Switching Gears and Turning Pages

Dear Friends,

This post is one that has been a long time coming but I think that I am in need of a major change in my life and how I relate to my photography passion.

First I want to thank all of my past clients, my friends and my family for their amazing support over the last 13 years of my professional photography career. This has been an amazing journey where I have met so many wonderful people and spent the happiest day with so many unforgettable couples. Many of whom I now count as my friends.

Going forward into 2016 and 2017 however I am going to be switching gears and making some changes to how I run my business and practice my art.

 

Starting immediately I will no longer be accepting any new clients for 2016 or 2017 for weddings or any other paid work.

All existing contracts will be honoured as they stand and I look forward to celebrating with all of the clients I have already booked.

 

To the fans of my work don’t worry I will not be putting my camera away in mothballs. Starting this year I want to concentrate more on creating art and less on running a business.  I will still photograph some very select weddings. Weddings that truly speak to my soul and fill a creative void. Over the years I have photographed many fairytale weddings but now I want to concentrate more on the atypical fairytale, the one that is completely off the wall. Weddings that I choose to take on will be selected very carefully and it will be less about the business of wedding photography and more about the art of capturing images that are beyond compare for a couple that compares to none. In addition to these very select weddings (no more than 2-3 per year) I will be concentrating on creating magical landscapes to photograph fantasy creatures and models both in my studio and in outdoor sets as well as spending more time in nature photographing the world around us and the magic that exists under our feet that we so readily take for granted.

 

So once again, I want to thank everyone who has supported me this far and I hope that you will enjoy what is coming up in the next chapter in this storybook that is my life and my art.

 

Much Love,

Alicia

Flowers and books

 

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It’s A Kind Of Magic

Early this spring, before my crazy wedding season began, I decided to begin a wonderful fantasy themed series involving Faeries, Unicorns, Mermaids and Dragons. This is the first shoot of that series and involves a wonderful young model named Peyton.  I designed and made her costume and did her hair and make-up myself. We shot this series of images in Saint John on a beautiful wooded trail in Mispec Park. Peyton was a delightful fairy and played the part perfectly. As Peyton frolicked through the moss covered forest among giant paper mache mushrooms that my son and I made in my living room, you could feel the magic in the air. 
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                   Peyton was born to play this part with her adorable pointy ears.

Peyton was born to play this part with her adorable pointy ears.

©Alicia Robichaud Photography

My Favourite behind the scenes photo. My son Odin walking hand in hand with Peyton the Faerie.

Thank you Peyton for being such a perfect faerie.

Beautiful Nova Scotian South Shore

Apple Blossom

Last weekend I was on the southern shore of Nova Scotia to photograph the beautiful Luneburg wedding of Jennifer & Sam on Saturday. On Sunday I took my time getting home and drove around the scenic route from Lunenburg to Halifax and took in some of the unique coastal beauty that area is so famous for. Lucky for me all of the apple trees and some of the flowers in the area were in full bloom which added to the colour and beauty.

Bluenose II and Ships in Lunenburg Harbour

Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Early Sunday Morning on the Lunenburg Waterfront

Bluenose II and Wharf in Lunenburg NS

Crew on the Bluenose II

From Lunenburg I headed to a small fishing village called Blue Rocks. There I saw a sleepy little village (It was very early around 8am on a Sunday when I was there). Boats quietly tied in the safety of the harbour. I also met up with an adorable yellow finch who was fasinated by his reflection in an old mirror that hung from the side of a little fishing shack.

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After leaving Blue Rocks I headed to Mahone Bay where I was greeted by a very gentle old dog who appeared to be the owner of the wharf I stopped at. As soon as I was out of the car she came right over to me to check me out, (I assume to see if I had any treats for her) then wandered off as if to say that I had her permission to wander her wharf and take a few photos. Mahone Bay’s claim to fame is the three churches of different faiths that are built right next door to each other on the side of the harbour.

Old Dog on Wharf at Mahone BayMahone Bay, Nova Scotia

The Three Churches of Mahone Bay

Three Churches of Mahone Bay

After Mahone Bay I then wandered onto Peggy’s Cove where I stopped for a bit of lunch at the Peggy’s Cove Gift Shop and Restaurant. The food was great and the waitress was very friendly and sweet. I watched as the fishermen pulled their lobster traps in off the boat as the lobster season was wrapping up that day according to a tour guide I ran across while taking photos. There is something that intrigues me about fishing villages and the men and women who work on the sea. Maybe it is colours from the boats, ropes and other accoutrements, or perhaps it is how they are a symbol to me of a simpler time in our Maritime past when so many more families depended on the bounty of the sea to make their living. Whatever it is, these villages and everything within them bring me back time and again with my camera to capture the beauty I see there.

Peggy's Cove Nova ScotiaPeggy's Cove Fishing Village, Nova Scotia

Fishermen bringing in their traps, Peggy's Cove NS

End of the Lobster Season

After leaving Peggy’s Cove I hit the highway and headed home once more. It was a beautiful way to end a beautiful trip but my home and my family were waiting for me to return and I was looking forward to a nice warm hug from my husband and my son when I returned.

Bag Piper at the NS tourist information centre

Bag Piper at the tourist information centre, Amherst, NS

If you have never taken the time to travel to the southern shore of Nova Scotia I would highly recommend it. The air is fresh and the natural beauty is breathtaking.

East Coast Comic Expo

East Coast Comic Expo is a growing Comic Centric Convention that is held in Moncton NB annually usually on the long weekend in May. Again this year my husband Ken (buriedbybricks) Robichaud had a table with his amazing lego creations and I was there taking photos of some of the very talented cosplayers.

buriedbybricks lego display featuring various comic related MOCs

buriedbybricks lego display featuring various comic related MOCs

There were many special comic book guests such as Nick Bradshaw (artist for Wolverine and The X-Men), Ken Lashey (artist for Superman), Dave Ross (artist for Iron Man), J Torres (writer for Teen Titans Go!), Faith Erin Hicks (artist for The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Stuart Immonen (Artist for All-New Captain America) and last but not least Kathryn Immonen (writer for Operation S.I.N). All of whom were willing to do autographs, sketches and just chat for a few minutes with their fans.

A few of the featured comic book artists at the Where Monsters Dwell Podcast pannel

A few of the featured comic book artists at the Where Monsters Dwell Podcast pannel

In addition to these amazing artists and writers, the creator of Captain Canuck, Richard Comely was there with the launch of the new Captain Canuck series and a ton of Captain Canuck swag for fans. My son was particularly proud to have Mr. Comely, (“the creator of his hero” in his words) do a sketch on a blank cover of his summer special.

Captain Canuck Sketch Cover Richard Comely did for my son Odin

Captain Canuck Sketch Cover Richard Comely did for my son Odin

As always there was a number of fasinating and talented artist alley creators and artists selling their wares and art. Some of my favourites were Poopsmoothie, Brain Slug, and of course Karibu Illustrations a who we did feature on last week before ECCE. If you have a moment check out their websites.

While I didn’t take many photos inside of the artists and exhibitors (I was too busy just enjoying looking at their stuff ) I did have the opportunity to photograph many of the cosplayers outdoors around the convention center.  If you would like to see all of the images from ECCE please visit my ECCE Shoot Proof Gallery If I took your image and you would like to download a copy I am happy to offer it as a free download from this gallery. Simply click on your photo (or multiple photos) and select download. Should you wish to purchase prints you can do so there as well, otherwise your downloads are certainly printable at your favourite photolab with my kindest regards.

Here are a few a my favourites.

Death of Phoenix with Wolverine

Phoenix dies in Wolverine’s arms

Marvel Cosplayers

Lady Sif & Starlord

Lady Sif & StarLord

Spider Gwen, Fury Fox & Captain America

Spider Gwen, Fury Fox & Captain America

Rogue with Wolverine & Cyclops

Rogue with Wolverine & Cyclops

Nyobi, Deathstroke, Captain America

Nyobi, Deathstroke, Captain America

Squirel Girl, Bat Woman and The Queen of Hearts

Squirel Girl, Bat Woman and The Queen of Hearts

Destro & Baroness

Destro & Baroness

Robin & Supergirl

Robin & Supergirl

Poison Ivy & Spider Gwen

Poison Ivy & Spider Gwen

There were a lot more amazing cosplays that I captured this year. To see the entire gallery please visit my ECCE Shoot Proof Gallery.  Thank you again to all of the cosplayers who took time out of their day to allow me to photograph them.

We are really looking forward to attending and being a part of ECCE 2016 next year.

In addition to photographing cosplayers at events effective immediately Alicia Robichaud Photography will never charge Cosplayers for photo sessions. If you have an amazing costume that you would like photographed please contact us to book an appointment. No sitting fee and free high-res images available via download. Yes, you read that right FREE – there is no catch, no after fees (unless you want printed products or a DVD of the images which you are under no obligation to purchase). You spend a lot of time and money on your costumes and I love taking photos of awesome art and craftsmenship that goes into your costumes. Location of the shoots is limited to Saint John and surrounding areas.

Featured Artist – Karibu Illustrations

We may live in the humble Maritimes but you may not realize that there are many amazing artists who live and work here too. This is going to be a semi regular segment that I plan to continue for the near future featuring some of the incredibly talented artists that we have here in New Brunswick and possibly further within the Maritimes if and when I get the opportunity to travel. Within this segment I will give you a little detail about the featured artist and show you some beautiful photographs of them at work in their space. Whether that space is their little studio or the great outdoors, where ever that artist feels their creative vibe is where I want to capture their images.

I was hoping to start this series back in January but things were just too busy with my new studio and some really big things that I have planned for this summer. So better late than never please join me in welcoming my first featured artist from Moncton NB –

Karibu Illustrations.

Bio: Karibu is a freelance illustrator and manga/comic creator from eastern Canada. Karibu debuted in 2011 with Les Voyageurs de Houston, a short story comic in an independent French comic magazine called Rocket Science from Oniric comics. In 2013, Karibu illustrated a few short stories for a canadian anthology called Heroes of the North. She recently published her very own manga called Survivorland and is currently working on the the next tome of the series as well as a few other original projects.

Karibu Illustrations

What is your favourite medium to work with?

I’m very traditional. So I use mostly all traditional mediums. Pencil, artist pens like micron and unipins as well as brush pens. I use colored markers like Copic and Kurecolor.

Karibu Illustrations

When you are not drawing what do you like to do with your spare time?

Reading comics and studying them. Yoga to keep the body and mind fresh !

Karibu Illustrations

Do you have an artist that really inspires you?

I love an array of different artists work, some North American, European and Japanese. I particuarly appreciate classic comic artist such as Joe Kubert and Alex Toth as well as newer age artists like Sean Murphy, Becky Cloonan, Yanick Paquette, Adam Hughes and many more. As far as European artists Matthieu Bonhomme, Juanjo Guarnido, Florent Maudoux and Alejandro Barbucci. Japanese artists, Inoue Takehiko, Obata Takeshi, Kawashita Mizuki, Urasawa Naoki…and the list goes on and on !

What is the one thing in your studio space that you simply could not live without?

My comic and manga collection. They are my source of inspiration, I use them as tools and study them as much as I need a pencil and eraser.

Karibu Illustrations

Where can we find more of your work?

Follow karibuilllustrations on Facebook and Tumblr

Do you do commission work? If so how can folks contact you?

I am always looking for commission work, time permitting. Feel free to email me at: karibuillustrations@gmail.com 

Is there anything that you would like to say to any beginner artists out there?

 Perservere. The longer you work at something the better you will get at it. Unsure about your drawing skills ? Take life drawing sessions at your local art school or art supply shop. Life drawing is the magic behind drastically improving your art skills ! 

Karibu Illustrations

Thank you Karibu for taking time out of your busy schedule to allow me to photograph you in your creative space.
If you are interested in meeting Karibu in person you will be able to find her this weekend at the East Coast Comic Expo in Moncton NB alongside some other amazing artists and creators. So if you are in the neighbourhood stop by and enjoy. I will also be around taking photographs of some of the awesome cosplayers or hanging around buriedbybricks’ LEGO creations.

If you are or know an artist who would like to be featured please drop me a line at arfoto@live.ca

Paper Punk Princess

Darrelyn was the 2nd place winner of Saint John’s Next Top Model contestants this year so I was really excited to work with her. We decided to do something that was a little different. I have been wanting to do a high fashion Avant Garde shoot for a while so we thought we would give it a try. She designed and made the dress herself from magazines. I did her hair and make-up to give her an edgy punk look. We added some great accessories and dramatic lighting and smoke and we have one of my favourite shoots that I have done yet in my studio.

Thank you Darrelyn for a great shoot.

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Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo comes to Saint John

Once again this year I was invited to photograph the animals and staff at Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo show. The theme of the show this year was Diversity of Living Things and included a young 6 month old Cougar as well as ferrets, turtles, snakes, lizards, an alligator and even a vulture. The zoo keepers are very knowledgable and really care for these animals. 80% of the animals in their care are rescues from unwanted homes or illegal imports to the country. The cougar that they have is on loan from another facility after she was rejected by her mother and needed hands on full-time care. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is accredited by CAZA/AZAC and regularly works with the OSPCA, municipal, provincial, and federal authorities for the placement of seized and unwanted reptiles and amphibians. What this means is that they not only have to meet certain levels of animal keeping and care but they are also regularly visited and inspected to make sure that these standards of care are up to snuff. It is an honour to work with such a wonderful organization.

Here are a few of my favourite images from my visit and subsequent photo shoot.

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My son Odin even got a chance to sit with the turtle and hold a snake.

Little Ray's Reptile Zoo Into the Wild Exhibit Saint John NB

Thank you again to the crew at Little Ray’s. I had a great time photographing you and my family had a wonderful time taking in your informative shows and exhibit. I look forward to seeing you again next year.

My Adorable Niece and Nephew

This week my nephew turns four and next week my niece will be turning two. I invited them over to the studio for a quick little photo shoot. These little people are so cute! I can’t wait to have more little people in my studio. It was so much fun. Especially when the flower petals came out to play. Here are some of my favourite photos from our shoot.

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Happy Birthday Katie & Jason!

Valentine Doll

I wanted to do a theme session to celebrate Valentines Day that was more family friendly then the boudoir work that I have been doing a lot of lately. That is for another post that is coming soon. I also wanted to get back into doing some creative make-up. With that in mind I came up with the idea to do a photo shoot of a living doll dressed in red and white.  With a few hours of prep I was able to pull together a costume.  With my trusty sewing needle in hand and a couple of quiet hours in my living room I made some ballet slippers to match a red corset that I already had. I paired it with the full white skirt from my Black Swan/ White Swan photo shoot I did years ago layered over 2 petticoats to give it a tutu look. I was looking forward to turning a model into a living doll. It took a little bit of research on Pinterst to find out how to do the doll eyes but I found a few tutorials and figured I could do it justice.

All of the make-up on my model Sam is from Dione Cosmetics (except the lashes).  Balanced Satin Foundation – FK101, Blush – Cheeky Luscious, Eyes –  sorcerer’s Seduction, 925, Abyss  black eyeshadow mixed with water was used as a liquid liner and White Chocolate mixes with water was used as the white under the eyes. Lips are Silk Orchid lipstick and Cranberry eyeshadow mixed with water as a lip liner.

Here are a few of my favourite shots from our shoot.

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Thank you Sam for spending some time with me in the studio.

Modeling session with Morgan

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to work with Morgan a young lady who wanted to try her hand at some modeling. We did a three hour session that started in studio then moved to some outdoor locations. Here a few of my favourites from her session.

HeadshotStudio ShootStudio PortraitCasual PortraitBlack and White PortraitWinter PortraitWinter BluesWinter by the Harbour

Thank you for having me do your portraits. I had a great time working with you.

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