Chef Westcott @ Emilio's St Maarten

Just a quick little shoot at the guest chef evening at Emilios Restaurant on Sint Maarten.
late post due to an obscene amount of work !!! ( i promise you, i am not complaining haha). Some shots from the guest chef evening at the beautiful and iconic @emiliossxm at the bottom of the @rainforestadventuresxm .
i was asked to shoot a few shots of the evening and happily i did ! The food at Emilios is amazing but of course with our very own Dino @dinojagtiani cheffin it up what else can we expect
The guest chef of the evening was Michaelangelo Westcott @chefwescott a brooklyn native with strong carib roots ... he is the owner and chef of the @gypsyapplebistro in MA. The evening was a lovely one. March 10th 2018 .

“i can make anything taste great’. yup. he can :) thank you for letting me intrude your kitchen and getting your portrait. much love !
and thank you Dino for always allowing me to run around with my camera (and for feeding me
@dinojagtiani

Love in a time of Catastrophy

Because i had to .. and also because i am so tired of seeing all the damage and destruction.. yes our island is destroyed but not our core. =) our hibiscus and birambi trees are already blooming... little hopes and inspirations .. the stars are smiling too.. so in that interest..

i'm just gonna do my do.. and hope for the best .. and quick recovery for us all. =) even the jackspanjards.. (yes i been feeding them - they lost their homes too)

let's think about the positive .. about being humble.. about changing our attitudes and treatments of others.. not just humans but animals and environment.. as a people.. bc real talk.. the amnt of negativity (animal neglect abuse - environmental exploitation - hatred and envy ) these things fuel the BS. let us not add to fueling any BS ..

u with me? even if u skeptical.. or think this is some hippy talk.. no worries.. but .. just think abotu it..

.. just think about it.. there is a reason we experience pain and loss and suffering.. only via humility can we recognize and allow this pain to motivate growth and growth.. brings change.. positive change. unity.

no fear no hate be assertive for what we believe in and deserve.. no bending over without lube.. we need to come together to fight together...

THINK .. wake up.. go get a FREE (donated) bag of dog food and feed a stray.. repair your karma !!!!!!!! enjoy

Paint Me with Artist Akeem Adams

We had been wanting to do this for so long.. all the plans and stuff and finally we did it....We shot back in April...finally got around to posting it now. =) Akeem did a great job.... it wasn't easy standing with eyes closed, as he was tempted half the time to open his eyes..but he managed.. and managed well. =)  he's a trooper! =)  And Suzy... being careful to make sure the paint drips the way it should've hehe.. our "paint' director. and our poof creator..  #POOF

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After being super careful with all that paint. As we progressed towards the end of our shoot, I decided i wanted something, messy and smudgy because I love how colours mix.. and Akeem being an artist (one who also works with paint) I thought it symbolic and representative of him to have this smeared over his body; a living canvas, if u will.  

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I also wanted and felt the need to create something darker. (suprise surprise this is the direction i feel my work going towards) So i asked Akeem to shout for me.. the neighbours must have thought something crazy was going on in  =) but no other way to get a incredibly authentic look of screaming and turmoil other than asking your model/client to scream. As artists, it is as simple as us closing our eyes and picturing something which we love dearly and cannot have, or feeling hidden when we should be shared with the world, or caged when we have wings, or whatever experience(s) an artist goes through which enables him/her to cultivate their creativity/depth/inspirations...
I wanted to create this, to show that with beauty comes darkness; there comes what some would refer to as inner demons. Never suppress what you feel. and imagine that, if you do this kind of stuff, you can get great stock for black and white images =) 

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The final image we chose from this series is seen here below.. For this shot we had to get the perfect "poof' ... =) to really get the effect I was going for, I combined 3 different shots and after some hours of brushing, this was what i was happy with. (and when Akeem saw it he was so happy!! i love that kind of reaction. It is why i do what i do and love what i do. =) and it embodies who he is as an artist and individual. *pats self on back*

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Akeem Adams, is an incredible person, another character in my life. One of my biggest supporters, Akeem always mentions to me how he feels like i'm a celebrity, =) and i always laugh and say 'Aw Akeem.. and then i blush"  but he's also a very talented artist !! hence the paint shoot. His illustrations, painting and artworks are hauntingly beautiful; they "stay"with you. he uses his own style and vision within each piece and is very passionate about his work. (we love passion!!!) Akeem is currently on Sint Maarten and can be contacted via his facebook fan-page. He also does custom work (so contact him!! ) and you should also check out his clothing designs, some great stuff for the fashionista male who loves to express himself.  =) 

Akeem Adams Facebook Fanpage

TEAM CREDIT:

MODEL: Akeem Adams | PAINT STYLIST : Suzannah Gito | PHOTO/LIGHT & POST PROCESSING: Sarina Gito