Christian Lalonde

Commercial Photographer

Getting Around All The Fluff

*Extra Fee, À la Carte
In English
Friday, April 26th, 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm

Spend a day with Christian Lalonde as he helps you cleanup your workflow and guides you to push the quality of your images. Christian will cover how he runs his day-to-day operations and his digital workflow. Get an in-depth view into his day-to-day techniques utilizing software such as Capture One, Photoshop, Bridge, and Camera Raw. Learn both easy and complex steps and techniques used to get the most out of your RAW files, and do it in an efficient way. Christian will also cover some of his lighting techniques and their direct connection to his digital process. If you’re looking to up your game, whether it be in portraiture, wedding, or commercial photography, this is definitely one not to miss.

Remember, we are all connected digitally . . .


Radio Canada said: Christian Lalonde is most likely the most indirectly known Canadian photographer. Being the man behind one of the old five dollar bills, he saw his work go around the world. Completely erased, he managed to bring commercial photography to the art level due to his creativity and daring.

Interview in French but with parts in English.


Since 1997, Christian Lalonde has worked as a commercial photographer with Photolux Studio, working in the world of Photography for many local, national and international clients, in both the private and public sector. Prior to working with Photolux, Christian was a photographer at one of Canada’s largest commercial studios, located in Montreal, and was a teacher of photography at La Cité collégiale.

As principal photographer and owner of Photolux Commercial Studio, at age 43, Christian Lalonde has made his mark in the industry. His work demonstrates a remarkable versatility as a commercial photographer and photo illustrator. Christian completed his photography studies in 1996 from La Cité collégiale in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Since joining Photolux in 1997, he has secured clients such as: Bank of Canada, Ontario Tourism, Costco Wholesale, Crown Plaza Hotels, Estée Lauder, IBM, IceBreaker, Le Cordon Bleu, Loblaws, Maple Leaf, Agriculture & Agri-food Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, National Art Centre, Nygard, Readers Digest, Sony, and Yves St. Laurent, just to name a few.

One of his most prestigious projects can be seen on the $5 and $100 dollar bills that have been in circulation since 2001 in Canadian currency.

As part of his impressive repertoire Christian was named “Canadian Commercial Photographer of the Year” in 2001 and 2002 by the Professional Photographer of Canada (PPOC). He has been highlighted in several international trade magazines and publications. Recognized for his experience in lighting as well as his high standards in photography, Christian, a “Double Master”, has been speaking for the last 11 years at WPPI, one of the worlds largest photography conventions and trade shows, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. His work is also featured by MOAB Papers & Dynalite as well as LiteShapers (XP Photo Gear) on a regular basis.


“Double Master” photographer, Christian Lalonde, has been working professionally in his field since graduating in 1996. Specializing in commercial photography (food, magazine editorials, fashion, architecture, advertising), he launched his own studio in 1997. In 2001, a mere five years after graduation, he was named Commercial Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). To date, he has won over 50 national and international prizes and awards. Having won more than a dozen awards from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), he is now a judge, since 2007, for its annual photography contests.

Christian’s flair for composition and eye for colour make his services in very high demand: he has worked for clients such as the Bank of Canada, National Geographic, Ontario Tourism, IBM, Estée Lauder, Sony, Readers Digest, Crown Plaza hotels, McCain Foods, Costco Canada (with whom he has collaborated for fifteen years), Ottawa Magazine (since 1999), the Rendez-vous de la francophonie, Tourisme Ontario, The Redblacks (CFL), Fury FC,and many more. He has photographed several recipe books including the “Le Petit Larousse du Chocolat” published in 5 languages by Larousse publications & Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. The number of clients that come back to work with him year after year is a testament to the quality of his work.

As the author of the photo that is seen on the back of the Canadian five-dollar bill (“Children at play”) from the Canadian journey series (2001-2006), Christian is the photographer with the most frequently published photo in Canada, if not the world, since some 3.5 billion of those five-dollar banknotes were printed. He was also later tasked with photographing one of the elements (communications tower) on the back of the 100-dollar bill from the same series.

Christian was recently featured in a CBC/Radio-Canada documentary “Dans l’ombre de…”.

Christian Lalonde taught photography from 1997 to 1999. He is now a sought-after speaker who makes presentations each year to both novice and experienced colleagues. He regularly offers seminars, in Ontario, Canada and abroad, particularly with PPOC, WPPI, and in Europe, including during the « I Am Photographer Festival » in Estonia. He also judges the WPPI photo Awards, The World Cup of Photography and the Loupe Awards.

Since the launch of Photolux, his photography studio, Christian welcomes, each year, one or two photography student trainees, with whom he generously shares his knowledge and experience. He has thus been a mentor to more than 30 young student photographers. He also takes time out of his busy schedule, every year, to go talk to students at his alma mater to encourage them to persevere and strive for perfection.

Christian’s true passion for photography makes him eager to share with colleagues, but also to include clients fully in the creative process. As a photographer, he is unafraid to explain his creative decisions and demystify the artistic process of photography.