Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Make up Please!

I have been meaning to write this blog for a while, it just never quite made it to the top of my to do list.

So a while ago a co-worker and I got to talking one day about this and that and we discover with each of our hobbies we could help each other out. She is really into make up and was looking to crate a profile and I was always looking a good opportunity to practice taking portraits. A win-win situation.

The first shoot I did with her I was extremely nervous, this was the first time I was taking pictures for someone else. You see up to that point I had always ask people if I could take pictures of them this was the first time that someone asked me to take pictures for them. So I was very worried about how they would turn out and if she would like them. 

Model: Gagan Sansoha
Make up: Rittu Berman

I took so many pictures because I was so nervous that they won't turn out so I thought, "Surely if I take a million pictures at least one of them will tun out good". In the end I really didn't need to be  so nervous Rittu really liked them and was so happy. In fact she liked them so much that she asked me to do another photo session for her. 

For our second photo shoot I was a lot more relaxed and really just enjoyed myself. 

Model: Minusha Geekiyanage
Make up: Rittu Berman

This ice horse picture is my favorite. Yes, it is a little silly but I just love her expression and I thought the ice statues were just gorgeous.

The third make up shoot we did was really last minute, she was already doing make up for a wedding and I thought I would just show up and take a few pictures of the fabulous  make up she did.   I think she really out did herself and sadly I don't think my pictures really do her skill justice. 

 Models: 4 Beautiful Ladies
Make up: Rittu Berman


I'm really looking forward to when we can do another make up shot together. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Be Prepared

I was raised with the belief that one should always be prepared wither that means having a 72 hours kit or bringing enough rain gear when going camping. Recently I have come to realize that there is one major area where I'm totally not prepared. A Zombie Apocalypse.

Zombies, UFOs, witches ... they've seen them all in Wales
I realized this because Mike and I have started watch a TV show called "The Walking Dead", a great show, but one that has now filled me with a burning desire to have a Zombie plan.

Ordinarily the idea of zombies comes from voodoo tradition were a person under goes zombification by a spell or potion and then would be a a slave to their zombie master. 


So I think the first thing on my "zombie preparation list" would be don't piss off any voodoo priest or priestess. If anything I need to make sure I am on their good side. 

Now if Hollywood is right and it is some sort of outbreak, my big concern is that I work in a hospital probably the worst place to be in an zombie outbreak. 

I brought up this fact up with my fellow co-workers in the hopes of coming up with some sort of group escape plan. 

A few things were decided in this discussion: one that if you get bitten you have to tell the group, hiding it would just be so wrong. Going along with that most people stated that if they did get bitten they would rather the group off them right away then turn in to a zombie UNLESS being a zombie wasn't that bad aka you could fall in love and make baby zombies.   

In the middle of discussing what items we could use as weapons and what supplies we would raid from the hospital, someone arrived at conclusion that I would be the first to get bitten because I expressed how guilt ridden I would feel about leaving the patients in such a predicament. She must have envisioned me going around to all the patients explaining why I had to leave them and then one of them shown me their gratitude by biting me. Not the escape plan I was hoping for.

So I guess in conclusion I really don't need to have a plan to survive the zombies but rather a plan not to get killed by humans. 

On a more pleasant note here is a short video of how wonderful being an zombie could be.

The Happy Dead from David Hiatt on Vimeo.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

One with Nature

Camping: A place where an army or other group of persons or an individual is lodged in a tent or tents or other temporary means of shelter.

Camper: A person who camps out for recreation, especially in the wilderness.

The above definitions I found here but I would propose that the definition of camper should really  should have a few more things added.

This is what I came up with.

Camper: A person, who enjoys being a bitten by a variety of bugs, especially mosquitoes. A person, who loves  camping "perfume" which can include but is not limited to, soot, ash, bug spray, sun screen, dirt and pine needles. A person who has a secret observation with fire and at all times needs to have a blazing one going to fulfill their deep inner caveman. A person who when a piece of food or plate or utensil or any thing else falls on the ground does not look at it as a negative thing but as add extra protein. A person who is in awe of the wonders of nature and loves the lullabies song by the night creatures.  

We went camping with a group of friends out in Kananaskis country. I love camping in  Kananaskis, it so pretty close to home and unbelievably beautiful. I think that people who always drive out to Banff really have no idea what they are missing. 

Mike setting things up
Don't we look like "real" Campers
Beast on her dog run
New favorite hot chocolate cups
Enjoying his favorite past time
She is ready for a swim

"How is it that one match can start a forest fire,
 but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?" 
Christy Whitehead