Happy Sweet 16 Caviana!

Today Ms. Caviana turns the Big 16! Caviana is one of my favorites to work with.  She has a beautiful spirit, confidence and just a beautiful person!  When we did her first shoot I was blown away at how comfortable she was in front of the camera.

Fast forward to her Sweet 16 birthday party…just amazing!! She and her step team performed a dance routine and it was wonderful.

I will say that I was truly amazed and proud when I arrived at the party…There were so many pictures on display from her photoshoot, most times clients ask to purchase there entire gallery but you hardly ever get to see what they do with the images…do they print them or do they grow old and lost on the computer. So it was a blessing for me to walk in and see all these images on the tables, and throughout the event.

Enjoy!!

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The Crew!!!

 

They partied like no other!!!

Special Thanks to the Team that put all this together”

Event planner: Red Carpet Event Planning

Makeup Artist: Karen Ficklin Instagram:@karenficklinbeauty

Hair: Kyshia Richardson  Instagram: @styles_by_ky09

Cake: Brittaney Moore Bliss Venue Styling & Catering

Cake Charm/Custom Signage:  Nolram Bak

Event Locaiton: Inviting Events

Banner: Instagram @kaleighscreations

 

Prom 2018: Nykira & Roderick

Several months ago one of my clients  posted on social media that she would be sponsoring a young person for prom this year.  That post stayed with me for several weeks, it was just a really great thing to do for someone.  I reached out to let her know I was interested in helping out.  Lets face it… Senior year is one of thee most expensive moments for parents and unfortunately there are just some things that may not be in the budget for parents.

I really want to thank Mrs. Tararra for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful moment. Nykira is such a beautiful person with an amazing story. Her Date Roderick, was such the gentleman, from caring the train of her dress to helping her in the car.  I’m sure they had a wonderful time at their Prom. Which was held at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.

Please take sometime to View Nykira and Roderick’s Prom, You’ll love it!

 

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Special Thanks to the wonderful people who helped with this very special moment:

Dress By Fatima Lewis- @Fatima22209 (Instagram for inquires)
Makeup by Kay Kay – @gameface_kayka (Instagram for inquires)
Hair by Ce Ce Michelle @cecemichelle (Instagram for inquires)

 

Kidd & McClendon: Engagement Shoot

I had the pleasure of  working with this wonderful couple for their engagement shoot Ms. Latisa and Mr. Mallory! The wonderful couple will be exchanging their vows this April, at the Buford Community Center and I can’t wait to capture the beautiful moment!

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The weather was beautiful and this location was perfect for them. They both were truly in the moment and Latisa blessed us with her wonderful contagious laugh! They danced, kissed and laughed and it was beautiful!

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What I loved most is the happiness that was shown between the two of them for each other, Mallory looked at her with such pride and Love, with Latisa looking back with such confidence in knowing this was her prince charming… it was just beautiful.

I hope you all feel and see the love that took place on this shoot and the love they have for each other.   I’m so excited for them…I pray they continue to Love, Dance, and laugh for many years to come!

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Happy Holidays: The Scott Family

I’m so excited to share the wonderful Scott family holiday portraits!  They were such a joy to shoot, plus they were excited.  Thanking Mom for wanting to capture the moment while she was in town, she new she would have her Children and grandchildren in the same place during the holidays and wanted to make sure the moment was captured.  That’s how you do it!!!

The smiles and happiness between Mom and her children are priceless, I really had a wonderful time seeing their smiles and how happy they were to be in each others presence.  This is Family, This is Love and this is a family that is blessed!

Enjoy, and happy holidays from the Scott Family!

Graham’s Holiday Shoot!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a sneak peek of this extremely handsome little fella!  This is Graham, and it was a pure joy to work with…from his smile, his curiosity and his dance moves we had a really good time on this shoot.  As I sat editing his portraits I began to smile, because his smile made me smile.  Thank you Graham for such a wonderful shoot and for being such a wonderful happy little boy.

Enjoy!

 

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Before and After’s

So I’ve been wanting to do some before and after’s for a while.  Mainly because I never show them, but I really wanted to let you all see the process.  So when I was asked to test out the sleeklens Photoshop actions ,  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.

Now, I’ve always been hesitant of using some of the Photoshop portrait actions that are out there, mainly because when I see the examples…they are usually not of African American’s.

If I use actions, it’s because it takes a lot of time off of my post processing and I can have a better turnaround for my clients.  I’m not looking to spend  45mins on one image because I have to make adjustments to a Photoshop action.

But with all that being said, I picked five portraits and used the sleeklens Photoshop actions.  With these actions, it was pretty easy to use.  I like the Portrait Retouch and the Dodge and Burn(from a candy store)…A lot, These two actions made enhancing the eye color process very easy and fast and also softening the skin worked great also.  I also liked using the Color Corrections, you can reduce some of the over barring colors that are in the images which the greens and reds work perfect!

Over all, I would recommend using Sleeklens, it does take some time figuring out what works best for your workflow and your style, but that’s with any post processing method you choose.

With this portrait I chose to use the portrait fast retouch for the eyes, I also used the base from golden hours.

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The next four were a combination of Portrait smooth skin, Color correction and Base.

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Class of 2017

Congratulations to the #classof2017.  Especially those that I had the opportunity of capturing.  You all have worked so very hard to get to this point and I hope this next chapter in your life takes you to places you’ve never imagined!  From Graduating from the #universityofgeorgia, to being accepting to #univeristyofalabama , #pfeifferuniversity , and the #universityofwestgeorgia !  You all are an amazing group of young adults!

May God bless each of you!

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Jaiyda headed to Clark Atlanta University
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Brooklynn Graduated from the Univesity of Geogia
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Brooklynn graduated from the Univesity of Geogia

Engagement Shoot: Travis & Laquisha

Travis and Laquisha are getting married, and what a joy it was to get to know them and shoot their engagement portraits.

We all know the saying ” if it’s meant to be, It will be”…right? Though I’m not sure they were thinking this way back in 2009 when their friendship slowly drifted away.   After several years of little to no communication between the two, they finally reconnected via #Instagram with…she “liked” his pictures, he “liked” her pictures!

They both knew this was a relationship waiting to happen, but waiting to see who would make the first move.  Travis asked her out to a work event and Laquisha said YES!  This was their “It will be” moment and they’re enjoying every moment of this new chapter in their lives…Together.

This is their road to Mr. & Mrs. Beasley!

 

 

Black Enterprise: Decorating Diva Sisters

I want to send a very big Congratulations to  Decorating Diva Sisters on the Amazing article in Black Enterprise.

This dynamic duo is just amazing, they are ranked #1 Decorators Worldwide.  I love following them on Instagram which showcases why they are ranked #1 Their work is amazing!

If you didn’t get a chance to read the write up I did on them last year, please click the link and check them out.  But more importantly check the article out in Black Enterprise and send them some love, they truly deserve it!

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I’m wishing them continued success and Gods blessings!

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Class of 2017: Jaiyda

What a joy it was to shoot this beauty.  Jaiyda was in the Atlanta area visiting the campus of  #ClarkAtlantaUniversity which will soon be her college home starting in the fall!

Jaiyda’s a very smart, hardworking and dedicated young lady, that is very determined to be successful.  Clark Atlanta was one of her top schools to attend, so I was truly excited when I found out she was accepted… plus I’ll be able to see her more often!!

I’m wishing her much success and happiness as she starts this new chapter in her life! Continue to reach for SUCCESS, you deserve it!