Teamwork, Sisterhood & Dedication are some of the words that come to mind when you think of a sorority. Last month I had the opportunity to work with the young ladies of the Delta Sigma Theta  sorority at KSU. I was asked to shoot and design a banner promoting a program for the school called rehabilitation. This presented 2 challenges for me, one of which was coming up with an idea for the shoot. The 2nd being the overall layout for the design because  the young ladies had no idea of how they wanted to convey the message. Eventually we decided on an idea of  placing themselves in an asylum awaiting rehabilitation. Of course I don’t have access to an asylum, so the layout had to be drafted in photo shop.

The original draft came off too light, warm and fuzzy so  I went back reworked the it and created a more dark theme. The ladies were thrilled with the layout and immediately sent it to print. A few weeks later I was informed that the event was a success, largely due to the fact that the banner had received massive attention for its creative appeal. I enjoyed working with the young ladies of Delta Sigma Theta and look forward to working with them again in the near future.

New Website

Recently I’ve been reworking the layout of my portfolio website. Not satisfied with my previous host, I decided to find another web client to better show off my talent. I stumbled across  an awesome site that allows more flexibility  and less code than my previous host. Although the skeleton of my site is complete and ready for launch there are still some bugs I’m trying to work out. I have also decided to  added my business to google maps to draw in more clientele. I was kind of skeptical at listing my information online at first, but the goal of marketing is to reach as many potential clients as possible. An judging from my analytic stats I have already begun to gain local traffic. I am always on the hunt for criticism about my work, so if you have the free time check out my site and let me know what you think.


Haute Lanta Fashion Week

Haute Lanta Fashion Week 2010 is in full effect. I kicked the evening off by attending a  rooftop cocktail party at the Glenn Hotel with Natasha Wicker of The City Socialite.(citysocialite.wordpress.com) The evening was filled with Designers,Photographers, Models and other professionals in the industry. The eclectic mix of people  and ambient sounds from the dj turned this cocktail party into an interesting evening of networking. To say the least if you were caught without your business card or representation of who you are, you were truly missing out on great opportunities to make serious contacts. I can’t wait to experience the rest of the this weeks events and will keep everyone informed on the happenings.  For more pics of the event head  over to the City Socialite (http://citysocialite.wordpress.com/).

Recently I had the opportunity to shoot with Ms. Tomika Thomas on behalf of The Fashionary. She was the winner for the month of August for The Fashionary’s monthly subscriber contest and was entitled to  a free photo shoot by yours truly.(TheFashionary.net)  We went on location in midtown  Atlanta in the middle of a bustling city during rush hour. I couldn’t have asked for a better scene in which sunlight was excellent  and a busy street led to some interesting shots.  Also on location was Natasha Wicker of the City Socialite handling make up,video and the swatting some annoying mosquitoes. The shoot was a success and I am looking forward to working with Tomika again on future projects involving her ThinkFashion  ThenStyle brand.

Brochure Designs

As most of you know most Photographers double as graphic designers. So it’s not surprising when you see Photographers expanding their skill set into layout design, retouching or photo manipulation.

Recently I was contacted by a friend of mine who is a wedding coordinator. She asked if I could redesign her brochures. The job was a little time consuming considering  I’m juggling school now. Never the less,  I was able to deliver on my word and my client was very satisfied with the results.

I will be posting a Photoshop tutorial on how to design brochures and flyers very soon, so be on the look out.

You have already collected the deposit, the date is set. You double check, triple check and even quadruple check your equipment  to make sure everything is working . You met with your clients before hand so you know shooting their wedding is going to be a cake walk right? Wrong!

Usually the day of a wedding is the most  joyous occasion of  some peoples lives. Although, this day is meant for happiness it can all be ruined if you happen to come across a Bride From Hell aka Bridezilla . She doesn’t care about your feelings, your artistic point of view or even whose flipping the bill for the wedding. Bridezilla only cares about one thing and that is getting it her way.

Things can get rough in the jungles of Wedding Photography, so I’m here to provide you with some tips on how to deal with a Bride from Hell.

1.Your Professionalism comes first.

Be as professional as possible when dealing with Bridezilla. Alot of times your clients have no idea how wedding photography or photography in general works. Things can get very frustrating when trying to explain to the wedding party that you need them to align a certain way for a shot. Be patient my friends, these are your clients and hopefully they have paid you good money for your services.

2. Confidence

Take control of the wedding as soon as you arrive. Always be confident in your skills as a photographer. A lot of times family members will interrupt you with their point and shoot cameras  to take pictures while you are working. Politely establish that you are “The Photographer” and are working, and family will always stay out of your way to let you do your job.

3. Bridezilla Meltdown

If  Bridezilla decides to flip out because her wedding is running 2.5 seconds behind. Remain calm and stay out of her path of destruction. I have witnessed situations where the bride has spat in the grooms face and completely destroyed the dressing room because she did not like her cake 3 tier design.

4. Integrity

Never let Bridezilla disrespect you. Although, your clients have paid you good money, Bridezilla does not own you. I will not tolerate foolishness or disrespect from anyone in the wedding party. As said earlier integrity and professionalism are most important. In order for your job to  run smoothly the wedding party must respect you. Make sure it is outlined in your contract that you reserve the right to leave the wedding if such and incident happens.

5. Have Fun

When you have fun everyone has fun. Believe it or not as a wedding photographer you are the life of the party…eerr emm… I mean wedding. When you engage  your clients  with a positive attitude everyone will respect you for being so upbeat, regardless of how Bridezilla is acting. Having fun will make your job easier and time will fly by faster.

There are some great advantages for being a wedding photographer, one of which is seeing the satisfaction on your clients face for a job well done. Always remember not to  let Bridezilla control your event  because ultimately if she ruins the wedding it will always be your fault.