That time of year has come and gone once again.
Carnival on Sint Maarten this year was I heard a fun one, did not attend many shows but did of course do what i love to do every year .. and that's shoot the grand parades, two days of colourful costumes, shining happy expressive people and music and whinin and smilin and drinkin .....as they say 'cyant done'.
So after much ado....These are my full albums, the images are not yet edited but this is a quick look for those who have been ehem.. asking me for a week now. sorry about the delay.. been very busy lately..
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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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Probably the friendliest most helpful warm hearted fellow animal lover I will ever meet.. Jasmina.. my slovene sistren =) Took this shot of her back in the day while on tour with Last Day Here & Dweal in Slovenia.. My first time in Ljubliana and Maribor (lord i need to find those pics to finally post ! ) I snapped this quickly and I remember I had to rest up in the hotel before driving to Zagrab, Croatia but instead of sleeping....I was too excited to show her the portrait I had taken.. (it's actually an edited version of a photo I took of the both of us at a CRAZY Metal Festival the night before in Nova Gorica. Thank you again Menno Kappe for the opportunity =)
Jasmina is not only a talented vocalist and experienced graphic designer, but she is also a dedicated and committed animal lover and rescues animals where she resides and she has just recently expanded her photography work in Slovenia, where she covers metal/rock bands (and does amazing at it ! )
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 ! =)
Being away from my full-time profession as photographer/retoucher due to circumstances beyond my control. I have been keeping busy with sketching, which led to creating these characters. So I've been sharing a bit of this on my #instagram =) trying to 'record' so to speak, the creative process of beginning to end. I'm loving it. =) it's probably become the main reason i keep my #instagram account active. Follow me on Instagram.
I follow back ! unless u are the type to follow and unfollow. please don't do that. it's useless and my account is public. =) and i have the app. =)
Because of the feedback and recently, a demand for #customized characters, I've decided to create a space where i can showcase my creations, and make it possible for those of you who would purchase prints of my work OR donate a little something to keep it going. =)
The website will be:
http://www.sosarinah.com (coming soon)
I'm nowhere near giving up my photography but i do intend and hope to continue this, as i enjoy it very much! it is literally therapeutic for me.. (except when i do it for hours on end and it results again just like editing.. in carpel tunnel) .. I ain't 22 anymore.. =) and proud =) me thinks. anyways .. again.. enjoy.. i'll be sharing more of this stuff soon. let me know what u think !!!! be honest.. but be kind.. i'm new to this.. and i'm no illustrator or artist in this sense.. this is just therapy for me.. and i fi can sell a few prints or whatever to help me fund my photography business and its starting again from scratch . then .. all good =)
Friday Files... =) gonna try to do some archiving thru my files on fridays.. just an hour a day.. to try to get through all of the back work i have .. from my personal stash.
Time Management is one of the most difficult things to deal with , as a photographer and wife. but hey.. it's all part of the journey and story =) follow/subscribe to my blog for more of my personal stuff.
This one was taken in the zoo in Amsterdam, years ago circa 2010. something about big teeth and scales. love it ! =)
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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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.
I took these between 2002 and 2006 with a tiny little compact cam from Olympus, which I still own (as i do all my cameras). I loved this camera because I knew exactly how to shake itup and experiment to get these blurry vision images. =)
1. Red Dance The Greenhouse, Sint Maarten (2002) | 2. Pink Metal Dancer, The Korsakoff, Amsterdam (2006) | 3. Colleague Paul at Work, TheaterCompagnie Amsterdam (2004) | 4. Biker I. Rembrandtplein Amsterdam (2003) | 5. Biker II. Rembrandtplein Amsterdam (2003) | 6. Pretty Girl. Stratford Upon Avon, England (2005) | 7. Generations. Tate Museum, London (2005) | 8. ParkDaze. VondelPark, Amsterdam (2006) | 9. T. Raumschmiere. De Melkweg, Amsterdam (2004)
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