Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tobago shoot and melting

Sometimes I wish I lived in a cold country. Like right now. You literally jump into the cold shower, jump back out, and you're sweating right away. It's that hot. Even the ac struggles to get the room to a temperature fit for a melting human. So it is only fitting to post some images from a recent shoot in Tobago that I did with a lovely army of models, stylists and makeup artist extraordinaire, Gianna. It was shot at Le Grand Courlan Resort and Spa, as well as various nearby locations. If there is one thing I learnt from the entire experience, it is 'Buy a big straw hat next time you work a full 2 days in the sun.' Have you seen me? I'm as white as the background I'm typing this blog on (it's black on the site though, but it's the only simile I could come up with right now). Thanks to Peter Elias, Heather Jones, Queen Esther and KAJ for the wonderful dresses. Thanks to random guy with straw hat (he knew what he was doing) for letting us use the horse.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Carnival shots and my wonton disturbance

The launch of a Carnival band held on Saturday, which means I can splop those pictures on my page now. These shots were taken at the Chaguaramas golf course during the week - so apologies to the millionaires' whose intense game of golf we interrupted.

Now about my wontons....wonton soup to be precise. So I go to MovieTowne (Trinidad's fancy shmancy cinema complex) with my son and boyfriend to get some ice cream on Saturday. I notice there's a lone boom mic guy looking a bit lost. Obviously he must have a reason for holding his muppet-like microphone over his shoulder, and I finally see the rest of the crew trodding our way. Looked like a reality show was being filmed as a bunch of loud mouthed Americans walked past us shouting something or the other (they were obviously being louder than usual for the cameras). We dodge them and continue eating our ice-cream at the side of the pavement.

We then decide "hey we need food" after we had our ice-cream (we're wonderful parents) and head on over to Westmall's food court. I see the same microphone guy and shriek "Oh God they're here too". The crew choose to sit right next to us, and what looked like a 4 foot chihuahua with a bad blonde weave starts fighting with another weave-clad woman very loudly. "You shut up - no YOU shut up - NOOOOOoooOOOOOooo YOUUUU shut up" *finger snap* and it goes on for a while. She was also snapping at these little girls and saying "I bite" I bet you do.

A crowd gathers, because that's what Trinis do best, and I am now trying to eat my wonton soup whilst a bunch of bottoms are in my face trying to get a glimpse of the ensuing battle. I notice a friend of mine is standing nearby looking like he's a part of all of this. I enquire about wtf is going on. He says that it's a reality show on Keyshia Cole's family. Anyway, I thought it was an interesting story to share, especially if you know who Keyshia Cole is (I didn't cause I don't listen to radio).

So if anyone sees that show and notices a girl with a red long sleeved top eating ice cream/ soup with a "move from me" look on her face......

update!: it's a show on BET

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

July and the vacation I intend on taking

Notice the word intend , and I use "vacation" very loosely. I've been busy doing shots for two Carnival bands , but I've reached the point where I'm seeing feathers and beads in my sleep, so I'm a bit anxious to wrap those jobs up. The ads that I did for Chanson ice cream are finally out , noticed one in the papers yesterday as I was looking for the movie guide (Batman opens tomorrow). Speaking of Batman, here's a cartoon I did 5 years ago.

So this "vacation" I'm intending on taking is more of a break from photography for 3 weeks, not like I'm flying out to Europe and back packing (I've always wanted to do this....then I saw Hostel). I just haven't had a break since last May and I would like to spend more time with my son. Mind you, I'm pretty sure I'll be calling up Chris Steel to do some conceptual pieces in between. When I'm not working I feel a tad bit....lost? I openly admit that I'm addicted to my job, even though at times I feel like pelting the camera in the nearest pothole (which isn't hard to find). I keep telling myself that this is the year for hard work, and next year I'm going to take a 3 week real vacation and visit family in Portugal and just hobble around Europe enjoying the atmosphere, and of course, doing a few shoots while I'm there.

Anything else I had to put here? Can't remember right now, but here are a few shots that I recently did.

Ahhh wait, I don't think I ever posted my Model Behaviour set. These shots just depict the sterotyped attitude of any top model (a la Naomi Campbell). Just a concept I came up with whilst finishing up a shoot some time in February. The price for these shots? We broke my son's crib.


and with shaking hands, the assistant handed the beast her thirst quencher. They really do act like babies.

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