Beach Season is Coming! - Fuse Magazine # 57

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…)

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Hotel Boudoir with Ms D

We have been looking for a new space since we left our Bedford studio last winter and we tried no less than 6 local hotels before finding and falling in love with this boutique hotel just outside the city. There were lots of great features and backgrounds for us to take advantage of and we decided to offer a weekend special back in the spring to bring in a few clients and see what we could do with the space.

I guess you could say it’s a safe bet that we loved the spot and plan to use it again and again. 🙂

Enter Ms D. What an awesome energy. She is a fitness competitor and recently won the opportunity to compete for Canada in the IFBB Fit World Championship in Ibiza, Spain. So we expected the session to go well, but I think the whole team was blown away with the results.

We’ve said before how much we love it when our clients allow us to share the photos from their sessions and this set was so awesome that we even had it published in a high end Italian fashion magazine, Faddy, a little while ago. Check out the issue here: Faddy Magazine #7 – The Glamour Issue

At 40+ with 3 children, Ms D was an inspiration to all of our team and to top it off, one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to know.

Hope you enjoy the set. 

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Alana at Crystal Crescent Beach

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.


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#BlackTapeProject comes to Halifax

(From the Black Tape Project Facebook page,

"The final product is an art form that fans & critics have credited as 'electrifying' and 'truly unique'. Miami artist, Joel Alvarez, is the originator of The Black Tape Project. Embodying the character of Miami’s nightlife culture, The Black Tape Project incorporates one of the most common household items, coalesced with Joel’s artistic flare and the natural beauty of the human body.

A major milestone was when the Black Tape Project found its way to the cover of FHM magazine creating a design for celebrity model, Vida Guerra, shot by Michael Vincent in Los Angeles in 2011. Since then, The Black Tape Project has contributed to collaborations with Michael Bay, Rick Ross, Omarion, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki and numerous private events at well-known Miami clubs. Since its inception, The Black Tape project has traveled far beyond South Beach reaching cities such as Las Vegas, New York City, the Caribbean and several countries in Europe."

And now, it’s landed in Halifax. 🙂

The BTP Halifax Team (L to R: Vicki Martin, Katia Calligari, Mike McCarthy)

I became involved in a conversation between one of my favorite new models, Katia Calligari, and one of the top makeup artists in Halifax, Vicki Martin, during an industry networking event back in December. Katia and I had already planned to shoot together in the new year and take advantage of her make up skills – she’s a licensed make up artist as well as a fitness competitor and model – when Vicki talked about planning to try the Black Tape and putting together a team to make it happen. I’ve been following the Black Tape Project for a few years and was fascinated by the style, look and uniqueness of each look and have been wanting to try it for some time and had never quite been able to put the perfect team together to make it happen. Funny how this brief conversation as a Christmas networking function suddenly flicked the switch and kick started this project with this amazing team!

MUA/Artist Vicki Martin applies the electrical tape to our patient model, Katia.

Aligning our schedules over the next month was a challenge and at times I thought aligning the planets might be easier, but we managed to select a date in mid-January and started planning the logistics.

Electrical tape was easy as I work for an electrical distributor for my day job, so I stocked up on a few rolls.

The morning of the shoot, we almost had to cancel when Vicki came down with a bug and was under the weather, but she was a trooper and pushed through the task of spending 5+ hours cutting and applying nearly 6 full rolls of electrical tape. 

Working with the tape was a learning experience in itself. We wasted nearly an hour applying tape to a sheet of wax paper thinking that the tape might be easily shaped and cut without sticking permanently to the paper. It actually worked great, until it sat for more than 5 minutes. Then the tape bonded to the wax paper and was impossible to remove, so back to the drawing board…

Finally, we just settled on cutting strips of tape, placing the strip and then using tiny fingernail scissors to trim the ends and complete the patterns. It took a lot of time, but the final results turned out to be fantastic. Vicki is an amazing makeup artist and as it turns out a very creative tape artist as well! 

As it turns out, fantastic enough to get an 8 page feature spread in RHK Magazine, based out of the US. Check out the April 1st, 2018 edition here. You can purchase a digital online copy for only $6.99. Just be aware that the content at the link should be considered NSFW and is of an adult nature.

We had such a great time putting this project together. I hope you enjoy the images and I look forward to continuing this series in the future.

So, F*ck Glitter. Got Tape? 😉

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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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Mini Fitness Session with Miss K

Just before the big East Coast fitness championship a few weeks ago, we were contacted by Miss K to help her document her fitness accomplishment as well as create some images that were also a little edgy, a little sexy and at the same time showed her inner feminine strength. 

We’re always up for a challenge, so I invited my good friend, retired bodybuilding competitor and photographer, Paul Girvan to join us for some pose coaching to help make sure Miss K looked her absolute best as a fitness competitor while also looking like a fitness model you might see in a magazine you would see at the checkout.

We tried a couple of interesting studio setups and lighting variations and Miss K was thrilled with the results. So were we. 🙂

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January Thaw with C

I’ve photographed C on several occasions now and she has even helped me out with a workshop. As a personal trainer and body building competitor, she is the absolute definition of fitness and is an incredibly confident yet shy and down to earth woman. Without a doubt one of my favorite people to have in front of my camera, whether in the studio or as was the case on this cold January afternoon, this beautiful downtown Halifax luxury condo. It was grey and cold outside, but inside, C was turning up the heat…

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