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My creativity in post titles has gone to the dogs these days. Sigh. What’s good people? First off, due to many many many instances of theft, I’m trying out a new watermark on my images. Do tell me what you think about it on the comments section.
Now, I had the absolute honor of shooting with Feven yesterday afternoon. Needless to say, I was in shock and awe the whole time because she was so easy to work with and the images were so great one after the other. Below is a montage of my favorite 2 images of them all.
But enough talk now. Enjoy gallery 😀
First, before y’all kill me, I just had the absolute pleasure of taking shots of miss Asha of Turande. And they were so good that I got convinced to blog again. It’s not very often that a photographer gets a chance to photograph a photographer 😀
This is undoubtedly my favorite image from the whole shoot.
Si you know I likes my monochromatic images? 😀
She looks FIERCE in this one. And finally,
So pretty! Asha showed up with her cousin Wambui who was a great help with holding my equip and what not.
Before I leave y’all to stare open mouthed at the gallery below, my most sincere apologies for not blogging since the end of last year. I am to blame. But imma try now. Promise.
Salutations my good people 😀 First off, my most sincere apologies for being MIA for a bit. I had to travel out of the city without warning and the quality of the internet connection in the areas I travelled to was a tad appalling. However, I’m back now and I trust that my Instagram feed kept you entertained as I traversed the country.
So I had the absolute pleasure of shooting with Tatty and Angie just before I left the city. The location was an old abandoned house in Kilimani. I had a different title in mind for this post then as I was looking through the images I realized that most, if not all, of them has some frame of some sort surrounding the subject. Don’t know what was going through my mind that day. So here are my fav images.
It’s all about the framing in this one.
I’m beyond words for this one. Beyond words.
This photo just makes me happy 😀
For other images from this shoot, do have a look through the image gallery below. Enjoy!!
And she was pretty! Her name is Wofa and she was introduced to me by Le Photo Ninja. SO, allow me to prove that she’s quite the beauty.
Since our favorite thing to do as we shoot is to take photos of each other, I’ve thrown in some photos of Le Photo Ninja herself and her cohorts 😀
If you think these are anything, you should see what she got on her camera. It’s for blowing minds and things 🙂
I really need to write better headlines 😀 Here’s hoping all of you had a most fantastic time since I last came by here to share with you my work. Some time last week I had the pleasure of spending some time on the roof of KICC with my friend Ciru. Here’s what transpired:
And finally, my favorite one of them all (I’m sure some of you have already seen this)
Pretty one isn’t she? 🙂 The light play in that last shot is just THE ONE! You should have seen her protesting that I was taking pics of her with the specs on 😀
More images come your way later this week. Till then, ciao!
Allow me to introduce you to Twaila .
She works in the Insurance industry.
She was the 200th like(r) on my Facebook page and for that she won a shoot with me 😀
As usual. I asked her what 3 things the world doesn’t know about her. The answers were:
Her aspirations for the next 10 years are to be married with little ones running around the house. And having fun with life.
And as a treat, allow me to introduce you to Sara a.k.a Murugi Kagotho.
She is a student by proffession..and a future scientist/teacher
Her 3 things are:
1. (In her words) I am very very animals-ey. I love creepy
crawlies and mean looking dogs/snakes..but arachnophobia is REAL..if
you have 8 legs,we can never be friends
2. She can’t scream
3. She is secretly an alien informant sent to Earth to spy for a sentient race of extra-terrestrials poised to arrive and take over shortly (she was kidding with that one 🙂
In the next decade she wants to be at the Trinidad & Tobago carnival!!!! If not,on a
farm she owns, uprooting her supper…or potty training (not her,but the
So I was curious to find out how these two met. These are the verbatim reports
Twaila: Met Sara in high school, almost 10 years ago. Gosh, makes me feel so old. She’s my constant favorite now.
Sara: Twaila was a really jumpy girl I met on the first day of high school. I found her quite annoying that first day but she ended up growing on me..almost a decade later,she’s my wingman:-)
So before I bid y’all adieu, I must say a couple of things. First, it’s my birthday this week 😀 Second, I had in my company during this shoot the wonderful Barbara who was such a fantastic assistant/shoot director/deejay. Since she’s like one of my favorite people to shoot I just had to do a couple shots of her as we waited for Twaila and Sara to change
And that dear friend is all I had for you today. Look out for many more photos later in the week. This isn’t the only shoot I did that day. Some really cool shots will be coming up, so watch this space carefully 🙂
So this post is everything the title promises it is 😀 Featured is my friend Maxine who is a *Rock Legend* (it says so on her Tshirt 🙂 Shot as we cracked jokes on my rooftop terrace at sunset the other day.
I have a plan. That will blow your minds. Just wait 😀
I don’t know how I ended up not putting these photos up. You must forgive me. I beg and plead for your mercy. A couple of weeks back I woke up early in the morning to go and shoot at the 1st Annual Kenya Kite fest. I was doing it for my good friends Urban Live, who were part of the team organizing the event. Without beating many stories, here’s my favorite image from the hundreds I shot that day.
By the way, I took this AFTER I got a chance to fly that kite. Best. Feeling. EVER! More images of the fun times in the gallery below 😀
I’m back to regular blogging. You can look forward to at least 2 posts a week from now on 🙂 And that’s a promise.
So some time last year I had the absolute priviledge of being invited to a set by DMYK Films to do the behind the scenes photos for an international musician’s music video shoot. I had SO much fun as I worked and observed how the pros shoot. And I got some pretty kick ass photos while I was at it, which you can see here.
The video itself has just recently been uploaded and you can enjoy it here. It’s such a happy video and the song definitely has a message. Africa is the future.
I think it’s high time I outed a friend of mine. Her art goes by the title Just Nailantei photography but to some of us she’s known as Le Photo Ninja. I’ve been shooting with her a lot over the past couple of weeks and along the way, I collected quite a few images of her that I now feel I must share.
This one will probably get me killed. But that’s what we’re usually doing when someone points a camera at us.
More images, below. And in other news, I’m back to shooting in black and white more often than not *crowd goes wild*
It’s so underrated. Believe me. This was an image I captured of the back of one of the wedding programs at my friend Amanda’s wedding. The colour fringing on the shadow is because the sun was filtering through the stained glass windows of the church 😀
Keep an eye on my Facebook page. Got lots of crazy offers lined up for ye who love having your photos taken and I’ll only post them there. Now you know the secret 😀
So I shot at a friend’s wedding the other day. It wasn’t anything too serious. I was just feeling creative. Here are some of the shots I got.
Just to highlight my favorite shot
2 things make this my favorite shot. First, the attention to detail at that wedding was insane. Second, the light play with the candles 😀
Slowly getting back into the blogging. Forgive me my peoples. I’ve been terribly busy. But if you keep an eye on my Tumblelog you’ll get real time updates 😀
Give the title a minute then it’ll feel right 🙂 The other day I took a walk through my garden right before the rain hit. I came across a fair maiden staring up at the clouds wondering what time the deluge would begin.
Unbeknownst to either of us, on the other side of the yard a rather alluring zombie had been hung out to dry and she wasn’t too happy that the rain was at hand yet she hadn’t been released from her bondage.
The fair maiden continued traipsing around the garden and I followed, camera in hand. Then word came to us that there was a foxy zombie lurking about. She had just been let loose and she was last seen headed to the abandoned sheds at the far end of the property. Gathering up the courage of a few good men, she ventured towards the sheds to try and catch a glimpse of this ravishing being. She crept up to the first shed and peeked in…
*Announcer’s voice* Does the rain fall? What does the fair maiden find inside the abandoned shed? Find out more next week on THE ATTACK OF THE LIVING DEAD!
Big up to Neema
for the great ideas and the awesome poses that made up this blog post 😀
So I took a walk in the slum behind my hood today with my friend Caroline. The idea was for me to see her shooting style and give her tips and tricks to get good photos. We were both a bit apprehensive about walking into the slum with our expensive equip but it ended up being such a pleasant experience. Here are a few of the better images I got;
His eyes. Haunting.
The river water is so full of chemicals, it froths on it’s own. The wetland that would absorb this pollution is currently under development despite protest to NEMA by the Kenya Alliance of Residents’ Associations and the neighborhood residents’ associations.
But in the middle of all this, some hope. Young men do soccer training on the field right next to the slum. The local soccer clubs are gaining prominence in the lower leagues and the youth of the slum are making something of themselves through sports.
I learnt a lot today. I hope to do something positive, however small, for that slum really soon. Can’t keep waiting for someone else to do it. For the final image, this is what seemed to be the best food joint in the whole area 🙂
What’s cracking fam? So, this past weekend I attended the 1st anniversary gig for UP Nairobi which was dubbed UP Live. I won’t say much about it here though because I think my friend Shaz did a pretty awesome job with that. You can read her blog post here. Lemme instead show you, through my lens, what transpired. First up, a couple of images of note.
A friend of mine called Audrey took this while I was off doing the boogie. I think she’ll be a totally awesome photographer really soon.
Heineken chicks > Burn chicks. Just saying. And if anyone knows one of these two, please tell them I have more their photos.
The rest of the images are available in the gallery below. Also, you can visit the story I did for Urban Live about the same event here.
Allow me to introduce you to Fauziya.
She is in her second year studying Psychology in the Kenyatta University.
On one of my regular trawling sessions through the ‘find friends’ section on my Facebook profile, I happened across her profile and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a shoot with her 😀
As usual. I asked her what 3 things the world doesn’t know about her. The answers were:
Her aspirations for the next 10 years are to be happy and successful. Because that combination is rare.
The photo above felt so fashion forward. I don’t know why 🙂
This shoot was full of it’s moments. Moments of discovery especially. Everyone learned something new that day. Some more than others 😉 I must say Fauziya did so well in this shoot. That’s why there are so many more photos below 😀
Fauziya’s friend Wariara was kind enough to act as shoot assistant during the shoot and at the end I just HAD to take a couple of shots of her. First, she showed Fauziya how to sit and look like a lady
That marks the end of today’s post. Next week, we do it all over again 🙂
Allow me to introduce you to Karima.
She is in her second year studying Medicine in the University of Nairobi.
I met her at #WLL4 in the company of my friend Nick and I knew there and then I had to have a shoot with her.
As usual. I asked her what 3 things the world doesn’t know about her. The answers were:
Her aspirations for the next 10 years are to be driving a BMW 120d, to be somewhere in the world doing medicine and finally to be thinking of starting/have started a family.
I can’t say much about this shoot. Aside from saying that it didn’t rain till AFTER we were done with the shoot (can’t be thankful enough for that)
Look out for more interesting pics coming up later in the week. There’ll be a second Person of the Day post a bit later in the week as well as some Tasty Treats coming to you. So check back every day.
In other news, are you on Instagram? Look me up. The name is Reumac 😀
So I was in Nyali for Blankets and Wine this past Sunday. The lighting was pretty crap but my lovely camera took it in a stride and pushed out some pretty awesome images.
For more images, hit up the slideshow below or check them out on my Facebook page. Like the page if you enjoy the pictures 😀
Look out for images from my travails in Malindi some time next week.
So it rained today. Then it stopped. Then it hailed. Then it stopped for real 🙂 The sun came out and I thought it would be cool to see what the hailstones had brought down from the trees. I was lucky to find this in the garden.
I saw it as a sign that now the rain is here, there is hope that we will go back to lush green gardens and pretty flowers all over the place. Can’t wait 😀
In other non-related news, the Tasty Treats segment will be making a come back on the blog in a couple of days, so do look out for that. Here’s a ‘taste’ of what’s to come 😀
So this is me lazily chilling on the couch and timeline watching when the urge to listen to Ma3‘s Boda washes over me. So I do what I do best and visit KevDaNative’s site to indulge my urges. There, I notice his post on #NdaniYaMa3 and I realize that I haven’t done mine. So, here are my photos from that gig. Please forgive if they’re a lil wonky. Still trying to learn the ropes of the new camera 😀
That’s all. Have a fun weekend, friends 😀
How’s it hanging my good people? SO, I got a new camera and a couple of other things yesterday and I got the opportunity to play around with them all today in my backyard. I called a couple of friends (and sent out word far and wide) for test subjects and these are the results of those tests.
First up was my friend Jacky. She popped in for a quick shoot and I did it sans reflector.
This one’s a bonus image I’m adding at Ndila’s behest.
That last image was one of the best if not the best photo I took today. I’m really impressed with the tonal gradations this camera gives. As well as excited that I have autofocus again. No more unintenionally soft focused images 🙂 It’s a lot more difficult to use than the trusty Sony A200 that I’ve been using. Lots more buttons to fiddle with and settings to remember to set properly. But I guess with time and practise I’ll be at ease with it.
Next week, I’ll try out the video and I’ll definitely post the results here. Till then, keep it loose and have fun 😀
Do you guys think I should keep image size down like I have done for this post or stick to my full size images as before? Your thoughts would be HIGHLY appreciated 🙂
What’s happening my good people??!!! Who’s missed me? I’m sure there must be at least one of you who has missed me. Somebody? Anybody? Body?
Anyhu, as this post’s title suggests, I do a lot more than JUST take photos. For example, for the past 3 editions of the Kinanda Arts Festival, I’ve been doing the official ‘aftermovie’ as we like to call it. The video I did for Kinanda 9 is below
The ones I did for Kinanda 10 are below
Now for the piece de resistance. Or at least that’s how it’s spelt in my brain. I had the priviledge of working with the Ma3 band and a brilliant videographer from BBC called Owain on a live and unplugged version of their song ‘Haki Yetu’. You can watch this below
I must say shooting and editing that video was the most fun I have had in a long long while 😀 Please feel free to watch and share these videos. I would not mind if you dropped a comment on them professing your absolute love for my work 🙂
If all goes well, this week will be full of content. Let’s see what happens. Happy Monday y’all!!
So, I was up entirely too early yesterday morning. As I struggled to de-mist my foggy, sleep filled mind, I took a short walk around the house and slowly realized that the sun’s light was looking pretty as it filtered through the leaves. It looked something like this
I don’t think the photo does full justice to what I was seeing, but I think you get the basic idea. It looked so cool 😀
So today, I was that guy rolling in my 504 with my accomplice Tony (a.k.a. @weka_tyre) braving looks of death from fellow Kenyans as we were taking pics for an essay I’m doing for some guys. We traversed the whole of the city in search of the perfect image and hopefully, we did get a couple of perfect images. After the work was done, we retreated to Tony’s place to escape the heat and dust and unwind after the craziness we’d been through. An idea struck me to do photos of sunset and since I’d left the camera in the car (and I wasn’t going down 5 flights of stairs to get it) I pulled out my trusty Galaxy Mini and shot the sun as it set. This is what I got.
Does it look good?
Also, what do y’all think about the new design of the blog?
So, I woke up to this video on my Facebook timeline on Saturday evening and it reminded me that I hadn’t yet put up any of the behind the scenes shots I’d taken at the same shoot. This video is going to be KILLER so you best watch out for it.
That was the director Andrew getting interviewed by Enzi Media for the BTS video.
A scene being shot
The same scene. That’s how it looked. Awesome, eh?
The fun bit was scooting around on the tracks for the jib and activating the smoke machine 🙂
I directed this scene. That was a very fun job, why lie.
The hours were long, but the dedication was strong. This was the last scene being set up.
With that said, I promise I’ll try to shoot some wherever I’ll be this week. So do look out for some interesting posts 😀
In my defense, I’ve not been shooting as much as I’m supposed to. Which is not entirely my fault. Part of the blame resides with the people I was supposed to shoot who have in the past couple of weeks failed to turn up for shoots. But now that we’re here, I’m really going to try to pick up my photo taking/blogging efforts. Promise.
That aside, I had a shoot with my friend Nyambura (@gwomsjnr) today. It was a quick affair with only 2 outfit changes. I was going for headshots mostly. I liked how she smiled. That really worked to her advantage.
That photo of her looking down. Hands down favorite 😀
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Let’s start with Tatenda because she’s the genesis of how this shoot was done. She finished her IB late last year and is currently awaiting admission to university. She’s in the cooking business and marketing for a company called Kura Yetu.
She posted on my new look Facebook page early last month (have you visited it recently?) and we got to talking and planning and just like that the shoot happened.
As usual. I asked her what 3 things the world doesn’t know about her. The answers were:
In the next 10 years she wants to have at least 1 child, at least half of the collection of Audis, and a stable life.
Now let’s shift focus to Sally. She’s currently just chilling awaiting university admission.
Sally is Tatenda’s best friend (I could tell from the pet names they used on each other the whole time we were shooting)
So, when I asked about her 3 things this is what she told me:
1. She loves loves loves fashion
2. She loves anything with Ed Westwick in it.
3. She loves Placebo (the rock band)
In 10 years, she sees herself working (like everybody else – her words, not mine), having kids and just living out the rest of her life in the happiest way possible.
This was a particularly challenging shoot because half the time the skies were threatening to send down torrential rains (however much I was assuring everyone that it wasn’t gonna rain), but thanks to the valiant efforts of the ladies’ friends at holding the reflectors as instructed, the shots worked out. Here’s one bonus image of the two lovely ladies.
So, thanks to that stupid sea captain who dropped anchor in just the wrong place, NOW is when I’m posting these. I can’t say much about this Kinanda. I had such a fun time I fell sick afterwards 🙂 Feel free to share this at will
I won’t put a slideshow so that I can save y’all the stress of loading the page. It’s gallery only.
She is a freelance mentor, team builder, among many other things.
As usual. I asked her what 3 things the world doesn’t know about her. The answers were:
I have to admit that this was a particularly difficult shoot for me, partly owing to the fact that I hadn’t slept well for a couple of days before thanks to one of my side gigs. I still insist that Diane would absolutely rock a more traditional African kind of look. But hey, that’s just me. I have to say a big up to my good friend Rowena for putting together the shoot and helping with posing and such. Check out her blog here (She’s a talented photographer as well :-)) This is a photo I took of her as we waited for Diane to change
That’s that. For now. I’ll see what else I can put up to keep y’all coming back to the blog. So it’ll be a surprise 😀 Don’t forget to like my page on Facebook. The link is to the right of this post 🙂
I really didn’t have a title for today’s post 😀
So anyhu, Maria of Zambarau is pretty awesome. She’s pretty AND she’s awesome 🙂 Ok, enough doting. She was our accessories provider for a shoot I had a couple of weeks back with Sara Karay for her latest collection from her clothing line. This is Maria posing as we did test shots.
I really liked her February collection, which is what she came with for the shoot. It had such pretty pieces.
It’s a shame I don’t have anyone to buy some of them for. They all really look good. My favorite piece had to be this one
It’s the colours. I’m sure. You can get more images from Zambarau’s latest collection in the gallery/slideshow below. Don’t forget to check her out on Facebook here and grab something for yourself or someone special. She also does jewellery for men (win!!!)
Remember the mysterious lady from the other day? Well, her name is Hodho Ali
She is a humanitarian aid worker with a local NGO.
I’d always seen her around in USIU during my long
long long undergraduate study there and we never talked much like a whole lot of the USIU community. We struck up a conversation on a social networking site (won’t tell you which one :-P) a couple of weeks back and I was happy to invite her for a shoot last week. She’s someone I’ve been wanting to shoot for a while now.
So, as always, I asked her what 3 things she wouldn’t mind the world discovering about her. First off, she’s a proud mother of one and she regards that as her best accomplishment. Secondly, she is quite sporty (in her words “though I might not look it”) and finally, she’s the youngest in her family and she loves her 3 brothers to death for toughening her up.
Now comes the most interesting bit of this blog post. My last question is usually, “what are your aspirations for the next 10 years?”. The answer Hodho gave to this question is the most thought provoking answer I have heard in a long long while. Her aspirations are, like everyone else, success, happiness, a comfortable life and a good career. But she would also want to be more spiritual, more educated and healthy.
This shoot was
one of the most fun shoots I’ve had the most fun shoot I have had this year. Hodho showed up with her friend Oshin who was gracious enough to be shoot assistant, stylist and make up artist for the shoot (she called herself a good reflector :-D). In my opinion, Oshin should do this on a permanent basis. But that’s just me. Between the three of us, we had such a kick ass fun time, we almost forgot to take the pictures 🙂 Here’s a couple more shots of Hodho as well as some shots of Oshin that we took at the end of the shoot.
Finally, I must confess I was tongue tied for a while when these two showed up. The effects that beautiful women have on men. Tut tut tut.
Look out for a post tomorrow about some pretty jewellery 😀
Allow me to introduce you to Michelle.
She is in her second year studying Law in the University of Nairobi.
She happened to post on the wall of my Facebook page that I should do a shoot with her, so I did a shoot with her 😀 (Sounds simple, doesn’t it?)
As usual. I asked her what 3 things the world doesn’t know about her. The answers were:
Her aspirations for the next 5 years are to be an associate at some law firm, to be engaged, rolling large in a Maybach and finally, she’ll be done with her rugby player fetish.
This was a particularly interesting shoot. Michelle checked in with her two very noisy but fun friends and half the shoot was spent telling them to shut it and focus on positioning the reflectors properly. All in all it was a crazy fun time.
I really don’t know what to post this week. I have quite a number of images lying unedited thanks to the valiant efforts of Kenya Power and taking our electricity every morning (Wakwende!!) We’ll see what’ll happen as the week progresses 😀
As always, I have a couple of bonus images. These two pics will probably get me killed, but I sure do think they are worth it. First, a shot of all the ladies that we took when the shoot was over
And lastly, one of those shots that get photographers killed for posting them. Taken as we were figuring out a pose 🙂
Look out for more interesting pics coming up later in the week. And since tomorrow, apparently, is valentine’s day, here’s a word of wisdom to all those lovers reading this. If he/she only does something special for you one day a year, what the heck are you still doing with that person? *side eye*
What’s happening my good people? So, I had a shoot yesterday for my fashion designer friend Sara’s line (look out for sneak previews of that throughout the week) and while we were waiting for the models to get ready, I happened to capture some pics of the jewellery that Maria of Zambarau had provided for the shoot. I haven’t seen such beautiful jewellery in ages. You need to check her out on Facebook as well as look out for more photos of her creations here on the blog. I’ll put them up as soon as I get done with editing them 😀
Here’s wishing everybody a fantastic start to the week!!
What’s a happening good people?! So, I moonlight as the photographer at Kinanda Arts Festival sometimes and the last time I was actually moonlighting as a videographer. One of the videos I shot and compiled is out and here it is 😀
The next Kinanda Festival is coming up this Sunday. Check out the details here and make sure you show up because you just might appear in the next set of videos 😀
I may be ending my life as I know it by posting this pic but I think since it was taken in good humor, that might extend till now 🙂
I had the opportunity of shooting with a bunch of very gorgeous women some time in December and though I have no idea what I was reading about then, it did impact my ideas for the shoot. I don’t remember what this was called but I guess it could be called ‘Juxtaposition’
Kendy’s so good at acting like she’s just been shot 😀 Anyhu, if anyone can figure out what that’s called please hit me up.
Last year, I had the priviledge of organizing and doing a shoot at a lovely location deep in the heart of Tigoni. In front of the lens were Tony, Imani and Joanne while behind the lens I had the lovely Barbara assisting me and doing behind the scenes while Naomi most graciously arranged for the location. I must say this was my first (and very feeble) try at a location shoot with a theme. We sure had a whole lot of fun while we were at it 😀
I’ve been lazy with getting the photos out but since 2012 is the year of the Kenyan photographer (and so agrees Mutua), allow me quit the laziness and now give you a glimpse of what transpired that day.
For more images, hit up the gallery and slideshow below 😀
Before that though, I have to show you some of the behind the scenes pics I managed to capture.
My lovely assistant Barbara 🙂
Joanne during one of our rest breaks
The team 😀 (This photo will most definitely get me killed. But it was worth it :-))
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There were some beautiful pillow cases
@IAMCouscous looking resplendent
and his guitar.
Mark, and my sunglasses.
and Nanjira and her sunglasses.
Of course these weren’t the only people who were there. A lot else happened and was photographed too. But these are the photos that really stood out to me. For more, do head over to Elsie’s blog and keep an eye on Kev’s site because they were probably a bit more serious about taking photos there than I was 😀 Plus, I ADORE Elsie’s camera.
End of the story. Now go contemplate what you’ve learnt as you suck an ice lolly to ward off the HEAT of Nairobi.
Happy new year good people. Here’s hoping everyone had a fun holiday. So, I decided to come back with a flash. A flashback that is 🙂
About 2 years ago, I took a stroll in a park right next to a castle
with a pretty lady and her dog
Her name is Sabina and the ball of fur is 4 year old Piazza. She was one of the coolest people I came to know during my whole stay in Sweden. Exactly how I came to know her, I don’t remember. Anyhu, it was a bright day late spring and my days in Kalmar were full of light, colour and warmth.
Sabina and Piazza were perfect company for that afternoon. We spent the time chatting, cracking jokes and taking photos as Piazza ran around the park enjoying the fresh air and warm sunshine. Catching her on the move proved a bit difficult for me, so instead I got a couple of pictures when she finally chilled out and Sabina could wrap her arms around her.
and of course a couple of pictures of Sabina by herself 😀
Because I couldn’t spend the whole afternoon outside thanks to some work I had to get done, we had to head back to town while the sun was still high up in the sky. On our way, I saw what I still think is darn near my definition of a perfect photograph.
Please feel free to ask me why 🙂 All in all, that shoot still counts as one of the most fun times I have ever had on the job. I don’t think I’ll be forgetting it in a hurry.
All that said, look out for fresh posts coming your way really soon. My new year’s resolution is to shoot a whole lot more so I should be keeping y’all entertained quite a bit 😀
2011 surely has been a good year. This blog was born, history was made and repeated and made again many times over. A time has come for all of us to reflect on the year as well as plan for 2012. So I bid y’all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2012 😀
My friend Barbara took that photo. She’s talented isn’t she?
I had the priviledge of shooting in a beautiful location in the middle of a tea farm in Tigoni last weekend. As I hustled the models to get their last outfit changes done quickly, I came across the situation above. One of the models had left her shoes at the verge where the verandah met the grass. I thought it would do for a creepy photo. It felt as if a ghost was walking up the steps of the verandah 😀
That aside, you should definitely look forward to the photos from that shoot. I will have them up soon as I can bring myself to sorting through the 13 or so GB worth of RAW files I created there.
What’s good people? Reumac is back 🙂 So, the other day I went to Tigoni to do some location scouting for a shoot and I happened to spot a couple of pretty flowers. Thought I should share them with you.
As an added bonus, this is a shot of one of the roads we used walking around the location. I think I will use it for the shoot 😀
So make sure you keep an eye out for the images from the shoot. Soon as I do the shoot 😀
Allow me to introduce you to Damaris.
She is in her final year studying Psychology at USIU.
I met her through @stiviz who tweeted a twitpic one day of himself and her. I immediately demanded that she put a better avi up and this shoot was as a result of those deliberations 😀
When I asked her what 3 things she would not mind the world knowing about her, this is what she had to say. First, she is an adrenaline junkie (Hasn’t bungee’d yet so I do not believe her). Secondly, she is very shy (apparently. Another point I do not believe). Finally, she sleeps a lot. I reserve my comments on this.
Her aspirations for the next 10 years are to run her own PR business. No children, but maybe a husband and beach house.
Now let’s talk a little about the shoot. I have to give a large up to @stiviz for putting the whole thing together and actually transporting Damaris and her lovely sister to and from my place for the shoot. He even brought AND cooked burgers for everyone 😀 Awesome guy that one. I did get a few pics of him as we were shooting 🙂
Finally, do look out for Delectable Delights later this week and a surprise post…can’t tell you what it’s about now can I? 😀 Here’s a bonus image to bring this party to a nice end. A wonderfully backlit shot of Damaris and her sister. Enjoy!!
The best way to make a comeback is with a bang. That’s basically the purpose of this post 😀 Allow me to introduce you to:
Happy Monday everybody 😀 I trust everyone had a lovely weekend. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the launch for Ma3’s new album Beba Beba at the Goethe Institut and as I was clicking away as usual, I did get quite a few interesting shots. This one was my favorite of the bunch.
I hope to be back to blogging fully this week so I hope you’re looking forward to seeing a whole lot more on this blog 🙂
What’s up good people? I am unfortunately not feeling very well so I couldn’t prepare a full person of the day post for today. I am however going to give you a teaser. I had a shoot with two beautiful ladies the other day and when I am feeling better I will do a proper post about them. Introducing;
So look out for a Person(s) of the Day post about them some time this week. For now, allow me to go be sick.
As the title says, today I will feature one of the shots that never made it to the original blog post about a shoot I did with 3 beautiful women, Julia, Cynthia and Annette. I love black and white shots 😀
This week we will have another special Flashback Friday post so do look out for that. Till then, domo arigato gozaimasu 😀
A good friend of mine called Albert recently got into the photo taking business and we have been shooting side by side at Kinanda festivals since edition 6. If you remember well, I switched cameras with him for a while and got some really kick ass pics while I was at it. In the spirit of camaraderie, he asked that I put up a few pics from yesterday for him. Here they are 😀
Today marked the return of the Kinanda Arts Festival to the monthly events calendar. Dubbed the “Tumehama Edition”, it marked a new beginning for Kinanda Fest because the venue had changed from Kifaru Gardens to the KARI grounds. Also, because Kinanda Fest took a break in September this month’s edition was extra special as the organizers pulled out all the stops to ensure it would be a world class event. I can assure you that it surely was fantastic.
By the time I arrived at KARI, I was feeling quite harassed. Let’s just say my morning didn’t start out as well as I hoped. I blame Murphy for that 😀 My MO (Modus Operandi) for the afternoon was a tad different because I was tasked with shooting video so that we can create an after movie for Kinanda (You GOTTA look out for that real soon). I still got to take a few pics here and there. The ones that stood out among the hundreds were:
Please take some time to enjoy the gallery and slideshow below. Feel free to right click/save as any photo you appear in. Do spread the word as well 😀
What’s good people?! I sincerely apologize for not posting here for a long long time. But I’m back and that’s what matters 😀
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending Dan ‘Chizi’ Aceda’s concert to mark 10 years of his music. It was quite well attended and from the looks of things quite well organized as well. I had only slight misgivings with the lighting from a photographer’s point of view but I suspect it’s about time for me to upgrade my kit anyway. Buddha blaze was the MC for the night and I must say he did a great job of keeping the crowd entertained between the acts. Monique was first on stage. She’s relatively new on the Kenyan music scene but boy does she have a voice! You can see more of her on Mutua Matheka’s blog (he did the photo for her album cover) and you should go buy yourself a copy of her album. I can promise you it will be one of the best purchases you make this year.
Chris Adwar took the stage next. What he did was a tad fantastic. He had a machine that recorded and played back his voice as he sang. He slowly built the song, one voice at a time till it was a full harmony. I quite enjoyed how he has fused technology into his music. In my honest opinion, he is undoubtedly one of the best musicians in the country right now.
After him, the main act for the evening came up on stage. Chizi and his band thrilled the crowd with hit after hit for the better part of 2 hours. The songs spanned Chizi’s music career and along the way, he brought the house down with hilarious anecdotes about his life and his music over the past 10 years.
All in all, the gig was one of the best I have attended this year. I haven’t yet seen anyone who performs with as much energy on stage as Chizi did last night. As a plus, I got a shot of some fans smiling after gig 😀
Do enjoy the gallery and slideshow below 😀 I will catch you cool cats later.
I have this nasty habit of looking up. It lands me in hot water sometimes but other times it’s just the best darned idea in the world. Case in point: some time last year I went to Sankara to cover an office workshop for a few days. I actually spent most of my time looking up with the camera to my eye. I saw this;
I quite enjoyed the few days I spent at the hotel. The service was good, it did have the wow factor and the food was fantasic. Well, except the day that they did an African menu. Not a fan of ugali The art that was all over the place was especially intriguing. Sculptures especially. Por exemplo
I really liked this one piece that was looking into the wine bar. I wonder who did it. The attention to detail is fantastic. The rest of the hotel is really tastefully furnished. I would love to do a shoot there sometime.
Anyhu, that’s that for today. As always, thank you so much for reading today’s post and do keep checking back because I do have a lot in store for you this week 🙂
This was actually the first shot I took of her. It seemed to me at the time that this baby sure knew how to hold a pose. Looking through pics from the rest of the shoot, she sure does 😀
Coming up later in the week, we will have more of those Delectable Delights y’all absolutely love as well as Flashback Fridays might be making a come back this Friday. Be sure to look forward to those…
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with three beautiful women, Cynthia, Julia and Anita. If you remember well, I had mentioned that I would be doing a second shoot with Cynthia and Julia and this was it. (see the person of the day post I did about them here)
As always, enough with words. If you want to find out more about Cynthia and Julia do check out the person of the day post. Enjoy the slideshow/gallery 😀
What’s up people? I sure hope everyone has themselves a most fantastic weekend 😀
So, this past week I did something most people would regard as crazy. On Wednesday, I hopped onto a bus at 9 in the AM and about 10 hours later I was at the Butterfly Pavillion inside Mombasa’s great Haller Park listening to the smooth sounds of @sautisol and the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I have a whole lot of nothing good to say about Horizon coaches who’s bus I used to get to Mombasa, but lemme save you the trouble. Enjoy the gallery (or slideshow depending on your preference) below 😀
What’s happening good people?! This is me hoping that everyone has had a most fantastic weekend and thanking you once again for being that person checking out my blog right now 😀
Today’s post is the last in a series of posts about a shoot I had at the Ngong Hills with @tindilicious 2 sundays ago. Now, these days I have learnt that having someone at your side at shoots is important because there are things you will not see as a photographer that someone else will see. Like a misplaced strand of hair. Or a hand that’s placed funny. So I try as much as possible to have someone acting as my second pair of eyes. For that shoot, my friend Joy was so gracious as to accompany us. While Tindi and Mulwa were figuring out their poses, I took this lovely shot of Joy.
I will try to get her in front of the camera again in the near future so that I can do a full person of the day post about her. Let’s hope she doesn’t run away from the camera 😀
Coming up this week is a whole lot of wonderful photos for you, so make sure you make this blog your first stop on the internet every day 😉 Feel free to drop me a comment below by the way…
So this past Sunday I did a lot. After a shoot with the Buku sisters, I had to dash off to the Ngong hills for a shoot with @tindilicious and her boyfriend. The photos from that shoot will be up tomorrow. Anyhu, Tindi spotted a tree somewhere down the face of one hill that had such luscious green grass under it while the grass around it was dry and brown.
What’s good people?! I trust everyone had a weekend as eventful and fun-filled as mine 😀
This is one of those weeks that we will start with a mega post. Allow me to introduce you to Cynthia (left) and Julie (right).
Ardent readers of the blog will by now have realized that I have featured Julie in several other posts like this one, and this one. Cynthia is a new entrant and hopefully she will be featured as often as her sister.
So, let’s start with the new comer. Cynthia is a second year student at the University of Nairobi, Kabete Campus and she’s studying for a Bsc. in Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics.
1. Not every song is her favorite song. (ok, this is an inside joke :-))
2. She secretly misses her braces.
3. She can’t express anger.
Let’s shift attention to Julie. She’s a senior, studying for a BA in Psychology at the United States International University – Africa.
1. She has really bad stagefright although she loves performing.
2.She sucks at saving money (don’t we all…)
3. She cries very easily. Cynthia apparently makes fun of this a lot but Julie sees it as not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength because she’s in tune with her emotions.
In the next 10 years, she hopes to have started a school breakfast program especially for schools in the rural and slum areas in Kenya. She’s doing a very enlightening study for her senior project on the effects of a standard breakfast on how students are able to learn during the day.
Now for a bit of information about the shoot. It happened this Sunday afternoon in a span of 10 – 15 minutes. The whole idea was to quickly get a few good pics of the both of them, as well as a few good pics of them individually. My day was overbooked so I really couldn’t spare much more time. The ladies were wonderfully cooperative and intuitive with posing. I am sure that the pictures speak volumes about that. I am looking forward to doing another shoot with them really soon. A themed shoot to be precise. That’s something you should also look forward to on the blog 😀
Do look out for more beautiful moments like these throughout this week. I am going to try to post every day so I can make up for the 2 days I missed out last week. Key word here is try 😀 Big shout out to everyone who’s been visiting the blog regularly. You’re my favorite person in this world!
What it does people?! So, today’s post is about one of those pictures that gets lost in the batch while photos are being edited after a shoot. A short while ago, I took out my brother’s car and some of my friends and went to shoot at the Ngong hills. What transpired afterwards was 2 great person of the day posts which you can view here and here. This photos is one I took as I was waiting for the shoot director to do her props thing 😀
What it does people?! Today’s photo comes from a set of photos I took while travelling the country with a documentary crew. We were documenting human rights abuses and we came across some people who’d been forcefully evicted in Muthurwa estate. They were thrown out in the night and their belongings ran over by the bulldozers that came to demolish the places they called home. All in the name of progress
Look out for more photos this week. I have a very nice Delectable Delight lined up for you as well as another edition of Flashback Fridays coming up at the end of the week. Don’t miss it 😀
Allow me to introduce you to Wangari. She is a sophomore at the Columbia University in the USA and she’s apparently undecided on what she wants to major in but she has a great interest in Sustainable Development.
Wangari was the lucky winner of a shoot with me because she entered and won a contest I had posted up some time last month (so you see it pays to be a regular reader of A Beautiful Moment :-)) Interestingly enough, she came upon the post on @marcusolang‘s status update (stalkerish behaviour) and that’s how she came to post her entry in the comments and win the shoot.
When I asked her what three things she would like to tell the world about her, she came up with more than 3 things then we went into a long debate about what to put in and what to exclude. The final three are, first she does not have an English name. She has tried fixing names over the years and one stuck for a while but she finally got rid of it and embraced Wangari as her name. Secondly (surprisingly) she can’t multitask (though I highly doubt that). Finally, her mantra in life is “Just do it ”
She says that in 10 years she wants to be “rich, married 5 kids, no dog. Maybe a 6th on the way” She loves her family quite a lot and she dragged her sister Wangui along for the shoot. Wangui helped with the lighting (a.k.a holding the reflector at just the right angle) and I did get some really great pics of the two.
Don’t they just look totally alike? I’m just saying. The amount of love these sisters have for each other really impressed me. To the specifics of the shoot, it was done this past Friday, in my back yard as always. I was lucky to get Wangari just before she left the country to go back to school. I liked how much she loved to smile. Thus why there are so many photos of her smiling 😀
In conclusion, you can find out more about Wangari by checking her out on Facebook. Thank you for reading today’s post 😀 Look out for a Delectable Delight later this week as well as Flashback Fridays making a comeback this Friday.
Hello! 😀 This week we will start with an event I covered for my friend @wamathai. He is back to holding monthly open mic sessions and this month’s edition was held today (sunday the 4th september). The stage was graced by the likes of Ngwatilo, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Jemedari, Checkmate, Aisha Binti Mswahili and many other luminaries in the Kenyan Poetry scene. Without much further ado, check out the pics in the gallery or slideshow below 🙂