Fresh Start for Second Half of 2015

I wanted to share a new set of images on the blog from a shoot I did with SP back while the house was still wrecked from our winter flood. Things are finally falling back into place now: I’m setting up a whole new studio room; the office is totally reset; and I have an all new website as well. I know it is only a few days from July 1st, but we’re starting this year fresh at the half-way point!

If you are interested in shooting in the coming weeks, drop me a line!

See the full set from this shoot here.

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Sheena – B&W

A few shots from my first shoot with Sheena G., from Halifax. We’d been in contact for a long time and never managed to get into the studio until now. It was well worth the wait!

We did some really basic boudoir, mixing in some shadowy lighting style with basic black underwear and a white shirt. Sheena’s long hair really gives her a look that betrays her height!

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White Sheet – 12 Days 2011

I’m going to try to get some of the shoots from the last few months posted on the blog in the next little while. I’m also planning on starting a few new projects over the winter, so time to clean up and finish up some of the older ones!

First up, a great shoot with Katelyn. For this one, we wanted to do some high key stuff with white sheets and white underwear. What I didn’t expect from this shoot was the really awesome emotion and tension that Katelyn brought to the set. She was really easy to work with and from her agreeable nature, I just didn’t expect to get these kind of results! Can’t wait to work with her again!

I’m booking a limited number of boudoir shoots before Valentine’s day. The package is only $99, and you get a cd with all the best images for your sweetie in time for the big day. Prints also available for an additional fee. E-mail me soon as time is limited!

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Boudoir at the Atlantica Oak Island

This weekend, we will be offering some fantastic deals on boudoir photography as part of the Atlantica Oak Island’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” weekend. I thought I would give you an idea of what we’re going to offer in terms of location and set! All of the shooting will be done in one of the Atlantica Oak Island’s gorgeous villas, but we’re going to set up each part of it a little differently so you get a full range of options.

[Madison]

First, we will have the loft bedroom set up with full studio strobes and umbrellas around the king-sized bed. This will make for some nice crisp, studio-style lighting. Great for showing off your sparkling eyes or making colours on your Valentine’s negligee really pop! Awesome for bodyscape shots that highlight your best features, while also providing clean white linens to hide your least favourite features. This is the height of magazine style boudoir. Additionally, there is a sizeable bathroom off this bedroom that could make for some great shots as well.

[Fallen]

Second, we will have the dock-level bedroom setup as a darkened room with continuous softbox light. This room will be great for moody, smoky-eyed come-hither stares and more artistic, classic boudoir. Heavy curtains provide privacy while adding a deep texture to the ambiance of the room. Strong directional light will cast mysterious shadows and provide great lighting for photos that taste like well-aged whiskey.

[Madison]

Finally, the main living area will give us room to work a few portable flashes against the natural light coming in across the ocean or through the fog. Big windows and a comfortable couch mean we can capture a wide variety of moods and lighting set ups in one area.

We’re ready to make you the star! See you on Friday!

(Can’t make it this weekend, book a shoot in Halifax! See our Valentine’s Vamptacular special!)

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Next Weekend’s Boudoir Madness!

[Rebecca]

In only seven days, I will be at the beginning of a crazy weekend at a beautiful resort on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with over one hundred fantastic and beautiful woman from all around the region. It’s the Atlantica Oak Island’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” weekend and it’s going to be a blast! The guests get to participate in a relaxing weekend with lots of opportunity for fun, from astrology readings, lap dancing, aerobics, Pole Dancing, to Zumba classes! And, just in time for Valentine’s Day, some fantastic boudoir photography in an awesome setting!

With only a weekend to do it, I hope to photograph about 20 of the bravest, fun-loving, and confident women there. But to help them get ready for it, I thought I’d post some of my favourite tips and most asked questions first.

  • First, and foremost, you should expect a professional photographic experience. That means we will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable, to give you guidance and advice, and to produce some top quality photos that you will enjoy, whether for yourself or to give to a partner! I will have a female assistant nearby at all times and I have a strict policy of never touching or approaching a subject without talking about it first, even if it is just to adjust your hair!
  • Our Boudoir Photography is about making sexy and intriguing photos that you will love! This will often involve sexy lingerie, revealing outfits, and sultry expressions. It may involve as little as a white shirt or strategically crossed arms. We are not offering erotic photography or artistic nude photography during this weekend. We will, however, offer non-nude, implied nude, and concealed nude options. We will work to your comfort level and you call the shots! Above all, your shoot will be fun!
     
  • You should plan now for your shoot. Pack your favorite lingerie, underwear, pajamas, or find Valentine’s appropriate new items before your trip down to the resort. Think of your partner’s favorite items or costumes. We shoot subjects in everything from the classic school girl mini-skirt to the necktie he wore at your wedding. Don’t forget your high heels!
     
  • Finally, we have the option of bringing a professional make-up artist with us if there is sufficient demand. If you would like to have professional hair and make-up done for your shoot, you must book in advance. If there is not sufficient interest, we will not be able to bring our stylist. (Deadline to pre-book make-up is this Sunday night!) Of course, you are always welcome to do your own make-up. Don’t forget to bring it with you!
[Madison at the Atlantica
Oak Island]

Each session will cost $100, payable by cash or Paypal at the beginning of the session or in advance. Sessions consist of one hour of photography time, thus, you should arrive 15-20 minutes in advance with hair and make-up ready unless our stylist is doing your prep work. If hair and make-up is requested, the cost is $75 per person and your prep session will be one hour before your photo shoot begins. Make-up and hair will be available only if there is sufficient interest and is an optional add-on. You may choose to do your own hair and make-up.

If you would like to book a double shoot for you and a friend (or two) for moral support or for extra sexy pictures, each additional person is $50 and 15 minutes of additional shooting time is added (i.e. $150 for 2 people over 75 mins, $200 for 3 people over 90 minutes). We’ll work together to ensure everyone gets equal time, but we can keep shooting while one person is changing, etc. Alternately, you may book two back to back sessions for $100 each and share the time. Maximum of 3 people at any time. All sets are closed, so your friends may not drop in on your intimate session!

[Robyn at the
Atlantica Oak Island]

You get as much photography as you can handle during your allotted time. You are permitted as many wardrobe changes as you like, but remember that each change takes time away from the camera! Don’t forget to time your shoot appropriately. Try not to wear tight fitting clothing for a few hours before your shoot. Bra straps, panty lines, and even socks leave red marks in your skin that will take time to fade!

Finally, here’s what you will get after your shoot:

  • Web access to review your best 25-50 images in web resolution
     
  • Your choice of your 5 best images sent to you in web resolution (great for Facebook, e-mail, and digital photoframes!)
     
  • A 5”x7” print of your favorite print mailed to you (or picked up in HRM).
     
  • Additional prints (at additional cost) up to 20″ x 30″ are available as are a variety of fun options, like stretched canvas prints and even playing cards. All make fantastic Valentine’s gifts for your significant other.

Space will be limited to the first people who sign up and only 10 spaces can be reserved in advance, so contact me as soon as possible or find me at the opening reception next Friday night!

Can’t wait to see you there!

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A Special Santa Offer

‘Tis the season for giving, so we’ve decided to put this little offer out a few days early this year. Blame it on the eggnog. 😉

Book your Valentine’s Vamptacular boudoir shoot before 11:59pm on December 31st, and we’ll sweeten the offer with a gift from Santa:

  • 1 hour 2 hours of premium boudoir photography
  • unlimited wardrobe changes
  • 5 10 retouched images at printable resolution (4″x6″)
  • 1 5″x7″ print of your favourite image
  • Dates available until February 10th
  • $200 $150

Add a second person to your session (great for a bridesmaid or bff) for $100 more and get:

  • 3 hours of photography
  • 10 retouched images each
  • 1 5″x7″ print each

Hurry! Just like Santa, this offer will be gone before you know it! Limited sessions available. E-mail now to reserve your place! 

[Photos of Susan from last year’s 12 Days Project!]

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Boudoir for the Shy Girl

I’ve been concentrating on my boudoir photography for the last few months, specifically because it’s a lot easier to work on than my wedding photography. Gathering a few willing test subjects, I mean models, is simpler than filling a church with people on an evening after work.

Apart from trying out different styles and working with a variety of lighting techniques (all technical stuff that is of nearly no interest to my clients), I’ve also been researching different types of clients. One client that is greatly under-represented in my boudoir catalogue is the shy girl.

Those that ask for boudoir photography typically don’t need convincing. Most either bring way more lingerie than we could conceivably shoot in a day (and would put many storefronts to shame!) or they bring little to nothing at all, citing their “European” attitude or ancestry for their comfort level in front of the camera. These wonderful people aside, I’m inclined to think that the vast majority of Maritimers fall into the category that I might label more reserved or even shy. (I for one fall into that camp. Don’t ask to look under my kilt any time soon.)

So what is a shy girl to do? A bottle of champagne goes a long way to uncovering the feisty spirit within, but that may not be a healthy way of expressing a different side of yourself, nor would it necessarily make for better pictures. I found this article from the Wedding Bee to be most insightful and gave me some new perspective.

Ultimately, boudoir is a style and whether the subject is nude, partly nude, or fully dressed, it’s the look and feel of the photo that will convey sexiness, not whether whether a breast or a buttock is exposed. Likewise, a confident and comfortable subject will make a much sexier photo than someone who is too far past their comfort zone. Your favourite dress or your favorite pyjamas, coupled with a few cherished or significant items from your relationship, will do just fine for a boudoir shoot.

An important point to remember: You’re not doing a boudoir shoot for a magazine or for mass-market appeal. You’re doing it for your partner – someone who’s already chosen you for who you are! 😉

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Stephanie and the Continuous Light

On Wednesday, I had a terrific boudoir shoot with Stephanie, a make-up artist that also does a bit of modeling. (She did Kristina’s make-up and styling for the Twelve Days Project last year.) I had two goals in mind for this shoot. First, I wanted to get at least one really awesome image to update the collage on the boudoir page of the new website, and second, I wanted to try out some new lighting and focus techniques.

As you’ll be able to see from the images, it was a full success on both counts. Lots of great images and some really interesting lighting. (Note: These are unretouched thus far.)

First up, a collage of some bright, high-key (read: almost blown out) images using three strobes.

Second, the same location and gear, but now using a single continuous light (i.e. not a flash, just a normal light) with a softbox and grid. Obviously two VERY different types of images.

More pics from this set to follow, but I wanted to show the big difference between the strobes and the continuous light.

OCTOBER SPECIAL: BOGO! Book one portrait, boudoir, or Halloween session and get one to share or to use yourself at a later time! Makes a great gift!

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