Archive for 'Tourism & Hospitality'

May 09, 2012
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So there I was, a short way up the west coast of Grenada on a quiet weekend afternoon, meeting an old friend to photograph her new guest house.  We hadn’t seen each other since 2007, and after a good bit of catch-up she disappeared to make Sunday lunch and leave me to the task.  I had finished the first setup and stopped to survey the next scene when it dawned on me…  Besides the click of my camera and the pop of my strobe, not a single man-made sound hung in the air.

Just birds and breeze.  Genuine, unspoiled, Caribbean peace.
If I didn’t already live in Grenada this is one place I’d sure like to be.

Rumboat Retreat
Mount Nesbit, Grenada

February 05, 2012
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People ask it all the time – “When is the best time to visit Grenada?”

Besides the obvious answer of ANYTIME there are two weekends I adore most – Carnival (early August) and the sailing festival’s Workboat Regatta (early February).

There were plenty of cool breezes, hot sands, and ice cold Carib flowing all weekend.

Grand Anse Beach
Grand Anse, Grenada

I had the pleasure of covering last week’s Spice Island Billfish Tournament for the good folks at Budget Marine.

Emptier than usual scales at the 43rd annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament were signs of a good trend – conservation.  Strict weight requirements and a points-for-release system encourage anglers to release smaller fish, giving them a chance to spawn and grow larger over time.  Fifty sport fishing boats from all over the Caribbean registered this year for the three-day deep sea fishing tournament.  While many white marlin, blue marlin, and sailfish were caught (90 in total!) these conservation-minded fishermen were keen to release them back into the sea with hopes of landing them again next year, ideally with an extra hundred pounds.  This year’s weigh-in was dominated by hefty yellow-fin tuna and massive dolphin fish (mahi-mahi).  Despite the lack of record-breaking billfish the 256 anglers enjoyed good weather, great hospitality, and plenty of rum in the Isle of Spice.

The Grenada Yacht Club
St. George’s, Grenada

Seven of my favorite images (and a quote!) were featured today on CNN.com’s international edition.

As if millions of potential readers wasn’t enough, the story and a teaser image of mine had front-page placement on CNN.com for an entire day.

Goodness gracious, Grenada.  Needless to say, there was a little extra spring in my step today.

Click through and take a read for yourself:  http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/27/travel/grenada-caribbean/index.html

January 25, 2012
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Eclipse, the world’s largest motor yacht, anchors her 538′ just outside the entrance to St. George’s Harbor in Grenada. Boasting a crew of 75, three tender, two helipads, and a mini-submarine it’s a marvel of luxury and engineering.  They couldn’t have chosen a better day to visit – the flawless skies and calm seas were simply perfect.  (Point of perspective:  there is a 12-passenger helicopter on the top deck.)

St. George’s, Grenada

January 18, 2012
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Shortly after sunset I received a text from a client of mine, Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina:  “…8 huge yachts in the marina tonight, looks good. come if you can.”

On the left, measuring almost a football field in length is the 269′ M/Y Alfa Nero.  On the right is a returning favorite, M/Y Silver Shalis.

My photographs are featured in the January/February 2012 issue of Caribbean Beat magazine, the inflight magazine of Caribbean Airlines.

Pictured here is Peter de Savary, world-renowned property investor who’s been adding a bit of excitement to Grenada’s tourism product with several new sustainable developments.  Read the full article online:  Caribbean Beat Magazine – Issue #113.

Regional air carrier Caribbean Airlines recently introduced twice-weekly direct flights to/from Toronto and Grenada.  With a little help from my alarm clock I was on hand to document the inaugural sunrise arrival for Grenada’s Board of Tourism at the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

My photographs are featured in the November/December 2011 issue of Caribbean Beat magazine, the inflight magazine of Caribbean Airlines.

Pictured here is the lovely Janice Edwards, head chef for Savvy’s Restaurant at Mount Cinnamon Beach Resort.  Read the full article online:  Caribbean Beat Magazine – Issue #112.

It was hotter than usual on the day of our shoot and standing over steaming plates of food wasn’t helping me readjust to the Caribbean climate after just arriving home from a three week holiday abroad.  Savory plate after savory plate came flowing to my tabletop setup and I was getting worried poor Janice would be exhausted by the time she emerged from the sweltering kitchen.  Just as I finished photographing the last plate of food Janice came bursting through the swinging doors with a bright, excited smile on her face – full of energy and looking as beautiful as her culinary creations.

April 15, 2011
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I recently photographed new content for an established, luxury boutique hotel here in Grenada, the Calabash Hotel & Villas.  Pictured below is the chic lounge inside Rhodes Restaurant, celebrity chef Gary Rhodes’ first and only restaurant in the Caribbean.

Rhodes Restaurant, opened at The Calabash in January 2004, mixes elegant fine dining with the spices and flavours of Grenada. The à la carte dinner menu is developed specifically by Gary Rhodes who places high importance on locally grown seasonal produce – all of which is supplied by the best sources.  Kitchen and restaurant staff are of an exceptional standard – having been fully trained by Gary himself.

The Calabash Hotel & Villas
Lance Aux Epines, Grenada