Now based in Orléans, award-winning international photographer Michael Willems is an engineer by training, "C"-level business executive by experience, and photographer and educator by talent and choice. He has worked in 49 countries worldwide.

Michael is a born educator. He teaches large crowds; he taught for many years at the internationally renowned Sheridan College of Art and Design. He also taught and developed courses for the US-based Digital Photo Academy, the Henry's School of Imaging, Vistek, Canon, and the Niagara School of Imaging. .

Michael has written for a number of photography magazines, and his photography has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, The Toronto Sun, The Toronto Star, BBC, The Hamilton Spectator, and many other publications. He also holds regular solo art exhibits of his work.

Last but not least, Michael has written a series of acclaimed photography teaching e-books. They are available on Amazon - and right here in the store.

To hear about Michael's COVID Portraits project,

Hear the CBC Radio Interview (March 2021)


Michael Willems Photo Inc., located in Place d'Orleans Shopping Centre in Orleans, Ottawa, is your locally owned, independent community photography store.

Positioned right next to Hudson's Bay on the main level, the studio/store is easy to reach and offers studio portraiture, photo printing (from do-it-yourself kiosks for your cellphone photos to handmade "giclée" prints, and the best quality canvas, metal and acrylic prints), photography courses, photo restoration services, scanning and conversion, and ready-made wall art.

A few of the companies and organisations Michael has worked for:



We also carry a selected range of flash and other accessories.

Michael, John, Rose, Maroua, Andrea and the other crew members are here to make it simple for you. Come into the store and ask: we will be delighted to advise and assist.

See some testimonials here.