Charles & Ron Backstage @ EBM Fashion First

Set in the lovely gardens of Palazzo Parisio - yesterday we had the pleasure of enjoying Charles & Ron’s Palazzo collection, their Fall/Winter 2018/2019 collection. This was a particularly happy moment for me because they launched this collection in Malta during the time i was abroad for Milan Fashion Week, and even though milan was pretty special this year - i’m still a sucker for maltese design, particularly Charles & Ron’s

The palazzo collection was inspired by Palazzo Parisio and features elements from this beautiful place. This fashion show being in the same location fit in quite nicely :)

The fashion show was part of the EBM - Fashion First at Palazzo Parisio, organised by Events by Martin where we also had a photography exhibition and a fashion panel discussion hosted by Peter Carbonaro which included yours truly, Carina Camilleri and Julia Boikova. Check out the recorded live stream here

Without further ado, here are some of the photos from backstage. Models by Models M, Hair by Neville roman Zammit and his team, makeup by Inglot Malta

Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)


A day around Malta by drone

If you’re Maltese you can probably skip this section :) If you’re not from Malta there’s a slim chance you’ve never heard of our little country. Malta is a small independent nation that looks like a little fish on the map, just below Sicily

This little fishy is richer in history than many countries much larger in size and we are lucky that some parts of it boast a natural beauty that you only find in the mediterranean. Yes, I must admit that I am biased :) I am both Maltese and a photographer and since i bought my first drone - a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, i am taking the time to visit all the beautiful places we have that we take for granted. It’s funny that around the world, people will cross the globe to see something in your own country - that you might not have even seen yourself.

Even though i specialise in fashion photography, i find the coastline fascinating (so much so that i have already release a series of coastal drone prints) and here is a tour around Malta - mostly our coastline. Hop on the drone, we’ll be visiting a tiny bit of Gozo, Valletta, Fort Manoel, St Agatha's Tower (the red tower), Xwejni Salt pans, Bahar ic Caghaq, Mellieha, Xaqqa Cliffs, Dingli and Zonqor point

Hope you enjoy it, and if you are interested in drones - check out DJI’s Products here - they are really easy to use and enjoy


Milan Fashion Week: Backstage Diaries

Like a lavish meal, a fashion show takes hours of painstaking planning, preparation, work.. and in a few minutes it’s all over. Whilst guests are usually there to witness the main event, the work, emotions and excitement happening behind the scenes is not something that is obvious.

Malta’s fashion industry has come a long way in recent years, as can be seen by the ever improving calendar of events and the improvement in the overall quality of the material produced. Having said that, we need to acknowledge that we are still a long way from established countries, and we need to look and see what these larger players are doing to keep learning and improving.

This year Caroline and I travelled to Milan Fashion week where i focused on backstage and a bit of street-style. Here are some highlights from the trip with backstage from Blumarine, Francesca Liberatore, ANNAKIKI, Aigner and others.

Most were lit using a handheld YongNuo YN360 LED light, which makes it really easy to selectively light up the subject (a stop or two above ambient) and then darken the surroundings. Colour rendition is great and other than making you look a bit like a silly jedi :D there is very little wrong with the light. Having said that, the distinctive nature of the light makes for a conversation starter which can be very good backstage

 Blumarine

Blumarine

 Blumarine

Blumarine

 Francesca Liberatore

Francesca Liberatore

 Francesca Liberatore

Francesca Liberatore

 ANNAKIKI

ANNAKIKI

 Aigner

Aigner

 Blumarine

Blumarine

 Blumarine

Blumarine

 Aigner

Aigner

 Francesca Liberatore

Francesca Liberatore

 Aigner

Aigner

 ANNAKIKI

ANNAKIKI

Waterfairy, Reflections

Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)

This was a very simple shoot which centered around the fantastic Biljana Boric. I think that one of the defining characteristics of a good model is the versatility and raw emotion that they bring to the table.

Armed with a YongNuo YN360 LED panel (and hoping not to be the first photographer in malta to lose a 5Dmk4 to the water) we headed to Ghajn tuffieha bay. Water at night has a very interesting quality to it and it changes drastically depending on the angle you are shooting at and also the angle of the light. Change these and you go from a transparent texture to a mirror

My sunset is better than your sunset.

Ok maybe the title is a little bit click-baity. Please forgive me. This all started because of a particularly amazing sunset a few days/weeks ago. Add a drone and some epic music beats and taddaaaaa here’s a small video that i’m still working on :)

It’s interesting to see how different videography is from photography. First of all from a workflow perspective, the software available is vastly different. So far i’ve tried Premiere Elements, iMovie, Filmora and i might also try some more. I know i’m also taking some shortcuts - the raw shots that make up this video are shot with the default H.264 setting withing the drone. It also supports 10bit HLog on H.265 for a more cinematic experience, however that is still on my “to-do” list since i’m still learning the different shots, edits, transitions, etc that turn raw footage into the semblance of a cohesive experience.

Looking back, the drone has taught me that we are truly blessed in Malta - the amount of natural beauty we take for granted, and the amazing architecture (Valletta anyone?) we live in goes largely unnoticed.

So far i must admit that drone photography is still my first love (Check out this series of prints i made at the water’s edge) but video is REALLY growing on me.

A dream wedding photoshoot in Malta: Stella Cini

Bridal gowns and settings can create some of the most beautiful settings for a shoot. Things get even better when you put a bundle of sass in a wedding dress and unleash her into the world :D We decided to combine Stella’s love for wigs and all things hair to create two very different bridal looks for this photoshoot. Footage was shot with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and natural light was used throughout. The focus was to go for something fun, surreal, young, but with the elegance that bridal outfits bring. The Phoenicia hotel gardens were an amazing location from a photographer’s POV providing both for interesting drone footage and also a great mix of clean lines and depth of field. We shot early in the morning to get some very soft natural light and avoid using strobes.


Some Credits:

Here are some of the photos from the wedding shoot:

Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)

Wigs, Modelling, Sass & Make-up by Stella Cini. Check out her YouTube Channel.

Bridal Dress from WeddingBells

Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)

Styling & Coordination: Caroline Paris

Accessories from ZsaZsa

Photography by Kurt Paris

Shot at the Phoenicia Hotel, Malta

Track: Cadmium - Be With You (feat. Grant Dawson) [NCS Release]. Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.

Watch: https://youtu.be/4nbLR9mCOXA

Free Download / Stream: http://ncs.io/BeWithYouYO

My Milan Fashion Week in 2 Minutes

I’m still transferring all the images onto my computer, but one of my targets for 2018/2019 is to deep dive into video and to start learning the art of videography, editing and the challenges that brings with it.

Here is a quick video showing some of the moments at Milan Fashion Week SS2019. This year I focused mainly on street-style and backstage photography. This might not be much of a surprise :) but i really enjoy shooting street style and backstage is a very challenging but rewarding space where time, space and opportunity is quite limited. I’d like to take quick second to thank all the PR companies for backstage access, the influencers, guests and bloggers for stopping and my crazy wife for sending us on this fashion journey in the first place

I’ll be posting all of the street style and fashion show backstage photos from the video at some point on this blog or my Instagram account. In the meantime here are a couple of shots:

 Blumarine Backstage, Milan Fashion Week SS19

Blumarine Backstage, Milan Fashion Week SS19

 ANNAKIKI Backstage, Milan Fashion Week SS19

ANNAKIKI Backstage, Milan Fashion Week SS19

 Leonie Hanne, Ohhcouture, Street style

Leonie Hanne, Ohhcouture, Street style


Shooting Portraits in Harsh lighting

One of the things we have an abundance of in Malta is bright bright sunlight. This post unfortunately does not apply to our harsh sun when it’s at it’s peak. This is because the overhead positioning and bright light will result in a white studio background with the added haze that will lose a lot of fine detail.

In these conditions, moving to the shade will produce much better results. However! if you are in harsh sunlight in the morning or afternoon hours before golden hour. Simply place the subject with their back to the sun and use them to shield your camera from the glare. This will produce a lovely blown out background and a golden halo for your subject. To achieve this make sure you expose for our subject’s face, otherwise the camera will try and average out the light in the scene and leave you with a dull background and dark underexposed face

This will not work well for all subjects but for kids, and young beautiful people this fits quite nicely.

Here are some example of this technique show during Milan Fashion Week

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 In this photo of Birgit Kos, a bit of toning was applied to the highlights

In this photo of Birgit Kos, a bit of toning was applied to the highlights

A DJI Mavic 2 Pro in Malta - Still Camera Quality

Even though video and photo are such similar media, the way you tell a story with either of them is completely different. There is also a completely new set of skills that one has to master. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro even when handled very basically (ie find a nice open space, go up, point the camera downwards - frame your shot, done) gives a very different point of view to what we are used to.

One of the key things in photography (in my humble opinion) is to constantly be different and push boundaries - because only by creating novel, new and fresh content are users surprised and delighted.

Malta is a truly beautiful place, and in the last week i've been trying to find different locations to fly to train on how to use the craft and also how to take good aerial photos (all whilst not breaking the law, and not crashing the thing at the same time)

So here are some sample shots - these are RAW shots from the Mavic 2 and processed in Lighroom. Off the bat, the RAW files of the Mavic 2 Pro are not as forgiving as something out of a professional camera like the 5D mark 4. However overall the RAW files do have some wiggle room (mainly in the shadows, less in the highlights) to play with.

Some observations so far:

  • Long exposures (even up to 8 seconds) have come out quite fine
  • Underexposing shots slightly to preserve highlights is preferable to me than losing highlights
  • Make sure the drone LEDs switch off during long exposures, otherwise you will get a crappy pink hue at the top and bottom of the image
  • Don't touch the sticks during a shot - the drone WILL move and blur everything :D
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
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By far the most eye-opening experience has been that at face value, a drone feels like a toy that can be used at whim - but just like driving a car or boat, flying a drone requires a great deal of maturity and responsibility (and skill which i am still working on..). The technology today is (so far) quite easy, even for people new to the scene - but there is a lack of information and resources. Luckily there is a very healthy community who are very quick to help (Big shout out to Andrew Schembri from Dickens)

From a more photographic point of view, the same "don't annoy people" rules apply. Invasion of privacy is very easy and it's important that one is aware of where they are flying so as not to harass people, and more importantly what images they choose to publish. The Mavic 2 is a very silent drone so that helps keep people happy, also advising any bystanders nears takeoff/landing of my filming intentions has avoided any grumpyness

Inspired in Valletta - Ritienne Zammit

Last week as part of my wife's general craziness, we spent a few days living in Valletta. We stayed at the lovely Cumberland Boutique Hotel, used the Ferry to get to work, and ate pretty much EVERYTHING. You can check out the article by The Wife(tm) about living in Valletta on her blog

Apart from the sights, smells (food, oh so much different interesting food) and sounds (you can literally walk around Valletta at night and bounce from one live music act to another without hearing any silence - it's lovely) - there is a huge sense of drama to the place that just makes my creative side wake up.

So we had to do a fashion shoot - and since the light in Valletta is perfect very early in the morning, I passed on the amazing breakfast (food :() and convinced everyone to wake up early (I got coffee and fresh croissants to make up... yes more food)

So without further ado here's a shoot inspired by Ritienne Zammit's Past & Present collections

  • Model: Rebecca @ Supernova Model Managment
  • Photography: Kurt Paris
  • Make-up: Jean Zammit using Inglot
  • Styling: Caroline Paris
  • Designer: Ritienne Zammit
  • Hair Styling: Christian Galea @ Michael & Guy
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)
Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)

Editing Mobile Phone photos

Even though i am a professional photographer, there are times where i don't have (or don't want to have) my camera with me - both when i'm in Malta and abroad. Like anyone else who has made their merry way into the 21st century, i do however have a mobile phone pretty much always in my pocket.

One of the main benefits a professional camera brings to a photoshoot, is the ability to work fast and in difficult conditions without losing quality. However, if you're prepared to sacrifice image quality a little bit, pushing your photos during editing will make a big difference in the impact.

This article is based on the Snapseed mobile application. This was built on an excellent software suite by a company called Nik (which was then taken over by Google). I use the android version which you can download here and there is also a version for iPhone here

Disclaimer: Is editing going to make my Oneplus 5 images look like they were taken with my Canon 5D mk4? No way! but it will add perceived detail and impact

Basic Corrections

The first step in our editing is to correct any mistakes that the camera may have made. Remember that the amount of light the phone captures and the colour which it sets to be "white" are guesses and it can get these wrong. (For example you might take a picture of a white plate in a room lit up in warm white light and get a yellow colour cast.)

1. White Balance (ie - is everything yellow-ish?) - The White balance tool has a selection tool that allows you to click on a spot on the photo and set it as white. If you're shooting food, this could be the table cloth or plate. Neutral greys work just as well (or better) than white too. Once you fix this you will see new colours appear in the photo

2. Exposure (ie is the photo too dark or too white?) - For these two questions we'll be using two different tools. Unfortunately, if the photo is too white, it is much harder to fix since the detail is lost and the colours may have become skewed. Your best bet is to use the Tune Image tool and reduce the brightness and highlights settings. Be careful because whites might become greys which are possibly uglier than the white you are trying to fix.

To add light we can either use the Tune Image tool and add brightness but i find that using the Curves tool and selecting "Brighten" from the palette produces a more pleasing effect. You can then adjust the curve to increase/decrease this - or you can just run the Curves tool multiple times (i find this produces the most natural result)

At this point out photo is well exposed and is showing the correct colours. Since these are things mobile phones often make mistakes in, we've already improved the image substantially

Case Study: Dinner

 Food in particular needs correct colours and good lighting, additional detail and contrast are an added bonus (if you like that effect)

Food in particular needs correct colours and good lighting, additional detail and contrast are an added bonus (if you like that effect)

 

Adding Detail

1. The aptly named Details tool is an easy way to bring out the structure in the image. I personally like adding a lot of this since it adds sharpness and contrast across the board. You can then go into the layer mask (View Edits -> select the layer -> select the brush) and then brush away the areas where it might have added too much structure

2. Focus on your subject. This is much harder to do with a phone than with a professional slr since depth of field (blur/bokeh) is linked to the size of the camera sensor (which is tiny on a phone) so we can turn to software to help us out. Disclaimer: This can look fake if misused. This effect is very obvious and i tend to reduce the amount of blur that is set by default. I also adjust the shape of the circle to go around the object i want to keep in focus.

3. HDR. Yes, HDR Scape is a great editing tool for mobile phones - especially since the dynamic range of the sensor is much smaller than you get in a good camera. Disclaimer: This can look fake if misused. I use HDR typically for food shots and landscapes. Like lens blur i reduce the amount of filter strength that is set by default (be particularly careful for whites becoming "dusty" and reds becoming highlighted and over bright). From the palette i typically select the "Nature" or "People" setting

4. Tone the image. The Vintage tool is a great way to tone the colours in your image - again this is an effect that should be used sparingly and with caution. I tend to reduce/almost remove the default vignette setting and i reduce the overall effect by at least 50% - otherwise it will just take over all the colours of your photo. Remember that you want to add some spice, not overwhelm it

Case Study 3: Architecture in Valletta

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5. Selective editing using the healing tool can help fix mistakes or dirt in the photo. Click on the affected areas will draw information for the surroundings to remove the offending debris. It's also very good when someone attacks the food before the photo was taken! :) In the next case study i had wanted a photo of the dish but absent-mindedly broke it with my fork. 

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Questions? Anything Not Clear?

Just leave a comment below and i'll do my best to reach out and help you out or edit the article and explain better :)

Backstage over the years

Just a quick trip down memory lane: i present to you photos taken backstage at various fashion shows around the world by a photographer from Malta (who used to be fat) including Milan Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Serbia Fashion Week and Malta Fashion Week

2015

 Fashion Scout Backstage - London Fashion Week

Fashion Scout Backstage - London Fashion Week

 Giles Deacon Backstage - London Fashion Week

Giles Deacon Backstage - London Fashion Week

 Ritienne Zammit Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Ritienne Zammit Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Caroline Hili Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Caroline Hili Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

2016

 Moschino Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

Moschino Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

 Etro Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

Etro Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

 Stella Jean Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

Stella Jean Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

 Wedding Bells Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Wedding Bells Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Gaetano Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Gaetano Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Parascandalo Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Parascandalo Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Ritienne Zammit Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Ritienne Zammit Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

2017

 Annakiki Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

Annakiki Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

 Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Parascandalo Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Parascandalo Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Eymeric Francois Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Eymeric Francois Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Ritienne Zammit Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Ritienne Zammit Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Stella Jean Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

Stella Jean Backstage - Milan Fashion Week

 Marija Sabic Backstage - Mad Mood Milan Fashion Week

Marija Sabic Backstage - Mad Mood Milan Fashion Week

 Charles & Ron Backstage

Charles & Ron Backstage

 Backstage Serbia Fashion Week

Backstage Serbia Fashion Week

 Mirat Cyril Backstage - Serbia Fashion Week

Mirat Cyril Backstage - Serbia Fashion Week

 Backstage Serbia Fashion Week

Backstage Serbia Fashion Week

2018

 Eymeric Francois Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Eymeric Francois Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Jasongrech Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Jasongrech Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

 Ritienne Zammit Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

Ritienne Zammit Backstage - Malta Fashion Week

I used to be fat - update & clarifications

Just a small update to my previous article to clarify some things based on some of the comments/chats i've had following publication

1. Exercise is good

Just to clarify this point, i am NOT saying that exercise is not a good idea. From a wider health perspective, there are a ton of benefits from regular exercise. However from a strictly weight loss point of view, you cannot rely on exercise alone. It's great to supplement a decent eating habit and will help, but you cannot ignore nutrition. So get your eating habits in order: learn how much you should be eating (depending on your weight/sex/age there are ranges of calories you should be eating every day), learn how to balance high calorie foods with low calorie bulky ones and then add exercise.

2. I am trying to lose weight and it's hard... not easy

Losing weight is not hard. Medical conditions aside, if you eat less calories than you burn then you should lose weight. It's putting yourself in a position where this is easy takes a bit of thought and planning.

Saying no to food (especially GOOD food, or food we are hardwired to crave like sugar/fat) is very hard. So the "big trick" is putting yourself in a position where you don't have to resist.

For example - meet friends for a walk or a movie instead of for dinner, skip a party or an event if you have too many that week, etc. It's realistically only in the first few weeks that you need to be a bit extra careful and say no to get into the weight loss rhythm... after that default to "not today" :)

Another example - try avoid coming home starving from work and still having to cook. Mitigate by having a snack late in the day or preparing dinner beforehand. This will avoid (in my case) nibbling 1000cal worth of stuff whilst i cook dinner.

3. This is a photo blog... wtf!

A Canon 5D mark 4 weighs 891g. Add a battery grip weighing around 390g and a lens (i use the 85mm f1.2L a lot) at 1025g - you suddenly are carrying over 2kgs. When you are doing a photoshoot or shooting an event which usually involves much running around and is spread over a few hours - those 2kgs feel like 20. Physical fitness is very important in photography, if you're tired you will be less creative, you will be more likely to be in the wrong place or miss a shot... etc etc etc... HOWEVER to be precise, being physically fit is key here so we're not only talking about weight loss - lose weight, exercise, build muscle = photo happiness.

4. What protein powders do you use?

Protein powder is not a unicorn, and many studies on the internet suggest that it may not be the best thing for the body but nevertheless i found it to be a good breakfast: it's easy to prepare - just add water, tasty, and keeps me full until lunch. My first powder was Phd Pharma Whey (i bought the vanilla creme flavour) which is based primarily on Whey protein (contains lactose!). I then started experimenting with protein blends which mix Whey (which is fast to digest), with Micellar Casein (which is slowly absorbed). From these my favourites were the MusclePharm Combat (Hybrid series) and BSN Syntha-6 Edge, both in cookies'n'cream flavour (basically vanilla with crunch bits :D)

Another protein 'hack' i use sometimes involves protein pudding (basically a powder which you mix with water and it thickens into a mousse) and in it i cut up one or two apples. This is usually a good breakfast for days when i'm going to be eating a little later in the day.

5. Did i miss anything?

Just send me a message in private or leave a comment below and i'll try my best to answer. Just remember that i'm not a health professional so whilst these methods worked for me, they may not necessarily be good for everyone (or myself for all i know!)

 

I used to be fat.

I have spent most of my life being overweight, and whilst i'm not saying that it's necessarily a bad thing per se (apparently I was even considered more attractive by some people.. ah well!), i'm happy with the transformation. Disclaimers: I'm not a doctor, or a nutritionist and for all i know the things i did will cause me to drop dead tomorrow. Use any of this advice at your own risk :)

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If you haven't already read my previous article, you can check it out on Caroline's blog here: http://carolinefashionstyling.com/2016/03/diet-confessions-of-food-aholic.html

It's funny how used to things the body and the mind can get - when I saw that photo on my Facebook feed, i know it was me but then again i was surprised at how unconnected to that "me" i was. I think it's important to always keep things we did, people we love and other stuff that change our lives close to us, and also to constantly remind ourselves where we came from. 

Since I shared that memory, many people commented or spoke to me in private about their problems and challenges where weight is concerned and barring cases where genuine medical issues might make it harder (or impossible) to lose weight you need to remember two things.

1. That guy in the picture was happy, he didn't feel attractive to the opposite sex (my demons, maybe not yours) but you don't have to be thin to live a happy life.

2. For me, the biggest challenge was in my head, and food (like alcohol, or other drugs) is addictive and should be treated with the same level of respect.

I'm going to group & answer some questions i received:

1. Did it take you 7 Years?

Not even close - looking back at my Google Fit data, i was hovering around the 110kg mark late in 2015. By June 2016 i had already hit 81.5kgs, it then took me until June 2017 to go to my (roughly) current weight of 72kgs. So in a nutshell, i lost the bulk of my weight in around 8 months, that's not really that long :)

2. You must have exercised A LOT!

In the beginning, not really. I was blessed that i had a super amazing team (CCBill Architecture!) who were into sports and they enticed me to join gym & running sessions over time. However keep in mind that whilst exercise is good for you and fun in so many ways (when you're not fat, when i was fat i hated it - i was heavy, i got tired, i sweated like a pig... this all changes trust me .. except the sweating :D) it's the diet that plays the biggest effect on my weight. Just to give you an example, a few months back i was training for The Grid Sprint, we had training sessions (which i used to run to from the office) and i would do training on my off days. So in these months i was literally training at least once (some times twice) a day - and my weight DID NOT GO DOWN. I was eating more, i was becoming stronger and more muscular but if i used this as an excuse to indulge in cake - it still showed up on the scales.

So in a nutshell, ace your nutrition game and then if you can exercise - great! if not focus on exercise when you are already on your journey

3. Did you live on salads?

Absolutely not.

Mornings i usually start off with a protein shake a couple of times a week (especially if i'm training) and a coffee. Around 9am, i attack out kitchenette and harvest 2 or 3 fruits which i will eat before 12:00 noon

Every day, lunch is my biggest meal (i personally like this) and i eat whatever we have on the menu at CatenaMedia (we have an awesome kitchen team there who cook everything from veal ribeye, to tuna, grilled octopus... i digress). If you see my plate, it's pretty loaded. I personally find that i need 2 main things in my plate - Protein (could be anything: chicken, eggs, pork, fish, whatever) and bulk. "The bulk" makes me feel full without adding too many calories and it's quite easy - just fill your plate with low calorie, large items (usually vegetables or some salad).  At lunch times i try to get some carbs on my plate too.

Evenings i tend to remain a bit light - usually i have a fruit or other snack (protein bar/ nuts/etc) around 4pm and a light dinner around 8pm. Dinner usually is made up of indian dals, or frittata - something with some light protein (usually egg whites) and spicy vegetables.

4. Are you really suggesting eating cake to lose weight?!

Yes. Being on a diet where foods are not allowed (excluding medical reasons) is stupid. Conversely having huge cheat days where you eat a whole bakery is equally pointless and just likely to make you lose your rythm.

If you look at my photos on Instagram (usually on stories) you will see an equal amount of healthy food and .. well.. things like this slice of awesomness from Danny's:

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The trick here is to space these out. Say "Not Today" rather than "No" because by knowingly add fun meals into my week i am able to remain a foodie and keep my weight where i want it. Typically the system i use i that when i have a fun meal on one day, i just eat a little less the following day or two and possibly up my exercise a tiny bit. The most important thing is: DON'T CALL IT A CHEAT MEAL, YOU ARE DOING NOTHING WRONG. Just like when you buy something from a shop - you pay for it.

5. This is a marathon, not a sprint

Even though you will see results very early on, the main thing to keep in mind is that you just need to set your self up into a rhythm you can sustain for the rest of your life. Therefore you have to adjust accordingly. IF you absolutely cannot control late dinners with the family for instance, portion size is something you can easily adjust

Going back to the 15th of July (Cheesy Chips day) - 

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My next weigh in was on the 17th - 2 days after. Remember when you have more food in your body, this doesn't just magically disappear - it takes time for it to.. ahem.. exit. To complicate life, on the 18th of July i was scheduled to visit our Belgrade office and the food in Serbia is really, really, really good. So over the week, i enjoyed myself within reason and then when i arrived back in malta, i went back on my rhythm and as you can see from the last 2 dots - we are back on track.

Malta Fashion Week - Rosemarie Abela Al-Magrib

Another in the series of fashion editorial photo-shoots done as part of Malta Fashion Week - Rosemarie Abela's Al Magrib collection. Valletta's older areas which are still a bit raw provided us with some great backdrops. The maltese limestone tends to really throw a yellow hue on the outfit, thanks to all the sunlight light that bounces off it and onto the clothes. So to add a bit of drama and also to bring out the lovely colours and texture in the clothes - you guessed it - one Bowens 500w strobe with a beauty dish. The main difference this time is that we kept it off angle to give some nice shadows on the models

MFWA 2018 - Kurt Paris (https://www.kurtparis.com)
MFWA 2018 - Kurt Paris (https://www.kurtparis.com)
MFWA 2018 - Kurt Paris (https://www.kurtparis.com)
MFWA 2018 - Kurt Paris (https://www.kurtparis.com)
MFWA 2018 - Kurt Paris (https://www.kurtparis.com)

The team behind the shoot:

  • Model: Venla from Models M and Francesca from Supernova Model Management
  • Makeup: Elaine Galea
  • Designer: Rosemarie Abela
  • Hair-styling: Flavia @ dcolorpallet
  • Photography: Kurt Paris