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Diwali – 10/2011

by Administrator on Oct.09, 2011, under Events

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“Festival of Lights”… Row of lamps, victory from the good, wearing new clothes, etc. Well, according to Wikipedia, this celebration is of great importance in India. People get together in the family to celebrate. I’m not sure we have the same on this side of the world, but we probably should. I wear new things every 31st December but when do we celebrate good just for that: good… Not sure.

I discovered for the first time this celebration in Cupertino, California. Interesting, massive, passionate, and diverse, the Indian community is always welcoming you. Thanks to my new job, I have tasted this and I have now the chance to be immersed in this community. I’m always for meeting new people, new ways of thinking. You never know…

For once in my life, I attended today Indian folkloric dances. I miss my folkloric dances, for sure. I was 15 when I last dance seriously on my Greek music. When I saw today the color, the energy, the passion of the youth dancing, it reminded me  … me :-) . More seriously, I respect this young generation, and their parents, who desire to keep tradition and culture alive and kicking while still being a part of where they live. This will define them in their future. It takes effort but it is worthy.

I will remember from this day color, food, smiles and my kids who were dancing on indian music, and not just on Jay Ho :-) .

Dear readers, I hope the photographs will make justice to all of that. I cut it short as usual, but those photographs below are the one who have retained my whole attention. Enjoy!

Armand

Blog link: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/10/09/diwali-102011/

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Communion – 05/2011

by Administrator on May.17, 2011, under Events, Family, Kids

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Having the chance to attend such fabulous moments in a family’s life is what this is all about. And we when you come home, sort through the photographs, and look back at those good moments of somebody’s day, it is pure joy for me. Those photographs are a chance to make people truly happy. It is a privilege to be truly and emotionally happy nowadays. Moreover, it is not given to everyone to be allowed in the inner circle of a family. This is also what I call intimacy. So, I am very humbled and grateful of the trust put in my person.

Merci! Let’s do it. Let’s do it again and again and again :-)

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/05/17/communion-052011/

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HELP-PORTRAIT 2010, 12/2010

by Administrator on Dec.27, 2010, under Events

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Reporting late from HELP-PORTRAIT 2010!

I have to apologize for this late posting. I have been taken by important matters and was not able to post this update before now. Well, it is now done.

It all started two years ago with Jeremy Cowart, big time photographer, wanting to make a difference in his community.

Jeremy Cowart photographic work

Two years after, many many thousands of volunteers (photographers, make-up artists, hair-dressers, etc.) came together again to give a picture, not to take it.

We had a roaster list of about 50 people helping to make persons in need feeling unique, at least for once, during the year: we listen, talk, chit-chat, laugh hopefully, but communicate for sure. We take the time for them. We take the time to give them our consideration. We pamper them and their family so they get some ‘warmth’ moments.

This year we got the help of St Vincent Charitable Organization to find persons in need. We worked for two months preparing the event.

That day, the families are leaving with a free 8×10 framed studio quality photograph. As we give photographs that day, and not just take them, the spirit of the event is that we do not want to show or advertise their portraits, dear readers, mostly so they can keep their privacy. Remember, we give the photographs that day, we don’t take them. But I would be delighted to show you behind the scenes so maybe next year you will want to spare a few hours of your time, grab your camera, and give a picture too. What do you think?

To finish here, I would like to thank again the whole team of photographers, make-up/hair stylists, and other volunteers. We’ll see you soon for another event.

Well, one last note. Before the photos behind the scene, here is the video behind the scene… You never know, it may inspire you…

HELP-PORTRAIT 2010 video

If you want to help next year, sign-up and find an event located close to your home.

http://help-portrait.com

Photos credits: Valeria Dussart and myself.

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Helena and John

Helena (she should be a manager) and Apollo (photographer)

Herve

Armand and Margeaux, both photographers of the day. She's got the eye. She does. If only I was a girl, I might get her vision and approach??? Margeaux, you are a prodigy.

Armand, Marry (volunteer), Apollo and Bill (volunteer). See behind a photo booth.

Team work, team work...

And again...

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It is a team work. Yep!!! You've got that right.

One of our Master printer helping parents to select a photograph to print: Winslow

Armand and Bill

Armand and Herve

HD video... and Cut!

One of our preferred moment during the day.

Armand, Helena, Apollo and Herve

Herve and Armand

Sylvia from Salon Rizos

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The artist

Make-up station

Our IT and camera man: Herve

Behind the scene photographer: Valeria

One of the hero of the day interviewed

Yep, Margeaux. Did I tell you already she's got the eye?

Apollo in full action

Two managers talking ... management??

Daniel. The other Master printer... Where did I put your picture anyway???

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Margeaux

Apollo made the day of this family

A princess and a prince to be, for sure.

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Our make-up and hair specialist team. Neilson Beauty College... You rock!

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Lunar Eclipse, 12/2010

by Administrator on Dec.22, 2010, under Events

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A but unusual for me, but also very unusual to Mankind…

So, I heard about this specific lunar eclipse that was meant to happen December 21th a few days before. Never paid really attention up to the moment I heard the moon would be red flamboyant in the night sky. I had to see it for myself, and I had to capture that color on a photograph.

I stood up during the night of December 20th, at 01:20 AM, to see how it was coming up, as I read the total eclipse was supposed to occur at 02:17AM. I got the pictures you can see above thinking I would come back at 02:17AM to see the whole moon ”reddished” by the sun being eclipsed by the Earth.

Well, this was not counting with the weather! At 02h15, I was out and, you guessed it, dense clouds started to form and obstruct the view of the moon…

Oh well, I was luck enough to have seen the formation of the total eclipse. No complaints, thus… :-)

So, how did we get the red color on the surface of the moon? Well, December 20th 2010,  the day of the Norther Winter Solstice, the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon were perfectly aligned. And that only happened once before since the Christian era started… At 02:17 AM, the Earth would completely eclipse the sun, viewed from the moon.

The only light the moon would get would be coming from the light rays of the sun scattered (refracted) by the earth’s atmosphere. And this refraction basically bends the short wavelengths more than the longer wavelength. Hence, remains untouched the longer wavelength rays… that is the red color.

For the atsronaut to be, please visit this page below for the full details.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse

Armand

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Prodigy Event – 11/2010

by Administrator on Nov.26, 2010, under Show

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Once again,

We had the great chance to have our annual Legacy Shop Christmas Tree Lighting event. I will probably publish pictures as soon as I have time :-) .

However, I had to make time to share those photographs below with you. It is about the Prodigy dance group who came back more beautiful than ever to produce amazing and mesmerizing dance choregraphy.

The music they select is always of great elegance and ‘a propos’, pardon my french here… The kids look  like pro’. Their commitment seems boundless, their focus strong and their smile always present.

It seems they gained and lost people in the team since last year. Not sure though. I just wished one day they would reply back to my my mails where I attach the pictures I took :-) . Not that I need them to say anything special but maybe just ‘thanks for the photographs’? Maybe I scare them, seriously?  What do you think??

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Picardy (France) – 06/2010

by Administrator on Jul.05, 2010, under Events

I traveled to Europe recently. I visited the “Picardy” area in North of France. I was mainly around two very close towns:  Saint-Valery Sur Somme and Le Crotois.

I had never seen those towns before, as I was more familiar with “Le Touquet” from a bit above in  “North Pas-de Calais”.

The weather was sunny, with a little breeze. We lodged in a Bed and Breakfast and a hotel. The B&B had definitely its charm, very restful atmosphere. It had no sea view but it was quiet but for the birds singing in the backyard. “Un havre de paix”, as we say in french. Too bad the stay was so short.

We walked a lot, took a bike for a few hours journey. The place comes loaded with a sense of slow speed and rest.

The food was obviously excellent. We mostly got sea food. Phenomenal gray shrimps (crude oil ‘free’ :-( ),  mussels, fish, locally grown oysters… you name it.

So, let me share my short stay with you through those photographs.

Armand

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Edinburgh – 05/2010

by Administrator on Jun.27, 2010, under Events

I had the chance to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland – UK, a few weeks ago.

I did not stay long enough but from what I have seen, Edinburgh deserves its reputation of one of the beautifulest city in the world. Even though I come from Belgium and I’m very close to France and its history, Edinburgh surprised me beautifully and continuously during my stay, day and night. The new city sitting side by side with its historical counterpart is a proof that ‘new and trendy’ does not need to get rid of ‘older and wiser’ to exist :-) .

Enjoy the view.

The Castle

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HELP-PORTRAIT 12/2009 – Update

by Administrator on May.27, 2010, under Events

Hi,

I just saw that we got our HELP-PORTRAIT 2009 group picture selected in HELP PORTRAIT 2009 official promo video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tklFJzRLxyU

Look at time 1’ 17” to 1’ 19”.

We took this shot at the end of the event. I think the picture reveals the atmosphere of the day.

If all goes to plan, I’m planning another event in September (back to school) and December (Christmas) this year.

Regards,

Armand

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Lone Star Circus – The Show 05/2010

by Administrator on May.26, 2010, under Show

And it is a wrap!

I invite you to look through the photographs I took during the latest Lone Star Circus event. It was held in Garland, Texas.  Here is a link where you can see all the pictures:

Lone Star Circus – May 2010

Click “sideshow” option at the top of screen  to listen to the music of the show.

It was a profound and revealing experience for me. I never came close from  a circus in my life but from the “Cirque du Soleil” classics.

I have done before fashion shows where every minute comes a discharge of adrenaline rushing down your body. Oh yes, that is thrilling to bit. But what a bout a circus then?

So, I decided to attend a few rehearsals as I wanted to impregnated myself with this new atmosphere. That is the only way you can take good photos of the show itself. There was no elephant or tiger, but young kids training for perfection. Teachers always on the lookout for the kids improvement and security, it was an environment where I could see kids growing healthy physically and mentally. A lot of rigor and practice comes ultimately with a huge self-confidence factor. And succeeding is not that important in fact. It is also how do you tackle your failures when they happen on stage during the real show? What a lesson they gave us that week-end! All the kids did their best. But some had missteps. And you had to see their bravery trying to redo and redo again up to the moment it clicked. The public was with them, encouraging the kids to go to the end of their moment. Because, it was indeed their moment.

The teachers and helpers were really good and dedicated. They had the required authority to run the business (so many kids!) and the kids loved being “bossed” around by their mentors. You could see that on their faces during the rehearsals and when they performed on stage where they mentors always kept an eye them during the performance.  It is really like the students understood the adults were there for their good, and not just to annoy them. What a change :-)

Beautiful, emotional, strong but so light, colored and musical. I only have superlatives for what can be gained from a circus environment such as the Lone Star Circus. I think we will be able to tell one kid from another once they go through such education. Education? Yes, that is what it is to me. It is a strong preparation for the real life. How does the saying go again?: Good in your body, good in your mind!

I posted on the web all the pictures of the event itself. But I decided to make a book to relate the full circus experience. The book gathers about 120 pictures of plain emotion gathered during rehearsals, practices and behind the scene shots during the event. Kids were so in their own world behind the scene, that it had to be documented. Their smile, their fear, their fun, their make-up “make me a princess” moment… You can buy or just see a preview of the book here:

The book!

If you have five minutes, browse through the book. You might get stung by curiosity and decide to give it a shot locally, wherever you are!

And if you only have 30 seconds, here is an appetizer:

Enjoy!

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Lone Star Circus – The Rehearsals 05/2010

by Administrator on May.12, 2010, under Show

15th and 16th May 2010, I will have the chance to photograph a circus event from the Lone Star Circus school, here in Dallas. They have two shows this coming week-end.

I talked to them a few weeks ago and explained what I wanted to do, which is telling the story that lead to the creation of the coming shows. Practice, rehearsal, back stage, event shooting, etc. All of that documented in a series of photographs that bring the atmosphere to the viewer. It will be electric those days, I’m loving it already.

I have attended two rehearsals during the last two weeks. I have to say that I have been impressed not just by Fanny and her team teaching to the kids, but also by the kids themselves; all appeared committed to learn and to perform. What a lesson…

If you have not bought your tickets, there is still time. Those shows are really too magical to miss. Let me know if you need information on buying the tickets.

So, here is a glimpse of how our artists are getting prepared for this week-end shows.

Warming up. Always.

Friends perform on stage, and the kids are filled with wonder

Strong but soft. Permanent body control.

Agile. Very.

The natural equilibrium seems respected

So natural

"Sans dessus dessous"

Flying like a bird

Elegance. Perfection.

Fanny talking to the kids

Concentrate and stay focus

Self-confidence

Getting ready

Easiness

Precious...

And to conclude the day, let's have some fun to...

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