Featuring Alize Muhammad
I get asked these questions so much now that it drives me crazy!!! So once again I will address this subject hopefully for the last time?!
“Do you still shoot with people?” Yes!!!
“Are you retired?” No!!!
I really don’t like unnecessarily placing labels on things, especially myself, but if I had to label myself I’d say that I am foremost a portrait photographer. Portraits are what I love to create. Over the past 3 years I’ve taken time away from shooting people as much to concentrate on the other styles of photography that interests me. Because of this decision the local public seems to think that I no longer shoot with people, even though I still post people pictures! Shooting with people, models and children is still what I love to do, but the truth is, I’ve had so many issues with the models AND people where I live that I’ve basically been forced to stop working with them. It’s not that I want to stop, it’s more about being tired of all of the drama in order to do what I love. I know that nothing is perfect and as long as you deal with people there will always be problems, but it should never get to a point where the drama outweighs the fun and starts to steal your joy away. Well that’s exactly what started happening to me. So I made the conscious decision to become extremely selective in who I work with as well as what I post. I know that this has definitely confused many, so to clarify my position, I LOVE SHOOTING WITH PEOPLE!!!
I also love shooting on the street, and I love shooting nature. These are the different styles of photography that interest me the most. But, as long as I have a camera I will shoot ANYTHING that I think is cool, fun, or sparks my interest. I never limit myself as far as what I capture even though I might concentrate on one style more than others at a particular time. What I want people to understand is that my current work reflects my environment. There isn’t an abundance of street photography or nature photography opportunities here, but those opportunities are more readily available to me than capable models are. The bottom line is this, I’d love to shoot with more people, but, until they can act right I will continue to focus on the other areas. As long as I’m busy working on something I’m happy so it’s all good to me!
Now, here is a photo from my most recent test shoot with a beautiful young lady named Marquetta. This was a very loose and fun shoot despite the number of difficulties we encountered. I’ll admit, working with her made me miss all the model shoots, and made me want to jump back into it full steam, but…we’ll see…only time will tell? Honestly I’m not very optimistic about it. I’m just going to keep moving forward, and if I happen to meet people along the way that want to move with me then we’ll do to together. If not, I’ll be fine. I’ve always been a loaner so I’ll always have myself to fall back on.
I’d like to wish my beautiful model friend Katrelia a very Happy Birthday today!
The beautiful ladies representing Model Mee Clothing by Nadia Jenkins. This image was taken for a campaign we shot over the summer.
The Models: Ariane Webb, Alize Muhammad, and Michelle Oates
My #wcw everyday! 🙂
I’m so happy that after a 3-4 year hiatus I finally reconnected with my beautiful model friend Dominique. She’s so sweet and naturally beautiful I decided to post one of our shots without any editing. Posting unedited shots is not something that I do often, mainly because most of my clients really don’t like it. I know that most people are influenced by the unrealistic standards of beauty that we’ve all been conditioned to accept but, I’ve personally never been a huge fan of perfectly airbrushed images. The truth is, I only do it because I know clients and companies like a certain “polished” look to their photographs. That’s fine, but I love the details and textures of human skin and hair.
We as photographers spend thousands of dollars on high end cameras/lenses that have the ability to exact as much detail as possible, so why would we want to eliminate all of that wonderful information we capture?! In recent years I’ve cut back drastically on the amount of editing I do to my images, even to the point of losing some clients and turning fans of overly airbrushed images away from hiring me. Don’t get me wrong, when done right those images can be flawless and gorgeous, but in the real world nothing is perfect and I like it that way.
I love imperfections. It means that we’re human. It means I’m capturing exactly what was in front of my camera. So with all this being said, I encourage my clients more and more to accept themselves as they are, and to scale back on the over-edited, “perfect” look of the past decade or more. Besides, when you’re this naturally beautiful you don’t need photoshop! 😉
The first image taken from my latest shoot with the beautiful new model Alize Muhammad. I can’t wait to work with her again!!! She’s amazing!
My latest shoot with my model friend Lakita. It’s been about 4 years since our last outing and she’s just as beautiful as ever! I’m happy that I was able to reconnect with her and shoot her in this colorful maxi dress because, I love the way maxi dresses look on women. Makeup by the talented new mommy Nichele Hardge. Congratulations Nichele!
The first shot from my latest test shoot with one of my favorite people to shoot, the incredibly gorgeous Vanessa Cobb, aka Veyonce!
To celebrate the return of the warm weather I decided to do a series of photos to show how different women choose to cool off in the heat. First up is the lovely Ariane.
Model Ariane Webb
Makeup Katarzyna Chenkov
Assistant Nadia Jenkins
From my latest shoot with my beautiful model friend Nadia Jenkins.
My latest shoot with the gorgeous and talented fashion stylist/blogger Elle Morgan. To see more of her work please check her out here: http://theellemorgan.blogspot.com
Model: Elle Morgan (@ellemorganstyling)
Makeup: Calii Couture (@caliicrazii)
Hair: Raven Searcy (@thefvshionkiller)
My first test shoot of the year was yesterday with the lovely Ms. Taleor Moore. Makeup provided by the talented Nichele Hardge. More to come from this shoot later.
For the Past 6 Years I’ve Been Responsible For Creating Some Of The Most Popular And Most Memorable Images Of The Beautiful Women Of Columbus. In Recognition Of Throwback Thursday, I’d Like To Remind Everyone Exactly Why!!!
My first shoot with my good model friend Avanti in 2 years! She’s back at it and looking better than ever! More to come soon..
Happy Throwback Thursday! This is one of my favorite concepts shoots from early January 2008. I love all the wonderful colors!
Model Angel McCray
Makeup By Micha Maldonado
Makeup artist and model Tiona Chantel looking sassy as ever in our last shoot.
I thought I posted pics from my very first shoot with Ariane but, I guess maybe I didn’t? So, here’s a shot from our first meeting last year.
Makeup by Shon Sanks
Model Jocelyn Shartel
Makeup By Nichele Washington
Here are a just a few head-shots from my very first shoot with Mrs. Tarnesha taken a couple of months ago.
Model Tarnesha Robinson Small
Makeup Shon Sanks
Hair Ormond Bellinger
Taken from my last session a few months ago with the beautiful, chocolate and statuesque Titayae Mack.
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!!!
One more of the lovely Vanessa Cobb in celebration of her birthday.
More from the birthday girl Vanessa Cobb’s latest shoot with yours truly.