle (in his photo, he looks ready to tango into bliss with his bass), classical violinist Ida Haendel, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, fiddler Natalie McMaster (her photo shows her soaring, surely, to another planet), Nova Scotia bluesman Dutch Mason, aboriginal warbler Buffy Sainte-Marie and American singer Johnny Winter ("I met him when I made a film about albinos.")

Siegel is also a filmmaker. She teaches video production at the University of Ottawa. Her own film credits include such documentaries as Lip Gloss, Baseball Girls, the Genie-winning Stunt Family and the aforementioned look at albinism, Strangers in Town.

While some musicians, actors and others are thrilled to have Siegel photograph them, others are leery, nervous and just plain stand-offish. So, how does she get those types to relax and pose for her?

"Talk to them. Smile. Don't look like you're going to eat them alive."

Musicians will be performing, in the visual sense, at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St., from July 22 to Aug. 26. For more information on the exhibition, phone 730-2887.

© The Ottawa Citizen 2004

Orléans shutterbug captures history of Canadian film
September 8, 2003


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