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The misadventures of a girl and her camera


Blog Has Moved...
thoughts, business, behind the scenes, muse
thenakedartisan
Hello Live Journal Friends...

My blog has migrated.  If you wish to continue following me, please visit thenakedartisan.wordpress.com/ to continue following my adventures.

Thanks for the memories and I hope you'll stop by my new "home".

Gladys

Desert Dance 25 (and more photos from DDF 24)
Belly Dance
thenakedartisan
*wipes brow* 18 hours of shooting later...

It is Monday and Desert Dance Festival 25 is over.  As usual, Dunia and team did a wonderful job putting on a full two days of dancing and commerce in Santa Clara.  I got to see some of my favorite vendors like WickedSmileys, Lunatic Fringe, and Shiny Sparkly Things!  I enjoy seeing the usual dancers such as Raks Hakohaveem, the ladies from SF/BA MECDA, and Raks al Khalil, but I always look forward to the performances of the workshop teachers who this year were Zahara Zuhair and Suzanna Del Vecchio.  These professional dancers make the dance look like liquid, and this year was no exception.

One very special (and I mean VERY SPECIAL) treat was seeing a Kathak dancer from India named Aditi Bhagwat.  As far as I'm concerned, of all the guest dancers I've seen on the DDF stage, Aditi was the most magnificent.  Not a finger out of place or a wasted side glance.  I could see, actually SEE, the story her dance was telling.  I have huge love for Colleena Shakti who I have been able to see dance at Tribal Fest and is like silk made from magic, but Aditi was breathtaking in a powerful, the dance is in her blood, kind of way.  I can't wait to edit up her photos.  Can't wait!

Congratulations to Dunia for another successful event and for celebrating 25 years of festivals.  May there be many more.

Now...as you remember, I've been working on LAST year's photos.  Here are a few more from the Saturday night extravaganza show: Evolution Raks.

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Naachduniya Dance Company

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Naachduniya Dance Company

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Naachduniya Dance Company

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Naachduniya Dance Company

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Naachduniya Dance Company

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Alexandra King

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Aradia

Sometimes you get it right.
Belly Dance
thenakedartisan
As I mentioned in my last post, I've been playing catch up with my DDF 24 images.  I was doing some editing last night of some pictures from the finale of Saturday's show called Evolution Raks.  I was able to capture this photo of Atlantis working her double veils while doing a cambre (back bend).  Considering the that the lighting was a challenge, forcing me to use a very high ISO even with a very fast lens (85 mm f/1.8), I was pleased as punch that I was able to get this very clean shot.

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat

Here are a few others from the Evolution Raks section of the show (and there are still a few other acts to be edited):

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat


Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat


Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat


Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat


Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat

Playing Catch Up
Belly Dance
thenakedartisan
Hey All,

Not only have I thrown my hat back into the wedding arena, but I've been playing catch up with my event editing.  I have been working on DDF (Desert Dance Festival) 2009.  I wanted to share a few of the images that I really liked.

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Leyla Lanty and the drummer from Pangia (too cute, aren't they?)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Zemira (I love when the dancer finds the light.)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Sabiba  (How I LOVE Isis Wings sometimes)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Jizan (How cute is she here?)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Saturday
Marzia (lovely)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Leila Wa Henna (These two ladies are the best!  They always have the cutest routines!)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Member of Gameela Awi! Awi! (very lovely dancer)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Sharon Grimaldi (one of the few tribal fusion dancers)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Annette Federico (How's that for a lovely cambre?)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Kalilah (A very elegant and beautiful dancer.)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Amira (a lovely moment of sword work)

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat
Vulgaire Anesidora (deep in the world of gothic tribal fusion - but deliciously so)

There's still more coming, not just from DDF 24, but from other events too. 

Weddings
thoughts, business, behind the scenes, muse
thenakedartisan
Hello Friends,

It's been too long since I last posted.  Most recently, I've been busy setting up a secondary site dedicated to my wedding-related services called Weddings by The Naked Artisan Photography.  Creative name, I know.  My desire is to bring distinctive and affordable photography in a primarily digital format to the San Francisco Bay Area.  I'm offering the following services:

- Engagement / Anniversary Portraits
- Bridal / Bridal Boudoir / Rock the Dress (Trash the Dress) Portraits
- Engagement Parties / Rehearsal Dinners / Showers / Stag Nights
- Ceremony & Reception
- Wedding Album / Parents' Album

Unlike the more traditional model, I'm not looking to sell my clients individual prints when most people want to be able to print on their own and post images to their Facebook profiles.  I'm offering my clients hi-resolution, print-ready, jpg files on disc (along with a set of web-ready images) telling the story of their event in its completion.  

If you or someone you know is looking for a photographer, I'm your girl!  Please check out the Weddings site for further information, and feel free to send an email with any questions or inquires to weddings@thenakedartisan.com

I look forward to documenting your many happy events!

Tribal Fest 10 - My Fave Photos So Far...
Belly Dance
thenakedartisan
This time a few weeks ago, I was sitting in the Sebastopol Community Center watching performances at Tribal Fest 10!  As a belated mother's day outing, my mother came with me to experience the cacophonous and colorful world of glitter, feathers, zills, leather, coin belts, drums, and middle eastern jewelry which, if you know Tribal Fest, is set to a soundtrack of music consisting of traditional tunes frequently punctuated by rock and roll, electronica, and the occasional country piece. It's fan-FREAKING-tastic!  There wasn't a single dancer who didn't leave his/her heart on the stage this year.  I'm still processing photos (and there are SO many that I love to choose from), but here are a few of my favorites so far.


Tribal Fest 10: Serta - Spain

Tribal Fest 10: Media Noche Dance Company

Tribal Fest 10: Les Soeurs Tribales - Italy

Tribal Fest 10: Stefanie Masters - WI

Tribal Fest 10: Michelle Manx - TX

Tribal Fest 10: Kami Liddle - CA

Tribal Fest 10:Colleena Shakti - India

Tribal Fest 10: Princess Farhana - CA

Tribal Fest 10: Zoe Jakes & Friends - CA

Tribal Fest 10: Alaska of the Ritzy Rouge Hoop Troupe - NM

Tribal Fest 10: Deb Rubin - CA

Tribal Fest 10: - Ariellah & Desheret Dance Company - CA


There are more to come so stay tuned....

22 ............
ok, regular, chill, average, status quo
thenakedartisan

22 ............, originally uploaded by Kirsty Mitchell.

Tripped over this photographer and photograph today. Wow. Just....wow!


Favorite Photos from Tonight's Uploads
Belly Dance
thenakedartisan
As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm playing catch up.  I posted a few photos tonight of a dancer called Mina from DDF 24 which I just loved.  I remember being very impressed with this dancer when I saw her and her photos help capture some of her magic.  Here are my favorites.

Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat



Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat



Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat



Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat



Desert Dance Festival 2009 - Sat

Spring Forward
Belly Dance
thenakedartisan
This past winter left me photographically lifeless.  Under piles of regular life stress, I was left with little energy and little time to even think about photography, let alone work on it.  As Spring has started breathing life back into the living world, I too feel creativity start blooming again.  I have started by playing catch up starting with two events from the summer: DDF and Unmata's Rodeo.  Here's the link to photos from DDF where new photos are being added every evening.


Banished Angel
ok, regular, chill, average, status quo
thenakedartisan

Banished Angel, originally uploaded by K ~ ~.

This photo came up in my list of contact images on Flickr. It's pure perfection, and I just have to share it with you. This picture is magic captured on camera.


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