Baby Photography with Kelly Jo

Dazzling Megan makes my day

When little Megan came to see me the first thing I noticed staring at me from her cosy car seat was her amazing saucer-like eyes.  I adore a baby’s curiosity and Megan’s expressive little mush seemed to say ‘What on EARTH is going on here?’  She’s a treasure and I’m so glad I was able to capture those eyes.  I used natural light to really make the most of Megan’s brand new adorableness.  Can you see the ‘catchlights’ in her eyes?  They are made by a window…which is pretty apt I believe.  I’m grinning crazily while I’m writing this, just looking at Megan’s photos makes my day a great deal sunnier.

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Baby Photography

Baby Photography

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Baby Photography

The Empire Cinema, Bridgetown, Barbados

Waiting patiently to be beautiful again

I just had to show you some of what I’ve been getting involved with out here in Barbados. I’ve blogged before about what was the old Empire Cinema in Bridgetown and want to tell you a little more about it. I had passed by this jaw-droppingly beautiful building many times over the years and one day couldn’t resist the urge to get inside to photograph. Since then I’ve been back to photograph several times & I have donated the images to a very special foundation created to save the majestic Empire. The photographs have been used on their website and in their promotional material.

BEAT Barbados are tirelessly campaigning to bring the Empire back and plan to transform it into a state of the art yet sympathetically restored centre for performing arts. If it goes ahead, The Empire could be the leading entertainment venue in the Caribbean! CEO and Founder of BEAT Barbados, Jim McGowan (seen below exploring the projection room in inappropriate footwear for such an activity) has dedicated the past two years of his life to persuading government to back his proposal, along with getting plenty of financial backing to make this happen. Some extremely well known celebrities are among those championing the project. The Empire is causing a real buzz in its own crumbly, silent and patient way.

As we stand, the Barbados Government is considering two proposals, The Empire – Theatre & Performing Arts Centre or….The Empire – A Micro Brewery. What do you think? Feel free to comment below, hope you like the images and find out more at BEAT Barbados here…

The Empire Cinema, Barbados

The Projection Room high up in the balcony.

When the Empire was originally a theatre this was through the left stage door. You can just make out a hand painted movie poster from the seventies on the right.

The side view of The Empire. If BEAT gets the go-ahead there will be a beautiful atrium added to this side of the building along with a gorgeous open plan space to breeze around in during the interval…

Stage Door

One of the three doors ‘backstage’, you can see the existing original balcony through the open doorway. The balcony would be sympathetically restored complete with new contemporary bar, cafe and rooftop terrace.

This is one of the old ticket ‘offices’.

Up in the projection room we found the old switch for opening and closing the curtains for the cinema screen.

The Empire Cinema Barbados

Some original seats up in the right hand side of the balcony. The Empire has lost a lot of its roof making it rather rotten and treacherous.  Standing there I could imagine the place crying out for help…I know, I get very emotionally attached.

Jim McGowan spending time in the place that has taken over his life for the past two years. With Jim’s passion, excitement and sheer tenacity this dream could become reality, giving Barbados & its people a place to be really proud of.

What do you think should happen to The Empire?  Speak your mind below…

Children’s Portraits with Kelly Jo

Leila – we’ve told her enough, but does she KNOW how delicious she is?

I firmly believe that eyes are the windows to the soul.  When I look into Leila’s eyes I know I’m seeing a very special little soul.  She has brought sunshine into the world. AND she has an amazing super-power, turning grumpy people into giggling fools.  Or grown-ups into jibbering loved-up starry eyed slush puppies.  There’s nothing anyone can do about it, she’s just too beautiful.

Children’s Portraits by Kelly Jo

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Toddler Portrait

Toddler Portrait

Toddler Portrait

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Child's Portrait

 

Newborn Natural Light Baby Photography with Kelly Jo

Little Nemia makes her debut

There’s nothing more magical than the transformation from bump to bubba.  Photographing the gorgeous Rina and her bump was a relaxed and perfectly lovely experience.  From then on I sat in my studio with camera poised, tapping my fingers, huffing, fidgeting and checking my watch waiting for the arrival of Rina’s little girl.  Then….YES!  Nemia burst forth in dramatic and speedy fashion, she couldn’t even wait for her daddy to get the things from the car in the hospital car park before she flew into the world!  At eight days old Nemia made one of her first outings to my studio to be adored, cooed over and pixelised with love.  She is a real corker, a delicious dumpling.  I feel so lucky to be the able to capture her scrumptiousness at this precious, sacred time.

Blooming

Tiny Feet

Baby Portrait

Holding Mummy's Hand

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Baby Portrait

HDR Photography Project – a sneak preview

The Empire Cinema, Bridgetown, Barbados.

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I’ve been working on a project for the past year and breaking from my norm.  It’s still in progress and I’m building up a body of work that’s going to be released to the world perhaps next year.  But I wanted to give you a sample of what to expect.  The images are HDR photography (High Dynamic Range) and I layer 5 identical images together taken at different exposures.  The result is very dramatic.  To add to this I’m obsessed with derelict buildings and this type of photography works rather well in such places. Textures, shadows, light and colours I find are rich and unique in these haunting, eerie, bewitching places. I’ve been lucky enough to explore and photograph such locations both at home and overseas.  Let’s start off with this one…the Empire Cinema in Bridgetown, Barbados. It started life as a theatre back in 1907 and was closed in the 1970s.  It’s in a terrible state of repair but still so beautiful and hopefully it will be restored one day. Please let me know what you think!