Monday, November 28, 2011

Anytime::: Ninja!!


At some point in the mid summer I decided to go out and do some fun shots with my new lighting set up. It's always a good idea to go out, not on assignment, and just practice different ways of lighting a scene. I was actually expecting this practice shoot to be quite boring. I am a photojournalist and I love taking photos of things as they happen... here I am stuck in a scene with nothing actually happening. Go figure.

So I brought my handy-dandy adorable-lovable little miss assistant Anna. She also happens to be my little sister.
We were abandoned at the scene for about 3 hours, and what started out as a simple portrait session turned into what is now known as "The Ninja Shoot!"

Brace yourself.










Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Findings::: Happy Thanksgiving!!


Living in Spain, every year I find myself having to explain the story of the first thanksgiving to many people. The questions come from all people of all ages,often wanting to know why we are so obsessed with eating turkey. It's especially funny because here you can only buy sliced turkey, (like the kind you eat in sandwiches), and if you want a whole turkey you have to special order it and people look at you like you're nuts.

Yesterday, in good yearly tradition, I found myself explaining the story once more.

It's always a bit odd being in Spain when everyone else is celebrating thanksgiving. Having to go to work when everyone else is eating delicious snacks and watching football or the Macy's parade. I miss it.

Even just getting to prepare for the season by watching some preschool thanksgiving day play sounds like fun. Especially if it's half as entertaining or inaccurate as this one! I seriously can't wait until I can celebrate some thanksgivings of my own, make a disastrous turkey and end up eating turkey&cheese sandwiches.

Happy Thanksgiving!! (I hope you survive black friday)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Event::: EuskalGym 2011


I walked up the last of the steps in a hurry. My VIP pass was swinging back and forth and constantly beating against my chest, which in a competitive way counteracted by having my heart beat back. A million steps. When I finally made it to the top, I followed the crowd. I was excited. I walked around the building to meet a very long line. Arriving to one of the alternate entrances I innocently asked one of the guards where I had to enter. He took one quick look at my pass and said "VIP's can enter through their favorite door!" and made a gesture for me to walk in. I have to admit that it was a great feeling to bypass the giant crowd. Now I just had to find a good vantage point and get to work!

I was invited to shoot the EuskalGym, an international gymnastics exhibition. The previous days had gone by quickly through a series of phone calls, quick plan changes, and anticipation. I had even gone to the airport with David, Alejandro, and Urtzi, to shoot some video footage of some of the international gymnasts arriving in Bilbao. My first time shooting video for a professional event, or anything else for that matter. It was quite the creative stretch, but I think we got some good shooting in and am now impatiently waiting to see the results.

After doing some brief translations, and more last-minute plans, we were on our way. Everything was really fast paced, and everything was leading to this event. And I was there.

The 3 hour exhibition went by way too fast. Every move, choreography, and seemingly impossible stretch was remarkably impressive, and while I had a great time getting these shots, my mom (holding on to my extra VIP pass) had an even better time watching all the flips, the loops, and the dances.






Hard to believe that this is the same girl that I picked up from the airport the day before...





Experimenting with long exposures...






The most memorable part of the evening came when Almudena Cid, made a special performance. Almudena is now a retired spanish gymnast and is best known for being the only gymnast in history to ever compete in 4 Olympic Game finals. Her performance was a collaboration with "Protect" who help fight against children sexual exploitation in Cambodia. The performance made the crowd go wild.




Traslation: "@adinanoel: It's beautiful!! I love it! Even though it looks bad for me to say so myself..."
It is fair to say that her tweet about this photo made my day! :)


Special thanks to David at MotionThinks, videographer Alejandro Negeruela, and photographer Urtzi Mardarás, for making me a part of the team. I look forward to doing more projects together soon.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Findings::: Who Wants Kicks?


I love kicks. I do. They are super comfortable, I love the colors, and more importantly how they can match anything just by the "stick it to the man" edge they can add to any outfit. I am not sure who Chuck Taylor actually was, but I think we would have gotten along just fine.

One of the things I like the most about them is that they seem to inspire creativity, in a way. All the creative people I know (musicians, artists, actors, photographers, etc) own at least one pair. You will occasionally see me posting pictures of my feet on the sand of the beach or standing on the edge of a bridge, but I am always wearing mine. They make me feel good and extra creative.


Unfortunately this week I have found that there is such a thing as too much creativity. I ran into this video, and while I find it original and may giggle through it... every time it ends I still catch myself thinking "what the heck was that..!?" See for yourself!

Happy Friday!! (Go kick some... well, you get the idea...)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Maternity::: Ink baby!!


"The tattooed people" That's what we called them, the couple who own Clockwork Tattoo Studio just down my street. I spent many years just waving and smiling when I walked by. I even got to be their server a couple times through my fantastic time as a local waitress. Yet, I still called them "The Tattooed People". A couple weeks ago I went with one of my former co-workers into the shop. She was going to get inked and was freaking out about it.
I fail to see the point of accompanying someone to get a tattoo and then just sitting in the waiting room, but I went ahead and did it anyway.

(By the way, I sat in the coolest couch covered in zebra print. So cool.)

Anyway, so after going to the shop on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the same week, them sharing their wifi password, and several compliments on their zebra couch, we got a little conversation going. We talked about travel, about creativity, and shared many funny anecdotes that, of course, took place in international airports.
Finally I had an idea...

I've been wanting to expand my maternity portfolio. I'd been looking for a tattooed pregnant lovely lady to take a couple of fun shots with. As it turns out out, Esther happens to be pregnant. I shared my idea with them and they were totally on board with it. By my book that could really only mean one thing: "Let the fun begin!"





Thanks Esther&Dani for being such good sports.
(Oh, just fyi, I'm totally going to use your names now! ;)

Friday Findings::: "Happy Chinchilla Day!"


I had every intention of blogging this Friday. I was going to fight the exhaustion, the frustration, and the need to break my Friday routine and just bloggity-blog my heart out. Unfortunately, I woke up to find that today was the day that my people celebrate "Revolucion De Chinchilla" so it was my cultural obligation to take the day off and go to Las Vegas to spend a weekend celebrating our triumph.

Happy Friday!! (Go celebrate with your people)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Travel::: Barcelona!!


Murphy's Law states that if something could possibly go wrong, it will. I try to stay away from being overly pessimistic, but I have to admit that this principle has proved to be true many times in my life. One of those times was through my weekend trip to Barcelona a couple weeks ago. The "festival of wrongness" started when I had to wait for 3 hours for my friend's flight to land. Nothing like standing in baggage claim with nothing but unbelievable thirst, a soda machine, and no change. Then came not having directions to the hotel, the person getting robbed in the train next to us, and the pouring rain. It's all good though. I always remember how when I was little my mom used to say "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" and ever since, I have made it one of my goals in life to become an excellent lemonade maker. So I won't let a little delay and an unfortunate train ride rain on my parade.

The series of unfortunate events continued, and by the next day I was locked out of my hotel room. I won't go into details, but let's just say that there was a miscommunication between my friend and the receptionist and I learned the hard way that apparently I wasn't registered in the hotel. Therefore, the receptionist couldn't let me into my room with all my stuff in it. Passport, money, change of clothes. Did I mention my lighting gear that I needed for my rooftop photoshoot was locked there too? Yup. But I just went on my way and figured out a different use of the available light, and rocked what I had. At the very least we had fun and managed to get some great shots out of it. When the shoot was done I crossed Barcelona in the metro and went straight to meet with my friend Rachel and go clubbing. Clubbing? Me? Yup! Weird, huh? Most of you will know that I am in no way a party animal, but let's just say that I took being locked out as a good opportunity to dance all night and have a blast with my friend, and make some new friends along the way. Taking train rides at 4 am and hitting the most ridiculous street concert I have seen in my life. It's all part of the adventure. And even though I didn't get to go sightseeing as much as I had wanted, I'd like to think that I got to experience a little more of "the real Barcelona" instead of the "touristy Barcelona" everyone is used to.

So here's a couple photos to commemorate one of the most disastrous weekends of my life. As for me, I'm gonna just think of it as being "memorable" and enjoy myself with a happy glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade! :)





People throw their earphones on top of the bus stop!





Plaza Catalu├▒a.