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My Weight Loss Journey

Good Morning New World,
So, the topic, for today, is so left field from photography, it’s still relevant. What am I talking about? 

Weight loss. 

Weight can be an issue, at times, when doing a shoot. It can make you unable to move in ways you need to move, in order to get a great shot, or just making it hard to move my equipment due to my extra weight. I am currently in the process, and trust it is a process, to shed a few pounds. 

So, a lot of people may not know this about me, but I have always been a thick chick. I was chubby as a child, thick as a teen, and have grown wider as an adult. I have always wanted to be lighter, as far as my weight goes. I was just clueless about it. So, I would try diet trends that have all failed me. I keep trying to lose, but no real hope. 

My main problem: late night sugar run. 

I asked a friend of mine, Mr. Ty Hanson, to help me in losing a few pounds. I started Wednesday, and began to take account of what I am currently doing, as well as doing some in-home workouts. Realistically, I would like to go down by, at least 20 lbs. I am hoping to exceed my goal. I will keep you posted on my journey, and feel tell me about your journey. I would love the inspiration. 

Wish me luck!



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 It has made me feel kinda withdrawn from society.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.


Pick A Focus!

woman-holding-cameraHello New World,

Once again, this is similar to another soapbox rant, but more or less meant to educate.

I started thinking about, when I was fired from my job at EPFCU. I remember how lost I felt and how out of control I felt. I continued my education at the University of Phoenix. I started with my Associates in General IT. It then lead me to practice graphics. Well, before I started graphics, I was on the Sims 3, hard. What?! I love my games. Anyway, I moved from that into retouching. That is where the love of fashion began to unfold. So, at that point, I began to learn from the photographer’s stand point. I am not fully there, not by a long shot, but it took me a while to be confident about who I am, and where I stand, in photography. I stepped out and did a shoot, and learned some hard lessons. It took a true passion for what I wanted to become and where I would like to be, to continue on.

The reason this story is even coming to the forefront is because of a situation that happened to a friend of mine. My neighbor once told me, “Pick a focus and learn it.” So that is what I did, and granted there is so much more I need to learn. It is nice to be considered as possibly someone’s inspiration, butnever look on the outside of a situation and assume that it’s “easy”. It takes work to make shoots run smoothly, at least for me now, because I have to be my own art director, stylist, lighting, etc. Sometimes, it drives me crazy! I put a lot into shoots, as far as time, money, sweat. When I’m actually performing the shoot, I have fun because I know that the hard part of the shoot, is done. That is why, a lot of times, at my shoots, people see either “fun”, “easy”, or “laid back”.

Also, I think that, as a beginner photographer, if you are not quite comfortable to perform a photo shoot, on your own, ask an experienced photographer to come and assist you. If they know you are starting out, most will be happy to help out. Never feel like you can’t ask! Experience is the best teacher, good or bad. If you can avoid a bad situation, by asking a more experienced photographer to assist and “watch over” what you are doing, then do it!

I hope this post reaches someone that really needs to read this. Trust me, I am far be it from where I would want to be. I have so many more goals, within photography, to complete. I am only giving advice of situations that I have been through. I hope that no one takes this personally.


FlashDance Shoot

20140626-092417-33857617.jpgHey New World,

So I wanted to do a shoot, in themed with the movie, FlashDance. You remember that movie, with Jennifer Beale, right?! Well, a young lady, that I have worked with in a majority of my latest, brought an idea of “Flash Dance” theme. You know me. It seemed very interesting! So what the hey! You know I’m shooting it.

So, I will give a little background to what I am doing. Once again, since being in class, for lighting, has made me more aware of lighting set ups. I will be using the studio space at Washington School of Photography. I will do silhouette lighting on an all light background. Now, I am not a big fan of bringing equipment to a studio shoot, but the past couple of weeks, I have had problems with the studio background stands. I am used to dealing with my own stuff, and I need to bring my own background stands. I will switch it up to head and body shots. We will be doing three looks. It should be from 1-5pm, on Sunday. I am looking forward to this shoot. I normally do themed shoot, but these seem to be coming together and this shoot is for a purpose. These images will be sent to Dame Magazine, to see if they will be featured in any upcoming issues. I need to keep the momentum going. I will try to keep everyone posted. Since the class is over, I want to keep going with light setups, but it will be a slight setback. I will make it a personal mission to do a studio shoot, once a month. So, I want to post my last studio set.

Farewell to Advanced Lighting!

Oh the fun I will miss 😦



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Help Me Choose…………………..Please?!

Hey New World,
I know I am sooooooo late. This week has been hectic. I sent in one magazine submission, and I am working on submission 2. This is hard for me, because I am acting as my own stylist, as well as photographer. So, with that being said, I need some help. I went on Pinterest, for ideas, and I found too many ideas. So, I need to start narrowing down my ideas. Can you help me to choose looks?

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Let me know what you think in the comment section, below.

HE’S BBBAAAACCCKKK! Scott Kelby’s “Shoot Like

946822_10152919245255328_514848032_nHello New World,

I have ultra exciting news! Scott Kelby……………is coming back to DC!


Scott Kelby, one of my photography idols, is doing his “Shoot Like a Pro” tour. The tour will be in different cities, and one of the planned stops will be in DC. It will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, on October 25, 2013. The seminar is from 10am to 5pm. Also, is seminar includes a detailed workbook, an issue of Photoshop User, 16×20 print from MPIX, and onOne Perfect Effects Software. That is a vicious deal!

Oh, and let me give a quick run down of the schedule.

10am-11am Work Your Settings Like a Pro
11:25am-12:45pm Shoot Travel & Landscape Like a Pro
12:45pm-1:45pm Lunch Break
1:45pm-3pm Create Portraits Like a Pro
3:15pm-4pm How to Make Better Photos
4:15pm-5pm Photo Recipes: From Start to Finish

My personal opinion: If you can go, you should go. I know I am a late player, but I am trying to get in early before all the seats are taken.
Note-You need to get your ticket early, because he sells out very fast! Scott explains information as you would if you were talking to a buddy. Simple and to the point!

So check it out! Vistit Kelby training, and check out the video, below. It will give you an idea.


Photo Shoot Diaries…….Entry 5 (Magazine Quest)

Hello New World,

Well, I’m doing it, again!

I am putting together another shoot. Since the last post, I started to review my site, and realized that I needed more images. I know what you readers are saying. I always need “new images”. Well, this time, I am shooting for a purpose. Some time ago, I got tickets to a fashion show, in New York, and found that the show was done by a magazine. So, I decided to check it out. I am always interested in something involving fashion. What can I say, it’s interesting! Anyway, looked at it, and I found that the magazine has only been around two years. I don’t know why, but I would love to work with a publication that is brand new, or just starting out. I don’t want to aim for the “big time”, yet. I want to put in the work!

Anyway, I found that the magazine has a section for photographers to submit their work. So, of course, I want to jump right into that!

So, I am starting off the same way I did, in my prior shoot.

Casting Call

This time, a majority of the models will be used from a talent agency. I am blessed enough to know someone, who owns her own talent agency. Cheri Amor Talent Agency has very elite models. If you don’t know, you need to check them out! So, I decided to add one more model, into the mix. I wanted to try and get the young lady that I worked with in a prior shoot, but she has a pretty hectic schedule. So, on Friday, I decided to post a casting call. I wanted to find someone that is similar to her. I know, you can’t find an exact, but you can find someone that is similar. So, here is what I posted, for the casting call:

Hello All,

My name is Lady Tre’, and I am looking for a model, for an upcoming shoot, in October. Here are the specifics:

Female Model
Age: 20-32
Weight: 110-140lbs
Height: 5’7′ and up
Ethnicity: Does not matter
Eye Color: Hazel, Gray, or Green
Purpose: Fashion Magazine Photo Submission
Shoot Date: October 5th, 2013

***Serious Inquires Only Considered.***

If interested, please inbox me or leave a comment on the casting call.

Note that I posted, “Serious Inquires Only Considered”, because every now and then, we get those boo-boos.

Well, since the posting, I had maybe, 36 views, which is fine. I took a hiatus, like maybe a year ago, and I don’t expect to turn out the views I once did. So far, I had three inquires, about the shoot. Two of the young ladies, seem to really have a look that I am looking for, but I am having a hard time choosing. I won’t make solid decision, until September, but these two, so far, have good odds. One young lady, reminds me of a “Kimmie K” look a like, the other one looks like a personality, which is always a plus. Either way, I am sooooooooo confused! Well, like I stated before, I still have time, and I am not sure what will time bring!

So I will close out this post, on that note!


Shoot @ RED

Hello New World,

You know, I am a huge fan of Mr. Quammen and MOCA DC. Every shoot that I have done, as far as studio work goes, has been in there. I praise the name of MOCA DC, mainly because of his prices.

But, this weekend, I found a very worthy contender.

My friend, Leah Jones, of LLJ Photography, did a shoot at this studio, in Frederick MD, called Red. Man, what a vicious set up! The studio owner has this real cool looking wall, that is so hot for a gothic shoot. The studio has several different freestanding backgrounds, 3 sets of seamless background paper, an amazing clean wall, and a warehouse brick wall, as well. I was soooooooo amazed by what I saw, I just had to tell everyone about this.

And I am!

Very hot studio space, plenty of props, and such cool backgrounds, and did I mention very hott?!

So, what are you waiting for?! Check them out!


Red Studio

Photoshoot Diaries, Entry 1

Hello New World,


So, I decided to put out there, how I go about planning for my shoot. I will be giving you several entries, up until the time of my shoot. The proposed date will be June 23rd. I decided to do a shoot the way that I have always done it. Plan in excess. So, let me start the entry with the first step.


I know that there are times when we just have to do something quick, because the opportunity came out of the blue. Then, that is understandable. However, if you had the idea that has been swirling in your head for a month, and you decide to act on it, in a day’s notice, then prepare for a possibly stressful shoot. I try to plan at least two weeks, in advance. I will state that the past couple of shoots have not gone the way I would have like them to have gone. This was due to ill proper planning. So, this time, I am starting back from scratch. The first thing that I need to do is post a casting call. In the performing arts, casting (or casting call) is a pre-production process for selecting a cast (a meaning of the word recorded since 1631) of actors, dancers, singers, models and other talent for a live or recorded performance. (Wikipedia, 2013) I have two accounts with two different modeling websites, however, the one I use the most is Model Mayhem. The models and MUA’s(make up artist), that I have met, have been very fun and colorful. Some of them, I still keep in touch with. I put out two casting calls, one for models and the other for MUA’s. So far, I have had a few responses, but I am waiting for more! I will be browsing the site, and contacting a few individuals, to see if they would be interested in working with me. By doing this, I am hoping to spark more interest. More interest means more models to choose from. This leads me back to a statement that I said earlier. Plan in excess. This statement is means that you want to plan for the worst. If I want to work with one model, try to book two, or three. I have had, like clock work, one show up on the day of the shoot. If all three show up, combine it and make it a great shoot, but if none show up, enjoy your day off.


There are different ways to plan, for a shoot, and I am just giving you the way that I do it. This is not the end all be, by no means. I am quite sure that there are better ways to plan for a shoot. This is just my way of planning. You can use this to, as a template, to plan for your own shoot, or not. 🙂


My First Shoot of 2012 (Update)

Hello New World,

Right now, I am preparing for my next photo shoot.

This shoot, I will be striving for a more high fashion stance, or at least the potential for it. I will be shooting at a skate park, with the model. I believe this will be fun. I am very excited to be working with two new faces, stylist Tamona Christian and model Amber Smith. Also, I can’t wait to test out this new lens I got from the Photoshop World Expo. This will be my first shoot with my Tamron 70-300mm lens. I am very excited to see what I will get.