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The first photo I ever saw of Ian, I said he looked like a model. Luckily, he already told Carlyn that he wanted to try modelling a while back, so we set up a quick test shoot. This was his first time in front of a camera, and it was definitely a great experience for the both of us, as I hardly ever shoot men for fashion stuff unless it’s for designer’s collections. I’m so used to coming up with poses for women, that I was almost completely stumped when we were ready to shoot. It took us a few frames to get comfortable, and to stop laughing, because the three of us were joking around, just being us. 

At 7pm the night before this shoot, while I was in Truro celebrating a family birthday, I received a text message from Aperture Studios saying that there was a power outage in their area. My first reaction was to postpone the whole thing, giving the team enough notice, but my husband suggested to call NS power to check if it was going to be back on before the shoot. They said it would be, and that only the Foggy Goggle on Argyle was still out. I let the team know that it was still a go and I would see them in the morning, therefore putting the power outage at the back of my mind.

When we arrived to a dark hallway and dark studio, I suddenly regretted not double checking with NS power… All of my ideas for lighting this shoot went out the window, and I was trying to figure out what we were going to do in a dark studio with 2 speedlights.

Luckily, Athenaïs and her mom were staying at a nearby hotel so she was able get ready in their room. While Alaura and Felicia headed back with them to do make up and hair, I was trying to think of ways to use my 2 speedlights to create something interesting. But after taking apart one of the studio’s beauty dishes to try and figure out if and how to connect it with a speedlight and with what parts (which I haven’t attempted before), I gave up and decided to go outside. In case any photographers were wondering, the beauty dish is back in one piece, safe and sound.

Carlyn and I walked around the Barrington/Prince St block to find interesting backgrounds, trying not to head too far as it was definitely chilly outside and none of us had obviously planned on being outdoors for any length of time. We found a few spots and hoped that Athenaïs would be up for shooting in the cold (it was lightly snowing). Personally, I think working with a model in the cold is asking a lot, and I always feel guilty for putting them outside in winter. Not only do they have to pretend like they aren’t actually freezing, they have to be in heels. On ice and snow.

During the shoot, we were informed that the power would be back on around 12pm (which of course was when another photographer was booked to arrive). So we shot 2 looks, one of which was picked by Alaura (MUA) who matched the lip colour to the burgundy jacket. (Excellent choice!)

12pm arrived, Athenaïs and her mom had just walked out the door to go back to their hotel, and the lights turn on. Good timing right? It was all just my luck. We were then informed that the next photographer cancelled because of the power outage. So, we could have shot in the studio, with my original lighting plan, with another look… but I suppose my setup idea will just have to wait for another time.:)

However, I think despite the power outage and my lack of knowledge of rigging equipment, we got some killer shots. 

MUA: Alaura Timmons – https://www.facebook.com/makeupbyalaura

Hair: Felicia Carson – https://www.facebook.com/FeliciaCarsonsHairPortfolio

Model: Athenaïs Testi – https://www.facebook.com/AthenaisModel

Assistant: Carlyn Shaw

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I’m so excited to share these images with you! Eden wanted to document her weight loss journey and as a milestone, she got in front of the camera. She wanted to inspire other women to keep working on their own goals as well.

Eden is a stunning lady with a bright personality to match her incredibly colourful tattoos! The black piece that she picked out from la Senza for this session looked amazing! As soon as she pulled it out of the bag, I knew it was going to be perfect.

We shot early in the morning in Aperture Studios, with Elle Munster as the make up artist. Eden curled her own hair perfectly (she is a stylist out of her own studio in Bedford). We shot completely in natural light, which was great with the full windows.

 

 

I’ve noticed that some of the other photographers that I admire were putting together their “Best of 2013″ images and I thought, what the heck, why not try it! However, I decided to just pick a few of my favourites from this past year and it was incredibly hard to sort through everything! Some sessions and commercial shoots weren’t included, and if an image that you love didn’t make it on here, it was not in my WordPress folder (therefore it hasn’t been on the blog before).

Going back through all of these images was a really awesome experience. It reminded me of the amount of support I have had in my career so far, and how lucky I am to share these memories. I am completely aware that starting a business is extremely difficult, but starting a business in the photography industry when every cell phone is capable of taking high resolution photos, is even harder. I am so so so grateful to all of you, because you understand and appreciate the art and the vision that goes into my work. It is not just a point and click system, but a thoughtful and planned process. Sometimes extremely technical, and sometimes a perfect moment.

Throughout 2013, I received amazing feedback from family, friends, old colleagues, new colleagues, competitors, family friends, online communities, and even those I haven’t spoken to in years. I received an abundance of advice, help and training from multiple wonderful photographers in Atlantic Canada. I read book after book, soaking up information about light, style and gear. 2013 made me realize that I AM a photographer. I may not qualify as a “Pro” just yet (according to some associations), but I AM a photographer. And I will keep striving to accomplish more, making each year better than the last.

It is truly remarkable the support I have had, and I wouldn’t be doing what I love if it wasn’t for all of you.

Thank you.

 

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When I asked Miss A why she wanted to do a boudoir session, she said she was doing it for herself as a keepsake and just for fun! It was her introduction to boudoir as she had never done a session before. The studio was a little colder that morning and I wish we had brought in an extra space heater but she rocked it nonetheless! As with all boudoir clients, it took the first few poses and shots to get her comfortable in front of the camera, but by the end she was a natural! You would never know that she wasn’t a model!

Before her session she went shopping at Victoria’s Secret to pick up a few outfits and we shot all three. When she brought out the black and white piece, I just had to add a little attitude and environment into the posing to match. After shooting for an hour (and even having feathers thrown at her), she said she loved it and wanted to do it all over again!

I am thankful to have another client who is willing to share their photos, to show you what we can do. Thank you Miss A, you are stunning.

 

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