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The End of an Era…

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This week two of my best friends Sian and Ferg who I have been lucky enough to work with for the past 2 years out here in the Caribbean have gone home.

They have moved back to the UK (with the cat) to start some very exciting personal and professional adventures and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank them both from the bottom of my heart. I have progressed in so many ways with the help and support of them both.

While we were sat waiting for the time to pass before I had to drop them at the airport and say our final good byes we took a few shots to with the epic view.

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Thanks, good luck and I will see you both hopefully in the not too distant future xx

 

In other news Michelle is going up for the Saint Lucia Carnival Queen 2013. We need your support so if you could follow the link to the Facebook page and like her photo that would be great. The more likes she gets the more points she gets so feel free to share :)

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Mike Came to Visit… and he brought some toys!

Even Mike has a Montage

Its funny some times working here really does not feel like work but one of my best friends came to visit me so I thought it was a good excuse to take some holiday!

Mike booked 11 nights at the hotel I live at Morgan Bay (worth checking out if your thinking of coming to St Lucia) As you can imagine we had a blast! We went sailing on Hobie Cats nearly every day, Zip Lining through the rain forest, bathing in the sulphur springs from St Lucia’s active volcano, survived a tropical storm and of course spending allot of time on the beach!

The other very exciting thing is that I got my brand new Camera! I am now a very proud owner of a Cannon 5D Mk iii and have taken then momentous leap in a professional photographers life to full frame status!

One afternoon we took a drive up to the north of the island, it was still pretty windy but I packed my new camera to see if we could take some shots. As usual we got lost but found an amazing spot in Cap Estate where you could get great views of the North and East coast from the same spot (they are currently about to start building some new houses up there and for a good price if anyone is interested) Mike is not a shy person but has never really had a photo shoot done but knew how much I wanted to try out my new camera so we took these… God love him :)

A tropical storm is passing by and Mike is up the smallest tree he could find!

Now we are getting into it!

 

As you can see he did a great job letting me have a little play with my camera, we are already planning his next trip back to the Caribbean! Thanks for coming Mike!

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Brian The Unofficial Barbados Tour Guide

Quite pleased as Brain has managed to be the 1000th photo uploaded to the Barbados Photographic Societies facebook page :)

I have a confession to make! I have actually put out this post and my last post in the wrong order :s The shoot I did with Brittinee was later on in the afternoon, all this stuff happened first, this post should have really gone first but I got a bit excited as Brittinee’s photos came out so good… anyway I am not sorry but I thought I should just let you all know :D I have also been told off as the first location I took Brittinee I actually found with my Mum when she was here and she was very upset not to have a mention (Hi Mum… wave…) who knew there was so much policitcs with blogging!

This is Brian, Brian is an unofficial tour guide for Barbados. I also worked out after the day was through that he was also a bit of a lier! See if you can spot them ;)

If you want to hire a car over here in Barbados you have a wide selection of Japanese imports from big pick up trucks to small run arounds but all hire cars number plates star with a big letter H. This means when your driving your hire car around everyone knows its a hire car. This does have its advantages, if you ever got lost and need to pull a big u turn in the road or you end up in the wrong lane on a round about people don’t really think twice as you have H plates on. Very handy! But even if you have been living here for nearly 12 months and are a wonderful driver (most of the time) because you are driving around with massive H’s on your car people will think your a tourist!

Brian did just that and as he saw me driving along with the two girls in the back of the car with my H plates all over the place he shouted as we drove past “Road closed, Road closed!” which of course immediately caused some discussion in the car and me to stop to try and work out what was going on. This gave Brain the chance to come over and have a chat. We were trying to find the Animal Flower Caves in the north of the island (and one day I will get straight there without getting lost!) Brain asked us where we were going and asked if we wanted to go and see some special places that most tourists don’t know about. We where all lucky as he was going that way anyway because he had some business down there and needed the lift, we wanted to go and see some nice views so two birds with one stone and all that. We set off down the road that we where heading down any way and as if by magic the road seemed to be open again. Must have been because we had Brain with us. While we where driving we got the chance to try some locally grown sugar cane that Brain had conveniently chopped up in a little bag and was very kind to share with us.

Brain took us to a place called Cove Bay and the views there where amazing, it was right off the road down a long beaten track but it was well worth the drive.

Living the dream!

Brian was telling us that from that very spot you can see 7 different parishes and to mark that point the tourist board put in a little marker, while it was drying Brain managed to write his name in and put the date! We walked back to the car and I felt pleased we had found a new spot and had given to a local to help him out with his business! We got into the car and then Brain got in to…

“I thought you had some business to take care of” I said,

“nah I have one more spot to show you first” said Brian,

“Oh…”

So by this point I started to think we were going to have this little stow away in the car with us all day but luckily he got the point very quickly that I had had enough of him.

The second spot he took us to was amazing, its a place called Little Bay. The tide had managed to carve out these pools where sea water would get caught in and you could sit and bath safely while allot of dramatic wave crashing was happening just a few meter away. Another really good find and somewhere I will be taking my sister I think! After we took the sites in we got back into the car, Brain then gave us the directions to the Animal Flower Cave not before telling us where we could drop him off. When we got to the drop of this is where it came to a climax and finally Brain told us who he really was;

“As I have given you this wonderful tour” he said “could you spare a fifty for the trouble”

We paid, he got out happy and then we left for the caves.

Answers on a post card please ;) Don’t forget my sister is coming on Wednesday and I am really hoping to get some Exchanges sorted for when she arrives (Lena I will be in touch :) so if your interested drop me a line. Also if you have enjoyed reading please don’t forget to subscribe.

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Brittinee… hey?!

I am very lucky over here as I am starting to get a very nice friendship group and when they have visitors it feels like I have visitors to :) so when people come over you get to show off where you live and go and see all the cool places that you don’t get to go to everyday! When my new Canadian friend Ally and her visitor Brittinee asked if i wanted to come with them to the Animal Flower Cave (one of my favorite places on the Island) I could not really say no… hey?! When i first met Brittinee a couple of days before at dinner we got talking and she was telling me how she has always wanted to have her photograph taken and the Animal Flower Cave’s seemed like a great place to start.

It was a bit of an adventure (another blog coming about that soon!) but it was well worth it. Brittinee kept telling me that she had never done anything like this before and that she had no idea what to do… she must just be a natural then! After a couple hours of walking the cliff tops we head home ready to take advantage of the sunset and headed to the beach. That was it we had a new woman infront of us and Brittinee really came into her own.

I love this shot and think this is the moment Brittinee really started to enjoy herself!

Thank you to Ally for being my flash caddie :)

I think you would agree we got some good stuff :)

 

Now! Speak of visitors i am getting an important one of my own! My sister is coming over to visit me in March which i very excited about :D she will be coming over for 2 weeks which also includes my birthday and i am going to be having those 2 weeks off which i am equally excited about! Regualar readers of my blog will know that Kat did the very first Exchange Photo Challenge with me (to be honest she helped come up with the concept) so i thought it would be really cool if we could do one together in Barbados with one of you guys! So if you have been reading about the challenges and have been thinking that you may like to have ago at that one day this is your chance! It will be epic!! Drop me a line if your interested…

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Fishing Trip

This weekend we had a chance to chill out a little and because Ferg’s cousin Den is over we got to go deep sea fishing as its something he (and me) has always wanted to do. It was really interesting to see how it all worked as Barbados has been a fishing island for a very long time. Captain Sammy has been fishing all his life and he passed on a little of his knowledge down to us (as much as he could to wanna be fisherman for the day!). What really impressed me was how in tune he was with everything, he knew what they had caught before it was even reeled in. There was also signs of historic passed on knowledge, one way they know they have caught something is by tying an elastic band around the line and attaching it to something. When a big fish gets caught the elastic band breaks and its all hands on deck.

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While Captain Sammy was trying to find the fish Hatch was catching them

 Den did the best as he hooked a King Fish that was longer then my arm! At the end of the trip Hatch prepared fillets of Tuna, King Fish and Barracuda that was all caught on our trip which later that evening we cooked and ate! From the line to the dinner table, amazing!

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Happy Birthday Kat!!

Its my wonderful sisters birthday today and she is sick with tonsillitis, not good! I thought i would try and cheer her up haha

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Anthony the Lighthouse Keeper

As we drove up we parked a little way down the road and we saw Anthony at the gate, he waved us over and asked if we wanted to come in and have a good look.

Last week one of my subscribers Mayur wanted to take part in the challenge that i set for my sister! We swapped locations and then found a place for the other to go and visit, somewhere interesting but somewhere they might not have thought of going before. I chose to go and see my place on Saturday and there will be a full blog about it once both our photos are ready but i just wanted to share this story with you.

In the photograph above is Anthony and he is a security guard at the lighthouse which is located  south of Cotton House Bay. Its in a very under rated spot in the middle of a housing estate, not marked on google maps and we only found it because we could see it. We stopped off as Mayur thought there might be one around there and was intrested in seeing it and i am really glad we did as i really like Anthonys story!  The lighthouse is 180 years old and was made in London and is still working. Anthony lives up in Bakers which is in the north of the Island quite close to where we live at the Village, it is around 40Km away from the lighthouse where he works, it does not sound like much but with the roads how they are and the traffic it must take him a very long time to get to and from work and he has been working there for 21 and a half years! When we asked him is that not quite a long way to come everyday to work he replied;

“If you care about something you will work hard for it!”

What can you say to that!

Just want to say i have not played with the colours on this, the sky was really that blue!

As i said i will update you all fully on the Challenge (need to come up with a name :) in the week.

A big hello and thank you to Daisyconcrete Photography and the loverly Sian my latest subscriber!

I have had a thought i am quite enjoying these challenges so i am putting it to you all if you want to have ago like Mayur did, subscribe to my blog and send me a message and lets see if we can come up with some more :)

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Very special day indeed

One of my fav shots!

Today is Sian and Ferg‘s first wedding anniversary! It has gone so quickly!  These guys have truly changed my life over that year, they asked me to shoot there wedding which gave me the inspiration to leave my London job and go back to work on the cruise ships (post coming soon) which is how i ended up here in Barbados! They are good to work with, great photographers and even better friends!

So please join me in wishing them a fantastic one year anniversary and i wish you many more to come!!

Ferg and I went for a look around the day before and we stubbled upon this view, amazing!

So lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful day!

I am over the moon, since joining WordPress less then 2 weeks ago i have 12 subscribers so a big shout out to Simone, Ferg, Thom, Josh, River Under Water, Mickey, Mayur, Sarah, Kat, Rachel, Charles and Liam! Thank you for you support.

If you not in this list you can be next time ;) subscribe on the link below!

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Introducing Simone Gibbons

I want to introduce you all to Simone, she is a hard working graphic designer, with a great taste in music and a beautiful baby boy living over here in Barbados. I met her while on a night out doing some clubbing photography. We got chatting and she agreed to come and do a shoot with me and I am really glad she did as she looks amazing.

Sadly it was raining the day she came over as we had planned to get out and do some location stuff which we will get around to doing so watch this space!

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