Working with quality models who help produce shoot ideas, makes the collaboration that much better. When Maleri sent me the inspo for this shoot, I instantly loved it and knew it was going to go in the books as a personal best. I chose to color grade it with a nice moody tone that would allow the red to POP, without taking away from the model.
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Working with music artist is another one of my favorite types of photography. Artist are always so open to my creative and outside the box concepts because they need that eye catching imagery in order to stand out. Portraits can be used for a variety of things, from album artwork to actual promotion of the artist’s new projects.
Sexy, unique & EDGY asf, is how I’d describe Dannie. The short hair, freckles, model-like stature, ability to Give Face and great at unique poses, makes her such a pleasant model to shoot with. I know fire is going to be made when we work together!
Brooklyn Sport (Commercial Shoot)
I enjoyed this commercial shoot so much. It was for Brooklyn Sport, a swimwear brand based out of New York. This shoot allowed me to use my business skills and marketing capabilities to ensure that I maximize the brand’s reach. When you have a product, service or brand it’s very important to create content that caters specifically to your target demographic. Coming from a business and marketing background, I am able to sit down with clients and assess their brand and target demographic, in turn maximizing the project’s reach. Which all leads to generating more brand awareness and revenue growth.
The Girl In The Orange Pants
This shoot was a challenge to myself, to style an entire shoot, from clothes to props to final edit. I personally HATE shopping, lol, but shopping for this shoot was very fun and aggravating at the same time. Having to stick to one color scheme made it more difficult than just going into the thrift store and picking out pieces that went good together. Finding orange, vintage style pants was a feat. But once that nightmare was over, my new team member and MUA, Vicky, came and put the finishing touches on the Face to make the shoot even better! All I had to tell her was the color scheme and that I wanted something different, outside the normal, but not toooooooo much, lol and she did her thing. Then to REALLY put the icing on the cake, we selected Dee, as our model. When I came across her profile on Instagram and saw how unique her look was, I knew she was going to make the images POP!!
I typically don’t do photoshoots of kids but this isn’t your typical kid, this is Dorien Maxwell. Dorien is a professional kid model who has been featured in magazines and commercial shoots for kid brands. His parents understood the concept of being DOPE in order to stand out. We didn’t shoot in typical places like the other kids. We shot in alleys and rooftops.
India To Cincinnati
Believe it or not, this shoot was shot in Cincinnati Ohio under a train overpass. I collaborated with Henna artist (Studio Maya), makeup artist Saadia and models Veneicia, Smirithi, and Simran. When I stumbled across the underpass I knew that I wanted to do something that would have the look of some place overseas, Egypt or India somewhere. So I organized everyone and told them the look that I wanted and everyone contributed to the outcome.
Styles By Eunika Showroom (Commercial Shoot)
Working with boutique owner and stylist Eunika Hisle, takes a lot of the workload off of my back. When Eunika books a shoot she always has the theme, look, treatment, and in most cases the location already in order. When it comes to her boutique, Styles By Eunika Showroom, she spares no expense when it comes to marketing and branding. She understands that content is KING and makes every effort to create new themes, storylines and looks for every shoot. Here are some looks from some of our projects over the years.
Hobby Lobby Challenge
The shoot that sparked a viral challenge and took my career to a new level. Over 250K shares in less than 24hrs after posting to my Facebook page, it took social media by storm. There were multiple news outlets and social media blogs reaching out to me for features and interviews. The idea behind the shoot was to do a photoshoot inside the craft store using the fake flowers and make it look like the models were really outside in a flower garden at sunset. I was just doing what I love and trying to be creative.
Jubilee was one of the first models that I shot with when I moved to Florida. Singer and model, there’s never a dull moment when we link up. Jubes has really taken off since our first shoot, getting booked in different states and always on the go. Modeling is not easy but she makes it look like it is!
From the look of these images you wouldn’t be able to tell that this was Maleri’s first professional photoshoot. I pride myself in my ability to make ANYONE at any level of experience look comfortable and confident in front of my camera. Those two things are very important when it comes to having a successful photoshoot. Nothing shows more in photos like discomfort does. As a photographer, it’s a great feeling to “break” a new model into the industry and watch them flourish.
Another fun project, make people feel as uncomfortable as possible. LOL. This laundromat shoot with artist Nicole Blake was very different for me, even though I’ve shot in some crazy places with people all around, this was a new level. I think the fact that she was half naked and there were elders around made this a new level for me, lol. Even though there was this one woman who said she wanted to take off her shirt too since Nicole didn’t have one on.
Puerto Rico Power Shoot
Power Shoots are designed to allow models access to photographers that they normally wouldn’t be able to shoot with, for various reasons. Most power shoots take place in a mansion, hotel suite or studio. This power shoot took place in Puerto Rico and what an amazing experience it was.
This was another location that I stumbled across while going for a walk. I seen an old chair under an overpass and my creative gear started turning. I envisioned a model in a fashionable outfit. So I pulled my team together, Eunika (stylist) and Saadia (mua), and told them what my plans were and we got to work. Landing model Savannah, really enhanced the overall look that I was going for.
Having a team to execute dope photoshoots can take a shoot from ordinary to extraordinary. With everyone having a role and executing, it makes for the greatest outcome.
Lady In The Red Dress (Tether Magazine)
Melanin mixed with style, class and a grungy setting always makes for an amazing photo. Aissatou, is one of my favorite models to shoot with when I’m in Cincinnati. Her flexible style and adaptability makes her the ideal model for outside the box shoot concepts. Working alongside stylist, Eunika Hisle, this magazine submission was a success.
Thrift Store Challenge
Put together an entire outfit, from head to toe with a budget of $30, this was my first attempt at being a stylist as well as the photographer. Maleri and I went into Goodwill (thrift store), I put this look together and we actually did the photoshoot in front of the store. Check out the video and you’ll see how it all came together.
I love showcasing my creative side. This is a collection of a few pieces that I’ve captured or created. From headshots for makeup artist to movie sets, I love creating!
Floyd & Co (Commercial Shoot)
When it comes to commercial shoots, it’s very important to make sure the content is relatable to the brand’s audience. This brand’s audience is all about muscle cars, motorcycles and tattoos, not tea and crumpets . So working with male model Jason Lewis was a perfect fit.
Visit their website FloydAndCo.co.uk/
Follow Jason on IG @Mr.J.Lewis
One thing that photographers get hung up on is photoshoot ideas. Sometimes you just run out of ideas and you get stuck in a rut. Most of the time ideas are right in your face or in your dreams. MONTHS before this photoshoot I drove past this old fire truck, I didn’t have any idea what I was going to do with it. Then one day I was daydreaming and came up with the idea to do a vintage look. Vintage clothes to match the era of the fire truck. The outcome was better than I envisioned!
Model: @Ms.Maleri (Instagram)