Margarita Diaz del Castillo

I recently had the pleasure of working with Margarita Diaz del Castillo and her gorgeous one of a kind hats and headwear pieces.  The shoot was one of my favourites featuring one of the nicest and certainly, most beautiful person to photograph, Laura C Pan.  We had so much fun (minus the traffic) running around Bogota to various locations including some of my hidden places that I love to photograph at.  Here are some of the shots to share with you:

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Photography:  by Tram D Martinez

Designer:  Margarita Diaz del Castillo at www.MargaritaDiazdelCastillo.com

Model:  Laura C Pan

Location:  Bogota, Colombia

 

Glimpses of London Fashion Week

It has been two years since I last attended London Fashion Week. I didn’t plan on attending this year but it was a coincidence that the first day of fashion week fell on the last day that I was going to be in London before heading back home to Colombia. So why not make the best of it and attend a few shows. But I have to be honest with you, it was not the same as before when it used to be held at the fabulous Somerset House.

Last year, the British Fashion Council has decided to move Fashion Week to Soho, or more precisely, Brewer Street Car Park where it also play host to various art and fashion events throughout the year. It is in fact a bold move compared to the more spacious and charming scenic Somerset House. The new space is certainly more fashion forward but it is more constraint and the outside area is congested with everyone from attendees, photographers, curious onlookers and of course, traffic as the street was still widely open to the public. The scene was chaotic but no less interesting to say the least.

I was bit overwhelmed at first but quickly adapted to the change of scenery. As usual, I absolutely love the fashion scene here. It is diverse, cool and in certain cases, over the top but that is to be expected. The energy is inspiring and highly contagious. For a photographer that love and embrace a wide range of differing styles, it is a beautiful opportunity to capture these captivating individuals up close. I was actually more interested in the attendees than the shows themselves because after all, these fashioners in my opinion, are the heart, soul and inspirations for the designers day in and day out.

As usual, here are some of my favourite images from the first day of Fashion Week.  Right now, I am not sure if I will have an opportunity to attend next year but perhaps it is time I have my eyes on Paris and Milan…

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Han pasado dos años desde que asistí a la Semana de la Moda de Londres. No tenía planeado ir este año pero fue una coincidencia que el primer día de la Semana de la Moda coincidió con el último día que iba a estar yo en Londres antes de volver a casa en Colombia. Así que por qué no sacar provecho e ir a unos cuantos shows. Tengo que ser honesta, no fue lo mismo que antes cuando se celebraba en la fabulosa Somerset House.

El año pasado, el Consejo Británico de la Moda (British Fashion Council) decidió trasladar la Semana de la Moda a Soho, o más precisamente al llamado Aparcamiento de Brewer Streed el cual también alberga a varios eventos de arte y moda durante el año. Es una jugada valiente comparando con el escenario más amplio y encantador que es Somerset House. Este nuevo espacio ciertamente es más vanguardista en términos de moda pero es más restringido y el área exterior se congestiona con todo el mundo: invitados, fotógrafos, curiosos y desde luego con el tráfico ya que la calle permanece abierta al pública. La escena fue caótica pero interesante, por decir lo menos.

Al principio estuve un poco abrumada pero me adapté rápidamente al cambio de escenario. Como es usual, me fascinó la escena de moda en Londres. Es diversa, “cool” y en ciertos casos, desbordante pero eso es algo de esperar. La energía inspira y es altamente contagiosa. Para una fotógrafa que ama e incluye una amplia gama de diferentes estilos, es una hermosa oportunidad para capturar a estas personas de cerca.  La verdad, estaba más interesada en los asistentes que en los mismos shows porque después de todo, estos “fashioners” en mi opinión son el corazón, alma e inspiración continua para los diseñadores

Como es usual, les presento a continuación algunas de mis imágenes favoritas del primer día de la Semana de la Moda. En estos momentos, no estoy segura si tendré la oportunidad de asistir el próximo año pero quizás es hora de que ponga mis ojos en París y Milán…

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Spanish Translation by Assistant Editor, Angelica Carvajal

Effortlessly Elegant with Willow & Hunt

It is not everyday that I come across a brand that I strongly believe in. With everything that is out there today, it is often difficult to differentiate what is genuine and what is not. I started the less is More three years ago because of exactly this reason. So frustrated and tired of seeing the same thing everyday, I wanted to reach out to an audience that understand my vision and appreciation for something more unique and special.

Along the way, I have met many fascinating individuals who share the same values and the incredible minds behind Willow & Hunt has by far, touched me the most. Launched earlier this year, the Australian jewellery brand was created with a genuine passion for “what it truly means to be an individual, owning your own identity, with confidence and grace.” Collaborations is not something that I am personally keen on since my platform is more about sharing and creating a general awareness of quality over quantity.  As a result, it is rarely that I would accept an invitation to collaborate unless I truly and passionately believe in the brand.  So when Willow & Hunt approached me with the affiliation, needless to say I was more than excited at the opportunity to represent a brand that is both personally inspiring as well as aesthetically beautiful.

The talented ladies behind this “aesthetically minimalist” line of jewellery are Lisa and Cynthia, two friends who set out to celebrate both personal style as well as empowering women to create their own stories.  The pieces are effortlessly simple, ever so delicate to the eyes, with a style that speaks to your individual taste and personality.  Neither overwhelming nor customary, each in its own and speaks volume when it comes to personal identity.  One can feel both the passion and devotion to creating something that says “you don’t have to live by a defined set of rules, carve out a path that is uniquely yours.”

With today´s chaotic society and more always seem to be better.  We tend to forget the simple rules of life because when you really strip away all the conventional ways society is telling us this is how we should live, the rules of life is quite simple.  And as Willow & Hunt beautifully puts it ” It is our firm belief that what you say or wear should reflect self-awareness and self-respect.”  With that in mind, I would like to show some of my favourite pieces from the latest collection.  And to learn more about the beautiful vision behind this amazing brand, please go to www.WillowandHunt.com or on Instagram @WillowandHunt

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No es cosa de todos los días el que uno se encuentre con una marca en la que crea fuertemente. Con todo lo que hay afuera hoy en día, es difícil a menudo diferenciar que es genuino y que no lo es. Empecé less is more hace tres años por esa razón exactamente. Muy frustrada y cansada de ver lo mismo todos los días, quería alcanzar una audiencia que entendiera mi visión y apreciación por algo más único y especial.

En el camino, he conocido individuos fascinantes que comparten los mismo valores y las mentes increíbles detrás de Willow & Hunt son quienes, de lejos, me han tocado más. Lanzada a principios de este año, la marca de joyería australiana fue creada con una pasión genuina por “lo que verdaderamente significa ser un individuo, poseyendo su propia identidad, con confianza y gracia”. Las colaboraciones no son algo en lo que soy entusiasta en lo personal dado que mi plataforma es más acerca de compartir y crear una conciencia general de calidad sobre cantidad. Por ello, es raro que acepte una invitación a colaborar a menos que crea verdadera y apasionadamente en la marca. Así que cuando Willow & Hunt me contactó con la afiliación, no es necesario decir que estuve más que entusiasmada por la oportunidad de representar una marca que es inspiradora personalmente y hermosa estéticamente.

Las talentosas señoras detrás de esta línea de joyería “estéticamente minimalista” son Lisa y Cynthia, dos amigas que se propusieron tanto a celebrar el estilo personal como a empoderar a las mujeres a crear sus propias historias. Las piezas son naturalmente simples, muy delicadas a los ojos, con un estilo que habla de su gusto individual y personalidad. Ni abrumadoras, ni habituales, cada una dice montones en lo que se refiere a identidad personal. Se puede sentir la pasión y la devoción para crear algo que dice “usted no tiene que vivir según un determinado set de reglas, lábrese un camino que sea exclusivamente suyo”.

En la sociedad caótica de hoy, más parece siempre ser mejor. Tendemos a olvidar las reglas simples de la vida porque cuando realmente nos despojamos de todas las maneras convencionales en que la sociedad nos dice cómo debemos vivir, las reglas de la vida son muy sencillas. Y como lo dice de bella manera Wilow & Hunt “Es nuestra firme creencia que lo que usted dice o usa debe reflejar la conciencia de sí mismo y el auto respeto”. Con esto en mente, me gustaría mostrarles algunas de mis piezas favoritas de la última colección. Y para conocer más acerca de la bella visión detrás de esta maravillosa marca, por favor visiten a www.WillowandHunt.com o en Instagram @WillowandHunt

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Spanish Translation by Assistant Editor, Angelica Carvajal

Models (in order of appearance) Gabrielle Dieu and Paola Martinez Betancourt

Mother´s Day with Azulu

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to work with Azulu, a multi brand clothing stores across Colombia, on their Mother´s Day campaign featuring Valerie Mattos, the Editor of Vogue Colombia.  Together with the beautiful vision of Azulu Founder and Owner, Maya Memovic, we set out to capture what is natural and pure about motherhood.  It was a lovely and low-key shoot with an ethereal emphasis on the special bond between a Mother and her child.  The results were graceful, soft and I adore Azulu´s latest collection of gorgeous dresses.  They were all so beautiful and at the same time, functional and stylish for any mother to be that does not want to be seen in the usual traditional maternity clothes.  So, needless to say, Valerie looked absolutely stunning and here are some of my favourite images to share with you.
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Photography: Tram D Martinez of the less is More

Special Feature:  Valerie Mattos, Editor of Vogue Colombia

Styling: Maya Memovic, Founder and Owner of Azulu.com

Location: Azulu of Bogota

Easter with Rönner

It is always more fun than work when it comes to doing shoots with the lovely ladies at Rönner Design.  And unlike the previous times, this was going to be mainly about the beautiful pieces ranging from their latest collection, Cabalina, to the classic year round favourites that we have grown to love and adore.

There was no question that the perfect place for this delightful photoshoot was going to at the beautiful and recently renovated Myriam Camhi at the heart of Bogota.  The setting was so charming and top it all off, we had one of the most splendid day to work with.  Superb natural light led the way to some of the most memorable moments we had that day.  Here are some of my favourite flashbacks to the day…

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Photography: Tram D Martinez of the less is More

Styling: Ines Rönner Stellabatti, Inspiration, Carin Stellabatti Rönner, Creative Director and Tram D Martinez of the less is More

Location: Myriam Camhi of Bogota, Colombia