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HatMan2K
04/05/2020
Summers Magazine #37 with Brittany

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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12/09/2019
Backyard Pool Session with Rachel

Rachel and I started following each other in Instagram last year but we were never was able to find a chance to work together until this past summer when her brand new backyard pool was installed and it became obvious that we needed to launch the opening with an awesome photoshoot!

Rachel was a little Hali-famous for her struggle with her contractor and getting her pool built. The contractor took a huge amount of money and not long after the initial concrete pour was done, he disappeared. Excuses and silence for months and months. Finally after almost 2 years a different contractor finished the pool. Her struggle with the original thief/contractor is ongoing, but her new pool looks amazing!

Ah, yeah. We also managed to get her published for the first time in No8 Magazine too. 🙂

 

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04/15/2019
Beach Shoot with Jennifer L (NSFW)

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!

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01/24/2019
Portfolio Building with Caroline Joy

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.

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02/20/2018
Andivero Magazine - Submission Shoot with Brittany
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.
 

Andivero 15 Cover

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.
 

The first frame. Brittany nails it!

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.

The last frame. Goosebumps and all!

 

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

Poor Brittany! As the shoot progressed, the wind picked up a lot and the temperature dropped too.

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. 🙂
 
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