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Welcome to Newport Living and Lifestyles and Welcome to the November photo contest.
I’m Christon Gibson and joining us today is Meagan Zarba and guest photographer Vessi VLasseva.
Say that 3 times while your dancing. It’s go a good disco beat to it.
Today we’re gonna find out who the winner is of the monthly photo contest
How do you enter the monthly photo contest?
You have to hashtag #NLandL
Which stands for Newport Living and Lifestyles!
Fantastic! so Vessi did a great job of picking only five photos.
I don’t know how you did it.
It was difficult.
How many were there?
There’s a lot
A lot! I only looked for the month of November. I didn’t look past the month of November.
There is probably at least 100, I would say
Yeah, people are doing a great job of hashtagging.
Every winner, every month, gets a gift certificate and a bottle of bubbly
Today our host is Meagan Zarba
Would you like to tell us something about what the winners will receive and what you do.
Absolutely, I’m a licensed massage therapist and health coach and I
work with people. I specialize in helping people have less pain in their
body, chronic pain, acute pain, I work with people who are in rehab programs, people
who just want to feel better in their body and I’m
offering $100 giftcard to come work with me in any capacity.
I practice deep tissue, myofascial release, just simple relaxation, Swedish massage,
I also incorporate marma point therapy, which comes from Ayurveda
if you’ve heard of it, if not, if you’re curious, come talk to me.
I could probably talk for hours about everything that I do.
I do have two locations.
On Monday and Tuesday I’m located here at Stella Mare in Newport it’s 91 Long Wharf and then
my other location is Wednesday and Thursday in Middletown, inside Wyatt Square, its 575 East Main Road.
You can see me at either of those locations and
I’m really excited to work with you and meet whoever the winner is
They can book appointments for you straight through Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook @massagewithmeag Instagram @meaganzarba
Also, by my phone number, which I’m not sure if we are putting that out there….
Let’s do it!
Go for it!
Yeah! Call me! 978-870-8161
or you can reach me at my email
which is Maegan@everydayohm.com
my website is EverydayOhm.com
Your Instagram and Facebook?
My Instagram is @MeaganZarba and
You can find me on LinkedIn by the same name @meaganzarba
I’m the only one that has that name.
Well I love your name and this is a beautiful space to work in with a piano and gongs, really gorgeous space.
It’s a really special space. Stella Mare is also used as a rental space for micro weddings, corporate parties, private
parties and any of that jazz. It is a gorgeous place to hold events.
Yes, I teach yoga here. The owner of this
space is super passionate about holistic health and wellness and she invites any
of that to be part of the space when it’s not being rented out for events so
We are actually home to Newport Kundalini , which is a type of yoga.
It’s a really big community here.
Every Tuesday night there’s a class at 6:00PM Kundalini Yoga and
on Tuesday mornings I teach a regular Hatha alignment based flow and
I also do private yoga, small group yoga and just teaching people how to move their bodies in general.
My whole background is in exercise science and psychology originally.
I used to be a personal trainer so I’ve been studying the body
and the workings of the mind and the body for probably 15 years.
How did you guys meet?
Through my husband and her boyfriend.
I was dying one day. I was having horrible, horrible back pains and her boyfriend who works with my husband,
said you have to go see Meagan, she is life changing and she fixed me.
I’m honored to be a part of anybody’s healing process and thank you very much.
Vessi tell us about your photography, your history, how you got started, your passions.
I am new to Newport. I moved here from Colorado in May.
I started photographing when I was 14 years old in high school.
I did it as a second major in college and then once I graduated college.
I decided that photography was going to be my side hustle.
About 3 – 3 1/2 years ago it turned into my full-time job.
I’ve been doing it ever since.
I’ve had a lot of clients in Colorado that I’ve worked with.
I primarily work with interior designers on interior design photography.
I do a lot of lifestyle shoots with people and products.
That is what my main focus is, however I’m open to new ventures in photography,
which is really really cool.
Then I also do some graphic design work as well, because my other major,
because I couldn’t just be an art major, according to my parents, was advertising.
I do all of that stuff as well.
Some clients use me as kind of a little more of a full-service, small boutique-y agency,
others just come to me for a la cart services
It just depends on what people need.
A women of many facets. How can they find you?
You can find me at VessiVlasseva.com
and my photography, design work and all of my contact information can be found there.
Fantastic, thanks ladies, are we ready to check out some of these photos?
I picked 5 photos off of the #NLandL hashtag for November.
Should we start with this one? This one is by @MermaidMasterpieces
She’s got fantastic work.
It’s so so pretty. It’s just the sky and the ocean.
It’s just absolutely beautiful.
I love of the colors and the reflections.
I love that it all blends together.
It looks like a painting.
I want to hang it over my bed.
That would be a great canvas.
You get lost in it.
Yes! it’s beautiful!
And it looks very mermaid-ish.
How many likes does she have, 22 others liked it,
so go check out @mermaidmasterpieces
She has really fantastic work and she DESERVES the props!!!
She has a lot of beautiful work on her page, I kind of stalked everybody a little.
She has a Christmas cards! check out her Christmas cards!
CUTE! That’s awesome!
The second photo I chose is by @l_Double
and the reason I liked this photo is because it looks a little urban for Newport
It gives the city a little more of a city, like a big bigger city vibe.
I really like it and also girls who skateboard are cool!
That one was personally my favorite.
And this one got 136 likes.
Nice work Lee Abney!
He’s one of the favorites around town by the way
I have not met him.
Each of his photos really exude a lot of mood, you can completely tell that they are his work.
You guys definitely check it out @l_double
You know everybody!
Well doing this, you meet more and more people for sure.
The next photo I chose is by @TimNewportRI
It got a 179 likes. I don’t know if Tim’s a professional photographer or if this is something he does on the side.
He works at Discover Newport and by the way,
He is a bartender at the Black Pearl, so go check him out there as well.
He’ is always out and about highlighting Newport for Discover Newport
Cool! I saw a bunch of photos.
It’s just really, just such a pretty composition.
Even the 3 that you picked so far really show so many different sides of Newport so look forward to seeing more.
Yeah, I tried to do that.
I thought that was beautiful.
It’s very calming and relaxing and this is actually a snapshot of the video that he had.
You can just hear the birds chirping and it’s really beautiful.
We couldn’t print that.
Our next contestant is @emdiggity_
She got 124 likes on her image. It’s a picture of her and her dog, I think at the beach.
So cute! I love it !The dog is on point !
Yes! You don’t know how many pictures I have tried to get
of my dog hanging out the window and I cannot do it!
They are not paying attention.
She really captured this so perfectly.
Even as a photographer, I can never nail anything like this, ever.
So good job, way to go, this is perfect,
you should frame it, I hope it’s on your wall, I love it.
I actually want to get a picture of him, which I’ve been trying to do for so long, with the caption that reads
“and I always think they’re waving at me, like a baby in a carriage”
cause they are always waving at the dog like they are so cute!
Last photo is by @K__Elizabeth.
She got, oh gosh, 968 likes!
She’s pretty popular! I have not met her yet but we should definitely make that happen!
I just loved this photo at the beach, it’s so pretty.
She actually has verbiage here reads,
“Stormy night” so it must have been a stormy night.
It’s just a very pretty, peaceful beach image which just makes me think of Newport.
I love how she captured so many different colors on the beach and the sky it’s really popping with that blue.
What do you like about it?
I love that you can see the storms starting to roll in but it looks so the calm and peaceful.
There’s really a lot going on to it.
I feel like it brings in a lot of different moods rather than being cohesively one.
That’s @K__Elizabeth so check out her stuff.
Vessi being our professional guest photographer,
What is the winner of November!
It is so hard to choose and I love them all and I wish everyone could win but
I am going to go with @MermaidMasterpieces
Just because I would hang this on my wall if it was printed on a canvas. I think it’s beautiful!
Congratulations! Great ! Fantastic ! so we can invite @mermaidmasterpieces here together with us and
take a group photo and we can post that as well!
We look forward to seeing you !
Excited to meet you!
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WINNER OF THE OCTOBER PHOTO CONTEST GIFT GIVEAWAY IS ANNOUNCED! Owner Rich Willis offers a $100 GIFT Certificate to Caleb and Broad and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot from Point Wine and Spirits and guest judge and photographer Adam Himber Photography picks WINNER!
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Welcome to Newport Living and Lifestyles. I’m Christon and this month is the photo contest for October and
Last month was really exciting Tim Newport RI
Won the photo contest and won four tickets to the Audrain
Concours and Motor Week. He very much enjoyed himself. And all you have to do to enter to win is
Hashtag #NLandL which stands for Newport living and lifestyles and/or tag
@NewportLivingAndLifestyles in your photos and
In order to win the gift giveaway of the month
Which this month joining us is Rich Willis from Caleb and Broad. How’s it going? Great!
What are you offering the photo contest winner? This week or this month
It’s gonna be a $100 gift certificate to Caleb and Broad here down on Broadway in Newport
Rhode Island also from Point Wine and Spirits my other business, We have a bottle of Veuve Cliquot
Who doesn’t love Veuve?
Always a winner in my book. Tell us a little bit about Caleb and Broad
Caleb and Broad
I opened it a
Little over five years ago now, so I grew up in the area, kind of had a dream to always own my own restaurant. Ran
Businesses, I ran restaurants around here for a long time and then just really decided to go for it.
So I opened Caleb and Broad, May 20th, 2014 and just kind of hit the ground running from there.
There you’ve done a lot to the place. I always try and update everything, change everything,
We got some big things coming in this next winter
I plan on
revamping the whole restaurant a little bit. Kind of bringing a different style again and just kind of freshen things up around here.
You heard it first here. Exactly… actually, very true
Well, you know I’m new to the area so I just moved up here myself from New York
So maybe you can tell me a little bit about what kind of food you guys have.
So I like to describe it as funky and fun. A step up from bar food and a step down from fine dining.
I hover around $20 or less for every entree. Actually, you can come in on a Monday night, which is our big deal
We win it every year. It’s our best dining deals in Newport. It’s every entrees $10
It’s the same portion that you get every other night. It gives you kind of a low cost,
low risk reward to come in try us our and check out other things on the menu, that you might not have
tried because you are a little scared. so what’s the beer situation like? The beer situation,
It’s we got a lot of locals on draft. We actually just did a did a deal with Foolproof
They make our own beer right now. It’s Caleb’s brew. So it’s an amber ale with a little saffron zest in blood orange twist to it as well.
Well you are packed and you said on Tuesday night you have a… yeah, we do a deal on Tuesdays
All the wines half price as long as you order an entree. So a bottle of Veuve right now would cost you
$45 which you can’t even get that in a liquor store for, so, you know
dinner entree and a nice bottle of wine, you can save some money
Come try it out. I was here on Monday. It was fabulous is packed. So get here early
Definitely on Monday’s unless you do have some patience
We do fill up around 6 o’clock, and we keep rolling right until 10 o’clock when the kitchen closes.
It was delicious, by the way. Thank you
awesome! so Adam!
Our guest photographer Adam Himber.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you chose the top five or six photos
well, I came up here from New York three months ago, was a photographer and ran a photo studio down there and
Came up to Newport a couple times for vacation and just loved it so much. I couldn’t leave so I stayed.
Well, I don’t blame, that’s what happened to me too. The thing that’s great about
Newport, you know, your blog is a perfect testament to that too – is that the lifestyle,
environment, the culture, the art scene, the food scene,
Just the way everything looks you could be in a vineyard one minute you on the beach another minute later
It’s just for a photographer. It’s great. Yeah hiking, camping, fishing, bird sanctuary fishing, boating the whole thing,
It’s just a lot of culture, a lot of different experiences in one small place, which is amazing. There’s nothing like it.
What were you doing in New York?
I ran a big photo studio in New York. We had tons of clients a lot of cars. We did a lot of car photography.
We did everything from dog food to cosmetics.
We even had Victoria Secrets as one of our clients, so that was a lot of fun.
Hook a woman up!
That is a wide range
Yeah it really was,
But you know in the photography business you take them as they come
How can they find you?
You can find me anywhere at www.AdamHimberphoto.com or @AdamHimberPhoto
I’m all over social media so you can check out my work there. Yeah
Lifestyle. Newport Living and Lifestyles. There you go. marriage…
Do you want to go over the top photos that you picked?
Yeah, it was really, I gotta tell you it was really hard to pick
I agree, that’s why bring him in!
The photos are amazing. There’s some tremendous work out there and a bunch of a bunch of pieces that I like
So we’ll take a look at the first one
This is some this is a great piece and this is by I_double
L_double That is Lee Abney, Oh, okay
He is one of my favorite photographers, Sure
this piece really caught me four color and composition and
the main thing that I look at when I look at a photograph is what kind of story is it telling
if you’re a lifestyle photographer or any kind of a photographer you want to tell a picture take a picture that’s gonna
Keep telling the story over a period of time not just something you want to look at and turn the page
This photo tells a wonderful story
Obviously, it’s the photographer’s hand is reaching out down along
Towards the Sun rising in the distance or possibly setting so there’s a little bit of a question there
and it’s it’s very
Moody it’s moody. It’s mystical. It’s it creates a lot of different thoughts in your mind
So it’s engaging and it makes you think so. That’s one of the reasons why I love that
How many likes did he have on that? That is an exceptional amount of likes.
Let’s see 238 238 likes that’s pretty good. Yeah, great job Lee. Here’s another one
This one’s from Kara_Ann322, Kara_Ann322
This is a really cool shot. She’s got a hundred and thirteen likes this is a weather shot
And you can sort of see this little path going off into the distance with you know
Really ominous looking clouds a little bit of bright sky there on the horizon and it’s rain in the distance. This is also exceptional
composition too- she’s really balanced the frame really
well, you’ve got you know sort of light in the lower left corner dark in the upper right hand corner
then sort of the opposite thing going on with
light in the upper left hand corner and dark in the lower right hand corner and then this path
Kind of bisecting the frame going out to the horizon. It’s it’s beautiful photograph beautiful color
I love her term here, September stormin its way in.
Yeah, it looks like the day is about to be ruined, real quick
Get off the beach! Its a great photo, now I’m a boater and a sailor
So this one really resonated with me in particular. This is a great shot by
SailonHopeSan and yes, Patrick and Monika they charter they’re sail boat out.
Yeah, this is a beautiful shot, beautiful color,
And again, very very strong in composition and also tells a really really wonderful story, what you see here is you know
Nice use of her horizon line. You don’t want to cut the photo off right smack in the middle
So they kept the horizon a little low
Beautiful angles here too, which is great
You’ve got the boom of the sailboat coming down forming a really nice triangle with the hull of the sailboat
And then you’ve got this open triangle of water here accented by another sailboat
That’s just catching the sunlight as its reflecting off the water. It’s really really amazing composition lots of triangles in this piece
I’m a big triangle fan
So I really like this.
Good to know, good to know your a triangle guy. I am
That’s also a key to taking good photos too
If you can put triangles in your pictures, they’re gonna look a lot stronger and a lot more stable
I didn’t know that. Yeah
Do you sail?
I do when I can, I used to race on a boat called White Rhino. It was a lot of fun. They used to take me down around to the Carribean
and sail around here.
In my off time, before, Pre-business
Yeah, now you have two businesses.
I don’t have much time now
So now let’s jump over to the next photograph. This one is I really really like a lot. This is ElyseMariePhotographyRI
she has a few likes on this picture, but I think it deserves a little bit more attention than
than it got, its it’s a beautiful image. It’s black and white again. It tells an amazing story
There’s a little bit of a triangle here with the girl with her arms out and her dress
And again you sort of have that
You know nice strong triangle shape going on with the top of her head in the corners of the frame
Again makes a very very stable picture. What’s also fun about it too is that there’s a tilted angle
So the tilted angle makes it fun and makes it a little bit more
a little bit more naturalistic
Do you need to get that?
Naw, its okay
All right. Do you want to want to start again with this one? No no. So this is Dancing into the Weekend.
She is really fun, I love it.
Its just so full of life. It’s beautiful shot at the Norman bird sanctuary too, which is a beautiful place. I’d love to go there
Now this this one is also great too. I mean, there’s so many nice pictures
It’s really hard to come up with the winner. This one is is really really great. This is by
Also has a few likes, but I think it deserves more
Generally speaking. I am not a big fan of… (answering machine kicking in)
Hold on, I just want to hear who’s leaving a message. Will we be able to hear it?
Apparently, it wasn’t that important.
Oh they hung up! I thought that would be super hilarious
Its probably a robo call asking for me to take a $150,000 loan
or they have $150 million waiting for you
Okay, sorry, go ahead. no worries. We’ll jump back to Kay.Spies photo here at First Beach
First Beach great place to take pictures the Sun is awesome there first thing in the morning
The Sun is also awesome there at the end of the day
You also have this long beautiful shallow beach with very little wave action. So you get beautiful reflections of the sky and the Sun
This is a great shot. I don’t own a dog, but I consider myself kind of a dog person. I love dogs
This is a great shot because you can see the leash
That the owner is holding
And the dogs are out there sniffing around again. It tells an amazing story because
You you can look at this
Picture and kind of lose yourself in the mood and feel exactly what it was like to be there at the time
That’s key to a good photograph
Does the photo put the viewer in the place of where the photographer took the picture? And in this case it absolutely does
and she it her Fur-child
I just love that.
And while I’m on the subject – I’m gonna hit you guys up with triangles again, also there’s another triangle there
You can see it nice strong triangle, that way another triangle going the other way,
So the dog is not smack in the middle of the photo
Also super key you do not want to put your subject in the dead center of a photo, always a little bit off a little to the right,
to the left, a little above, a little below
There we go, We are perfect now, a triangle
There we go, so anyway, so yeah, so there it is and I mean it was really really tough to pick a winner
But when it comes right down to it
I am definitely going with ElyseMariePhotographyRI and this this beautiful picture dancing into the weekend
I mean it’s it’s you could blow this thing up to six feet by four feet and hang it on the wall
and look at it all day, it’s an amazing photograph
There is not much room here, but maybe we can make some room
Come to Caleb and Broad and hopefully we can grab a photo with all of us here again together
And your gift certificate and your champagne
That would be so fun!
Fantastic yeah, come on down. Yes. So congratulations to the winner this month and every month and thank you guys so much
Thank you for participation
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