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Who Am I?

Good Morning New World,
I know. Every season I take off and then come back. This time with good reason. Of course, it’s a very long story, but aren’t they all?!

I took off, for a while, because I started to forget who I was. I know there are a lot of readers, out there, saying to themselves, ” How can you forget who you are? Was you high?” I will start off by saying, no, I don’t get high. Hell, I barely drink, due to a few health problems. To answer the second question, yes, you can forget, very easily, who you are.

It starts off with after my contract ending at the temp company. I was devastated for long while. I seemed to feel as if everything I did, was bound to end in disaster. This also encompassed a lot of personal issues, within my life, that still have not been fully resolved. It was a sketchy time. In fact, one of my old coworkers told me it was a blessing in disguise. At that moment, it was very hard to look at it that way. I had bills piling up and calling me, everyday. I tried to throw myself back into photography, but it then felt like a chore. In fact, the images that I shot, during this time period, are still on my laptop. As beautiful as the images were, I just wasn’t ready to go back into my creative nature. I felt stumped.
So, I decided to go back to work. It was a blessing and a curse, at the same time. The blessing was that I was able to pay off bills and pay for classes, to gain a professional certificate in photography. The curse was that it took my self esteem down to an all new low. Everything I did, was wrong. In fact, as soon as I walked into work, I felt as if I did that wrong. There were days that I contemplated quitting. I am not saying this, as to say “You should never quit a project”, because now learning what I know, if it doesn’t serve you, in any way, please leave! It had gotten to the point where my supervisor assumed that I did everything wrong, on purpose, and was in spite of her. I went home and literally cried out in prayer, because I tried my hardest, and it wasn’t good enough. So needless to say, at that point, I still did not want to shoot or finish any work because I felt like dirt beneath the dirt.
It, then, hit me that my old coworker was correct. The time off was, when my prior contract ended, in fact, was considered a blessing. It took a bad situation to see that this position was not who I am, nor meant to be, and it showed me how my life really needed to change. The last two weeks had gotten better, mainly because I only had two more weeks. During my final week, instead of burning bridges, as I normally would, I left on a positive note, accepting all good grace gestures.
I began to realize everything I would love to do, on my days off. I wanted to dive back into blog. There are still topics I want to share on. I want to finish my classes in photography, so that I can have my certificate. Needless to say, on my first week off, I decided to rest and relax. Also, I prayed that I would regain my creative spirit back. I’m still a work in progress. I am starting to gain all new ideas. During that time, that I was working, heck, I’m gonna call it what it was, depression. It made me forget that I am a photographer, social media maven, advisor, giver, funny chick, and an artist! Unfortunately we go for jobs, instead of life paths. Our main source of doing is financially motivated, as opposed to what we love to do. Sadly the case, that is the world that we live in, or the world I only know.
So, without further ado, I would like to welcome myself back!

Lady Tre’, welcome back!

Let’s get back into it!

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Did I Tell You How Much I Love Old Navy?!

Hello New World,

So, the updates on the latest events.

11168382_10153323438122421_7749843228693420615_nJune 20th- Sasha Bruce Youthwork P.O.W.E.R. Program Launches HIV Testing Social Media Campaign for Teens — #Never2Early

(Teen Day Party)

Sasha Bruce Youthwork Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education and Risk Reduction (P.O.W.E.R.) Program launches an HIV testing social media campaign — #Never2Early — that is specifically targeted to sexually active youth between the ages of 13 and 24 who have never been tested for HIV before.”-Alee of DynamicPR

I will definitely be in attendance. This party will be vicious! Local station WKYS 93.9, will be there. There will be free food and drinks. Also, HIV testing will be available to all the teens. I love this event, mainly because it is showing teens how to take the initiative on their own health.

As far as shoots go, I have a few upcoming ones, that I am trying to narrow down.

On to the subject.Old-Navy-Logo

I think I need to start expanding my blog past photography. Although it is what I love, I need to talk about other things, that I love, as well. Starting with fashion. I’m not “big” on wearing the hottest brands, but I stick with what works for me. I am fan of Old Navy. I love everything they have. Although I am not the “flashiest”, I keep my wardrobe very “plain Jane”. Why, you may ask? Trends never last, and tend to repeat seasonal. Who wants to keep buying clothing on that purpose? Also, my hair, in my opinion, is the trendiest piece I have. Kimora Lee Simmons stated that “Never buy too many trendy pieces. Buy the basics and style it with one or two trendy pieces.” Yeah, I read her book, “Fabulousity”. Oh, I do apologize because that statement isn’t word for word, but that was her intent. I use it as my fashion rule book. So, the main store I tend to splurge is Old Navy. They have a unique blend of basic and trend. Almost every piece of clothing I have, has an Old Navy tag on it. My second favorite clothing store is, yup, the thrift store. But Old Navy, really tends to have awesome sales, extremely cute clothing, and friendly staff. I tend to shop the store in Friendship Heights, in DC. Everyone there, is a sweetheart. Also, to my plus size and in betweenie sistas! Old Navy sizing is off. I think the cut is for German woman. I find that their clothing, for me, fits bigger than what the size states. Don’t get me wrong, I love it because it makes me feel like I lost a lot of weight, but that is where you want to shop, ladies!

Well, I won’t keep running my mouth on the joys of Old Navy.

TTYL!

I’m Honored!

621048_10202217313984762_796869313_oHey New World,

I wanted to give a huge “Shout Out”, to Maria Callier, of the Washington Examiner. She is such an accomplished actress, as well as writer. She recently posted an article, on me, called Looking Through the Lens of Lady Tre and Seeing Beautiful You”. I linked the article in the title.  I felt so honored that I am sharing the article with you, today. Please, enjoy!

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!

DC, Are You Ready? The Hair Games Review

150165_10205351887587143_1021390835517423317_nGood Morning New World,

So……………I finally have a break, coming!

Phew!

I am overly excited, to have nothing but rest, for a while. It seems as though it has been a while since I had a one of those. This, I think, would be good for me because I need to do so much, as far as catching up with friends, revamping the site, reorder and adding a new set to my business cards, new shoot ideas, etc..

So, okay…..you’re reading because you want to know about the Hair Games, right?!

This time, for this event, I brought my daughter to the show. She is starting out in photography and fashion, and I felt like this would be a good event for her to attend. Also, I wanted to show her that, with a proper education, along with set determination, you can attain your goals. I mean, granted, I’m not where I want to be, but the journey to the goal, has been great. I know, you are saying, “Wait, didn’t you learn photography, on your own?”. Yes I did, but my education in Multimedia catapulted me into Photography. I’m rambling off the subject. So, the show was great. Once again, Derek J was there with his vicious self. He had on an awesome pair of brown heels, judging the show. Also, this year, the show added Tre Majors, to the judging line up. He has done hair for Patti LaBelle and Aaliyah, to name a few. I must say, he is a very humble man. Also, the co founder of Dudley Q, Joe Dudley, had made an appearance, along with Ean Williams and Harvey “Star” Washington. The show performances were great. The stylist, that competed, were very talented. The styles were so amazing. The only problem was the lack of enthusiasm, from the crowd. I would say, the was a decent amount of enthusiasm, at the beginning of the show, then died towards the end. Great show, lacklustered audience. Here are a few images from the show.

Enjoy and TTYL!

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MshopNYC Review

2-BECOME-A-StylistHey New World,

So, I am back, for a while, though. I just came back from NYC, and boy are my arms tired!

LOL! NO!

Seriously, I just came back a week ago, and I’m tired and sick. I brought you guys back a cold from NYC!

So, I wanted to give a huge shout out to Michelle. She was very informative and inspirational to me. She has styled for numerous celebrities, opened her own boutique, taught various informational workshops, and she is originally from DC. She understood that in order to become someone great, you need to be in an area of greatness. Michelle gave honest answer for all the questions I had. I think that, unfortunately, I may have put her in a position that can be confusing, because I wanted just styling ideas. The stylist class is definitely for business and breaking into the industry, when starting from scratch. She offered so many options, for me, professionally, that I did not think about. I appreciated that, greatly. There are sooooo many changes to be made. So with that being said, next year will offer me new changes. Website, once again, will be revamped. I want to add to my portfolio stylist work. I think I can do this. I have always loved putting pieces together, and this offers me that opportunity. Also, when I officially make that “Big Move”, I want to be able to have job options. I think this will allow me to do this. While doing the workshop, Michelle made mention about Karl Lagerfeld. I knew of him as the lead stylist for Chanel, and that was it. She stated that he is considered as a “creative genius”. When I got home, I looked him up, and she was correct. He is lead stylist, creative director, and photographer. After reading more, I realized I have researched my new idol! I only know a small handful of people, who are considered as “Jack of All Trades”, and I want to strive to be this, within the fashion industry. Needless to say, the trip was very inspirational and very productive. So, if you don’t know how to get your “foot in the door” in the industry, I would greatly recommend taking one of Michelle’s workshops. Also, MShopNYC offers so many other workshops, in addition to the stylist workshop. Check them out!

TTYL!

The DC Latin Fashion Awards Show

Hey New World,

latin-fashion-week-galeria-expo-and-showroom-2012_239x200I am trying to get back on my schedule. It’s hard but I am getting there. I don’t want people to think I am just doing a “Soapbox Blog”. It ain’t like that?!

So first thing first, my updates. I have a huge project, that I am keeping under wraps, for the moment. This, for me, as well as quite a few others, will be “huge”. Once I get the “green light” to share, I will. Trust me!

On to the subject, DCLFA show.

_DSC3297 copyWhat else can I say, other than “pure magic”! I loved the designs. Honestly, right off the runway, I would love wearing all of it! Simply gorgeous! It was so much to shoot, that I still have images to clean. Anywho, here are a few shots!

TTYL!

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Latin NY Fashion Week Review

Good Morning New World,

I knowlatin-fashion-week-galeria-expo-and-showroom-2012_239x200 I am a few weeks behind in posts, but today will be the day I get to play catch up. So, I need to play a little bit of catch up. I got a chance to do the “Race for the Cure” in NY, and right after that I was able to go right back up, to be a part of Latin NY Fashion Week. Honestly, I loved it. Truthfully, I didn’t realize that it hasn’t been around that long. So, while I am still debating on whether to go to DCFW, I wanted to give you some images of what I saw when I was at the DiMenna Center. I loved the designs of the gowns. I thought this was absolutely gorgeous. Take note to the cream gowns. If I were to ever get married, I would love to have one of these gowns. There is one in particular, off the shoulder mermaid gown, that was simply beautiful. I was like, “Yeah, I’d wear that!”, and I don’t wear dresses like that! Anywho! Here are the images.

TTYL!

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Soapbox Rant #125 Not Interested………………….

10453376_10203973787575504_1122884582315844469_nHello New World,

Before I go into this post, I want to state that this is in no way or form meant to be disrespectful or hurtful to anyone. This is only meant to inform people. Please, don’t take this the wrong way!

So, this weekend, I was in the house chilling, cleaning, planning, etc. Well, maybe mid morning, I get a phone call, from a friend. He let me know that his cousin is getting married. I said “Wow, that’s fantastic.” He then proceeds to let me know how she is looking for a photographer. I let him know that I could recommend someone, and he was just not trying to hear it. I left it at that.

Once again, this is not a post to be disrespectful, insensitive, or ungrateful. I thank those people, when in need of a photographer, call me and ask. I am humbled and thankful that you think of me when looking for a photographer. I so greatly appreciate it.

However, I am not interested in shooting your Grandma’s bar mitzvah, your cousin’s 52nd wedding, the overly extended family of twelve babies mama and thirty children portrait, or the birth of your umpt teenth child. I’m just not interested.

20140217-035836My goal, at this point in my life, is to be published in several different magazines. The ultimate dream would be to one day become a contracted photographer for Conde’ Nast. To be able to walk up to Cindi Leive and say “What is on tap for today?”, would be an ultimate dream. In fact, once I began to focus on what I wanted, in photography, I knew I wanted to work for Glamour magazine. I’m not into working with Vogue, so much. I totally get the idea of controversy selling, however, I wish Anna Wintour would’ve stuck to her guns, and didn’t put the Wests on the cover. Every lady that she has had on the cover made a powerful impact on our society. Other than Kanye’s music, I have yet to figure out what Kim has done. After that, I lost respect for Vogue. Still love Annie Leibovitz images she does for that magazine, though.

But back on the subject, No! I’m just not doing it! Now, before you think that I solely work to grab magazines attention, not true. I do events, as well. I work with Alee of Dynamic PR. She has the most exciting events and networking opportunities that are absolutely gorgeous! *SHAMELESS PLUG FOR DYNAMIC PR* I thank the Heavenly Father that he has giving me a job that allows me to be able to work on photography. Plus, I always think back to one of my favorite photographers, David Cuerdon, and what he stated in his workshop. He said, in so many words, photography is my side job, and during the week, I have a regular job. Well, that is how it for me now.

Anyway, enough ranting!

TTYL!

It’s the Premiere! Bottom Of Bottom’s Launch Party

Hello New World,

I am back from the Big Apple!

What a time! I could scream it from the roof tops about how I love being in NYC. It is always the best!

Dame Fashion/Vagabond Sophisticent magazine, both, are the creation of Editor In Chief Whitney Bell. It will display fashion from around this country,  from variety of the latest upcoming photographers. Side advertisement, I’m in that hot few! The premiere issue will be available on iTunes on August 17, 2014, and the print will be available for purchase, through Dame’s site, on August 24, 2014. So definitely check it out for the content and ME! HELLO?!

So how was the launch?

Awesome! I will say that I was behind, though. It took me a minute longer to get ready. None the less, though, it was awesome. We got a table, next to the stage. I don’t know about anyone else, but I had fun! Ate a nice meal and partied beside Dru Hill. Anyone that really knows me, knows that I am a huge Sisqo fan! I loved everything he had on, especially his Nike’s! I loved it!

One more side note-Thank you soooooo much to Whitney Bell and her crew for putting the whole party together. Once, again, one of the most awesome moments in my life, having Sisqo singing in my mere direction! Whew! Thank you, ma’am!

Anyway, here is the video! The rest of the videos are located on my FB page.

TTYL!