Tag Archives: behind the scenes

Chapter 3: GHANA

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_02

What an experience Ghana was. Waiting for the clouds to part outside the airplane window for my first look at this new land, I was filled with so much anticipation and, to be honest, a bit of anxiety for the unknown. Though I have been to North Africa and South Africa, they are quite Westernized, so I didn’t know what to expect from the Gold Coast.

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_03 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_04

What we found was a truly eye opening experience: a different way of life, a different-looking way of life. The locals were quite beautiful. Void of many Western fashions, it was so refreshing and inspiring to see many of the men,  women and children wearing homemade African garb in bright colors and beautiful silhouettes. In the city of Accra where we landed, many of the day-to-day items were sold via an army of human concession stands walking up and down the lanes of traffic: water, socks, fruit, gum, bleach, nuts, towels – you name it, they sold it. The women would carry these large metal bowls on their head with the supplies stacked in giant pyramids, it was truly an amazing sight. Beautiful.

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_05    DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_07

DAY 1: We drove out of Accra along the coast to discover this region of Ghana and take in some of the cultural history that has affected humanity so greatly at such sites as Elimna Castle. I felt very fortunate as I hunched through the “door of no return” looking out on the aggressive ocean waves and the horrific fate of that horizon line for so many. To be able to tie together the motherland to the ancestors that I met only a few months earlier in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, the largest import city of slaves in the West, was very humbling and culturally fascinating.

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_08 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_09 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_10    DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_12    DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_14 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_15 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_16     DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_19    DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_21

We explored the seaside, ate plantains and black-eyed peas with the locals. My favorite experience from the entire journey of #DiscoverOrigins around the world was on the beaches of Ghana. We stood and watched local fishermen working together all morning long, towing a line attached to a fishing net the length of a football field with rope, their bare hands and the palm trees lining the shore scarred from so many years of this simple way of life. Together they pulled, clapped, and chanted songs that must have been passed down from generation to generation. It was a sight I’ll never forget; it was one of my greatest discoveries from travel.

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_27

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_24   DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_23       DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_30 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_31

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_35

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_32   DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_34    DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_33 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_36    DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_38 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_39

DAYA 2: Then it was time to get to work! We met with a botanist who showed us many of the local plant varieties and how they are used in their natural state here in Ghana. At one moment he pulled out this incredibly old book to look up more information about the tree we were deep on the hunt for as our last #DiscoverOrigins ingredient: Anogeissus.

DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_40 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_41 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_42 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_43 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_44     DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_48 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_47   DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_49 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_50 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_51 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_52 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_53 DiscoverOrigins_GHANA_54

As the sun set on our final destination, I stared outside the airport glass at the night sky enveloping the horizon. Soon, I would be flying beneath the stars across the vast ocean to the place I call home.  I thought back on our journey from France, to Australia, and now Ghana, what we learned, what we experienced and how important nature is. Origins really scoured the globe to find the best ingredients for their products and I felt so fortunate to get to discover them in this beautiful planet that never ceases to be amazing…

#DiscoverOrigins

This entry was posted in Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Chapter 2: AUSTRALIA

the wonderful world of Oz

When people who follow our Instagram met up with me upon our arrival back to the States the first thing they asked was, how long was the longest leg of the trip?… let me tell you:  thanks to an unexpected train strike, it started with a 7 hour car drive from the French coast, 3 hours at the airport, 8 hour flight to Dubai, 3 hour layover, then a 14 hour flight to Sydney. Somewhere over the Indian Ocean I woke up and had absolutely zero knowledge if it was day or night, yesterday or tomorrow. So I did what I had to do – had a glass of champagne at 32,000 feet.

DiscoverOrigins_Australia_01

Day 1: There are perks to jetlag- we found ourselves wide awake so early in the land down under we were able to enjoy the sunrise over Sydney Harbor. One of the motion cameras Kevin packed was his RED Epic which he brought along for a beautiful time-lapse, a continuation for the video from France. Choosing the equipment to bring for a project like this took a lot of thought and planning. What is mobile and light enough to carry for hours? What will give us the ‘power of nature’ beauty shots? How much can we bring before we start getting weighed down since most days are travel days? I ended up choosing to bring the Canon 5DMark III for stills at ingredient moments and most of the behind the scenes images you see here. I also brought along my Leica M which I used in “off” times just hanging around my neck ready to capture candid moments along the way. I love the Leica for this because it’s small and lightweight and unobtrusive. I choose, however, to shoot the main ingredients and stories with the Mark III because it can shoot, focus and process images much faster.

We chose a Canon C300 as our primary camera and also used it to capture audio from our lavalier mics. The C300 turned out to be a perfect companion to the Epic, especially for it’s light weight and low profile and, with Canon mounts on both, the ability to swap lenses between the two.

DiscoverOrigins_Australia_02 DiscoverOrigins_Australia_03

After Sydney woke up before our eyes we got busy with the girls on the hunt for two more natural Origins ingredients: Peas & Bamboo. Australia provides a perfect climate for growing these two edible plants, which makes sense feeling how incredibly mild and warm it was for what would be their “winter”.

DiscoverOrigins_Australia_04 DiscoverOrigins_Australia_05 Continue reading…

This entry was posted in Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Chapter 1: FRANCE

DiscoverOrigins_France_01

I remember my first experience with Origins, the natural skincare brand, as a kid back home in Texas. It came to our local mall and I used to go in at least once a week to try all their products. I found that being in the store made me feel like I was already the world traveler I dreamed of being…from there I carried with me an understanding of the earth and how to naturally take care of your skin like a true sophisticated woman. Fast forward 15 years and here I am, sitting high up in the Manhattan sky with the team from Origins talking about doing just that- making a video discovering some of the origins of their natural ingredients for their new Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum all around the globe. It was a dream project!

Origins found two talented and knowledgable co-hosts for us to film on this journey together – Kim Mance , a travel writer, and Candice Kumai, a three-time cook book author, health journalist and TV personality. DiscoverOrigins_France_02

The first leg of the trip would take us to France with an always welcome overnight stay in Paris (obviously). We headed up to the Brittany coast to the Côtes-d’Armor, an area along the northwestern edge of France famous for its pink granite islands and rocky shores, where we found our first ingredient: Crithmum. I’ll let our two co-hosts Candice and Kim tell you more about that special ingredient here.

At times, filming in this charming area of France, I felt like I was living in a movie. Every window had the perfect explosion of flowers, all the locals were smiling as they walked home with their daily baguette, and the shops carried only the best local cheeses and produce…and a few other treats. It was a simple way of life where everything was just in its place. Taking photographs and making videos has led our lives to really amazing places and experiences. Here are a few behind the scenes images of our journey to France and the discovery of Crithmum ~

DiscoverOrigins_France_03 DiscoverOrigins_France_04

Day 1: Getting to know the girls and their beauty routine.

DiscoverOrigins_France_05    Continue reading…

This entry was posted in Travel and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Backstage at Ralph Lauren

RalphLauren_Backstage_02 Shooting backstage is quite the interesting experience. I mostly try to stay out of the way of the photographers with their large flashes, cords and assistants who are always reaching for the models, calling them by name, fighting other photographers over space. Instead I look for quiet moments, beautiful moments, something in-between. I try to see what is intimate… a thought, a glance, a gaze. I always hope to see the beauty not only in the clothing, especially when you are talking about Ralph Lauren, but also the beauty in the person I’m photographing. This collection in its simplicity and understated color palette was a true look at luxury textiles and in confidence, which made it wonderfully amazing to study the collection up close and with more ease than in the brief shining moment we get on the runway.   RalphLauren_Backstage_03 RalphLauren_Backstage_04 RalphLauren_Backstage_05 RalphLauren_Backstage_06 RalphLauren_Backstage_07 RalphLauren_Backstage_08

Continue reading…

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
This entry was posted in Fashion Reportage and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.