Karah's Maternity Session

So Karah is scheduled to be induced today actually. These photos were taken yesterday, literally at the last moments of her pregnancy. We talked a lot about enjoying these few moments, and how much things will change after the baby arrives. We decided to do this maternity session as a lifestyle session. Rather than loads of posed shots, we wanted to capture the everyday moments. What was your life like while you were pregnant? What parts of it do you want to remember? So that what these photos capture. A few random, or not so random, moments around the house, just being...

The apples were really funny you guys. Like for real. ;-)

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Can't wait to meet the baby later this week!

Charlene *Maternity*

Fall is fickle here with the weather. But we lucked out in finding a beautiful, not too cold day to venture out into nature for these maternity shots...

 


Jerrod and Dayna. Apple Orchard.

We set out to do a fall inspired shoot. And what better activity than apple picking?? We went to Milburn's Orchard where we took beautiful photos in the freezing, windy cold, then ate hot apple cider donuts. I even left with a gallon of Blueberry Cider. Despite the cold weather that day, the love left us all with warm fuzzy feelings. And lots of apples. Pie anyone?

Calvin and Monique *Maternity*

Carrying a baby already appropiately named Camden, taking a trip to Camden Yards for Maternity portraits was the perfect location to shoot this session. It was game day, and the crowds were out in full. Despite that, we were able to capture some beautiful images. Can't wait to meet this little guy...

 


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Jerrod and Dayna Winter 2014

Got to spend some time photographing with these folks again. Rather than just traditional portraits we also took a more lifestyle approach and ventured to Starbucks to warm up! It was cold out there!


















Daisy's

Went out back for some photos because its been a while… 







Engaged: Devona and James

Spring is here. Love is in the air…
Shot this engagement shoot for a wedding I will be shooting in the fall…











 Such a beautiful couple. Can't wait...


Sunflower Field: Friends Edition

I took my daughter and her friend out to the sunflower fields for some play time and photos. They wanted to play more than take pictures, but I did manage to snap a few good shots...














Then we played around with some mustache glasses...




Fun, beautiful day in nature. What I wouldn't give to live the simple life of a kid again. Maybe we should all take time to just run and play in the flowers. To get in touch with our inner-child, whom more than likely still needs a bit of love and nurturing. 


Want photos of you and your best friend? Want to capture your child with their friends? Siblings?

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Glamour Shoot with Carolina.

Testing out a new promotion, I am gonna start offering glamour sessions. Still working out the details on it, but in the meantime, here are some images from a recent glamour session...



















I look forward to doing more of these!

Self-Portraits

Just playing around. Did some self portraits. Practice makes perfect. And I'm getting better at these! ;-)



I did a photo booth of myself acting silly... 


Standard black and white shot...


Then some more artsy type shots...


This one is a double exposure with 3 shots actually. Grass and dandelions.


 This is a double exposure with a single dandelion that I photographed indoors. 


I love dandelions by the way. Its the herbalist in me. 

Afro-glamour

Felt like playing today. So I dressed up my daughter in some afro-inspired garments and had fun. It was hard narrowing down my favorites. 

Here are a few...









Wedding: Yen and Damien

So this one of of the sweetest brides I think I've ever photographed. Very down to earth, fun and not stressed out. She is as beautiful inside as she in on the outside. Here are some photos from that wedding day...


































Jerrod & Dayna Wedding

If you recall back in May, I shot an engagement session for my cousin Jerrod and his fiance Dayna. Last week I was blessed to be able to photograph the wedding as well. It was beautiful and I'm glad I was able to be a part of it. Check out some of the photos from the special day...


 



















Congratulations You Guys!!


Inside during Hurricane Sandy



So its a hurricane roaring over the east coast right now as I type this...



Naima decided to put on a show and was singing (video coming soon). So I decided to pull out my camera and take snapshots of her. Then next thing you know, her song ends and we are having a full out photoshoot...  (Keep in mind this was so impromptu that her hair isn't done!)

Here are the results...













Please note she came up with all these poses by herself. Someone find me a talent scout PLEASE!


Creating Memories...




This is not a promotional plea…

It’s an emotional one.

For the past 2 or so years, I’ve been planning to take photos of my great Aunt. Every time I would visit her I would say, Auntie, you ready to take some pictures…
And she would respond the same way each time. "Not until my hair is done".

That was every time.

Last month she passed away. And all I can keep thinking about is those photos that I didn’t take. The memories that I didn’t create. Now my chance in gone.

My mom is the same way. She often hides from cameras. If her makeup isn’t on, or her hair done, she will refuse to take a photo.

I’ve been with my boyfriend for about 4 years now. Sure we have a handful of snapshots together, but for the past two years I’ve been begging him to do a photo session with me, and he mostly refuses.

You know how when you are at someone's home and they show you an old photo of yourself…and realize you had forgotten all about that moment in time. The photo is a marker that refreshes your memory in a way that had you not seen the photo, you would not even have believed you were present.

Our minds, particularly our memories are finite. They don’t last forever. Over time they begin to fade. I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast last week. Maybe you would argue because its not that important, but in time, even the important things lose their hold in our minds.

You ever been angry for someone for so long you forgot what it was initially about? Sure it must have been important (at least to you) for you to decide to hold that grudge, but the mind doesn’t always work on our side.

You ever hear a song and remember exactly what you were doing, or eating, or where you were and who you were with when that song first came out? That song is like a marker in our memory. A placeholder, allowing you to find that page when prompted. Smells can have the same effect. So can photos.

So when my boyfriend talks his way around a photo shoot again, inside it almost feels like it’s me he is rejecting. In my mind he is saying he doesn’t want to create memories with me. Because in actuality, it isn’t about him. Its bigger than that. Its about the moment in time that I want to never forget. In my mind, rejecting that request is like rejecting me. God forbid something happened to either of us, I want to have something tangible to help me hang onto the memories.

So after my Auntie's funeral, I went around to all my aunts and uncles with just my iphone and took a photo with each and every one of them (it's 8 on my fathers side). Why? Because I realized I don't really have any with them. I have years of memories of Christmases and holidays gone by... that are fading away. But few pictures. So I got some. Because to me that is what photography is about...

Sure its art. Sure its about capturing beauty, but really, its deeper. Its creating a memory. Or at least helping to sustain one.

So what you are 15lbs heavier than your ideal weight. Do you think your kids will care about that when you are gone? No, because what you fail to remember is that is what is in front of them every time they see you. As undesirable as it may be, it is a part of you. Having a picture with you will outweigh all of the split ends in the world. It’ll outweigh any back rolls, or love handles. The picture is not about what you see. Its about holding on to a piece of space and time.

We’d be smart to never forget that. And to put aside our inhibitions. Get in front of the camera. Stop letting whatever it is in your mind hold you back. Your family will thank you for it later.

That why I love what it is I do, and I take it seriously. It may not mean much to you in this moment. But one day, to someone in your life, it will…



PS. So to be clear, I am not saying book a session with me and do it now! If you want to, that would be great. What I am saying is take out your point and shoot, and get some photos of yourself, of that person that never wants to be photographed. Of your family. It is important.


Scarlett

I got together with a fellow photographer, Jhef Felix, this weekend for a practice shoot. The beautiful model is Scarlett and here are some of the images from that shoot...








Late Summer sunflower field shoot...


So we had this Sunflower field shoot all planned out. I had went and checked out the location and did some test shots, and it was a go. The shoot was scheduled for about 5 days later. We get there at 7am and I am shocked to see that the flowers were deceased. I was kinda heartbroken, but after driving 40 minutes, I said the show must go on. So there were a few buildings around and we proceeded to shoot there. 









A lady came over and was talking to us and mentioned that the flowers across from us had bloomed early, and that the ones in the field down the road may still be good. Excited, we decided it was worth a try. And it was...







Nebyat-Graffiti Alley

Decided to do another session at Graffiti Alley. I haven't been there in so long. I was shooting with a fellow photographer, we were just having a fun practice session. The weather was perfect. Its wasn't too hot. Here are some of my favorite images from the session.

Oh, thanks to Nebyat for modeling for us. You ROCK girl! ;-)













Bri Dance Portraits.

I went easy on this session. At first I was thinking lights camera action...drama, hard lighting... but I ended up opting for casual, light, clean portraits instead, and I am in love with them! Black and white to bring out the mood... and I LOVED watching her dance.

Beautiful it was!