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Cocktails With — Kareen Clarke

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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Most everyone who's any one on The Rock's social scene has had their visage immortalised on film and online by Kareen Clarke, photographer and chief editor of Skkan Media Entertainment. With her ready smile and easy demeanour, Clarke woos and documents the lives of those who play, party, and pose. Three days shy of Mother's Day and just back from shooting the Batabano Carnvial in the Cayman Islands, the social media power player meets us on a Thursday morning — with her cute-as-a-button six-year old son Kyle Ewers — poolside, at The Spanish Court Hotel, to dish on motherhood and what it's like being behind the lens.

Is Mother's Day just another commercialised date or is it truly meaningful for you?

Mother's Day has now become like Christmas and most of the other celebrated days. for me, Mother's Day is every day and is celebrated as just another day.

How do you juggle being an on-call parent with working late weeknight hours and weekends on social and corporate assignments?

Honestly, sometimes I don't know! but I have a fantastic support system and we all sacrifice to make it work. I am beyond grateful to have them.

If you could capture the story of your life as a single image framed in time, what would the photograph be?

A plant growing through rocks.

What did your mom repeatedly tell a younger Kareen that was an annoyance then, but you now treasure as priceless information?

Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.

The craziest thing I'd like to cross off my bucket list is...

...sky diving!

Social media is now a pervasive presence to access news and lifestyle. How do you feel your contribution as a photog defines how people digest online info?

Well, both positively and negatively. I always try my best to put people in a good light knowing they will most likely be seen on social media. This still has its ups and downs; as the saying goes, you cannot please everybody. I do believe, however, that I have shown Jamaica and Jamaicans in general in a more positive light and will continue on that path as people usually depend on my/our contribution to show them what's really happening on the “hip scene” locally and now overseas.

What do you want for your son's life?

Everything that I never had, which is quite a lot. More importantly, better education, development opportunities and a stronger family unit.

Do you subscribe to an occasional spanking, or is a time-out the way to go when disciplining your child?

A little bit of both seems to do the trick for me depending on the circumstances. I am known as the disciplinarian compared to his father.

if you had your pick of anyone in your profession to work alongside, who would you be an apprentice to?

Mario Testino.

Life's a journey to...

Personal happiness and self-gratification.

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