Wishing Queen Terri a very special and Happy Birthday today!!! I Love You!!!
The lovely fall colors help accentuate the many colors of this stylish dashiki worn by the beautiful Latrice.
Model: Latrice Hicks
Makeup: Nichele Hardge
A few weekends ago I was out walking the city streets trying to find something interesting to photograph. A typical day for me really. After hours of basically finding nothing I was prepared to wrap it up and call it a day. Fortunately my eagle-eyed wifey Terri spotted a small group gathered along the Phenix City side of the river. As we moved closer to the small crowd I realized that there was a demonstration taking place. To my great surprise it was actually a group of Native Americans teaching the locals about the history of the city. Always curious about learning new things I stood conflicted as to whether I should take pictures or just listen to the wisdom they spoke? They taught us about their history, culture, clothes, hunting & survival techniques, their names, tribes, and their hardships. They also allowed the locals to participate in a traditional dance. Just my luck to find this wonderful event at sunset!
The sun was setting rapidly so I decided I should grab a few shots before they closed everything down. Before my disappointment could set in for wasting the day wondering around when I could have been at this demonstration, one of the gentlemen speaking stopped me. His name is Little Big Mountain. He told me not to worry. Although they had been there for a few days they would be there again early the next day for a few hours. He also explained to me that he’d be wearing his tribal face paint so I could get an even better shot of him. I happily thanked him and his lovely wife Laura. I knew at that point that I would absolutely be returning with my kids so that they could learn about our history.
These photos represent the few shots I captured on the first evening.
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The next morning my family and I returned bright and early for the festivities. This time my children were able to witness the event in it’s entirety. They were able to look around, ask questions and take pictures. First we listened as they taught more about weapons, clothing and hunting. Afterwards we had a very long, serious discussion with both Laura and Little about the connection of pain shared between African Americans and American Indians. Next, we moved on to the next group to learn about the different war cries. We sat and enjoyed stories of past battles as well as the importance of family and nature. We were once again treated to several tribal dances then introduced to everyone. Before ending the event everyone in attendance was asked to join in a beautiful prayer. Once again, amidst all the wonderful wisdom being shared I tried to remember to actually take out my camera and capture some of these moments! I mingled briefly then took a few shots.
All in all it was a great experience. My family and I really enjoyed ourselves. We all agreed that when they return next year we hope that the city will provide them with more funding and a larger area to demonstrate because, we believe it is of the upmost importance that everyone learn what they are teaching. It cannot be ignored nor relegated to such a small area. They need to be seen and heard! Their history is OUR history!
If you’d like to learn more about their educational programs, make a financial contribution, or bring them to your city please visit their website at: http://www.gonativenow.com I highly encourage everyone to check them out as soon as possible!
The following photos were taken at various times of the day under a variety of crazy weather conditions. Everything from the bright noon sun, to the cloudy possibility of rain, then to the setting of the sun.
Today I’d like to share the second part of my 3 part series on photographing the exact same area at different times of day and on different days. I’ve specifically chosen the Whitewater Express area downtown along the riverwalk as well as the Broadway Street area which is where there tends to be the most regular concentration of people. Sometimes this very small area is full of people and full of photographic possibilities, while the next moment or the very next day can yield very few interesting results at all. There are many factors as to why this happens such as, weather, events, weekdays versus weekends, time off from school, time of day, etc. My point is, though it can be very frustrating we have to keep trying. You never know what will happen or when it will happen so you must put yourself in a position to witness whatever may occur. It sounds easier than it is especially on the slow days when it feels as if you’ll never shoot anything interesting but, I guarantee that if you keep moving and stay alert you will find something that peaks your interests to capture.
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Model Nadia Jenkins
Hair by Lee Robinson
I recently had the pleasure of working with one of the lovely ladies I first met and worked with when I moved to Columbus, Ms. Katrelia Gamble. Although it’s been years since we’ve last shot, I must say she keeps looking better with time! This particular session was very simple, just a test run to eliminate any rust. I can’t wait to do something much more creative with this young woman, and you can expect to see that very soon.
The beautiful and sexy Jocelyn Shartel. Taken during our most recent set.
Every time I work with this woman we create images that end up being some of my favorites! Our latest shoot is no exception!
Model Nadia Jenkins
Hair by Lee Robinson
After 3 long years of waiting and communicating, I was finally able to shoot with the beautiful Allison Brantley. Her very helpful mother was there also, assisting in making sure things ran smoothly, acting as co artistic director 🙂 I really appreciated all of her help! Allison did a great job, and we all had a great time! Here are a few selections from our very first effort.
Model Taelor Moore
Model Taelor Moore’s recent session.
This set was taken from my second session with model Ariane Webb. Makeup by Tiona Chantel.
Happy 2014 to everyone all over the world! I wish you all peace, love and happiness!
As for me, I’m going to start the year the same way I ended it…by doing exactly what I want to do! What I want to do right now is share a black and white conversion of model Taelor Moore that I shot a few months ago. Taelor isn’t a “bad girl” at all, she a good girl. I chose the title simply because the shoot was inspired by Rihanna. We both love Rihanna and to me Taelor can bear a very close resemblance to the famous singer. Hey Taelor, if you’re reading this? We’re past due for another round! Let’s do it!!!
Another black and white shot from my daughter’s first shoot.
Good afternoon all! Here are 2 shots of the beautiful Ms. Jessica Murphy taken this summer for a series I planned on doing about women in sundresses. More to come soon.
Black & White remixes of model Avanti’s sexy lingerie shoot taken in 2012.
Taelor Moore rests inside a bed of grass. Taken from our first shoot earlier this year.
Happy Throwback Thursday everyone! I just wanted to drop in and share a few remixed black and white photos of Ms. Taelor Moore from earlier this year. These were 2 of my personal favorites from this particular session. I hope you all enjoy.
A quick family portrait I shot of my good model friend Vanessa Cobb, boyfriend Fred Howard, and puppy Armani.
Featuring the colorful and gorgeous Ms. Whitney Davis
Since this year is almost over I’d like to start sharing some of my favorite images of this year. First up, one of my absolute favorite people to work with Ms. Nadia Jenkins. Taken on a very hot summer day, the shoot was almost ruined by rain but, I told Nay she’d bring the sunshine out with her smile, and well…here’s just one of the resulting shots. Photographers always have their own reasons as to why they like a particular image, it doesn’t have to be technically correct it just needs to trigger an emotion of some kind or please their eyes. This image makes me happy. For that reason I’d to thank you Nay! 🙂
The stunningly beautiful Veyonce!!!
Various shots taken from our last session over the summer.
Happy Veterans Day to everyone! Thank you to all former and active members of the United States military for all of your bravery, commitment and sacrifice. You are greatly appreciated!
Today I’d like to share another image that I was fortunate enough to capture while back home in July of this year. While out revisiting and introducing my son to the old fishing hole my father took me to as I child I was able to capture this shot of the 2 of them taking a break. My son was so happy that he decided to show his love for his grandfather without saying a single word. It was a very touching and special moment. A moment that I’m very happy to have had my camera for because, these are the times that you wish you could freeze, look back on and smile. Luckily we all can now. Tell someone you care about you love them today!