When I was a nipper, my mum would often read me a story before bed. Like any child – I loved story time. I always felt sorry for mum though – she would read to us religiously, every night without fail to help to get us off to sleep. And then, on the rare occasion dad was not working and was able to read to us, he would steal the show. With exaggerated voices, comedy internation and the ability to turn even the most simple Thomas The Tank story into a sinister cliff hanger, Pops was, undoubtedly, the story telling king.
We all had our favorites – my little Brother had a book called JCB-3CX which was, as you may have guessed, a very limp story about a very particular yellow JCB digger that could seemingly handle any task that was thrown at it. It was a terrible bore of a book, but Thad loved it. And if you tried to skip a page he would become most cross and ensure you went back over the parts you had ‘accidentally’ missed.
And I loved Dr Seuss. I especially loved it when dad read it to me (sorry mum!) Pops would bust out Green Eggs and Ham with the gusto and aplomb of a Laurence Olivier performance. I also adored Edward Lear’s The Quangle Wangle Qui.
Another Dr Seuss book I remember was Oh the places you’ll go, which we also had (expertly) read at our wedding by my wonderful friends Georgie and Jez. And it is oh so relevant as I sit here, 25 years later, typing on a laptop in Barbados a million miles from home.
Oh the places you’ll go…
Last week I got a call from our friends at Blue Sky Luxury, an amazing property management company out here in Barbados. They have recently overhauled ‘Bora Bora’ – an idyllic building split into two apartments…with an en-suite beach. Seriously – the beach is right there.
It is always wonderful to do something different with my camera, and although I love shooting weddings and lifestyle portraits, property shoots throw up their own challenges and enjoyment. Like most photography disciplines, it is very hard to do it well.
The challenge you face here in Barbados is getting the room bright enough so you can see it all, but the outside dark enough that you can enjoy the blue skies and perfect sea. Our eyes are amazing and can cope with these two contrasts – our cameras are not. As such you need your trusty friends. You need your flashes. And you need a crap load of them.
Essentially, your job is to balance the light between inside and outside, and if you get it right, you show the property in its best ermm…light. (Is that where the saying comes from?!)
I was really, really pleased with the shots; I hope it gets across just how wonderful these apartments are. If you fancy a trip over, I’m sure Blue Sky Luxury will be able to hook you up real nice, and if the apartment here isn’t glamerous enough, there are plenty more to choose from!
And just look at the sunset you will be treated to every day:
Thanks for reading guys – more piccies and adventures next week!
Also, as a side note, I have been hammering away at my book again, Cold Cuts. It is a gruesome crime thriller set around the canals of Britain, and I am really, really proud of it. I am hoping to have it finished by the end of May…If any of you fancy reading the first draft as and when it is ready, please let me know – I am hoping to offer it as a free download for my wonderful blog followers if that’s something that excites you? 🙂 xxx