The Boys – 2017

 

We are going to break out our boy profiles by year so you can follow along with new additions each year.

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Please join us in meeting the boys (only boys who have parent or guardian permission have their names included):

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Boys love pink and rock this colour all over the world. Our #aboycantoo boy D added sparkle pink sequin Minnie ears to his Magic Kingdom ensemble.

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This week we will be introducing you to some new #aboycantoo boys starting with L who loves nail polish, accessories, figure skating, dressing up – his interests are not based on gender norms but rather his own interests. L is a member of the Bowmanville Skating Club and skates in areas such as synchro.

He tells us that on a recent trip to a camp all the boys were rocking nail polish. L is 13 and said all the boys accepted and participated in nail decoration on his trip.

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Figure skating requires makeup for L – he would prefer to wear it all the time. Why is makeup only for women in this day and age? There have been many periods in time where it was socially acceptable for men to wear makeup.

We believe #aboycantoo wear makeup.

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This #Aboycantoo – a figure skater is a strong influencer who is completely at ease with his choices. In chatting with L he shared his love of skating, the fun makeup and costumes they get to wear and the types of skating he participates in.

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This #Aboycantoo is an accompished gymnast competing in meets all over Ontario. He competes for the Markham Gymnastics Club in the following events: vault, rings, pommels, floor, high bar, parallel bars.

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In their first ever Spa Day our youngest two had the best time getting “Little Prince” manis and pedicures. The exfoliating rub is a little ticklish for this #aboycantoo. Their colour choices were “epic” with R picking a range of green, red and pink with sparkles; D went one different shade of pink and purple on each of his fingers and toes, naturally.

 

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When I met our latest #aboycantoo and discovered he played the cello we were delighted to have him in to capture the experience for the 2017 campaign.

E had been taking lessons for two years after being inspired to play cello by YouTube sensation The Piano Guys. His inspiration is Steven Sharp Nelson – cellist/songwriter within the group. While in the studio he showed me all his favourite YouTube videos – “I’ve seen this one 1,000 times Kris.”

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A little bit of behind the scenes action today for our cellist!

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The cello comes with a bow that has a hair you cannot get dirty, it can also be picked and plucked like a guitar. I have always loved the shape of this instrument and it was love at first sight for this #aboycantoo when he first saw The Piano Guys on You Tube.

This cellist was so inspiring to talk to, he even played a little bit for me in the studio. I cannot wait to see where he takes this instrument on his journey to adulthood.

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When your hero is a cello player and you are working to be one of the The Piano Guys you are awesome in our book. A huge thanks to our amazing #aboycantoo for this session with the cello – the tones of the wood are amazing on this instrument.

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As we were photographing this session I asked the boys what reaction they get to being boys who highland dance.

The younger brother thought about this and answered: “If you are confident about your choice to dance you do not get as much of a negative reaction and less bullying.” Mom also mentioned that they had really not experience much negativity surrounding the boys dancing.

This is why these boys are influencers, they choose to dance and when asked an #aboycantoo confidently shares their passion for their choice. Their passion overrides the need to apply gender roles that we grew up with and they are shaping a new “status quo” for a new generation of boys and girls.

A project like this is best shared – so click that [SHARE} button below to show you support that #aboycantoo.
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#6a-2017 #aboycantoo

While I will be the first admit I am a complete newbie with highland dancing, this #aboycantoo captured my heart and visual imagination with his amazing dancing today in the studio.

The swirl of the kilt, the square buttons on the jacket and the pride in his dancing which he has done for his entire school in Alberta for Remembrance Day assemblies.

A project like this is best shared – so click that [SHARE} button below to show you support that #aboycantoo.

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We had brothers in the studio from Alberta today so it is not fair to show off the work of one without that of the other. I am loving the way the kilt moves in relation to the moves of a highland dancer.

A project like this is best shared – so click that [SHARE} button below to show you support that #aboycantoo.

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This image happened organically. This little one is a cousin who was visiting during the session while his two older cousins were photographed.

Older boys who choose a path without concern for gender stereotypes influence the younger boys in their life. Little E sees someone he loves, who loves to highland dance and that is all.

Gender stereotypes are taught, so is an open minded view to the goals and activities boys are suited for. We hope one day E follows in his cousins footsteps if that is his journey.

This might be the most amazing capture to date for this project because the “visual story” is so true, honest and on message for our amazing #aboycantoo boys.

A project like this is best shared – so click that [SHARE} button below to show you support that #aboycantoo.