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Last fall I posted about Turks and Caicos Productions welcoming Ralph Lauren to the TCI for summer 2012 marketing campaigns. Although we still patiently await those incredible images to publicly launch and debut the new season, here is a hint of the brightness and boldness to come. Check out the LIVE IN COLOR video here.
Images from fashionscansremastered
Last October, Turks and Caicos Productions welcomed jockey to TCI for their spring catalog shoot. We were fortunate to move around to many beautiful locations from the gorgeous Regent Palms Resort, to Grace Bay Beach, to the private airport.
This crew was incredibly fun and the photographer, Dane Tashima, was such a breath of fresh air to work with; great attitude, great work ethic, great photographer!
Above snapshots and video from DesignerCorner/BehindTheScenes
Yesterday I was asked to speak to the kids at the Edward C. Gartland Youth Center for the Career Choices program. Ruben, a cameraman from PTV, spoke about the world of television and news broadcasting and I followed up with information on commercial photography and photo production. These kids were amazed at how many professionals it takes to make a single successful day in either of these professions; from Directors, to Stylists, to Talent, to Producers, to Technicians, not just the men and women behind the cameras!
Check out highlights from the Career Choices program on WIV
Please pardon the long absence, it has been March madness around here! Mid month I arrived in beautiful St. Vincent and the Grenadines for a week long whirlwind tour of this 32 island Caribbean country. Cindi Blair (cindiblairproductions & turksandcaicosproductions) and I arrived to scout, document, and explore, all made possible by invitation from the SVG Tourism Authority who had expertly arranged all our details.
Our first stop, or might I say hop, Young Island, the place I knew by this iconic aerial image of a heart shaped 32 acre patch of green engulfed in blue. What a perfect little escape, just a four minute ferry ride from St. Vincent and it’s 120,000 inhabitants and busy, by Caribbean standards, city streets. It’s not all city that St. Vincent has to offer however; the islands elevation is in thanks to two partially submerged volcanoes towering high within the landscape. The capital city, Kingstown, boasts the oldest botanic garden in the New World and waterfalls and hiking abound just over an hour from the city center. At breakfast our first morning, looking out over the narrow channel separating Young Island from St. Vincent, we witnessed a family slipping on fins from their sailboat at anchor, diving into their day with a snorkel. If we had not had a flight to Mustique to catch, we surely would have followed lead!
The moment we set foot on Mustique, it was apparent this was a lifestyle island, and that lifestyle is all about leisure. Just beyond the charming little airport lies miles of green grass dedicated to the retired horses of the equestrian centre (I can imagine horses worldwide swimming for Mustique’s shores for inclusion) This gentle giant African Baobab tree sits by the Bamboo Church not far from the children’s playground. This island sanctuary envisioned by Lord Glennconnor has now grown to 75 fully fabulous vacation villas (development is capped to 100 homes), each one distinctive and incredible in its own right. We were lucky enough to tour five of these luscious properties, each with endless opportunities for production clientele:
Mustique certainly has it all in terms of locations; from palatial estates to classic Caribbean charmers, modern minimalist architecture to opulent interiors, in every influence from Balinese to Mediterranean. And nestled within this exclusive but laid back 1,400 acre neighborhood lies the 17 room, effortlessly chic boutique hotel, Cotton House. Here you will find an old stone mill, lily ponds, and veranda dining at the famous great-room-bar. This is the only place of it’s kind on Mustique, take a great visual tour here.
A short flight back to Young Island, we wrapped the day with a fantastic farewell dinner with our lovely host at Young Island, GM Bianca Porter. Early the next morning I took a nature walk on the islands endless gardens where I captured this dawn image of neighboring Fort Duvernette and it’s stone handcut winding staircase before catching our next flight.
Canouan island followed, where we were welcomed by the eloquent GM Cynzia and the cheerful staff of the Tamarind Beach Hotel. Situated on an intimate stretch of white sand beach on a boat filled bay, it could not have been more picturesque.
Unlike many standard style norms in the Caribbean, Tamarind is darkly different . . . she is a shiny black pearl amongst a handful of white shells. Her entire exterior is painted velvety black, only the gingerbread trim is classic Caribbean white.
This would be an excellent accommodation choice for a production team. Every room is not only ocean view but beachfront; the lower level units have private porches with petite swinging gates opening to white sand while the upper level offers breezy rooms with vaulted ceilings. The handsome property feels very tropical getaway with its tiny hut beach bar, billowing draped reception, and a palapa style restaurant overlooking the water. At night the Pirate Cove Bar comes alive, with plenty of deck room for guests, locals, and sailors to eat, drink, and dance the night away.
More importantly, Canouan is a great base for island hopping to the Tobago Cays. A pick up on the private jetty and a swift boat ride and you may select the beach of your choice . . .
Mayreau not only offers amazing beaches, take a ten minute walk up to the village and you will find an old cobblestone Catholic church, dennis’s hideaway, and a half dozen quirky and colorful rasta inspired cafe’s and bars worth stepping into.
Canouan Resort is all about luxury; a sprawling 1200 acre private estate “featuring hidden coves, beautiful white sand beaches, championship 18-hole golf course, tennis, water sports, a 17th Century English Church located at the heart of the resort, 5 signature restaurants and bars, Sugar Palm Kids Club . . . ”
Golfers or not, the 13th hole has unforgettable 360 degree views; a green that falls off into nothing but sea and sky.
Union Island, a short distance south, is well known as a yachting hub. Just off the jetty and walking to the main strip we saw a rainbow of bright colors; a circle of fruit stands and gift shops surrounding a grounded old boat, whose second lease on life is as an ice cream/snack shop and playground for young and old alike.
An afternoon walking tour of the island (formerly known as Prune Island until owner “Coconut Johny” transformed the place and the name with his ambitious planting) took us through nature trails and hikes up Iguana and Lookout Points, steep climbs where the views paid off with the effort to reach them.
Our final night we journeyed back to St. Vincent to meet and dine with our SVG rep, Kathique Haynes. As we pulled up to a long, dark driveway and unassuming place I felt a tinge of disappointment. That disappointment dissolved the moment we descended down the steep slope and stepped into Driftwood. What a savvy little surprise! Simple style with natural decor and an easy elegance whose motto is Eat.Drink.Drift. That we did. The food was delicious and our company was delightful and informative. Kathique, like many Vincies we met, was friendly, professional, and a gracious host happy to share a wealth of information about her home country. Our tour of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was an excellent experience and we are ever grateful to Jennifer at spring-obrien, Kathique and everyone at the SVGTA, and all the wonderful people we met along our way.
Late in January Turks & Caicos Productions had the great pleasure of welcoming Alloy back to Turks and Caicos. Known for youthful, flirty fashions we knew we were in store for some incredibly vibrant locations.
Here we are in no short supply of vivid colors; from turquoise oceans and royal skies . . .
to lemon and watermelon painted architecture. We took Alloy to a wide variety of spaces and places,
from Americana classic,
to far eastern exotic, all within the 7 mile by 22 mile stretch of sand known as Providenciales. Upon first introduction, I knew this crew was going to be a gas, (mind you not because of what we ate) due to the superb senses of humor of our cast and crew. They were the perfect client to have the special opportunity to island hop and work in the capital island of Grand Turk.
Sure Grand Turk has the same crystal waters and stunning beaches, but there is a very different way here. Grand Turk takes life easy, a no-stress no-hurry approach that one would expect in the Caribbean. The people are extra friendly and full of character (like Jack, our wonderful taxi man conducting business by bicycle). Grand Turk is a place of history, and turn-of-the-century charm as evidenced by the pictorial gathered below.
It is a place where the tried and true methods of the past are still put into practice today.
It takes change in small strides.
It lets sleeping structures lie
until the appropriate person breathes them back to life.
It is a community that takes the time to chat
and leaves many open doors.
It honors it’s great landmarks.
and is home for so many adorable potcakes!,
and charmingly distressed old buildings,
and you just never know what you may find in any given alley.
Did I mention all the adorable potcakes?
We are thrilled we were able to take this great client to such a special spot. Big thanks to Jack and the ladies of osprey beach hotel for unparalleled hospitality and a fabulous meal!
Special thanks to the man behind the The William Brown Project blog for sharing his enjoyment of Turks and Caicos with his readers and fans, of which I am now included.