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)

 

The Big Thirteen!!

This was a very exciting shoot, and I’m so grateful that Onaly’s mom chose me to capture this moment for her!

The girls were so excited to have their own photoshoot and I was excited to see them have a really good time in front of the camera.  They all were sweet young ladies with wonderful spirits.   They were singing and dancing and having a great time, being in the moment.

The location that was chosen was Cabbage town which is one of my favorite spots to visit in Atlanta. There’s so much to do and the artwork is Amazing!!  Happy Birthday Onaly!!!

Hope you all Enjoy!

 

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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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!

Being Grateful!

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share some exciting news and give you all the opportunity to learn more about me and why I became a Photographer.

I was recently given the opportunity to share my story with VoyageAtl.com as one of ATL’s most inspiring stories .  I am truly grateful that I can share this with you all. Some of you might even see a familiar face or two.

Please take some time to read the article at VoyageAtl.com if you have problems with the link you can also find it at http://www.voyageatl.com Inspiring Stories section at the top of the homepage as part of the Norcross collection.

Thank you for taking the time to read and share but most importantly, being apart of my journey…

 

Brooklynn at UGA

I met Brooklynn in 2013, while capturing her and her bestie for High School portraits.  Now this beauty is Graduating from #UGA with a degree in Education!!!  How very exciting this moment is for her and her wonderful family.

Being accepted to a University such as UGA straight out of High School and now graduating, are not a small Accomplishments.  As with every college graduate You deserve to be celebrated.  So, I celebrate your accomplishments and pray that the career path your on leads you to moments of pride, change, and self fulfillment.

Thank you for wanting to give back by educating the children that are our future!

I hope you all enjoying, especially the moment shared between Brooklynn and her mom with Dr. Seuss. I think the title is perfect for this moment!