Bohemian Gem
Mar02

Bohemian Gem

I’m glad to be able to present the work of the powerful photographer Danielle Finney, because shes dope. she assembled an all star team to present one hell of a spread for us mere mortals to observe. Sit back and enjoy the journey that this team takes us on with… BOHEMIAN GEM Photographer & Creative Director: Danielle Finney Model: Brenda Halsey Hair Stylist: Anastasia Arnold Makeup Artist: Stephanie Patterson Nail...

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Revolution of Noir
Apr27

Revolution of Noir

I have always had a thing for vintage effects (even my nickname when I first became a photographer was “vintage”). So when given the opportunity with the very eclectic and vintage boutique THE FASHION REVOLUTION in Milwaukee, WI for a fashion editorial, I literally jumped at it. It was also one of my first times working with talented makeup artist and hair stylist Tinaya Weems and also with clothing stylist and the...

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Stacey Dash for Karin + Raoul
Mar30

Stacey Dash for Karin + Raoul

Stacey Dash is quite possibly one of the most iconic women in the past 20 year history of black entertainment. She has a luscious career in movies/print/tv that has spanned over two decades and all the while she seems to have not aged a day over 20 (spill the SECRET girl!). I was in a fanatical visual ecstasy when I was told that she  did a collaboration with the talented Hassan Kinley for Karin + Raoul… I just had to find the...

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Waterworld
Mar09

Waterworld

In my opinion the biggest aspect of shooting photography is the ability to be adaptable. I was in Atlanta and had just shot some work with my friend Stylist/Designer/Makeup Artist Lingkoya Washington and we had this GORGEOUS model named Antonia Blain reply to a message on Facebook and an email sent from her agency HD The Agency on the same day was past ironic. We did a same day call-contact-shoot and had her in the studio getting all...

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A Road Less Traveled
Feb09

A Road Less Traveled

Tondi is SO badass. Our first meeting in 2008 yielded a set of images that to this day is filled with an emotive sense of feelings that’s VERY hard to duplicate.It just felt RAW and beautiful. This day wasn’t about a specialized staff and coffee drinks and storyboards, and all the other things that “doing a shoot” had become for me of late. This day was about the very basics of what makes a shoot something mor...

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Kitty in a Cold City: A Fashion Story
Jan12

Kitty in a Cold City: A Fashion Story

The winters in Chicago are BRUTAL… seriously some of the coldest that I have seen and dealt with since the days of my youth in Syracuse, New York. However when my buddy Kathryn Chizuko (whom we affectionately call KAT) came in town … we decided it was time to rage against the elements and finally work together for the betterment of mankind or some shit like that. It was not only my first time working with Kat, but my first...

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A Superman for All Seasons
Dec29

A Superman for All Seasons

We caught up with phenom cornerback Bruce Johnson in NYC during one of the coldest days of the winter, but the young cornerback seemed anything but chilly. After finishing an extraordinary season (46 total tackles, 1.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 8 passes defended, 2 interceptions and a touchdown) he took the time to show off another of his talents… taking great pictures. We called in super stylist Khaliah Clark and with Myself...

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PUSS in BOOTS
Dec15

PUSS in BOOTS

I conceptualized this series called “Puss in Boots” which, at its inception, was defined as a series of images with black women redefining the current stereotypes by combining elements of their soft looks and skin with hard boots and tough attitudes (based roughly on the 4 characters from Sex in the City). I didn’t want to hold back anymore I wanted to show some sex but show some fashion, so we pulled these REALLY...

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Playboy Magazine gets its GAME ON
Dec14

Playboy Magazine gets its GAME ON

Apparently, Playboy Magazine is getting back to basics. In a blog feature with their BEST photography over the past year,  Photographer Jared Ryder channeled the energy of Disney’s upcoming epic Tron: Legacy into a BEAUTIFUL blend of lights, skin, and technological beauty . It features models Sasckya Porto and Irina Voronina with BEAUTIFUL illustration work by Nigel Evan...

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Alesha Bell’s Second KISS
Nov17

Alesha Bell’s Second KISS

Many of you may remember the muse below, Alesha Paulette Bell from our Premier Issue – First KISS section. We had the privelage to capture her once again, on a beautiful day in Chicago.  Photographer Andrew Thomas Clifton kicks off our new on-line photo series with “Alesha Bell’s Second KISS”. Model: Alesha Bell Favorite Quote: “God can dream a bigger dream for you then you could ever dream for...

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