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One Thing Everyone Must Do

Good Morning New World,

dsc_0005I know it has been a while, and I do apologize. I am in the process of putting my life in a position where I can be back to being me. I realized that during the process of unemployment, you go through a process of redefining. It is very hard, to say the least. In the midst of unemployment, school bankruptcy, etc., we get clouded with moving forward and feel comfortable staying where we are. Wait a minute, you didn’t come here to read about my philosophy. Did you?! Probably not.

So, I will chat about something everyone needs to do. The African American Museum, in Washington DC, is finally built. The outside of the building, is a really eccentric design, but it’s what’s inside that really counts. “The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.” (nmaahc.si.edu, 2016) It has seven floor of history and, from my understanding, the floors goes from the darkest hours, on the bottom floors, to the lighter times. Unfortunately, due to my past injury, I could not view the entire museum. However, I will show you what I did see.

TTYL!
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Location Files .02

Good Morning New World,

 
I decided to put out another shoot location, in the DMV area. This one is Meridian Hill Park, or as a lot of people are familiar with Malcolm X Park. Meridian Hill Park is a structured urban park located in the Washington, D.C neighborhood of Columbia Heights; it also abuts the nearby neighborhood of Adams Morgan. The park was designed and built between 1912 and 1940. This 12 acre (49,000 m²) formally landscaped site is maintained by the National Park Service as a part of Rock Creek Park, but is not contiguous with that much larger nearby park. Meridian Hill Park is bordered by 15th, 16th, W, and Euclid Streets NW, and sits on a prominent hill 1.5 miles (2.42 km) directly north of the White House. (Wikipedia, 2016) The park is known for its beauty and community gatherings. In fact, one of the most popular activities happens on Sunday, at the Drum Circle. I have yet to go, but I heard it is quite beautiful. So, on to the real nitty gritty. I love to shoot in the park. The park has several locations to shoot from and each part looks as if you are shooting in Europe. The walls that border the park, alone, are excellent backdrops. Also, The waterfall is a must to shoot. The statues make for excellent props, while shooting. I did my first shoot there. Well, my first magazine submission shoot. The images never made it to print, however I still have the images. I did a total planning of that shoot and I was very proud of what I accomplished. When I become employed, again, I would like to start shooting again. I know, it takes time, but I am willing to wait for the latest adventure.


TTYL!

Uninspired

Good Morning New World, 

These past few weeks have been nothing short of frustrating, for me. Recently, I found out that WSP (Washington School of Photography) has filed for bankruptcy, ran for a bus, which made my arthritis in my foot flare up, personal relationships in the trash, and after countless efforts on the job front, still no job. I am not even going to lie, these past few days, I have been feeling like such a loser. Needless to say, I am still waiting for a grand moment to shine, just waiting on when it will happen. So the basis of this post, is that I feel so uninspired by my life. My life is full of ups and downs (more recently downs) and I am curious to know what do you do to pull yourself back up? Let me know in the comment section, and I respond back.

TTYL! 

VR Fashion?! 

Good Morning New World, 
So in most of my recent posts, I have yet to chat about fashion. I know I have been back and forth with my personal quests, but it’s time that I brought the subject into light.

So, I received a notification of YouTubers I subscribe to, and one caught my eye. Spankie Valentine, who’s videos often range from fashion, comedy, and music, just uploaded a VR fashion video. It’s called “360 VR- Summer Lookbook”. She goes over the latest summer trends, and on a mobile device, can look left, right, up, and down. Off of that technology alone, I was AMAZED! Literally! Anyone that knows me, knows that I did not get a chance to finish the video. Don’t get me wrong, Spankie is a very cool lady, with amazing content. She is absolutely brilliant for the virtual reality idea. I just got stuck on the VR technology. In fact, the only part that I was concerned about was the lack of clarity, in the video, however, I am assuming this was due to me not having the headset needed for this technology. 


All and all, I am in love with the concept. VR technology, in fashion would take the industry to a whole new level. Seriously! This would bring fashion shows to the household mom, or even that buyer that couldn’t make it to Milan. How amazing would it be to sell video of NYFW in virtual reality, to the masses? Not to be that person, but I would buy it. One of my dreams has been to shoot at NYFW, but to be able to view it on my laptop, through VR, would be just as great. 

So, with that being said, I will give you all a chance to view the video, with the link below. Let me know what you think. Do you love the idea of VR in fashion or hate it?
TTYL 

360 VR Summer Lookbook

My Retouch Tutorial

Good Morning New World,

First off, I want to say

🎉🎉Happy July 4th🎊🎊

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I know those emojis have nothing to do with July 4th, but that is what Apple has!

I was talking with a friend of mine, and she began asking me about cameras and photo retouches. So, when you start me on photography, prepared to get your ear chewed off! I can talk about that all day long. Little did she know, she had given me the idea for my next blog post. I don’t normally do this, but I think that this may be good to know for both models and photographers, even though I am lightly touching on the subject. So, I just wrapped up my Photoshop 2 class, and anyone that knows me, is probably asking why the PS2 class. Well, I never received certification as a photographer, and I am in the process of doing that. During the class, we lightly touched on photo retouching. I wanted to give a basic tutorial of where my eyes go, during the process of photo retouching. I will be using a recent shot of one of my school’s administrators. It was for a commercial.

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1. Skin- The first thing I look at, is the subject’s skin. I try to clear up any skin imperfections that may have shown up on camera. Here is a little side note. For models, if either a photographer or make up artist gives you a list of things to do, prior to the shoot, please do it. Trust me, it shows!
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2. Eyes- With a subject’s eye’s, I try to bring those out more so than anything else. The reason is because a person’s eyes are what speaks to you, before anything else. Usually I would use the dodge tool to brighten a person’s eyes. For photographers, this is also a handy little cheat. When a subject’s eyes are properly lit, you can see what type of lighting the photographer used to light his subject. Hmmmmm……..that will be my next post.🤔

 

3. Skin (again)-This time, we go into smoothing of the skin. It gives the appearance of soft, smooth skin in your subject. With this step, there are a thousand and one ways to achieve this. The real question, once you have smoothed the skin, is “Does it look natural?” If the answer is no, then you need to rethink your smoothing technique. Oh, and I know there are quiet a few photographers that do this, but it needs to be said. If you use a PS plug in, third party app, or etc, please learn how to properly use it. I hate seeing a beautiful image ruined because the photographer did not fully understand the software or allow the software to fully run without making any adjustments.

 

color adjustment4. Color adjustments-Okay, so I am guilty of this one. At times I am so enthused about working on an image that I bypass minor color adjustments. This is actually a pet peeve of mine. In the image of the circled arm, her arm was actually lighter that her body. My quick fix? If you have PS6 or PSCC, use an adjustment layer. For this image, I used the Photo Filter, on warming tone. Don’t quote me on the name. I turn it up, in the adjustment layer, fill the mask with black, paint the arm white, lower the opacity down to 0, and gradually bring it back in. Now, that fix is a 50% shot, but when all else fails, it’s my go to.

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5. Hair- I am a big stickler for beautiful hair, which is only next to eyes. So what I do is use the dodge tool to add sheen to the highlighted tresses. Also, I use the clone stamp tool to fill in any gaps in the subject’s hair (and of course, we are talking about women).

 

 

6. Lint or Dusts-Last step would be to look for any imperfections on the clothes.

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Although, that is not the full extent of what I do, this gives y’all an idea.

TTYL!

My First Clothing Line Shoot

Good Morning New World, 
So I am so excited to give you a sneak peek into my first product line shoot. My daughter shot the behind the scenes to this. I fell in love with myself, all over again. 

Enjoy!

Background track: Drake (One Dance) NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED

TTYL!

Link: Glamourina

The Next Phase

Good Afternoon New World,

_DSC4266So I apologize for being distant (again). My life, these past few weeks have taken so many loops and turns, I really don’t know what to do. It has made me feel kinda withdrawn from society.

Well, I start off by saying that, and it may not be true for most photographers, but the one’s I know in the nations capitol, often hold a “regular job”, aside from their art, to pay the bills. I am no different. I have found that DC, really doesn’t have a market for me. With that being said, I have unfortunately parted ways with my current contract. I have worked there for a few years, and have grown to like and admire the people on my job. I wished it was longer, but as the saying goes, one door closes and another opens. I just have to practice patience, which is a huge skill for me. This, I strongly believe, was a learning lesson.

The next change was that I took my photography up a level. I was able to connect with one of the most vicious stylist, Andre Wallace II, also known as VooDoo Boi. His unique style is very impressive. I can’t wait to show it off. The team that I was able to work with, was amazing, in the alley. Khalilah is unbelievable with her makeup skills and Atochi is magnificent with hair! Oh, and I can’t forget the star of the shoot, Roshelle. She is absolutely amazing. That is all I’m going to say!

So, with the time that I have, I want to do some reflecting, and planning, for my future. I want to plan for an upcoming shoot. I want to try to blog more. I need to contact, and keep in constant contact, with my business connects. So, with that being stated, I won’t make any specific promises, on me blogging more, and being seen more, socially. Once again, these past few weeks, are making me reevaluate and restructure myself. This is a work in progress, and I have nothing but time to progress.

TTYL!

Pose of the Day

Good Evening Gorgeous World,
Let’s get right into it!

   Pose of the day:
This one come from Simon Walden’s book “1000 Fashion Poses”. This is a great way to pose if you are wearing a pants. The hunch she gives is a green way for those ladies that are, well uh ” more blessed” on top than others. This pose takes you from street corner to instant high fashion.  

TTYL!

Something New: Pose of the Day

Good Morning Gorgeous World,
I know. I am soooooo flaky with keeping up with my blog. 
These past couple of months has given me so many trials and tribulations that, unfortunately, my true passion had to take a back seat to what I have going. I was able to get in a shoot. I want to say that I worked with two amazing people, Ms. Khalilah Neals (MUA) and Atochi Bond (Hair Stylist). The images came out amazing and the shoot was a success. 
So, I wanted to introduce a new feature called “Pose of the Day”. This is set to inspire others, when shooting. These are my inspirations. Feel free to send me poses to be considered.  

  
Pose of the day:

This image is from Simon Walden’s book “1000 Fashion Poses”. This is a great way to pose if you are wearing a short dress, because of the instant attitude it gives.