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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! πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜‰

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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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. πŸ™‚

 

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02/23/2019
Black Tape Project - Round 2 - Ophelia Lai

Our first Black Tape Project experiment was a huge success so we decided to tempt fate and try it again. LOL!

BTP Round 2 – Jim Vaughan, Bryana Doyscher, Ophelia Lai and Mike McCarthy (Left to right)

Knowing the second time around exactly how much work was involved we planned a little more and improved on the space and materials and invited one of my all time favorite models, the one and only Ophelia Lai, to join my very favorite MUA, Bryana Doyscher, along with my good friend Jim Vaughan to assist for the afternoon.

Bryana watched a few videos and together, she and I must have gone through a couple of hundred photos looking for inspiration for the tape work. This time, we decided to incorporate gold sheet vinyl for 2 reasons. First, the black tape can actually be a challenge to work with and unless you use the really good stuff, it doesn’t stick as well as one might think. Of course, if you do use the really good stuff, it sticks a little too much and becomes uncomfortable for the model. Yikes!! Second, I couldn’t find gold colored tape. And I know the 3M rep, so if we couldn’t find it, it doesn’t exist. πŸ˜‰

We were sort of going for an egyptian theme / styling for this shoot and I think the team pulled it off perfectly!

The sheet vinyl actually worked very well and ended up helping to reduce the time to apply the tape from over 5 hours for round 1 to less than 3 hours for this round with Ophelia.

We also wanted to make it a little more of a “fashion” style shoot than a fitness session just to shake things up from the first round. After all, why do something a second time, just to do it the same, right?

One of the reasons I love shooting with Ophelia is that she has such great camera awareness and her poses flow like water through a waterfall. Endless and beautiful. She’s a true joy to photograph. Also, a couple of the images from this session were recently published in a special edition of DEZIRE Magazine as an extra bonus. 

Watch for round 3 this spring! Bryana and I already have some cool ideas for some new colors and patterns. Hope you enjoy the results!

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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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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. πŸ™‚

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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HatMan2K
04/03/2018
#BlackTapeProject comes to Halifax

(From the Black Tape Project Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TheBlackTapeProject/about)

"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. πŸ™‚

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? πŸ˜‰

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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. πŸ™‚
 
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01/08/2018
Bridal Boudoir with Mrs B

When we were first contacted by Mrs B last summer about shooting her very first ever boudoir session before her wedding so she could gift her special images to her husband on their wedding night, we were very excited to oblige. We met in person a couple of times to discuss schedules, preparation and shoot ideas.

As is usually the case with new clients, when Mrs B arrived at our studio, she was nervous. Excited, but nervous none the less. After spending an hour or so with our hair and MU team, and chatting a little more about her upcoming wedding it was shoot time and the nerves had subsided somewhat. Most of our clients find they start to feel at ease very quickly and usually within 10 of 15 minutes are laughing and having a blast. Our shoot lasted about 2 hours and by the time we were done, she was a natural in front of the camera and as we wrapped up, Mrs B was already talking about shooting again and told us what a blast it had been shooting with us. 

We delivered a selection of keepsake prints in time for the wedding and I’m told Mrs B’s new husband was thrilled with the surprise gift. We were also able to finalize the album layout and have the finished linen lay flat album ready and delivered in time for the return from the honeymoon. Mrs B was thrilled with the album and is now thinking of when to schedule her follow-up session. During the presentation, she was thrilled enough with her images that she decided to sign a release and let us share a few examples from her session. We hope you enjoy these samples of a real world client and hope you contact us with any questions you have if you are considering your own intimate portrait session.

If you’ve never treated yourself to a boudoir session, you really need to. Even if no one ever sees the photos except you. Yes, boudoir is sexy and intimate and very personal, but it is also one of the most confidence building and empowering things you will ever do for yourself. Ever.

Make sure you follow us on Instagram at @Elegant_Boudoir for samples from all the latest shoots and for special deal announcements from time to time. 

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12/01/2017
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. πŸ™‚

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