glamour

HatMan2K
05/01/2021
[NSFW] Gabrielle in TSYM Magazine

While we remain under a province wide lock down and many small businesses like ours are shuttered as well for public safety, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. 

This week, vaccines were released to anyone in NS over 40 years old, case counts are slowly falling and we are hopeful that the current restrictions are loosened so we can visit our new camper in time for the Victoria Day long weekend this month. So yes, it’s a tough time right now, but things are looking up. 🙂

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HatMan2K
03/03/2020
Kansha Magazine Cover with Katia (NSFW)

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It’s been 2 years this month since we left our studio space downtown. We do miss it. Just not the lack of parking or loading zones. 😉

But we especially miss days like this when we had the incomparable Katia join us for a marathon afternoon shoot that has now resulted in at least three separate publications, including the latest – and my personal favorite! –  which landed us on the cover of this month’s Kansha Magazine!

Katia is always a pleasure to photograph. From our very first test shoot to our most recent beach shoot – that’s coming up in a new publication early next month, so wait until you see that one! – every session has resulted in spectacular images and yet another publication.

In this case, since we were leaving our home of many years and looking at exploring new options for a studio, we decided to explore some lesser used spaces around the building that housed the studio. After all, it was Sunday and no one else was in the building. 😉

We started on the main stair case on our way to some of the storage areas upstairs and decided to go for a little voyeuristic feel by shooting from through the railing upstairs while looking down as Katia relaxing on the stairs below. The result is the image you will find on the cover of Kansha Magazine. 

We also took advantage of the empty and dimly lit storage areas for the rest of the set, which you can check out right here. Hope you like this new set!

And, here are a few bonus images from the shoot that didn’t make the magazine but were still some personal favorites. Enjoy!

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HatMan2K
10/10/2019
Black Tape Project - Round 3 / No8 Magazine

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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HatMan2K
02/23/2019
Portfolio Building with Jenny Mel

I met Jennifer over a year ago now at a fitness competition in Halifax and when we chatted about possibly shooting something, she was quite excited and had never really thought about modeling. She had competed several times in bikini figure competitions and has placed in her category (5′ 9″ and taller) but had never actually had a professional photo shoot before. So, we made plans to show a few weeks later when I would be in her hometown of Moncton, NB for the Atlantic Nationals competition.

My good friend Paul Girvan does most of the pro-fitness competition photography in Atlantic Canada and for the last year, I’ve worked with Paul doing image logistics work behind the scenes at his shows. This trip, Paul rented a local studio in Moncton and was gracious enough to let me borrow the space while he was getting the MU done for his first studio client of the day. Fortunately, Jennifer is a morning person, so we were able to get into the studio around 8AM, no mean feat since none of us went to bed before 1AM or so! The iconic Vicki Martin, who is probably the best fitness competition MUA in the industry, joined us for Jennifer’s MU and helped keep my wife company at the studio while my assistant and very old friend James Vaughan and I decided to take Jennifer for a walk around downtown Moncton looking for interesting photo locations. 

We didn’t have to walk far to find this alley just off of Main St in the downtown core and I’ll let the photo gallery speak for itself. 

Images from this shoot have now been published in both Boudoir Inspiration Magazine and DEZIRE Magazine early in 2019 and we recently shot with Jennifer again during a trip to Moncton and can’t wait to share the results of that set too!

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HatMan2K
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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