I been starring at my computer for almost an hour, not sure how to start this post. It's almost unbelievable that I'm even writing this. When I started this blog 2-3 years ago, it was for my own personal enjoyment. I needed a place where I could express myself artistically with images and words. Never did I imagine it would lead to me hosting my very own photography exhibit. I owe it all to every single person out there that pushed me forward and always reminded me how much my work meant to them.Read More
I don't do much driving, so I tend to use public transportation a lot. Everything from trains to taxis. Meeting new people has become somewhat of a routine for me. I'm always fishing for a good story. Which is why i enjoy photographing people so much. I've learned that we all want to tell our story to someone. So I recently struck up a conversation with an Uber driver that I felt the need to share with you all.Read More
A few years a go I had the privilege of traveling to San Pedro de Macoris (Dominican Republic) for a week. I was there to attend my aunt's wedding but of course I had to turn it into my own little photography project. On my third day there I came across this amazing soul. She was so humble & loving. I was informed recently that she has passed away and is no longer with us. I wanted to end this year by honoring her in this post. Moments like these remind me why it's so important for me to capture the people around me. We just never know when our last day is at hand. Blessings to all!
I've known Miwe since we were kids. Today he is known as one of Boston's best promoters. Which is why when he came to me with this project, I didn't think twice about it. He planned out 5 different nights of partying, over his birthday week. My job? Document it!Read More
What began as a form of personal creative therapy, has grown into a brand of creativity. When I started this blog I did not expect it to take me as far as it has. I can only imagine what the future has in store for me. Considering all the attention my work has been receiving recently, I figured it was the perfect time to slow down & THANK YOU all for the constant support.Read More
Every time I walk around the city with my camera I meet new people. Some old, some young. Some rich, some poor. I have a gift of getting stories out of people. This past weekend was no different.
I was in the middle of a session with a model, for my Dead Roses project, when Junior approached me. He asked questions about my camera & what exactly I was doing in Chinatown. I shared some of my pictures with him & got to talking. We happen to be from the same neighborhood in Boston & even shared common friends.
Midway through our conversation, he shared his scar with me. Pointing out why he isn't worthy of a picture. I told him that every scar we carry comes with a story. That's when he told me about his fight with cancer & how he survived it. He said I can take a picture of his scar but with two conditions: I can't show his face & I have to share it with the world. Of course I agreed.
I was teaching a friend of mine a few things about photography. You know- the basic. She urged me to share some tips on my blog. I figured it'll help someone. I hope this article is helpful next time you pick up your camera.
1. Know Your Equipment
I'll never forget reading an article that explained how in some countries, pointing a camera at someone is as hostile as pointing a gun. That gave me a brand new perspective on approaching individuals in the street while photographing. I've come to learn that people are more willing to take a picture after you've shared words with them. The smallest conversation can help them feel comfortable once you begin to shoot. This has also blessed me with the opportunity of hearing some amazing stories.
This has to be one of my favorite tips. Let's keep it simple: STUDY + RESEARCH. If you're traveling somewhere, do research on the place. What makes it different? Any special or historical locations in the area? If your couple, get to know them. What do they like? Where did they meet? Having extra information about your subject with help you capture images that tell a story.
Please comment below & share your opinion. Blessings!
The Kush Groove team has counted on my brand more than once. We've had the privilege of working together a few times in the past year. We always try our best to bring a sense of realism to our creations. This time around, our focus was on their new Fall line. With the grand opening of their new Boston location around the corner, they needed some visuals to promote their new merchandize. So- we took it to the streets. Enjoy!
You might recognize Mr. Jean-Louis from my Kush Groove Clothing session last year. He was one of the models featured in that post. We remained in contact & agreed to work on another project when the time was right. That time is now. Enjoy.
I first crossed paths with Brujo Live many years ago. He's always been a talented lyricist in the Boston area. His music is heard nationwide & in Latin countries throughout the world. We've been able to build a friendship throughout the last few years. Recently, after a photography session, I decided to ask him a few questions.
Q. What inspires you to create music?
Q. Think back to when you first started writing music- what is different about you today?
Q. What should your listeners expect from you this upcoming Fall & Winter?
I've attended & worked at about seven comic conventions thus far. Each one has been an experience of it's own. After the first few I've learned that you never know exactly what to expect at these events. But during my second time in Philadelphia, I came across Zane Wylie. Nothing could have prepared me for that moment.
Yes, you are looking at real Human skulls that have been carved into works of art. Zane is a respected Master Skull Carver. We shared an interesting conversation. I couldn't help but ask him 1,000 questions. In case you're wondering, this is a perfectly legal. He purchases the skulls from archeologists or businesses that sell to medical schools. His work was featured on the TV series Constantine.
He does have them for sale on his website. You also have the option of purchasing a replica, if owning a real Human skull bothers you a bit. Which is understandable. I find his work to be amazing & extremely creative. Talk about Think & Create.