Tuesday, November 19, 2013


When Sam's in town, you shoot. You get your shit together and you shoot.

Repped by Next Model Management in New York and Ice Models in SA, Sam is back in town for a visit before she hits Cape Town for season.

We wanted to shoot something editorial, with a could-care-less type of vibe. Styled with soft fabrics and loose hair, I wanted to keep the makeup very natural and simple.

Art Direction: Candice Mac Nicol
Photographer: Vaughan Treyvellan
Makeup & Hair: http://www.playplaycreations.com/Candice Mac Nicol
Model: Sam Laskey

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Ah, I have the funnest job. Yes, that's a word. I invented it because "fun" just doesn't describe how fun my job actually is.

After the Glitter Beauty shoot with Lex, she came back for more and allowed us to throw buckets of water at her. All the while, she smouldered for the camera.

Lex King is a local actress and beauty who grew up in Durbs and traveled the world modelling with the likes of Candice Swanepoel at the start of their careers. A severe behind the scenes accident sent her home for a while; which turned out to be a blessing in disguise as she discovered her love and talent for acting.

Now living in Cape Town, she keeps busy working on the SAF3 TV series and local and international commercials.

Vaughan had been trying desperately to find a suitable model for this shoot and after about 8 months of back and forth between agencies and the designer, we managed to get our ish together just in time for Lex's visit home.  Needless to say, we literally grabbed her as she got off the plane and put her straight into hair and makeup.

The beautiful swimwear pieces in this shoot were created by Natasha Brassel from Tasha's. She is a local designer who specialises in relaxed, beach wear typical of a Durban summer but somehow we managed to twist her arm and get her involved in this idea. I am totally blown away by what she created!

*mid-blog rant: You wouldn't believe how many photographers/designers/stylists/artists of any kind I approach and ask to work with. Everyone is keen and wants to create something beautiful, but when it comes down to the actual work....*poof* they dissapear. Now don't get me wrong, I understand that people are busy and what not, but please don't whine about the newbies or up-and-coming peeps not getting a fair shot if you don't answer your emails.....or calls....or facebook messages. This is a BUSINESS, be professional and passionate and make shit happen. I am happy to arrange everything from production, to model booking and art direction but I can't actually push the button/make or style the clothes for you! As for any comments about how I only work with certain people, maybe that's because they deliver. Hashtag just saying.

Anyhoo, thank you so much Tash for making custom swimwear that not only rivalled anything else in SA, but far surpassed it too.

As for the makeup, Lex was completely drenched after each shot and I am so happy with how the makeup held up. Especially as this was shot in direct sunlight too. I wanted to keep the look as natural as possible with a hint of a smoky eye because Lex has the most amazing skin and colouring.

It's makes you excited for summer, right?! Sunshine and swimwear baby!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Recently I was booked for the Wonderbra shoot again. This time we shot with the team from Whalleys; it was a full and fun day. We had a lot to get through and with two models, that meant an early start for me....and Chiara!

I've had the pleasure of working with both Chiara and Rosette (who flew in from JHB) before and I was SO pleased when I heard that they would be on this shoot. You couldn't imagine better beauties for Wonderbra! So professional and lovely to work with, it was a breeze!

Watch this space for the final pics from the Wonderbra shoot!

Friday, November 1, 2013


I love working with Mr Bray. I love Mr Bray.  He is quite possibly one of my favourite people in this entire industry.  Passionate, creative, humble, hard working with a penchant for professionalism and perfection. He has an understanding for the female form like non other and a deep respect for how it should be dressed. His combination of structure and femininity creates pieces that look beautiful and flattering, while giving each garment a unique edge.

On a personal level, he is a loyal and true friend. He will always be in your corner and he is not afraid to speak his mind. Terrence has not only been a witness to some momentous events in my life (if he hasn't actually facilitated them himself!); he has also shared in my joys and guided me through the tough moments. I have a deep love and respect for Terrence, as well as his partner John, and I am so grateful to have them both in my life. No matter where this journey takes me, I know they will always be there.

So this is the latest Terrence Bray shoot Vaughan and I have done.  Shot on the patio of Terrence's house, Vaughan hung white fabric which created this beautiful blow out effect.

I contoured Hughnique quite a lot and lined her top lid with white. Keeping the rest of her face very natural, I dipped her hands and feet in chalk. I also dusted and rubbed white chalk into her hair.

Photographer: Vaughan Treyvellan
Makeup & Hair: Candice Mac Nicol
Model: Hughnique from Ice Models

Thursday, October 31, 2013


When I got a call from New Media Publishing in Cape Town to work on their Ackermans Magazine shoot in Durban, I was very keen to work with a new client and photographer.

I'd also never worked with Danah from Models International and I had heard so many wonderful things about her. It turned out to be a really fun 2 day shoot with her and photographer, Cameron McDonald.

Photographer: Cameron McDonald
Makeup & Hair: Candice Mac Nicol
Model: Danah from Models International

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I can't believe I forgot to add this shoot to my blog! It was such a fun day and such a different vibe to my usual work. Hanrie is a local Durban designer and is a pleasure to work with; very inspired and passionate.

Photographer: Vaughan Treyvellan
Makeup & Hair: Candice Mac Nicol