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A Day @ 14th & U

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. 

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!

Disappointment and Determination. How Do You Deal?

DSC_0001Hey New World,

How has the world been, today?

Well, in my world, I’ve been having a few deep thoughts to go past. Over the weekend, I decided to practice with the Nikon D5500. I had to shoot in JPEG, because Nikon and Adobe haven’t “linked up”, yet. Well, at least until Sunday. Adobe came out with an update to now view NEF files for my camera. Needless to say, I was jumping for joy! Alas, it was just a pipe dream! I tried to pull up those NEF files and I’m still having trouble with that! Come on! I have faith that it will happen!

DSC_0002So, during the week, I had gotten sick. I caught a cold, but still in recovery. Later on, in the week, I will be doing a product line shoot for a jewelry designer. This young lady creates spectacular jewelry, and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to show you some of her work. Then, in April, my tribal shoot will finally take place. Yeah, I know the snow wasn’t bad, but I take the Metro. Also, I am still in the process of resolving my own personal issues, so I may not be as busy as I am used to.

Disappointment and Determination

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What lead you to this subject, Tre’?

Well, I was talking with a good friend of mine, Ty Hanson for It Works, and he said something to me, that really rang with me. He valued my creative freedom with his future business plans. That statement, in my opinion, is something I believe a photographer hear’s when they have officially “made it”. Well, that brings me back to the party I hit in NY. It was the rooftop party. It was there, I spoke with a gentleman, whom gave me the run down on the industry. He basically told me that, without looking at my work or what I had to offer, if I’m not immediately recognizable, then maybe I should delve into a different aspect of photography. DSC_0007I won’t lie. For a brief second, my heart fell into my shoes, because he didn’t really know who I was, how far I had came, or etc. Not saying that he should’ve been like “ I love all of your work”, but still?! He just knew that I was that short lady, with a camera, in the back of the room. I totally felt like a novice, at best! I was like “Wow, I’m THAT lady?!” He let me know to “reinvent” myself. So, I went from disappointment to determination. I recognized that I don’t want to be that lady, ever again. Although, I’m no where I would want to be, I’m so much further than where I could have imagined! I am so blessed for that!

So, disappointment. How do you deal with it and does this feeling makes you determined to surpass that feeling?

Let me know your thoughts.
TTYL!

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Networking With Photogs…………….I’m In!

Hello New World,

This weekend was decent, for me. My birthday was January 16th, and I really didn’t get a chance to celebrate as I wanted to. That was fine. It helped me to plan for future ventures. One, in particular, inspired me to change my point of view. It made me look at things, on a larger scale.

So today’s topic,

Networking.

But not just any type of networking. We are talking about networking with other photographers. Now, I know this sounds like something that shouldn’t be too big of a deal to do, but in some cases, it is. When I first began learning photography, it was hard to talk to other photographers about learning photography. I was often told learn your camera, which at the time, I only had it for a week or so. They never wanted to talk to me. It was a true blessing that a friend of mine, told me about The Exposure Group. This is one of the first black photography clubs. None the less, the elite of the elite photographers were welcomed. I got to visit one of the meetings by luck. So the majority of the group, didn’t really make people coming in feel “welcomed”. There were two photographers that were very cool. I have been cool with Ms. Leah Jones, ever since. This taught me, that, when I learned anything that was beneficial, I would, often, keep it to myself. In fact, I was taught, by my neighbor whom worked heavy in the field of photography, to keep it to myself. This made me a tad cold, and I didn’t want to do that. Eventually, I began to change that point of view. It was trial and error, but I eventually learned who to share info with, and who not to share info with. So, anyway, this weekend, I went to a photographer’s meet up, hosted by photographer Ethan Johnson, and his girlfriend. This was such an awesome experience. This had to been one of those times where I knew that something was going to come out of this. First, it was very cool of them to open up their home to other photographers. Then we went over our past experiences, and what we plan on gaining from these meet ups. I am always on lighting. To me, good lighting creates an image, but great lighting creates an emotion. That is what I want, so I am always looking for new techniques. I gotta keep up those magazine worthy images (hopefully?!). Also, I needed to know more about event shooting. I have a bad habit of shooting Auto, for lighting scenarios I don’t know. It was cool to learn what they knew and for them to learn about what I knew. I’m still learning, so whenever I come across some bit of info, I try to share it.

With that being said, we need to start sharing techniques, and networking with other photographers. I am only speaking, based on my prior experiences with other photographers. We are in an ever changing career, with new doors opened every five minutes. We need to learn from each other. I noticed that, with the photographers, we tend to “clam up” on sharing, but open up when we cut each other down. WE NEED TO STOP AND SHARE, MORE!

TTYL!

So What’s Next?

Hey New World,

I apologize for the late post. Personal life is taking me places.

So, I noticed something. I went back to old posts, and I spoke a reality into my life. How exciting it is to see that a post that you had written at the beginning of the year and had no idea would come into reality, is the new norm! So with that being said, I am going to make another reality happen. This year, I want to be published in a big name publication! I don’t know how this is going to happen, but I’m going to put my all into making this goal happen. Mark it!

This year, I have two more classes I need to get out of the way. I’m doing the Photography Business I and II classes. I need this to build into a business for my daughter. One day, she is going to take it over. She is a great photographer, now. I need her to strive to be the exceptional one. Also, I need to create a brand! Not trying to sound bad in any way, but I realized that I am a unique individual. I realized that people recognize me from my hair, and then realize I have a personality. Go figure! I want have people recognize that personality. If people can identify you, then they feel a connection to you, I think. I want that! This creates better business.

This year, I need to be more in NYC. I spent a good bit of time up there, but I still need to network way more than what I have. I am so grateful for the people I have met, in my life. They have been so awesome. Truly, they have, in a sense, been my lifeline and inspiration, and I feel so blessed to know these individuals. You know who you are.

With that being said, I put my affirmations out there.

Tell me yours!

TTYL!

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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You Need To See This!

Hey New World,

This really isn’t a post, just a good word, thanks to the good folks at MshopNYC!

TTYL!

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FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEWS: NY

StyleCareers.com is hosting the season’s only, fashion-industry recruiting event in New York at the Penn Plaza Pavilion (7th at 33rd) on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 from 2pm to 7pm.

On-the-spot interviews with recruiters representing the best apparel, footwear, accessory, textile, home fashion and vertical retailers in the country.
PERMANENT & FREELANCE POSITIONS

Positions include (but are not limited to): Designers, Pattern Makers, Brand Managers, Technical Designers, Line Builders, CAD Designers, Graphic Designers, Textile Colorists, Buyers, Print/Surface Designers, PDM Specialists, Merchandisers, Textile Designers, Sourcing, Planners, Allocators, Product Managers, Quality Auditors, Stylists, Production, Manufacturing, Corporate Visuals, Account Execs, Etc…
EXHIBITORS

The GROWING list of exhibitors include: Amazon, Bemis Associates Inc., C & C California, Club Monaco, Destination Maternity Corporation, dressbarn, FGX International, Fossil Group, H & M, Haddad Brands, J. Jill, Kohl’s Department Stores, Laundry by Shelli Segal, LF Americas, MCG (Market Connect Group), Original Penguin, Perry Ellis International, PRADA, Ralph Lauren Corporation, Randa Accessories, Ross Stores New York Buying Office, Steve Madden, Trafalgar Leather, Triboro Quilt Manufacturing, Tri-Coastal Design and 3 recruitment agencies: fourthFLOOR fashion talent, Pyramid Consulting Group, LLC and Solomon Page Group…and more to be added soon!

PRE-REGISTER TO SAVE TIME!

To pre-register for the New York FashionCareerFair, log-in to your StyleCareers.com profile, click the “View/Update My Information” link near the top of the page and check the box next to: “NEW YORK – Thur, Oct 23rd 2014” Don’t have a profile? You can create one here: http://www.stylecareers.com/candidates/cnew.asp

Sorry, entry and store-level candidates will not be able to attend this event; all resumes will be screened. Follow this link to view our admission policies: http://www.stylecareers.com/fcf.asp
WHY PRE-REGISTER?

Pre-registered candidates DO NOT have to wait in the general admission line. You will save on average of 45 minutes to an hour of waiting time!

Pre-registered candidates DO NOT have to fill-out forms the day of the fair.

Pre-registered candidates can apply to jobs prior to the career fair.

Pre-registered candidates will receive career fair information (floor map, exhibitor needs, promotions, etc…) PRIOR to the event.
NEW YORK FASHION CAREER FAIR

Date: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Time: 2 PM to 7 PM
Location: Penn Plaza Pavilion (401 Seventh Ave at 33rd St)
Tickets: $10 at the door (cash only).
http://www.stylecareers.com/fcf.asp

Learning Fashion

Hey New World,

Yesterday, I started to plan for upcoming events, and came across quite a few events that caught my eye. Needless to say, my calendar is filling up, quick.

One event, which is free, is from FAN magazine (Fashion Avenue News). That was the first magazine I wanted to become a part of, but I guess God had other plans. Anyway, they are hosting a Sip and Shop event. The event will have 2 fashion show, as well as a casting call. I will be attending that event.

Also, I ran across a workshop that seems very interesting. The company is called “MShopNYC“, and they offer classes in fashion styling. At first I thought, ” That sounds interesting, but not for me”. Then, it hit me, “That’s not business minded of you”! I need to listen to that voice, more often. That voice has guided me to great places and adventures that have yet to fail me. So I did a little bit of research, and this company has worked with Mary J. Blige (one of my R&B idols), and not to mention, she has a really funky cut!

Well, there is this company, out there, that is looking out for upcoming fashion entrepreneurs. If you are just starting out in the industry, or just a little confused, like myself, then you will definitely want to check out one, or all, of their workshops. The stylist class really sparked my interest, because when I do shoots, I normally do the styling, and get a little swayed, after a few days. This usually happens when I’m doing the shopping, because I start to think, within the shopping trip, this looks good, as oppose to shopping by theme. It usually falls together, but it takes time for me because my focus goes in ten different directions. I felt like this really could help me, in my endeavors in becoming an accomplished fashion photographer. The workshop will be on October 19th, but I will try to attend another one on a later date. Check out the site!

TTYL!