2020 has been a year of change and uncertainty. Thanks to the global pandemic, most of the service industries, across the world, were shut down to “flatten the curve” and here in Nova Scotia Premier MacNeil pleaded for us Bluenosers to “Stay the blazes home!” (more…)
Each week, we are greeted with reductions to the emergency measures policies but we’re not quite there yet. We fully expect to begin accepting bookings starting in early July and have been taking advantage of some free time to get back into practice and knock the rust off with some model friends and we will be sharing some new collaborative work over the next few weeks as we anxiously await even more restrictions lifting. (more…)
Last fall, we had one last opportunity to shoot with long time friend and favorite model, Brittany Webber before she left for a new career and life on the west coast. We’ve shot with Brittany countless times over the last 6 or 7 years and been published more than a couple of times as well, so it was no surprise that when we hit the beach last September the results were spectacular!
We’ve been waiting on the release of Summers Magazine ever since so we could share this set of images with you.
I invited my good friend Paul Girvan along to help out and the wind picked up a little while we were there, which caused Brittany’s hair to become a little unruly, but we played into it and had a blast creating some of my all time favorite shots with her.
We wish her the best in her new endeavours and can only hope that she comes home to visit sometime so we can shoot with her again.
You can purchase your own copy of the issue here: https://summersmagazine.com/issues/summers-magazine-issue-37-ft-dalila-ortega and check out the gallery below which includes a couple of bonus images not in the print managzine.
Hopefully, the world will get back to normal sooner, rather than later, and we can get back to a beach and create some awesome new images this summer.
Take care and stay healthy! 🙂
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To help celebrate her engagement Alana and I hit Crystal Crescent Beach for a fitness bikini session. We brought our favorite MUA, Bryana Doyscher, in for her magic touch and my friend Paul Girvan to assist and shoot as well. We were looking to create more of a “cinematic” set of images and I think you’ll find that we were quite successful. After spending several hours at the beach, Alana had to pack up and head for her bachelorette party, so we brushed off the sand and left the lonely Sunday morning beach for the tourists.
I’ve shot with Jennifer a few times over the last few years including an early edition of my waterfall series but it’s been a while, despite our efforts trying to sync our schedules.
We finally managed to find some time during a rare off weekend when my wife was working and I wasn’t playing catch up with other editing or chores that had been falling woefully behind due to my sometimes ridiculous schedule. So, we called upon MUA extraordinaire Bryana Doyscher and my daughter Courtney to assist and we went off in search of a beach that would sere as our background for a slightly more risque glamour session and not attract too much attention on a beautiful Saturday morning in early September.
Initially, even though we were in the mid-20s air temperature wise, the water was apparently *slightly* colder and Jennifer lost no time reminding me of that fact. LOL!
So, we decided to start shooting on the much warmer sand and work our way up to the cooler water as the sun rose toward its midday peak.
Although there ended up being a number of curious onlookers, the Nova Scotia beach goers kept their distance and let us shoot in peace. We did get a few looks from curious sightseers as the shoot progressed and most were followed up by a quick smile and wave when we looked over our shoulders.
It was a sheer pleasure shooting with Jennifer again. I’d almost forgotten how much we laughed when working together.
Hope you like the results!
It’s been a busy fall and we’ve been pretty non-stop now for months, which is pretty great because it helps this frigid winter pass seemingly much more quickly! LOL!
This session seems like it was forever ago, but it was actually only last August when Caroline and I met for the first time along with Dream Team members Bryana Doyscher (for makeup) and Paul Girvan (to assist) and headed out to Crystal Crescent Beach near Sambro for a portfolio building session that we offer from time to time for new and upcoming models.
Caroline, as I’m sure you will agree, has an awesome glamour look and can rock pretty much any swimwear with her tall and curvy frame. Just what a lot of swimwear designers look for when looking for promo models.
We always try to be creative with these portfolio sessions and try our very best not to provide the same boring images that a lot of photographers will provide. Sometimes the planets align and the “Dream Team” hits one out of the park and we end up getting the set published. Well, this was one of those times. 🙂
The set was picked up by Crush Magazine out of Australia (one of the Vanquish family of magazines that our followers will likely be familiar as we’ve been published in a number of Vanquish magazines) and heated up the January 2019 issue that was released just this week.
Caroline brought along a number of looks and when she donned the sexy red one piece, it screamed Baywatch and was the highlight of the session.Hope you like the preview!
If you are a new model and are looking to shoot with a professional and internationally published photographer, we do offer, on occasion, discounted portfolio sessions with the right creative team and interesting concept. SO don;t be afraid to reach out to chat about what an investment with us for a portfolio session can do for your book.
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.
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.