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First, let me put it on the record that I'm not a sadist. I'm pretty sure yesterday morning was the coldest day of the year here in Yellowknife - with wind chill, we were looking at -51C.

I often book my shoots weeks or months in advance, and you never really know what you're going to end up with on the day of the shoot in terms of conditions. So you usually just go with it.

Still, yesterday was cold to the point that I phoned my friend Nicole, the model here, to try to talk her out of shooting. But like a true northern girl, she simply said "cold's cold....if it was 15 degrees warmer, I'd still be cold".

So yesterday was arguably my "coldest" conceptual shoot, and I have to say the conditions were perfect. There was a bit of an ice fog in the air yesterday and the hoar frost that's cloaked our trees over the past week made for an incredible backdrop.

Thank you Nicole.

This is a rare natural light photo for me (I cracked out the lights later in the shoot): sometimes what's there, naturally, just works the best.

ISO 400, f4.5, 1/500-sec exposure. Canon 70-200MM lens @108MM.

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