A boudoir shoot in Winter Wonderland

If you live in Toronto like us, you know that unexpected snow storm, while very annoying, can also be spectacular. And when something is spectacular, you can make sure your Scandaleuse ladies are there. 

 
 Now picture us running outside when Fanny said "THERE ARE DEERS!"

Now picture us running outside when Fanny said "THERE ARE DEERS!"

 

We met the beautiful Jewelz on Instagram and we were blown away by her confidence. She describes herself as a body-positive and life extremist, which suits her pretty well. She's strong-minded, very kind and her smile lightens the entire room. Shooting with her was an absolute pleasure.

To make this session even better, we had our lovely make-up artist Nicola Peel tagging along to create a bold look, just like Jewelz's personality.

 
 

Last but not least, we were lucky enough to be able to shoot at the Bob Rumball Manor in Northern Toronto. Oh my goodness, the pictures of this place you can find online do not do it justice. Full of character and natural light, we couldn't get over how beautiful this manor is. If you are looking for a event venue (weddings too!) close to the downtown core, make sure to check it out. The owner Joanne is one of the nicest people on Earth. (If you are as lucky as we were, you might bump into some deers running around the manor)

We really appreciate having so many talents behind us for our sessions. It makes your experience amazing - which is why we shoot boudoir at the first place - but it also gives us the drive to keep going and keep creating shoots, bigger & bolder. Thank you.

You are making us unstoppable and we want to return the favour.

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Behind-the-scenes | Fitness shoot or the other version of men boudoir

You may have heard that boudoir is essentially for women. It's girly, it's always the same pitch, and no men can relate to that. To be honest, everytime we mention we are boudoir photographers to a man, we are likely to get two reactions: either the "can I come to your shoot to see naked woman ha-ha-ha" or they just tune off. Well my friend, sit back down, because boudoir can definitely be for men, in a way you did not expect!

 
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When we have an idea, it sticks until we do something with it.

A few months ago, we decided to see how we can also target our gentlemen. We had the tattoo project that was very helpful for that but we also wanted to explore another angle: the fitness industry.

Now don't get us wrong, we know fitness is not only for men! Sending love to all of our fellow fitgirls out there! But it is true that you are likely to pick a man's interest with boudoir, by using the fitness way.

So there was the idea. Then we needed a model.

Interesting fact, we had our model in front of our eyes all along. He actually taught us a crash course of kickboxing last year (that we would love to do again by the way!). All it took was:

"Hi Kevin, can we take pictures of you boxing? "
"Yeah, do you want me sweaty?"

Needless to say, you had us a "sweaty" Kevin.

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Here we were, roadtriping to... Whitby, Ontario.

At the Muay Thai Whitby gym. We took our beloved lighting studio kit and started building the softboxes while Kevin was destroying the hell of that punch bag. We built a dark atmosphere based on the gym and used a lot of chalk powder for a more dramatic effect. We. Had. So. Much Fun. 

 
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If you have been around for a little while, you probably know right now that we have a constant need to renew ourselves and try different things. It was a challenge for us to deal not only with a man, but also in a different vibe and lighting. We mostly shoot in natural light, and using our lights reminded me how much I miss being able to spend time working on specific lighting. This is a different set of skills that we don;t use enough.

Last words: Gentlemen...

Keep an open mind. There are millions of ways to highlight you as well, especially with us. it's not just because boudoir sounds like it is female-oriented only that it actually is.

Feeling badass should be for everyone.

 

Behind-the-scenes - Chasing waterfalls

I apologize if you now have the song stuck in your head. In case you missed it, we got our first publication early this week! We poured our hearts and souls into a styled shoot with multiple vendors, drove to Hamilton, shot, edited, delivered. Not without some adventures...

 
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Organizing a styled shoot is hard.

Finding vendors willing to collaborate with you, to take some time out of their busy lives for your creative idea is way more difficult than you would think. I stopped counting how many vendors stopped responding and just disappeared (thanks!) and I still don't know how we managed to put together such a sweet team for this one. Flowers, make up, designers, jewelry, models, video... we had it all except....

The hairstylist didn't show up.

Yep. We had everything and everyone confirmed for an early start in Hamilton and when we got here, the hairstylist wasn't. Dude decided to sleep in instead and gave us the lamest excuse on the planet. This is the most unprofessional and disrespectful thing you can do and we were pretty upset (a lot of swearing in French were involved in this process). So I had to improvise myself as a hairstylist for the shoot. I think I did okay!

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Our videographer broke his leg.

It was quite a hike to get to that sweet spot our videographer Doug had found for us. It was slippery and steep, even more difficult when you are holding props and you can't see your feet. A few meters away from the spot, Doug tripped on a rock and fell without being able to catch himself since his hands were full. We got pretty scared on that one, we were literally in a hole. I saw us trying to get a helicopter to come get him. And yet, Doug is a superhero. He sat down for a while and did the entire shoot without complaining once. We learnt the next day his leg was broken and his shoulder messed up. Talk about badass.

 
 

The cold, the humidity and the girl

Our model Sarah also deserves a medal for this shoot. Even if it was the end of May, well... we're in Canada. It was barely 12 degrees and this beautiful girl had to stand by a waterfall in lingerie for a solid 2 hours. She handled it like a pro, rocking every outfits and we couldn't thank her enough for it.

The friend that was here to help and made our day.

Everyone fell in love with Kurtis. He is the nicest person we have ever met and was such a huge help during the entire shoot, between climbing stuff with us, holding on to equipment, shooting behind the scenes and handing a coat to Sarah every 3 minutes. Thank you.

RIP our pants, shoes and dignity

Oh we tripped. Multiple times. In the mud. No it wasn't sexy. Yes we had mud on our butts that made our pants look suspicious. If you followed our Instagram story that day, you probably saw it! (we do fun stories, you should come!)

Thank you to the entire team, for our first styled shoot with Scandaleuse, it was quite a success! To more adventures!

The team

Model: Sarah Leach
Make-up: Marie-Claire Spizzirri
Videographer: Douglas St John
Assistant: Kurtis Hervé
Jewelry: Dolorous Jewelry
Lingerie Designer: Less is Amor
Gowns; Breeyn McCarney
Flowers: Berry Blush