Who Shot The Diva?

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to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S5OefAT8seI/AAAAAAAAEV4/CY9My_KLE_w/s400/Angelica+Arbulu+-+Antiques+Diva+Photo+Shoot+2.jpg” border=”0″ />Angelica has a fascinating story. Born in Mexico (to parents from Spain), she has lived on four continents and considers herself a cultural mutt – although one might say if she’s a mutt, then we’ve just established a new pedigree that is certain to be all the rage! Her wealth of experience permeates her vision of the world and her art. She qualified as a clinical psychologist and, with many years experience in humanitarian work, her focus is on people and human relations. One look at her website and you can see her specialty is capturing the different levels of personality and their essence through the mundane that is often overlooked.

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Angelica explains, “I do portraits, be it of a person, a place or a thing. I try to give an honest reflection of what I see, but I also want the outcome to be beautiful. Because I believe art should be beautiful, but also because there is beauty in everything”.

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On that note, I’d like to give a special thank you to Cachot Antiek and Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors! Thanks for letting us photograph in your gorgeous shops!!!

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Cachot Antiek

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Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors

Diva Readers, if you haven’t read my post on either of these gorgeous boutiques, do go back and read them – here & here! In the meantime, make sure to check out the Crave Amsterdam website to discover the 149 other ladies with whom I’m honored to share the pages!

* Apologies for the graininess of some of these photos – they were taken only with my Blackberry…

< /a>Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™
(shooting Angelica with my Blackberry while she’s shooting me)

P.S. BLOG ALERT: I’ve just discovered that Angelica also writes a
personal blog – you must check out her insightful words and wisdom!

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • I'm still in Uganda so only now got to read this. I blushing from your kind words!

    I really enjoyed the session too, it's easy to understand how your bubbly nature and enthusiasm have catapulted your business.

    The down side is that now I need more money so that I can go buy antiques. see you next time you're in my neck of the woods

  • Tina,
    You're simply too sweet – and speaking of Kudos I want to extend them to you! Congrats on your recognition in Atlanta Homes as an Abstract Artist! I can't wait to tell Diva Readers all about YOU!
    The Antiques Diva

  • Wow is right, what a wonderful experience! Two very talented people getting together The Diva & The Photographer!
    I'm like Tina – I am glued here.

    My Best

  • Loved reading this wonderful post and am over the moon at your good fortune!
    BTW, are you familiar with Stampington Publications in CA, USA? They have an upcoming issue on French flea market style…naturally, I thought of you. No affiliation, just trying to pass along good news that might get great people together.

  • Toma, this is fabulous. I can't get over all the wonderful things you are doing, the gifted and charming people you meet day to day personally and through business, and who are meeting you, from all walks of life. That little girl with her dreams must have had angels listening to each and every one of them and whispering them in the heavens. You are just the best. BTW, I have always been glued here, but your website, wow, is amazing!

  • A very keen interview w a multi talented, amazing photographer! I will visit her blog as well. Thank you so much!!

    Art by Karena