Get Fit With Teri D

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Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney 
Model: Teri D
Assistant/Stylist: Sara Calhoun
Surface Design: Dee Wilkie

A little over a year ago, a few of my girlfriends and I started attending Teri Donald’s aka Teri D‘s bootcamps.  Hoe. Lee. Shit.  Talk about intense!  After our first class with Teri, saying we were sore would be an understatement.  After a few days of intensifying pain, and growing stiffer by the minute, one of my friends and I decided to go to hot yoga to try and stretch it out.  We parked across the street from the yoga studio and as we crossed the road a car came driving towards us.  No word of a lie, we couldn’t even run to get out of its way!  We were so sore we literally just kept limping along.  It was the saddest thing I have ever seen, but we laughed hysterically….which hurt.  Fortunately, after a few more classes we finally seemed to get the swing of it and were less sore than our first class  (However Teri’s classes STILL kicked our butts. lol).

Above are photos of Teri modelling my hand dyed/screen printed silks.  ISN’T SHE GORGEOUS!?  If this does not inspire you to go get your butt kicked by her, maybe this will:  while shooting, Teri said, “this shoot is really me, like this is what I look like all year round.  Most of my other shoots are at competition time where I only look like that one day of the year.”  Blink, blink.  This is what you look like on your OFF SEASON!?  Sign me up!

“Strong is the new skinny.”

D.W.

 

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Feature Friday: Scout Development Agency

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Scout Development Agency was opened in March of 2015 by Denis Duquette and his wife Sarah Duquette (from Boho and Braids). Denis is a commercial portrait and fashion photographer. He has been working in the local industry for roughly 7 years and has worked with a lot of aspiring models in Atlantic Canada.  He has also spent some time travelling to Toronto and working with agency signed models.  After talking to many agents in Toronto he began to see a need for a development agency in Atlantic Canada.

Before Scout, Denis mentored a few local models who had, at the time, gone to Toronto and struggled to make it in the industry.  A few of them got signed, but they still lacked experience and some also had some issues with the agents they met.  It was frustrating for Denis to see the models he had worked with go through that and there really wasn’t anything he was able to do.  He wasn’t officially their agent so he couldn’t call the person who was treating them poorly because they wouldn’t listen to him.

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Denis and Sarah finally decided they would start their own agency, Scout.  Denis describes their style as a “mother/development agency”. What is a “mother agency” you might ask? It is when the agency cares for, guides and remains with their models throughout their entire career. When Denis and Sarah place their models with bigger agencies, they stay on as their mother agent. They still book portfolio building shoots and continue to educate them throughout their career (there is a good write up on mother agents here: https://www.modelscouts.com/blog/mother-agency).

The development side of the agency is where Sarah and Denis prepare them mentally, physically and portfolio wise for the industry. They take care of booking their shoots and communicate with the clients and photographers. They promote them on their website and social media accounts and also run workshops roughly every 3 months. At these workshops, (which are 2 full days) they have models who work in the industry, come talk (or Skype) to them about their experiences.  They also have makeup artists talk about skin care and makeup looks, hairstylists talk about hair care and styles, a yoga instructor teach specific yoga poses that are beneficial for modelling, a nutritionist talk about healthy eating and more.

Sarah and Denis also educate their models on the industry; how to act on set, how to talk to people in the industry and on social media etiquette. They stay in touch with all their models and have them work on the things lacking from their current skill set. They want their models to be able to go to Toronto and start working right away and not have to go through the rigours of development in Toronto.

So far, the response has been absolutely wonderful! They were in Toronto, in October, to meet with agencies and the feedback they received was nothing but positive. Scout has made great strides in under a year of being open. Sarah and Denis plan to continue to move ahead at full force to help bring more attention to all the awesome talent we have here in Atlantic Canada.

While Scout is based in Moncton, NB, they represent models from all over NB, NS and PEI. Please feel free to check out their website at www.scoutdevelopmentagency.com.

“The secret to modeling is not being perfect.  What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second.” – Karl Lagerfeld

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Strength and Beauty

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Model: Erica Whitman
Surface Design: Dee Wilkie

Thank you to Magg and Erica for braving out the cold and shooting outside in the cold January weather with me!  Magg thought of this super cool location on the spot and Erica was such a trooper and was willing to do anything to get the shot. (Barefoot and all on the freezing cement floors!!!)  I reeeeally hope I can work with these two talented ladies again when the weather gets warmer! #canadians #artists #troopers

“If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.” – Cher

D.W.

 

Feature Friday: The Upcycling Junkies

Suzanne and Garry Gaudett are the proud owners of The Upcycling Junkies.  The Gaudett’s take any old furniture they can get their hands on and “up-cycle” it.  They also make custom pieces, as well as smaller “craftier” pieces such as Christmas ornaments. (I ordered a ton this year, they were just too cute AND customizable!)  The great thing about The Upcycling Junkies is that you literally never know what they might dive into next!  It could be a book shelf, a coffee table, or a hand painted sign.

Suzanne and Garry started their small business a little over a year ago.  They love creating new things, and selling their creations through “Whimsy” a lovely store that is a little slice of heaven to anyone who is a lover of supporting local businesses.  They also sell independently out of our their home.

As a family with two young children (and a third on the way), they can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support in their upcycling endeavors!  If you’d like to see more from them  you can follow them on facebook: www.facebook.com/TheUpcyclingJunkies

The Upcycling Junkies
Re-purposing unique finds into creative statement pieces.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Behind The Scenes With Luna Lindsay

What do you do when you live in Canada and its Winter and you want to do a partially nude shoot?  You MAKE. IT. WORK.  Working with this team was awesome.  Where there was a will, we found a way.  Photographer Lance Kenneth Blakney turned his dining room into a a full on studio, complete with a fog machine and make shift shadows.  The end results were pretty amazing…

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Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney
Assistant: Jessica Hughes
Model: Luna Lindsay
Surface Designer: Dee Wilkie
Hair and MUA: Kirsten Thomas

“When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass

D.W.

It’s A Small World After All

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This year during Atlantic Fashion Week I was introduced to Luna Lindsay.  When asked if we had met, we both responded no with polite smiles.  Then just like that, I saw Luna’s hands and proceeded to squeal like a little girl.  “I know who you are!” I said excitedly.  Well, I didn’t KNOW Luna, but I had seen her hands and finger tattoos on instagram many times.  I knew right then and there that I wanted to do a photoshoot with her and my silk.  Above is one of my fave shots from our shoot.  (More to come in future posts.)

Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney
Model: Luna Lindsay
Surface Designer: Dee Wilkie
Hair and MUA: Kirsten Thomas
Assistant: Jessica Hughes

“What makes you different makes you beautiful.” – Anon

D.W.

Bathing Beauty

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Almost one year ago to the day, this talented group of people teamed up to do a photoshoot.  Some of us had never met, but we all had one common goal, to create something beautiful.  Model Alyssa Yvette and photographer Nathanael Patriquin got together to capture these gorgeous photos.  We used my hand dyed silk, and props from Lindsay Earle.

Today, I am off to meet with Alyssa and Nate one year later to do another shoot inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year.  I can’t wait to show you all the results!

“The same water that softens the potato hardens the egg.” – Anon

D.W.