I began writing this blog a while back ---> here and I never got around to finishing up my entire blog the way I wanted ( meaning.. add my full editorial story), which led to .. no posts ! The struggle is real. I finally found the inspiration and the time today (and I have my hard drives back in my possession!)


I believe my creativity will flow in ways i never knew, my first island shoot after 2 years will be this upcoming Saturday and Sunday... SO looking forward!!! 

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Team Credit:
Designer/MakeUp: Gina Malagodi | Model: Celine Verheij | and me ! =) 



Throwback | One of the first shoots #tbt

Another #throwbackthursday blog post. These are some of the images from one of my first shoots in Amsterdam. The model did her own makeup and we figured out the styling together. A cold fun day outdoors and then later on , some quick test shots in the studio. I took away a very valuable learning experience.  =) circa 2008. Amsterdam.



Sweet Child 'o Mine

My first time shooting with model Annemarije, cool chick, music lover and superb model. 

Model: Annemarije H | MUA/Styling/Photo/Lighting & PP: Sarina Gito

Androgny !! w/ Model Stephan

 So a few months ago.....actually.. last year ! (time flies)  I was very much inspired  to do an androgynous shoot.. coincidentally (or not) i was around the same time.. contacted by Androgynous model Stephan Vermeulen of Androgyny Models in Enschede.. to do a shoot with him. I took this as a sign from the universe.. it had to be done. =) 
So i had about another few days to leave back to Sint Maarten and NYC.. and i wanted so bad to have this in my portfolio before NYC. and of course for my new website =) 

Sato (stylist) brought some really wicked stuff over.. exactly what i also had in mind for this shoot.. and Stephan drove all the way from Maastricht to be our model.  I did a quick research on some androgynous makeup.. male makeup etc .. and went at it.. it was my first time.. doing makeup on a guy but hells yes.. i love it.... 

1.5 hours later.. two outfit changes.... and we were done with our shoot. Total shoot time including prep, settling into shooting, and packing up.. : 2.5 hours. now that's how i love to do things.. quick shooting and getting what we set out to do . My doing makeup myself.. is saving me SO  MUCH SHOOT TIME (prep) .. I often question myself.. why have i ever bothered to work with dutch MUA'd.. they take WAY too long.. and when they are really good and fast.. they are way too expensive.. (for me that is since i am freelance without a side income.. ) to MUA's out there.. in holland that is.. no offense but seriously.. i don't know what they teach at makeup school but TIME on set is very very important. and i am mentioning this because this is how i feel. hate me or love me for it.. it's called honesty. maybe my honesty helps those of you out there to become better. this is what i hope by expressing myself aka not keeping it to myself. 

the next shoot will be a bit more complicated qua timing and styling.. but also .. something very different.. i think i already know what i want.. with the same team. =) Thanks for reading and enjoy ! 


Model: Stephan Vermeulen - ANDROGYN MODELS ||    Stylist: David Sato  ||   MUA/Photographer/PostProcess/Light:  Sarina Gito

Model: Stephan Vermeulen - ANDROGYN MODELS || 

Stylist: David Sato  || 

MUA/Photographer/PostProcess/Light:  Sarina Gito

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


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.  


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 =) 


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*


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


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