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Bonus Postcard: Lifeline Foundation’s Annual Black & White Gala in Belize

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Last night, I had the honor of being one of three photographers to capture Belize’s most inspiring and glamorous event of the year: the Lifeline Foundation‘s Black and White Gala, hosted by the lovely First Lady of Belize (whom some of you may recall I previously photographed in 2011 and 2012) and her fellow Lifeline directors.

These wonderful ladies–captured in the above image at the end of the night–put together yet another successful fundraiser evening for the benefit of Belize’s children, at the House of Culture in Belize City. It was a fantastic time and a nice change to dress up and shoot in heels like I used to when I was shooting concerts in Jamaica (though I had to go barefoot when the dancing started)!

And it was all for a great cause. 

Stay tuned for my complete album highlighting the special moments and surprise guests — including Jamaica’s (and the Caribbean’s) fashion powerhouse Kingsley Cooper, of Pulse, and a live performance by Aurelio Martinez.



Faces of Belize #FriFotos

The theme this week over on Twitter’s Friday Fotos is “Faces” and I could not resist sharing a few shots from my “Faces of Belize” project that I started last summer during my Road Warrior stint for the Belize Tourism Board.  The Board planned on sponsoring my exhibit in Belize City — and prints even ready thanks to my editor at the time (who ironically is co-hosting this week’s #Frifotos) — but unfortunately, we ran out of time on the tail end of my trip.

 A year later, the portraits remain in storage because I decided to wait and have collected more along the way on my independent trips. I plan on continuing to capture and show the amazing diversity in Belize and display them at the right time.

Except for this teaser!  Motivated by FriFotos and in light of Belize’s upcoming September (Independence) Celebrations, this year appropriately themed “Many Faces, Many Dreams, One Goal”, I couldn’t help but share some of these with you.

Behind each smile, gaze and wrinkle is a warm soul who welcomed me to his or her corner of the country and kolcha, sharing time and love selflessly– from different walks of life and different heritage. From the amazing Garifuna musical hero Paul Nabor to Lilly, a Mayan student at Caye Caulker’s Ocean Academy who loves her guitar, to Andrew a Mennonite with some Spanish blood, to the First Lady of Belize, a beautiful Creole lady and humanitarian.  For their stories and more portraits, you’ll have to stay tuned for the full exhibit!


Lilly Aldana, student at Caye Caulker Ocean Academy high school and future Mayan musicianMs. Yacinta, shopkeeper in Barranco, a Garifuna village in southern BelizeThe one and only Paul Nabor, Garifuna legend and musical heroAndrew Perez from Barton Creek, a Mennonite village in western BelizeTalented young dancers from the San Pedro Dance Company, Ambergris CayeP6 DSC_3380.jpgDora the Explorer as she likes to be called - Mayan tour guide and lover of archeology Roselle Noralez, cook at Amor y Cafe on Caye Caulker and Garifuna who migrated to the island years agoElton Henriques, stable manager at Maruba Spa & Resort, and horseback riding instructorFirst Lady of Belize, Kim Simplis Barrow, a Kriol beauty