Sexy Randall at the Thompson Toronto Hotel

I realized just before I met Randall for our most recent shoot at Toronto’s fabulous Thompson Hotel that we first met nearly a decade ago, when Randall was barely drinking age. It was the summer of 2006 and I was involved with photographing various events for the Miss Grand Prix competition in Toronto. At the final qualifying event, Randall showed up in her nerdy glasses, brown bikini, and adorable bubbly voice and began to fill out the application form. I said to myself right then and there, “I need to know this girl”.

We’ve built a great friendship since then, getting together every now and again to make some amazing pictures under the moniker RSQUARED (Randall + Ryan). We no longer live in the same province, but we got together one last time in August to continue our picture-making tradition. Our best ever, I think!

Great job, R2!

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A day at the beach with boho-chic Ashley

Oh what a strange day this was! One warm day in August (one of the few we had this terrible summer), Ashley and I sojourned to Hanlan’s Point Beach on Toronto Island for what I hope will be our annual photo shoot (twice now and counting). Little did we know that the enormous swath of sand was closed down due to the tear-down from a music festival that happened the day before — thanks City of Toronto for not posting a notice anywhere about the closure of one your biggest beaches and tourist attractions!

Discouraged, we headed over to the clothing optional portion of the beach, which was overflowing with people more than usual thanks to the other side being closed. There was barely a strip of usable sand we could shoot on without having a wayward penis sneak into the background of a frame. We walked all the way to the end of the beach and sat, determined to out-wait the crowds. As the sun slowly lowered, the hordes dissipated until we finally had some usable space all to ourself on the beach and in the forest-ish area that separates the beach from the rest of the island.

It’s a good thing that we waited instead of giving up, as we made some amazing images before the light disappeared.

All images created with only sunlight and no modifiers. Ashley’s high-waisted bikini bottoms are from American Apparel, and the shirty/dressy thing was a great find from Forever 21.

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Hot new photos on the beach with Samantha — see how she looks 3 years later!

I can hardly believe it’s been almost three years since I last photographed Samantha. It’s true! 2011 was the last time she graced my camera, but now she’s back and better than ever.

For this shoot at Ashbridges Bay, we had to be at the beach well before 6am to catch the sunrise. Sam came over after she was done work, in the middle of the night (server life!), and we killed time before sunrise by picking out a few things she would wear.

There’s an odd, interesting group of people who are awake and on a beach that early: photographers and models (though we were the only ones this day), weird old white guys with metal detectors, a few dog walkers, weird young awkward guys sitting on the rocks gawking at Sam, and just weird, weird people in general. One particular dog walker who had not leashed his mutt (why not?!) was extremely apologetic after the disgusting ball of fur ran over to Sam’s bag and pissed on it. Yep. That happened.

At least we got some good pictures.

Everything here was shot just with sunlight (no modifiers), except the first few pictures which had the addition of a Paul C. Buff (Alien Bees) Einstein flash unit to illuminate Sam against the sunrise.

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OMG! Naked Riley!

As you’ve already seen with some other recent posts here, I made good use of this giant mirror from my recent stay at the Omni King Edward hotel in Toronto. The recently renovated room on the sixth floor was spectacular, spacious, and worked extremely well for my weekend of shooting there. Riley wears a top from Forever 21, and not much of anything at all in the last two photos. Enjoy!

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Third time around with Riley

I photographed Riley once.

And then again.

And now she’s back with two major changes:

  1. No braces! Hello smiling!
  2. More tattoos.

These photos were shot on location at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto.

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Lauren photographed in lingerie at the Omni King Edward hotel

It’s been a while since the lovely Lauren was featured around these parts (you might recall her from this and this). If I told you to guess Lauren’s age, you’d probably get it wrong for your first 5-8 guesses. Have you ever seen a better looking near 30-year old? I haven’t. Here’s hoping she never gets tired of the camera!

Wardrobe: that killer bodysuit is from Forever 21.

Lighting: a mix of Alien Bees and Einsteins with a stripbox, beauty dish, and other doodads.

Location: Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto.

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