No8 Opening Spread

After shooting a couple of studio based Black Tape Project sessions over the last 2 years, I chatted with my “Dream Team” make up artist Bryana Doyscher and we both wanted to expand outside of the studio and the limitations of shooting on seamless paper so we decided since it was summer there was nothing to stop us from moving to a nearby beach and shooting in my usual bikini style to switch the focus from the tape itself to the “wardrobe” design and the glamour and beauty of the female form together with the natural shapes of the sand and the color and warmth of the sun.

Seems pretty simple, right?

Logistically, “Black Tape” is fairly labour intensive and takes a lot more time to prepare for a shoot than just hair and makeup, sometime hours for just a single look. We’ve gotten much more efficient at the task, or maybe I should say Bryana has gotten quite efficient at creating the design and applying the tape and cut vinyl. 

Although the first two sessions featured mostly actual black electrical tape, for this installment and since we were expecting to have some fantastic golden hour sunlight, we decided we wanted to use something with more color and that could catch some of the golden hour light, so we went with a common craft brand of sheet vinyl with a holographic finish and toned in the orange and pink spectrum and all I can say is WOW! What a fantastic choice it turned out to be.

I had met our model, Teresa, about a year previous and we shot a boudoir session as a Valentines gift and she enjoyed the experience tremendously, so we talked about then about other chances to shoot together and she told me she would be thrilled to join me for this series. Now, Teresa is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and as a Masters Bikini Fitness competitor, which means she is over 40 by the way, at the pro level – in fact, she will be representing Canada in Ibiza Spain this fall at the world level of competition, so she is just about the perfect model to be a part of this series. Everything about her screams confidence, strength and feminism. 

So we scheduled a date, picked up the appropriate vinyl and put the team together. Of course, Bryana too care of makeup and tape design / application and Paul Girvan, my friend and fellow photographer (who happened to introduce me to Teresa in the first place) joined us to assist and we headed out to Crystal Crescent Beach near Halifax and had a complete blast creating this set of images.

We’ve been sitting on them for a little while now and my friends at No8 Magazine reached out a little while ago looking for some of my work for an upcoming swimwear issue and it was the perfect time to share the series with the world. To that end, this is the first of three posts that will cover this particular publication because not only did Teresa’s Black Tape set get published, but two other sets were included as well and Teresa made it to the back cover of the magazine! Yay! 

So, check out the gallery below and if you like the set, please support the magazine and purchase a print copy here – No8 Magazine in Print

Enjoy and watch for the next installment, coming later this week. 🙂

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