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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.

And Enjoy

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Drumming Up Support!

Hey New World,

I know my times have been sooo off. My schedule has been picking up, recently. FullSizeRenderMy apologies. I have been horrible with my social networking skills.

So, first, I wanted to tell you about upcoming events. I have to cancel a few events I had planned for New York, due to some scheduling conflicts. I will be, for sure, in New York for November 23, for a class for MshopNYC. They have a “How to Become a Fashion Stylist” class, which to me, is very interesting.

On December 7th, the Bobbi Boss America’s Next Top Stylist competition will be held at the Washington Convention Center. This is definitely an event to see, trust me! I loved every bit of it! Here is the press release from my friend Alee, of DynamicPR:America_s_next_top_stylist_2

Who will be the 2014 BOBBI BOSS® America’s Next Top Stylist? Find out on Dec. 7 at the Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C., during the 23rd Annual Golden Scissors Awards – HairGames 2014.

The finalists for the 2014 BOBBI BOSS® America’s Next Top Stylist are some of the most talented and creative hairstylists in the country. They are: Shivonne J — Houston, Texas; Cocca Mane — New York City, NY; Richard Grant of Brenton Lee Salon and Studio — Pasadena, Calif.; and Tarina Akbari — Atlanta, Ga. Who will current BOBBI BOSS® America’s Next Top Stylist winner Travis Douglas of Columbia, SC, pass the title to? You have to be there to find out!”

So, as you know, I recently did a shoot, and the images were awesome. Mainly because I did not use my own camera. People, please learn from my mistakes! I left my camera battery in the house. How horrible was that. My friend, Leah Jones of LLJ Photography, had her Canon. I will say that I am a “Nikon Girl”, and will be fo’ life! I used her Canon and I am shocked at the images. I’m not switching teams! I am not sure if I gave my opinion on this previously, but Canon’s are great for portrait, and Nikon’s are excellent for scenery. Anyway, I am drumming up support for one of my latest ventures. WTTG Fox 5has a segment called “Allison Seymour’s Fab 5 Pics”. The first week she did this venture, a local photographer was selected. I thought to myself, “Damn, his business is through the roof, now!” So I thought to myself, “Hey, why not try?!” IMG_0010and I did. I uploaded 2 images to Instagram, with the hashtag “Fab5pics”. So, if you are feeling froggy, stop by and leave me some love.


Branding……..Should I?!

Hello New World,

So, it is a rainy August day, and I am sitting here, bored. One of the reality( yeah, right?! Scripted reality) shows, that I am addicted to, is ANTM. I always get these great ideas, but in order to do these types of shoots, you need clout. Like serious clout, to book these places. So I bought some episodes, on Amazon video. I got the ANTM All Stars. I love Isis, Alexandria, Allison, Kayla, and Laura. I love the weird, courageous, inspirational, and individuality, of these models.

Anyway, back to what I wanted to talk about. The second episode, the girls were told to brand themselves. Each of the girls was given a word, and was told to build, on that word. This is how they should be viewed, by the public. So let’s expand on that word. BRANDING! What is it? How do we, as photographers, do it? Is there a certain level we must be, to brand, or do we start, right away? So I did some outside research.

Branding, by definition, is the process involved in creating a unique name and image for a product in the consumers’ mind, mainly through advertising campaigns with a consistent theme. Branding aims to establish a significant and differentiated presence in the market that attracts and retains loyal customers. (Business Dictionary, 2010) I think that, as photographers, we should brand ourselves. Our brand should be as unique as we are. Some photographers, that I have began to study, have a brand. Mike Ruiz has his signature body. Yeah, his photography is hot, too. Adam Bouska is known for the “No H8” campaign. Dave LaChappelle is known for his edgy, surreal images. Annie Leibovitz is known for her beautiful portrait photography. I loved her Vogue cover of Rihanna. Either way, these people are brands, within themselves.

So, while I was doing some research, I found a must read article. In the article, The Brand of You, by Ron Dawson, he gives out tips, to do for branding ourselves. One of his tips was to hire a pro. I will state this, I get that, if you are artistic, but don’t know certain factors, in graphic design, then yes, hire a pro. Don’t screw yourself up. I will recommend Jocosity. Jay Jackson is vicious with his designs. However, if you are fairly decent, with Photoshop, I say, go for it. See what you come up with, you never know. Also, answering my last question, I think that we should begin branding ourselves, as soon as we decide to go commercial. I am starting off, because my goal is to become commercial, or to be consider as such. I want to be known for an urban flair, but without clout and money, it is getting hard to achieve.

So, in closing, let me know what you think. What do you consider as branding? How do you begin to brand yourself? Also, one topic I did not touch on. Would you use social networking for branding?



Hello New World,

Did you hear? America’s Next Top Model went through a round of firings. At first, I thought that the judges had bigger opportunities, to pursue. I thought that they asked to perhaps leave their contracts. I guess that was not the case. According to US Weekly Online, Tyra Banks shocked America’s Next Top Model fans when she fired her panel of experts — Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander — but the show’s hostess says cleaning house was a necessary evil. (US Weekly, 2012)

Wow! My mouth was floored.

Let me start off by saying that I am not an advocate fan. I don’t own any of the seasons, on DVD. I catch the show, every now and then. So, needless to say, these are my opinions, on the show. I like Nigel’s work, and I think that they need a photographers opinion, on how the models could perfect their posing. I feel as though his opinion would be more so needed because he has been on both sides of the fence, as far as modeling and photography is concerned. They really need Miss J. to show these young ladies how to walk like models, instead of walking on knuckles. Also, Jay Manuel’s vision, for the shoots, are so awesome, that I secretly copy them! If the ratings are plummeting, then it is because each season is the same. I was an advocate fan after the third season. I think that the models that are chosen, look extremely similar to Tyra’s model pals. If not that, the girls seem to look similar each year. It just feels like each season regurgitates itself. One idea, that I sent to her FaceBook page was to do a season on plus size models. I have nothing against pin thin women, but another reason that the ratings, I think, are going down, is because thick chicks, such as myself, can’t fully relate to the models. I will say that it is a given that she has had a few plus sized models on her show, but none ever make it to final four. I could be wrong, because as I stated before, I don’t watch every season, but that would be a great start. Honestly, if they had to fire anyone, it should have been the producers. The ideas for new shows are recycled each season.

So, my best wishes goes out to Nigel, Miss J., and Jay Manuel. For Miss Banks, I hope this coming season was worth this change.