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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 It has made me feel kinda withdrawn from society.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!

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Plexiglass! My New Toy!

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So over the weekend, I did a shoot, for my daughter school secretary. She wanted the ad from Rihanna’s parfum line. I thought to myself, cool. The lighting should be a piece of cake. Still, I knew that we are in studio. Something needed to scream to me. I wasn’t sure what it was, that I needed, but I needed something different. A while back, I downloaded “Scott Kelby’s Photo Recipes”. One of the tutorials he had on the app was plexiglass lighting, for models. So, in the ad, she stood in DSC_0015front of a mirror. It hit me that Washington School of Photography, had some extra plexiglass, lying around. It shouldn’t give me a mirror effect, but it will give me a sweet muted reflection. So, like Scott said in the app, “Grab two Brads (friends or helpers) and let’s get started.”  My friend, Leah Jones, decided that we should create a stand, to hold the plexiglass. I stood the subject beside the glass, and we have magic!

So, since this shoot, I am now addicted to the magic which is plexiglass! I’m even thinking about ordering glass, in different colors and textures, to see what looks great. Once you try it, you’ll love it. Trust me, try it in studio, and you won’t be disappointed.886014_651653201601397_6940218250623714602_o (1)

TTYL!

Collabing………Would You?!

Hey New World,

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Let me start out by stating that this isn’t one of those rants where I spout off about how I am the greatest, or some bull crap like that. That’s not me, at all!

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So, recently, I’ve been asked, by a few fashion industry professionals, to collaborate with them. In the past, I would turn it down, because something, at least in my opinion, would never feel correct. It either felt forced or the potential person I would be collabing with, would rub me the wrong way. I know a lot of people that are reading this, and are probably saying to themselves that money is money. This statement is true, however, regardless to the amount; I will not risk my sanity on no amount of money.

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So, in the past and up until the present, I have been so thankful to work with some wonderful individuals. We all came together, on a collaboration and created magic. That is what I want with all my images. Magic! So, recently, I am fortunate to, once again, work with more awesome talents. One, who is Ms. Khalilah Neals, online blogger for Facon Magazine. I am super excited about the collab in the works. I do, in the meantime, have a few shoots lined up, but nothing like this! I have so many ideas to bring to the table, it’s not even funny.dsc_1346_5810002908_o

For a long time, I have been “the everything”, in the shoot process. I have been pre and post production. It would be nice to finally be able to share ideas with a person who has the same goal in mind. Ya’ know?!

So, collabing. What do you think?

dsc_1393_5810002310_oI love it. It is a way for you to trade off services, network, and gain more knowledge.

What is your take on the subject?

Leave me a comment and I will answer back!

TTYL!

When Do You Stop TF Work?

Hey New World,

This post, I think could be for anyone in any profession that they love.

I was on Facebook, yesterday, and I noticed a post that came up on my wall. I don’t remember it, word for word, but I can give you the sum of it. It was a fellow photographer. I am not sure if it was something he wrote or if it was something he saw on someone else’s social media page. Basically, the statement referred to how much he paid for his equipment and how much he expects to receive for his services. One statement hit me. It went like “If you want quality, then you must pay for it”. I thought to myself, “Wow! That would be an excellent topic for the Blog!”

So here is the million dollar question.

When do you stop doing TF work, really?

The reason I ask is because I am confused by the answer.

Actually, I see both sides to this statement.

I mean, I agree with the statement and I also disagree with the statement. Now, mind you, this is my viewpoint. Everyone has different views on this topic. I assume some readers (especially someone who relies solely on their business) will probably take my viewpoint as ignorant blabber. Hey, as I stated before, this is MY VIEWPOINT!

Agree

So, I think I did a post on this subject, before. However, here it is again.

I agree with this statement, on this note. If you want the absolute best, then you must be ready to shell out the money. The cheaper you go, the worse you’ll get, trust me. I have seen so many situations where someone asks me to clean up another photogs mess. That is something I don’t do. I never touch anyone else’s work because it is considered as a form of copyright infringement. You wouldn’t try an order Filet Mingon from McDonald’s, would you?! Come to think of it, the only thing at Mickey D’s that contains the word “Filet” is the Filet O’ Fish!  A truly accomplished photographer can manipulate the light, so strategically, that she/he may not have to do any work in Photoshop. So keep that in mind when the photographer quote’s you a price!

Disagree

Now here is why I disagree with this statement.

None of us are experts. That goes for the “professionals”, as well. I look at TF as practice, you know?! There might a lighting technique I’ve been dying to try. What if I have a client that doesn’t go along with an idea I have in mind? I can always build my portfolio; why not take on TF work?! Since taking these lighting courses at the Washington School of Photography, I want to try techniques I’ve seen in the magazines. I am so excited when I attempt to decode what lights were used, how the lights are placed, what settings went into creating the image, and so forth. That is the excitement, for me. Also, and call this stupidity, but I remember how it was when I began to shoot. The models I needed in my port, just was not available, of did not want to shoot with me, due to lack of experience. Since then, my priority has been to do TF work.

So, I see both sides of the coin.

I guess that is my point of view, on the subject. Let me know what you think.

TTYL!

!!!!Welcome Back!!!!

FullSizeRender1 Hey New World,

How goes it?

I know, since March, and I know I should receive quite a few backlash or loss of readers. I would expect that and to the faithful set of readers, I do greatly apologize. My personal life has overcome my professional life. None the less, God, or the Higher Creator, your choice, is good and has chosen to bless me with all opportunities, good or bad.

So, I will give you the current lineup, once I play catch up.

So, I finally shot my tribal shoot. I thought they were absolutely my best work, to date. Playing with shadows was more work than what I expected. However, the work was well worth it! The images were beautiful. I was able to use my Nikon D5500 and it was absolutely THE NEW BABY! I love my Nikon D7000, and it will always be my first. However, this Nikon is VICIOUS to the tenth power. I can’t wait until they come out with the book to redo my settings on the camera. Then you will really see what I can do. Insert evil laugh and palm rolling!

Okay, now moving into the lineup.

June 14th-Red Carpet Screening for Dana’s Lane

“The world of television is filled with programming that, quite frankly, lacks substance. This is seen most frequently by talk shows using tabloid antics to engage their audiences. “Dana’s Lane,” a 30-minute talk show hosted by celebrity commentator, host, producer and entrepreneur, Dana Hicks—aka Dana Dane—is the exception. “Dana’s Lane” is an informative yet fun program that will intrigue viewers.”-Alee of Dynamic

This leads me to my next part. Prior to the Red Carpet event, I will be interviewing Ms. Dana Dane, for the blog. This will be an exciting feat, for me.  To be able to start off interviewing, with a celebrity host, is pretty decent.  Also, she has an exciting line up going.

“• VH1 Love and Hip Hop Reality TV star and Grammy Award-winning producer Chink Santana
• Ex-NBA basketball star and entrepreneur Steve Francis
• Hollywood actor and stuntman Tim R. McAdams who was Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges’ stunt double in the hit film “Furious 7”-Alee of Dynamic PR

July 11th-Fashion on the HudsonFullSizeRender

“25 Designers, 150 Models and loads of entertainment presented by Fashion Avenue News Magazine.  This year we will feature:  Couture, Ready to Wear, Plus Size, Resort Wear & Teen Designers.  Fashion Icon Awards, SuperModel Awards, and much, much more.  This is a Family Friendly show, bring everyone.”(EventBrite, 2014)

There are a few other events, coming up, but I need to double check. Either way, I have so much coming down the line, I really don’t know how I am going to do all of this.

TTYL!

Glitter Glowbal and Uomo Magazine. My Weekend in NYC.

Hey New World,

_DSC4244I know. It has been a hard week at work. Last week, the company that I work for, TASC, had begun the transition over to Engility. Yes, I do have a “regular” job. So, needless to say, that I have been swamped. Also, planning for the upcoming shoot, next weekend, has me super busy and stoked! So, today is the “catch up” day.

So, okay! We (me and Mr. Aviles) went up to NY on Thursday, the wrapping of to New York Fashion Week. I wish I would have went up earlier, during All Star Weekend! I think it would have been fun! So, when I went to this particular event, I did it up! Anyone tha_DSC4221t knows me knows that when I normally do events, I come dressed down, because, I’m me! For NYFW, I figured I better come with it! From a prior event I shot at, Latin FW, in NYC, I saw a lot of exceptional hair and make up artists. I was able to get in touch with one young lady, named Deina Nelson. She is nothing but the truth. She does vicious work! So, any NYC photographers, in need of an MUA, you need to get at her! I got “dolled up” for the weekend events. We did the Glitter and Glowbal and it was amazing. The Museum of Sex was a little small, but pretty cool. I would love to see the place during normal business hours. We had VIP seats, and front row was awesome! We caught the last show.

_DSC4245The designer’s inspiration was late Alexander McQueen. The masks the model’s had were awesome. The rhinestones mask and glasses, made me want to buy them, on spot! The party for Uomo Magazine, for me, was a little dry. The Gavensport Hotel was absolutely amazing. I met a few individuals. One artist I met was named Natiq. He’s an amazing artist that has showed his work in various places, around the world. I also met Conrad Bradford. He is a designer who made an extraordinary hat. Conrad did something that most people in the industry don’t and wouldn’t do, told me some real good information that made me think. He is a wonderful man for that!

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Now, of course, while in NYC, you gotta go to the holy grail of photography spots! Yes, I hit B&H Photo    . I never realized how close it was t_DSC4242o my hotel. I went there, with the intention of getting a Nikon D5300. I was soooooooooo set on getting this camera, as my back up. I came in, and the sales rep said, to me “Yeah, you could go with that, or you could check out the D5500.” So, I thought, wouldn’t hurt. I fell in love with it! The exact same features as the D5300, minus the GPS feature. Now, when I purchased the camera, I thought this camera is 2 years out, maybe! I didn’t know this camera was released in January 2015! So, I’m not sure if it’s Adobe or Nikon, but the RAW files need to be compatible with Adobe. Amazing images, and I can’t show them, as of yet, because the file situation. I wanted to use the camera for the upcoming shoot, but if I do, I would use it in JPEG. Urgh!

Anyway, love the time, loved the shows, and I can’t wait to go back up!

TTYL!

Updates………….Again?!

Hey New World,

Oh wow!

Once again, I am running again!

Courtesy of All Star Latin

Courtesy of All Star Latin

I want to give a quick “heads up” to any photographers, press, PR, and any media mediums out there. A friend of mine, in New York, is hosting an event. She is looking for media, to come out to her event. This is a major event and she is looking for media mediums to come out and show out! The event will be held at the Library Theater. I will link the show at the bottom of the post. If you’re interested in press passes, please click the link below, as well.

So, here are the updates.

Tonight, is Touché. The opening of Touché Supper Club is happening tonight. This will take place at 1123 H Street, in Northeast DC. The doors open at 4pm and the tour of the establishment starts at 5pm. There will be live local entertainment and menu samples.  So, come on and show out!

February 18-20, is the Cattura Vanity Magazine Fashion Week party. Now, with this one, it caught my eye because of the location. It will be held at the Museum of Sex in New York. I know, and the freak in me screams, “CAN’T WAIT!” Yes, smiling and blushing. I figured, since Valentines is the weekend, I would invite my boyfriend to the show. I mean, why not?! This place seems like a great spot for couples. I saw the site for the location, and it seemed like an “interesting” place to visit. The will be a fashion show and I upgraded to the VIP section. WOOT, WOOT!

February 20th, is two events that I need to choose from. I have the Glitter and Glowbal, at the Museum of Sex (yes that spot again!) and NYFW with Malph. This one is a rooftop event. The only part that may prevent me from doing that event, would be the fact that we are talking New York, in February, on a ROOFTOP! It’s going to be freezing! So that one, seems very swank, but still deciding if it’s doable.

Oh, and while I am in New York, I plan on visiting B&H photo. Yes, it’s the photographer’s toy store. The conveyer belts and every piece of equipment a photographer could think of? My idea of heaven.

Anyway, TTYL!

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Why I Love the D5300!

Good Morning New World,

How is everything, today?

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Courtesy of Amazon.com

Ooooohhhhhhhhhh! I gotta give up the latest on where I will be.

On February 11th, I will be attending the opening of Touche, on H Street. My friend, Alee, sent me the word, so I’m going! February 19th-22nd, I will be in New York. I plan on attending quite a few of the NYFW Events. I know, I will be coming there at the end of Fashion Week, but I wanted to do some other things, as well. Holey Doughnuts, is a doughnut spot I have been dying to hit!

Subject: Why I Love the Nikon D5300

I know what you are saying. In fact, I can hear it now. “Tre’, you have a D7000. Why would you want a D5300?!” I’m glad you asked.

I always wanted a camera with a flip screen. Every Nikon I have ever owned (which was two) have never had a flip screen. In fact, when I began looking into cameras, my original choice was an Olympus. It was mainly for the flip screen feature. At that time, the young lady that worked at Penn Camera, talked me right out of it. So glad she did.

So, I’m in the position, now, where a backup camera is definitely needed. So, now, I’m thinking Nikon D5300. Sure bet! What I didn’t plan for, once I started researching, was the features I missed when I bought my D7000. Check out the comparison, courtesy of Snapsort.com

Advantages of the Nikon D5300

Lower frame rate movies

1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps

Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5300 does so at a higher frame rate

Significantly larger screen

3.2″ vs 3.0″

Around 10% larger screen

Lower noise at high ISO

1,338 ISO vs 1,167 ISO

The D5300 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance

Has in-camera HDR

Yes vs No

Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range

Much higher true resolution

24 MP vs 16.1 MP

Capture around 50% more detail in your photos

Has a flip-out screen

Yes vs No

Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies

Has a GPS

Yes vs No

Automatically geotags your photos when traveling

Better image quality

83.0 vs 80.0

Almost the same

Higher resolution screen

1,037k dots vs 920k dots

More than 10% higher resolution screen

Significantly smaller

124x99x76 mm vs 132x105x77 mm

More than 10% smaller

Less shutter lag

200 ms vs 238 ms

Around 20% less delay when taking photos

Better color depth

24 bits vs 23.5 bits

Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color

Much lighter

480 g vs 780 g

Around 40% lighter

Better maximum light sensitivity

12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

The D5300’s maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better

Slightly thinner

3″ vs 3″

Almost the same

Advantages of the Nikon D7000

Significantly larger viewfinder

0.62x vs 0.54x

More than 30% larger viewfinder

Weather sealed

Yes vs No

Sealed to shoot in the rain

Much longer battery life

1050 shots vs 600 shots

Around 80% more shots per battery charge

Has a built-in focus motor

Yes vs No

Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses

Has a pentaprism viewfinder

Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter

Significantly better viewfinder coverage

100% vs 95%

Around 10% better viewfinder coverage

Shoots faster

6 fps vs 5 fps

20% faster continuous shooting

Has more storage slots

2 vs 1

More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards

Slightly less startup delay

400 ms vs 500 ms

20% less delay when turning on

Much faster max shutter speed

1/8000s vs 1/4000s

2x faster max shutter speed

Cheaper

$599.95 vs $696.95

The best price we’ve seen is $97 cheaper (more than 10% less)

In fact, check out the comparison, for yourself.

Snapsort.com

TTYL!

MB Fashion Week in NYC?! I Think So!

Courtesy of Logok.org

Courtesy of Logok.org

Hey New World,

I wanted to start off this post with an opportunity I had to miss. LinkedIn is a very useful social media tool. It’s excellent for networking. If you don’t have an account, you should really think about getting one. Well, I hope I am not overstepping myself here, but I have to tell you this story. Yesterday, I was home, due to the “snow storm”. I look in my email and noticed that I had a message. It talked about an opportunity to shoot, today. This was for HER DC Life Magazine. Unfortunately, I had a previous engagement. I was able to recommend someone to the magazine, but I sorely wished that I could have done it.

Okay, so back to the post.

Remember, from the last post, I stated that I was inspired by the photographers group, I was in. Well, it also inspired me to apply for a dream of mine. At the very least, start it. I have begun the process of applying for a press pass for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. I have always wanted to do this, but knew I had to be to a certain “level” in order to this. I knew I wasn’t to that level, yet. Hanging with the group, help me to build my confidence level.  Of course, I haven’t finished it, yet. I heard, from a friend of mine, that the press pass will cost and I would like to get this when I have extra to play with. Also, there is a huge part of me, which is scared to do it. The fact that I will be coming in as my own media outlet, I guess, can be either heralded or discriminated, depending upon the person. Not to mention, the “snub” level may be very high.  None the less, I need to do this. Networking opportunities should be very high, with great potential. Not to mention, the bragging rights you have with it! I would be like “Hey, I don’t need to hook on to anyone else, I’M LADY TRE’! I get into all the hot shows!” and stuff of that nature.

LMAO!

I need to stop! However, I am going to wrap up my application and this post today!

TTYL!

Lady Tre’s Year Wrap Up!

Hello New World,

10453376_10203973787575504_1122884582315844469_nWell……………Good bye 2014 and Hello 2015!

Yup!

For me, 2014 was an amazing year!

If there is one piece of advice I can give to you, it would be to follow your dreams! Regardless to whatever the odds may be or whomever thinks whatever, do it! This year, I traveled, made new connects, I’ve gotten more “in depth” in my chosen path, I made Manhattan my second home, and over all, I learned more about myself than I did before. In 2015, I need to make is much more amazing! I want to do way more in photography, in terms of fashion, and become more business savy, within the field.

January, other than the birth of me, was a proclamation month, for me. That month, brought me more into the studio. I believe I wrapped up my lighting classes, which gave me more confidence to be in the studio. It also introduced me to the goal of becoming a published photographer. That was a goal I was able to accomplish, twice!

20140326-101712.jpgFebruary,opened me up to what New York has in store for me! It showed me a world beyond the political rhetoric of DC. Spring was very interesting. It introduced me to more events. I did the “Get Radical” Women’s Conference and my first Bobbi Boss Hair Show, thanks to Ms. Alee of Dynamic PR. The summer lends itself more towards creativity. I did more themed shoots, such as “Candy Coated” and “Flashdance”. Also, in August, was the premiere issue of “Dame”, and the very first time I was published in a publication. It is still available through JooMag! I still remember when Sisqo sang in my phone! 20140702-182807-66487231.jpgThe fall, I was blessed enough to go backto NYC, twice. Once to be a participant in the Race for the Cure, NYC, and then to obtained a press pass for latin-fashion-week-galeria-expo-and-showroom-2012_239x200Latin Fashion Week. What a thrilling experiencefor me! I also had the opportunity to take a stylist course, through MShopNYC and did the Hair Games, which came to DC. Winter is wrapping up, for me, on a blessed note. I was able to get some rest, and life is settling down. Rest, seems to be something, now a days, I don’t get enough of and I am finally getting some of that! So, once again, not to sound like a broken record, but if you didn’t do it, in 2014, make it work in 2015.

See Ya in the New Year!




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