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Gluten Free – Grand Hyatt Mezza9

Going to Mezza9 at the Grand Hyatt on Scotts Road is a joy because they know what gluten is! Yes, its true!

On my recent trip there, we were seated and a fresh loaf of bread was placed on our table. As the waitress approached for our order, I told her I was gluten free and she looked extremely concerned and quickly pushed the bread basket as far as possible from me! It made me smile. She was helping me! In Singapore!

One of my favourite dishes here is the Sashimi Moriawase. The seafood is fresh and the best part is that when you ask them for gluten free soy sauce, it arrives promptly. These are the things that excite a food fanatic who can no longer eat gluten. It’s the little things.

I also had the Spencer Gulf Wild King Prawn Cocktail. The prawns were simply, well, just prawns but the cocktail sauce was well balanced with just the right amount of acidity and that lingering mouth flavor that makes you want that little bit more.

I was hoping that I could have the pork chop on the menu and the waitress complied by going to ask the chef if it could be done. And lo and behold it could! It was delicious. The interesting name of Dingley Dell Pork Chop with a Warm Potato Salad, Caramelized Apple and Gravy really hit the spot. The smoky grilling of the pork chop, added flavor and the actual pork its self had a nice layer of fat which kept it tender and moist. The caramelized apple was tart and cooked perfectly, holding its shape long enough for you to be able to get it in your mouth. You can never go wrong with any kind of potato salad as far as I am concerned. I was a happy girl.

The fact that the chefs and the staff know exactly what gluten is and were happy to help, gives Mezza9 a huge nod of my head. I will be back. Gluten free comfort food has my name written all over it.

*image credit to the Grand Hyatt, I was too busy eating to take any photos.

 

Grateful

I had a beautiful family shoot this afternoon. And I was grateful. Not only do I love photography but I am deeply touched that people choose me to photograph them on special occasions. My shoot this afternoon was to capture some memories for a two year old as her cousins were permanently migrating overseas.

Families often come to me to capture their last few months in Singapore and to me this is a special request.They want to capture the fun they have had here, the births of one or more children and the extraordinary experience they have had. The photos I take commemorate the life they had here and are memories that will be ‘looked at’ when the move home.

After my shoot finished today, I took a moment to sit in the botanical gardens, look at the golden light and feel truly thankful to all the people who have chosen me to photograph them. If any of you are reading this – thank you – I am so blessed to be able to meet and photograph many of you and treasure the friendships that have evolved over time.

What I try and do for you in a photo shoot means the world to me and I hope to always get better and deliver images that will delight you now and in years to come.

The sky is missing!

The unexpected haze in Singapore due to the burning of land in Sumatra has caused the sky to go missing! I can’t see very much at the moment so it has put a damper on all the outdoor  photography that was planned.

I’m keeping a watery eye on the haze outside but will be re-scheduling some shoots for health reasons.  Health warnings suggest that all people should stay inside because of the air quality.

Thinking of everyone and hoping for some rain! I miss blue skies.

Cosmopolitan’s Fearless Men

These are some of the fearless men who I shot for Cosmopolitan Magazine Singapore. They were featured in September 2012’s issue. This is my personal black and white edit which I only just got around to doing, months later! I say better late than never.

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I have shot Bobby Tonelli and George Young before so it was a very easy shoot and these guys are great at what the do. They all have such ease in front of the camera. They can relax into different moods and be sexy and laugh on cue – that is what I call talent.

I am using this post to draw some light to how a commercial shoot goes. You can see here that I have edited these images to look sultry and sexy and a little bit dark, just like the fearless men themselves. However, on the set of the shoot it was anything but dark and sultry – we were all having a laugh and teasing each other, getting the shot, checking make-up and just rolling along. Very different to what the end result actually looks like.

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George Young posing perfectly.

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Oli Pettigrew is also featured and although he looks very sombre here – between shots he managed to try and eat his shoe!

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Commercial shoots are planned and organized well beforehand. The tone of the images can be edited and what goes on during the shoot is definitely not what you end up seeing. I enjoy seeing how shoots are made and what goes on behind the scenes so I thought I would share a little insight with you. The cheeky posing of George and Bobby and the shoe eating Oli are not necessarily going to make it to print but it is definitely fun to see and know about.

I am re-blogging this as it seems the ‘Love Happy’ shoots will be happening more frequently. Details will be coming soon.

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February has become the month of ‘Love’. I think that love comes in all forms. I was lucky enough to get to photograph these two best friends. Best friends. There is something so special in that title. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t felt completely honored to have it bestowed upon them. This shoot was just plain fun!

During the shoot we worked out that these two lovelies had been best friends for nearly twenty years.  Twenty!

I asked if they remembered fighting about anything growing up. The answer was a simple no. What could you fight about when you are 6 anyway? I like pink and I want you to like pink too! Stomp! Huff!

Our whole shoot was a session of fun, remembering old times and even remembering old, read bad, outfits!

Here’s to another twenty years of friendship! Thank you for a great shoot you two besties…

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The Hermès Tour and The Story Behind the Picture

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Hermès Scarf by Hiroshi Sugimoto

I got to tour the Hermès Boutique and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute yesterday. The scarves that were exhibited were gorgeous but the way that they conveyed the story behind the scarves really got me excited. The process and the ideology behind the photographic art that inspired the editions.

The Hermes Editèur collection of items collaborates with living or dead artists to translate their photographic work onto a silk scarf worked on by the artisans of Hermès. Hermès believes that collaborating with artists keeps the artisanal spirit alive and keeps them on the edge of technology. This helps to make Hermès continually  innovative.  It also sets them aside from other brands because their underlying strength is defined by tradition, yet, here they are pushing the bounds of modern technology and tying it together with the past.

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Hermès Boutique Exhibition

 

Hermès Editèur, in my eyes, is the perfect blend of past and present, photography, innovation and traditional craftsmanship. When I started listening my heart grew with wonder and joy at the ‘arts’. The pure expression and freedom to create and translate that Hermès has conceived is simply fantastic.  Just writing this down makes me think the possibilities are endless. (This is where you virtually hear me sigh with happiness.)

You see beautiful items and think ‘sure, that’s nice’. When you start thinking  about where did it come from, who developed it, how was it made, how long did it take, what were they thinking when they created it then look at the same item again – your mind is blown wide open at what has been involved in making this object.

The three photographers and artists on display are Josef Albers with Hommage au Carre, Daniel Buren with Photos-Souvenires Au Carre and Hiroshi Sugimoto with Couleurs de l’ombre.

As a photographer I was thrilled to see how the photographic works of these innovative men were translated into their untraditional form and put on silk scarves. To be worn, hung and experienced.

With photography there is so much that goes into the final picture. It is always great to know the story behind the story. As I always say ‘seek the untraditional’. There is such beauty in new, untraditional perspectives.

Hermès Scarf individually signed and numbered by the photographer Josef Albers.

Hermès Scarf individually signed and numbered by the photographer Josef Albers.

Whose Eyes? Mama’s Eyes

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Where did I come from? Who’s eyes do I have? Who do I look like? My Mum or Dad?  Everyone wonders these questions. This shoot captured that this little pumpkin truly has her mother’s eyes.

Time goes by so fast  and when she is a ‘big girl’ six she will hardly believe that she used to be this little. She will be curious about what she sounded like, how she acted and what she looked like. Having  a photo session like this gives such a good reference point to talk about the past. It always amazes me that there can be traces of ancestral history all over a child’s features. Perhaps her grandmother’s chin, her father’s face shape and so forth. It is  like a beautiful map of people and time combined into a tiny little person who is adored

When she is sixteen, then twenty-five and when she has children of her own, these are the photos she is likely to treasure. A snapshot in time of a beautiful baby girl, treasured and loved and who has beautiful eyes, just like her Mama.

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All Kinds of Happy

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Smart Happy

 

People have different facial expressions when expressing happiness. Sometimes you are just plain happy, sometimes overjoyed and then there is the simply delighted kind of happy.

If you think about someone close to you I bet you can, very specifically, identify different versions of this fabulous emotion. They may be calm and quiet when reading the Sunday paper or deliriously happy because they landed the job and / or slam-dunked a basketball for the first time.

During this shoot I wanted to show all kinds of happy. This lovely lady was full of energy with a very warm persona. She was delightful, joyous, cheeky, fun, quirky, smart and outgoing.

Her images were created so she can use different shots across all forms of social media. Sometimes you need to show you are just plain happy and then there are other times you want to show you are overjoyed. It depends on your platform.

I wish I had a picture of myself after this shoot because then you would have been able to see my ‘delighted’ face. I was so happy to have met and photographed this fabulous girl.

Eat your heart out social media, this girl has got all your platforms covered.

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Cheeky Happy

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Just Happy

All Kinds of Happy

All Kinds of Happy

February ‘Love Happy’ Shoots

February has become the month of ‘Love’. I think that love comes in all forms. I was lucky enough to get to photograph these two best friends. Best friends. There is something so special in that title. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t felt completely honored to have it bestowed upon them. This shoot was just plain fun!

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I always have you to laugh with.

During the shoot we worked out that these two lovelies had been best friends for nearly twenty years.  Twenty!

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I don’t remember fighting with you when we were little.

I asked if they remembered fighting about anything growing up. The answer was a simple no. What could you fight about when you are 6 anyway? I like pink and I want you to like pink too! Stomp! Huff!

Best friends, bad outfits.

I wore what?? Don’t remind me!

Our whole shoot was a session of fun, remembering old times and even remembering old, read bad, outfits!

Best friends forever.

Sign me up for another twenty years of friendship please!

Here’s to another twenty years of friendship! Thank you for a great shoot you two besties. I hope you can look back on these images when you are in your sixties and count how many years you will have been friends by then! Let’s see …. sixty-five minus six equals…