Category Archives: Personal Projects

Windows & Buckets

Here’s a frame I shot while on assignment for one of my corporate clients. I’ve walked past these guys setting up at street level several times walking to my assignments, but I never put two and two together until I was sitting down to lunch and saw them out the window. So THAT’S what these guys in rope harnesses were doing down there…

In any case, it made for a cool picture as they were shaking their squeegees, dangling from a single rope 100 feet in the air while sitting on a 2×4.

12/13/2012 -- BOSTON -- Window washers clean the windows of a building on Winter Street at Downtown Crossing on Dec. 13, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

12/13/2012 — BOSTON — Window washers clean the windows of a building on Winter Street at Downtown Crossing on Dec. 13, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

The Guitar-toting Yogini

Part of what I love about what I do is that I often get to hang out with talented people doing interesting things.

For that reason, I’ve been wanting to work with my good friend Erica Magro for awhile now. You see, Erica is a supremely talented musician, as well as being a wonderfully charming yoga instructor. Somehow, she manages to combine the two perfectly, and it’s truly an amazing experience when you get to hear her perform during a yoga class. She’s starting to build quite the following, so it was quite a delight to have the chance to show off her talents visually.

She will impress you, no doubt!

For more information, cruise on over to her website, ericamagro.com. And many thanks to South Boston Yoga for, in addition to being my main studio, being generous enough to let us use one of their studios for the shoot.

3/9/12 ? BOSTON ? Erica Magro, yoga instructor and musician, photographed at South Boston Yoga on Mar. 9, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

3/9/12 ? BOSTON ? Erica Magro, yoga instructor and musician, photographed at South Boston Yoga on Mar. 9, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

3/9/12 ? BOSTON ? Erica Magro, yoga instructor and musician, photographed at South Boston Yoga on Mar. 9, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

3/9/12 ? BOSTON ? Erica Magro, yoga instructor and musician, photographed at South Boston Yoga on Mar. 9, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

3/9/12 ? BOSTON ? Erica Magro, yoga instructor and musician, photographed at South Boston Yoga on Mar. 9, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

3/9/12 ? BOSTON ? Erica Magro, yoga instructor and musician, photographed at South Boston Yoga on Mar. 9, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

Pranassage

As I alluded to in my previous post, I spent a little time in San Francisco for some vacation. But before I entered vacation mode, my good friend Miki Sato asked if I could help her make some pictures to promote her Pranassage practice. I’m sure you all are wondering what “Pranassage” is, just like I did when Miki first told me about it, so here’s my best explanation.

“Prana,” which is a common term you’ll hear while practicing yoga, is essentially energy, life-force or breath. Combine that with “massage,” and you get “Pranassage.” To paraphrase Miki’s explanation, it’s basically having an experienced yoga instructor do the yoga for you — putting your body in correct alignment and helping you to balance everything out. The ultimate goal is to feel complete bliss and stress relief.

But of course, you’ll get a better idea if you just see what it is for yourself.

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For anyone local to the Boston area or anyone planning any time on Cape Cod or the islands over the next few months, Miki will be bringing her practice to Nantucket for the summer. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, send her an e-mail at mikicsato@gmail.com.

Many thanks to our friend Akino for being a wonderful model/guinea pig — I don’t think she minded though. And thanks to my photo assistants, the lovely Sarah Phillips, and…

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