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me with model

me with model

Sandy Cay has always been one of my  favorite destinations in the BVI. It’s this picture-perfect icon of the deserted Caribbean Island. The white sand beach, the palm trees, the view – it’s no wonder that Sandy Cay has been featured in so many commercials and photo shoots.

The above photo is me in one of those photo shoots. A team of photographers were shooting in the Virgin Islands and had hired me to take them to Sandy Cay for a shoot. At the time, I needed some photos for my brochure for my boat charter business, so we traded services.

Sandy Cay Palm Trees

Sandy Cay Palm Trees

The male model didn’t show up. The shoot was for a  “mature” couple on the beach. Now “mature” means “old” and old in that world means over 35. The qualification for the male model was simple – over 35 and “no paunch.” Luckily I fit the bill and I was asked to fill in for the absent model.

It wasn’t as easy as I thought. I looked nervous, I was nervous, I was walking funny. The “mature” female model helped me out and eventually, I kind of got the hang of it. Let me tell you though, I had a lot of fun!

About Sandy Cay
Sandy Cay is a six-acre island located just east of Jost Van Dyke. At one time the island was owned by  Laurance S. Rockefeller, who kept it as a sort of private botanical garden. For many years, Nippy from Jost Van Dyke had the enviable job as caretaker of the island. Shortly before his death, Rockefeller donated Sandy Cay to the BVI and the island is now a nature preserve.

There is a nature trail that encircles the island from which you can enjoy dramatic views. The trail is relatively easy and the walk arount the entire island can be completed in about 20 minutes.

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2 Responses to “Modeling at Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands”
  1. RickG says:

    Nippy from Jost as caretaker? As in, the fellow who sells jewelry to folks on the beach and talks up the full-figured girls? That’s quite a job.

    Cheerrs, RickG

  2. gerald says:

    That’s him – “The Traveling Salesman.” He used to go over to Sandy Cay, bring a bottle of booze, some food, a hoe pick and machete, clean up the debris and plant stuff like coconut palms. He had the job for a long time and enjoyed a decent salary. Decent at first, but one that never increased, and little by little inflation took its toll and after a while it wasn’t worth it for Nippy, who was starting to make a pretty penny as the Traveling Salesman. (Do I have it right, Nippy? If you read this let me know.)
    Gerald

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