Happy girls are the prettiest. _Audrey Hepburn
Another batch of old photos which bring delight to my tired days. Took me years to upload these...Ah, the plodder in me!
Soon, I'm going to add more. Savan Vegas never runs out of pretty faces.
A fleeting remembrance of a very pretty young lass...I suddenly remembered her because of an upcoming photo shoot in Savan Vegas. She resigned a long time ago. It would have been lovely if this girl's still around. Shame on me for not uploading this years before..A pretty picture tucked behind piles of untouched JPGs; what a fleeting memory!
It's been a while since I last used my camera after being diagnosed with CTS. However, I decided to end 2012 doing what makes me happy and start the new year right. Despite minor hassles, I managed to take photos of the pretty members of our gaming department who won the Christmas party's talent competition. They were getting ready that afternoon, for a repeat performance at the New Year's eve party. I wasn't ready for this shoot but I just went with the flow. The kids randomly posed on their own, stood where they want regardless of the background, and I just let them. Some were not even in full costume but who cares, I thought. They were having fun already and I didn't want to spoil it by telling them to wear their socks and shoes. No drama, no frills, no pretentious poses, no pressure; just a pure delightful afternoon with these young, vibrant and undeniably lovely staff of Savan Vegas Hotel & Casino.
For the first time after several shots, they asked me how they'll pose in this group photo. I just said, "alai ka dai" or "whatever" in English, and clicked away. It's not perfect but I didn't take another one. This was the last shot I made and I knew I had captured the essence of their mood; spontaneous fun.
“A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise
to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.”
— Isaac Asimov
I came across Noy's photos while cleaning my hard drive. There was a time I was hooked on creating my own Photoshop brushes and her pictures were my experiments. Just now, I realized the beauty in her emotive expressions. Something in her gaze lent subtle drama to her shots; my brushes don't really count.
“Confidence, darling, is elegance.”
― Desiree Mejer
It was a tedious process to choose her best pictures among hundreds of files. At the beginning, I'd upload a particular photo then delete and replace it with another. This went on for a while until I decided to select the photos based on how they speak to me rather than sheer technicality; images of the Effy I enjoy and miss. Perhaps we never shared a beer, but we did share some tears. She instinctively knows when I feel bad and would always hold my hand; respects my silence and gives me a hug. A genuine darling, ever youthful and vibrant, delectably sweet and pretty; that's my Effy.
Better left unsaid
“..the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it -
basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them...”
― Charles Bukowski
My Nepalese friend, Chetan, looked forward to this shoot with gusto that made my sullen mood rise to her level of cheerfulness. It was a casually planned afternoon. I told her to wear something simple, preferably a long white dress. The lady didn't disappoint me when she donned a casually elegant linen
Sometimes, when I'm lost for words on a certain beauty, I often equate the feeling with a poem or a song. In Yupha's case, her innocent mien reminds me of a favorite poem back in my high school days.
“How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd;”
― Alexander Pope
Mayoula wearing the old uniform of Savan Vegas dealers
Sadly, the small town of Savannakhet, Laos does not have talent scouts in the fashion industry, at least, none that I know of.
I have often thought that Mayoula, with her sparkly personality and legs to die for, was born for the ramps and to grace the cover of fashion magazines. She has this prima donna air about her but she's actually shy and probably unaware of her great potential for modeling. In the past, I would often berate her lightly, for coming to work with a 'just got out of bed' look and her hair loosely tied in a clumped mass, with bangs and tendrils hanging messily on her forehead and nape. She'd just work her charm on me by flashing that "Julia Roberts" smile and sweetly convince me to let her get away with her hairstyle, and most of the time, she does.
ordinary pumps looked like PRADA on Mayoula
She exudes a kind of laid-back glamour, whether in uniform or in casual attire, in traditional Lao skirt or a sexy evening dress. I remember one time, how thrilled she was when I paid a compliment on the shoes she's wearing. I've seen those pumps worn by other dealers and they didn't look as great as the way Mayoula struts in them. I imagined how classy the shoes would look on the dance floor under neon lights.
behind the mirror
Mayoula graced several Savan Vegas ad campaigns, calendars and promotional stuff. She left the casino months ago and haven't heard from her since. I think of her every time I hear the song, "Pretty Woman." Her stellar qualities... nicely etched in my memory.
Mem once worked in our casino as a dealer.
I quickly warmed up to this girl when we first met.
Funny and sexy, she strikes a semblance to one of my favorite Filipino entertainers, Ms. Vernie Varga. She exuded conflicting charms, from a bubbly young lady to matronly dame, to sultry vixen. Whatever it is, I best remember her as the gregarious lass, with a unique tilted smile that often bursts into contagious laughter. Definitely missed.
On this page I glorify BEAUTY, conventional and otherwise. It's what I see inside them, not on them.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”
― Markus Zusak