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
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Heineken Regatta II

Orange & Friends (JuliaZahra,ZiggiRecado,Feliciana, PatrickGraham)

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

Water Fun w/Carnival Delegates for Posh Productions

Last week I was asked to take part in a photo competition, winning prizes include being on the judges panel for Miss Photogenic for the carnival pageants (hosted by posh productions) on Sint Maarten.
I was informed that the delegates would arrive at the Walter Plantz Square in Philipsburg, then each introduce themselves, do their routine and then have their photos taken by participating photographers. I was pretty psyched for it.. delegates and water fun! at the new Walter Plantz Square (yes i just got back so for me it's 'new')

The little waterfalls go pretty high and the coloured lights are quite fun .. so I figured it would be interesting to get some pictures.

Low and behold, with all the preparation I took for this, packing my bag on time, getting proper sleep ! etc. I still magically managed to forget to bring my flash, charged my batteries and everything.. made sure I brushed up on using it.. and BAM.. forgot it !! This is when you're busy and got your hands full, like fostering 4 puppies, a kitten and taking care of a newborn (kitten people.. not baby just yet.. kitten! ) lol. (yeah I get quite busy and I'm not getting younger !) The struggle is real. :P but i love my photographer life. (most days) :P

So back to it...
It was too late to turn back to head home (hence why one should always leave 2 hours prior to any shoot !!) but anyways it was too late to turn back, so bummed.. but I figured I would show what I captured anyways. I did my best with the ambient light (available light) and figured out I still (since my concert shooting days.. I still .. dislike blue green and red lights :P #photogproblems

So here I am uploading images on a Monday, with sprained ankle (oh yeah that happened ! and ouch!) got my leg up, my Imac sideways, a kitten in my lap, my music blasting and my hubby at my beck and call lol.

I hope regardless of the proper lighting that I had envisioned and wanted, that i still managed to capture some of the fun dynamics which make images into memories. and good luck to the other photographers (who did bring their flashes). 
ya live ya learn right? or as I always say make do with what you have (and my baby - my camera, is still an incredible tool...flash or no flash ) I love my Canon =)  Thank you for visiting ! 

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Invisible

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

 

 

Heineken Regatta 2012 - FBF

A throwback for FBF. Some shots I took during the regatta when i was hired to be Captain Morgan's (and his maids) personal photographer.  These are all from the different shows and pre-party events during the Annual Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012.  It WAS always tons of fun at the Regatta especially with my Captain Morgan team.

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Travel: The view b/t Atlanta & St Maarten

There is one thing i love about traveling and that is cloud gazing. Ever so often while up in the sky in that big metal machine, a moment can be made into magic, looking at the ocean, the tiny presentation of sights larger than your existence. The many islands, discovered or deserted, right there so close and so far away. Such things allow the imagination to run wild. I love it. When i get a chance to take pics of these things, i do so with pleasure =) 

These are a few shots taken on the way to Sint Maarten from Florida... These were taken about an hour away from Sint Maarten. Enjoy. 

 Photography Sarina Gito. Amsterdam. new York. Florida. Sint Maarten
 Photography Sarina Gito. Amsterdam. new York. Florida. Sint Maarten
 Photography Sarina Gito. Amsterdam. new York. Florida. Sint Maarten
 Photography Sarina Gito. Amsterdam. new York. Florida. Sint Maarten
 Photography Sarina Gito. Amsterdam. new York. Florida. Sint Maarten
 Photography Sarina Gito. Amsterdam. new York. Florida. Sint Maarten
 Photography Sarina Gito. Amsterdam. new York. Florida. Sint Maarten