I’m slowly getting back on my feet and getting caught up on a few things that have slipped through the cracks while I was sick with the worst flu (no, not the “man” flu – LOL!) for almost exactly a full month. I thought my wife was going to put a pillow over my head in my sleep more than once with the nagging cough that just wouldn’t quit. Three weeks that cough persisted and only once the doctor decided I had a lung infection (not pneumonia, but something else) that things started to improve. So, I’ve been back at work for about a week now and slowly getting caught up with things that were definitely neglected… Thanks for being so patient with the lack of posts – both here and on Instagram – while I was otherwise occupied.
You may have noticed a couple of posts here on my web site in the last week though as I did get caught up a little and this post today is one I’ve been dying to share since I first shot the set with one of my favorite models, Brittany Webber, way back in early October.
I’m a bit of a gear head sometimes and between (day job) work and the racing coverage I provide, it’s hard sometimes to get motivated to do personal projects. But back in early October, I received my brand spanking new Nikon D850 camera, which is pretty much the biggest, baddest, highest end dSLR money can buy right now and decided that taking pictures of my dog and cat just didn’t cut it. So I called Brittany and said lets go to this really cool location I know and put this new toy to the test.
I found the location a couple of years ago while on vacation on the south shore of Nova Scotia with my family. We were camping near Bridgewater and my wife had read an article about how Nova Scotia had some truly world class beaches so we decided to make a day trip or two and find a few of them. Hirtle Beach was beautiful and Sand Dollar Beach (you can see a set that was published in Volo featuring Sarah James here) was pretty special as well. Risers Beach was great for tourists but I couldn’t find a lot I liked photographically. Then, on the way back to the camp ground, we found a link to Crescent Beach. My daughter said it was cool because you could drive the whole length and people did burnouts and such there since it was huge and the tide went out for days. We took a little tour and drove along the beach but never got out of the truck. I did really like the remnants of the old breakwater along a small section of the beach that stood between the sand and an old paved access road and made a mental note that I needed to come back to do a test shoot there.
Well, it only took me three years for the motivation to hit me and to get any great shoot off the ground, you also need a great assistant. So I called up my good friend Chandrae Bailey – the creative mind and photographer behind the Mr. Francy Pants series (@theofficialfrancypants) – to join us and help with the model and gear. It was a little late in the year for a beach shoot, but we knew when we left Halifax and headed south with light winds, sunshine, 18 degrees and the knowledge that we wouldn’t be in the water, we figured we’d be OK. The drive was great and the weather only improved as we drove 100+ kilometers south. We talked about the plan for the afternoon, the looks and general feel for the shoot and we were all very excited for the location.
Then, as we turned the last corner and could see the beach, there was a collective silence as we saw the Nova Scotia fog as it started rolling along the beach.
We cursed. We cried (well I did) and then we cursed some more. Then, since we were there anyway, we drove along the beach to the breakwater to take a look and see if we could salvage a few shots. Once we parked on the sand and started looking back the way we had come, the foggy scene was… Incredible. Beautiful. Eerie. Mysterious. Breathtaking. All at once.
We only spent about 90 minutes on the beach. Poor Brittany was covered in goosebumps as the fog did make the temperature drop to somewhere around 9 or 10 degrees and she was a trooper. One of the reasons I love shooting with Brittany so much is that she is a true professional model. Patience, awareness and the ability to understand the concept and do “whatever it takes” to realize that concept. Every time. Without exception. I have said many times that it’s impossible to take a bad photo of her and I’ve shot with Brittany more than a few times.
From the first frame, I knew this photo set was special. One of my best / favorite shoots to date in the 10+ years I’ve been doing this professionally. A shoot this special had to be in a magazine, and not just any magazine… It had to be my favorite magazine. Andivero Magazine.
I fell in love with this publication with it’s very first issue when it was first published in 2013. I submitted to it several times over the span of a couple of years and was rejected every time. There is something special about this magazine, which was founded by famous glamour and former Playboy photographer, Paul Buceta. Out of all the online / digital magazines out there, this was the best of the best as far as I was concerned. Then in 2015, just as I had a couple of my fine art images featured on their FB page, it abruptly shut down. I was heart broken. Andivero had a true sense of self and was unlike anything else I could find at the time. Then, about a year ago, after a hiatus of just over a year, it resurfaced with a new look and content. More fitness meets fashion than fine art. It still had the same edgy look and incredible content, but somehow it was even better. This only made me want to be published in the magazine even more than I did before and I
was working toward improving my craft and looking for that special shoot that had *exactly* what it needed to be as good as the talent from all over the world chosen to grace their pages.
And along came this “test” session. Remember, We went out because we wanted to play with this incredible new bad ass camera from Nikon. Nothing more. And magic happened.
I’ve known for a few months that we had been accepted, but couldn’t say anything or share any of the photos until the magazine was released, and that happened just a few hours ago. The wait is over. Yay!!!
You can join the Andivero mailing list to receive your free digital copy this month and every month right here. You can also purchase a print copy through MagCloud (or view a small sized digital preview) if you’d prefer actual pages to turn, right here.
If you’d rather see the rest of the images from the 12 page spread, you can view a sampling here. Thanks for supporting Elegant Boudoir and again for your patience as I recovered from the flu. I hope the images were worth the wait. 🙂