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Prints For Sale! by Andrea Beça

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You asked, and I listened!

I’m thrilled to share that prints are now available for purchase, directly through this very website.

A number of months ago, you all started responding to my social media posts asking about prints. Honestly, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, but I wasn’t sure if the demand was there. Turns out, it is! I am so grateful - and honoured - that you love my work enough to want to hang it on your walls.

Let’s dig into some details / frequently asked questions!

What type of paper are your photos printed on?

All of my work is printed on fine art quality photo paper for consistent tone, quality colour, and long-lasting work!

Can I order a canvas print of your work? How about something already framed?

You sure can! Get in touch with me and we can create a fully custom order for you to suit your space and aesthetic tastes!

What if a want a print of a photo that’s not listed as “for sale”?

I’ve included some of what I consider to be my “most printable” works - and some of my most requested works - in the print gallery. But the reality is that you can order a print of virtually any photo I’ve shot, as long as it’s not something I shot for a client of mine. If you see something in either my photography portfolio or on my Instagram that you’re keen to have a print of, drop me a line and we can discuss. If it’s available, we’ll do a custom order!

Can I do local pick-up instead of paying for shipping?

Yes! Just select “local pick-up” when you’re checking out. I’ll get in touch and we’ll make a plan.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Oh, and since I’m so excited about this new offering, I’ve got a promo code for you! If you order 2 or more prints, use the code PRINTS2018 at checkout for 15% off your order! This promotion is only valid for the next two weeks, so don’t miss out.

Thanks again for all of your love and support. It truly means the world to me!

An Autumn Update! by Andrea Beça

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It's a new season, and I have a lot to share with you all, so I thought it would be a great time for a big Autumn update!

WE ALL BELIEVE IN YOU - THE DOCUMENTARY

First up, and perhaps most exciting, if you read my last blog post, you'll know that I was in the running to win funding to make a 20-minute documentary about Blake Loates and her mental health initiative, We All Believe in You

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Guess what?

WE WON!

I am absolutely over-the-moon excited and pre-production is already under way. I want to send an immense THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to vote for our project and spread the word. I cannot wait to share this journey with you all! Make you you follow the WABIY documentary on both Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop. 

MONTHLY PHOTO & VIDEO SUBSCRIPTIONS

It has been a wild few months since I launched my monthly photo & video subscription packages. I have had so much fun helping local businesses and brands build libraries of content to kick ass at their social media, websites, e-newsletters, and beyond! Here are a few sneak peeks...

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Client: Chantelle Beasley of Aradia Fitness

I have very limited spaces available for new monthly photo & video subscription clients. To get started and snag one of the last ones, get in touch with me ASAP

AUTUMN MINI SESSIONS / AVAILABILITY MOVING FORWARD

You asked, I listened! We're going to do a round of mini sessions on September 29 before I somewhat disappear for the remainder of the year.

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What do I mean when I say "disappear"? Well, I am very excited and grateful to share that with my current clients and this upcoming STORYHIVE documentary, I am now fully booked for the rest of 2018. I may have time for one-off shoots here and there, but they will happen pending my availability, and I cannot promise that I will, in fact, have any!

So, if you're looking to get some portraits taken in a gorgeous autumn session, now is the time! 

Details:

  • Saturday, September 29 / Location TBA

  • $250+GST

  • 30 minutes of photography / 5 digital images (with the option of purchasing extras, or the full gallery of shots)

  • Sessions available between 10am and 5pm

  • Open to individuals, couples, families,* kids, pets - let's have fun and capture beautiful memories!

  • Get in touch to book your spot today!

*If your family is more than 6 people, please shoot me a message ahead of time!

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COMING SOON

A few last minute notes!

First off, I am honoured to be moderating a panel organized and hosted by Jocelyn Davison of The Virtual Effect about fair fashion this Thursday, September 13, from 6-9pm! 

Come and join our open, honest, shame-free conversation (with a panel of AMAZING WOMEN) about how to be a more ethical consumer, and learn about what ethical fashion is, and how businesses can move towards more ethical practices as well! Tickets can be purchased from the eventbrite page, and include $10 to spend at the marketplace that will be set up at the event!

Also coming soon...

  • Updated photo and video galleries on the website

  • New blog posts

  • An Instagram contest

  • PRINTS FOR SALE (I've been hearing your requests and I'm excitedly working on it!)

Thank you so much for being here and for supporting me and my business! If this blog post intrigued you, please, do me a favour and share it with the share buttons below!

Boudoir Photography is for Everybody and Every Body / On Body Positivity, Self Love, and Creating Safe Space by Andrea Beça

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DISCLAIMER: Writing this blog post has been a strange and wonderful journey. I thought I could write a really simple post announcing that I have a boudoir marathon coming up, but as I started - and re-started - writing, I kept finding myself diving into a deeper story, and I think that's a clear sign that I needed to dig deeper and say more and share more about myself, my work, and where I'm coming from. 

So if you don't want to read the whole story, scroll down to where you see some photos for details on my upcoming boudoir marathon - the first of what I hope will be many!

And now onto the blog post...

I've always been a huge fan of boudoir and pin-up photography.

My obsession with pin-ups started when I was in my teens and I discovered women like Bettie Page and Jayne Mansfield. I loved the confidence they could exude in a single photograph. I also loved that many of the women I saw in pin-up photos had round bellies and fat rolls and bigger boobs and bums. Because my whole life, I've been bullied for one thing or another, and most of the time, it's been about me being "fat."

I used to REALLY fear the word fat. It haunted me for almost 30 years. It started when I was 5. It's been shouted at me. It's been whispered under my bullies' breath along with cruel laughter. It's been said to me over and over by doctors when I've gone in for issues completely unrelated to my size. It's been implied over and over again by both students and fellow fitness instructors. It's been graffitied on sidewalks alongside my name at junior high. 

It's something I used to run from. I wanted to be ANYTHING but fat. Fat was something I had to strive to be better than, somehow. It's something I had to move past and escape and never utter because heaven forbid it was a word that would EVER be associated with me again. 

(WTAF, right? I know.)

I can't even begin to start to tell you about the journey I've had with self-love and body positivity. I'd need days - no weeks - of your time. (And I'm gonna maybe write about it in a book one day - HINT HINT IF I EVER GET TO IT.) But in a nutshell, I can tell you I've been up and down - through self-loathing, self-harm, disordered eating, sleeping with jerks in an attempt to feel pretty, exercise addiction and obsessive calorie-counting - always trying to fix not myself, but everyone else's definition of me.

Because deep down, at my core, I've always been super down with who I am. I'd say, "sorry if this sounds arrogant," but that's just society's training of me to be a well-behaved and humble woman, so I'm just gonna say it: I'm great! I'm kind, compassionate, smart, talented, and YUP - beautiful, too. I dare say I'm a hottie. People, I'm a catch

And so are you.

But it's so easy to get bogged down. To get caught up in the world telling us we're too fat or skinny, or we're too large-breasted or flat-chested, or we're too weak or too muscular, or we're too queer, or our skin isn't the right colour, or we aren't able-bodied enough, or our names aren't easy enough to pronounce, or, or, or, or...

So I've found self love and I know I'm fab. Do I always feel this way? Hell NO! I've thought I found self love and then realized I was still just trying to please others. I've actually found self love and then lost it from time to time. I've struggled to remember my self love on really, really dark days, or when someone says something that triggers my deepest insecurities. Our relationships with ourselves and our bodies are hugely complicated. There's no switch to flip to make you, me, or anyone feel spectacular all the time. I'd say, "wouldn't that be nice?" but how would we grow if nothing challenged us from time to time? How would we know joy without sorrow? 

In the last 6-12 months, I have been asked so many times about building community and safe space, and how I got so good at it. I was even asked to speak at an event on the subject (shout out to my friend Jocelyn of The Virtual Effect for inviting me!), and to be totally honest, until that moment, it wasn't something I had even considered to be a strong suit of mine, or something I even did.

I agreed to speak, because at that point, it was a question that had come up so frequently, I felt like the universe was finding a way to force me into realizing something, and then think about it. (I've found the universe to be very good at pushing us towards introspection when we really need it...and when we're open to listening.)

Am I a "community builder"? What does that even mean? How do I make people feel so comfortable when they're around me? 

I'm going to try to keep this as short as I can, so I'll just tell you now that I had my realization. It hit me randomly, in between the frantic to-do lists always running through my mind, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

I've always been a misfit. I've always been "fat."

And I've spent my entire life doing my absolute best to make sure that no one else ever has to feel that way around me, because I know how much it hurts. 

And for the record, when I say I don't want people to feel "fat," I'm using that word to mean all the hurt, negativity, and shame we feel when we don't fit in, for whatever reason. It's in quotes because it's a concept that, while very real in its impact on me and so many other people in the world, is bullshit.

Fat babes of the world, I see you and love you. Skinny babes of the world, I see you and love you. The bottom line is that no matter who you are, what your size is, your age, the colour of your skin, your gender identity, your disability, your mental health, etc., you are spectacular, beautiful, worthy of love, unconditional acceptance, joy, and happiness. 

Yeah, I'm fat. So what?

How does this all tie into boudoir photography and why am I writing all of this on my work blog?

Like I said, creating safe space is something I always strive to do, and so is promoting diversity and inclusivity. So when I knew I wanted to start offering boudoir photography, and I started to work towards building up some marketing materials and portfolio images, I reached out to friends to be my models. And of course, I ended up with an amazing variety of gorgeous human beings eager to take part. 

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And I also ended up getting way more than I bargained for. In the best way ever. 

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One of my models told me they had had really negative past experiences with boudoir, and that they had chosen to take part in my session because of who I am, and because they felt safe with me and my intentions. 

Another wrote to me days later and said, "You helped me feel beautiful while in a really difficult headspace. I don’t think I could possibly express my gratitude for that."

Another expressed that they felt so powerful and beautiful and couldn't believe that the person in the photos was them. 

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My heart has felt on the cusp of bursting since that day of photo shoots. I am humbled and honoured, and I am so incredibly excited to host my very first official boudoir marathon and continue helping people harness their confidence, find their power, and see themselves as beautiful - in their own eyes, with their own definition, whatever that definition is. 

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THE DETAILS

When is the boudoir marathon happening?

It's on Saturday, June 16!

Who is this boudoir marathon for?

Absolutely anyone who wants boudoir photos.* 

(I've been asked by multiple men if they are allowed to get boudoir photos, and the answer is yes, of course.)

*Unfortunately, the studio I have rented for this particular session is upstairs, and the building does not have an elevator, which does limit some folks from attending. I apologize for this, and promise that I am working on a fully accessible space for next time! 

What is the cost and what is included?

Each session is $425 +GST. This fee includes the following:

  • Professional hair and makeup
  • A glass of wine or kombucha while you're getting pampered
  • A 45-minute photography session (with as many outfit changes as we can fit in reasonably)
  • 7 edited final photos (delivered digitally, with the option of purchasing prints, extra photos, or the entire session)

What time are the sessions?

Photo sessions start at 10am, and happen throughout the day. There are only 10 spots available, so if you want a spot, be sure to snag it soon.

How do I book a session?

Thanks for asking! Click this button for availability and to book your spot:

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Kapow, that's it, that's all. If you read this far, you are a gem, and I truly appreciate it. 

I leave you here for today, feeling incredibly grateful and excited to see you on June 16th.

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(High)Light: A Photo Series by Andrea Beça

As a creative, I often get ideas that I just cannot let go of. Sometimes for months, sometimes for years. (For example, I have multiple theatre and film scripts that have been swimming in my head over over a decade - yes, a DECADE.)

As a creative entrepreneur, my ideas often have to wait until I have a chance to carve out time for them. This year, I'm trying to commit a lot more time to my ideas, because I know when I unleash them, I thrive creatively, spiritually, and emotionally. 

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This shoot was one of those ideas. It's been on my mind for over a year, and I finally had a chance to make it happen with two extremely talented friends - makeup artist Corinne Simpson of VampireNomad Palette and model/actor Rekha Kapadia (whom you may recognize from my short film, nightwalk.)

If you know me, or even if you just follow me on social media, you know I'm obsessed with string lights. I just LOVE them. I love lights and lightbulbs in general, but string lights have a special place in my heart. I thought it would be really fun to play with string lights as the only light source in a shoot, and to play with highlighter to pick up and emphasize that light. 

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In a nutshell, it was a fantastic shoot, and I had as much fun editing these shots as I did taking them. It's been hard to narrow down the selection! I'm sharing a handful now. Keep an eye on my Instagram and photography portfolio for more in the future. 

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I hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I enjoyed creating them. 

Want to make some magic together? Get in touch with me

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