Photographer Name: Symone SevenLocation: Atlanta, Georgia This year’s black history month I celebrated for the first time as a young black photograpHer; So I did it the best way I knew how: through selfies. My intention with my art during that month was impact. I set out to create images that forces people to stop, acknowledge the present moment, and make a dent on their memory to shape their perspective positively. Like when I did my Nefertiti inspired self portrait, I wanted people to see Nefertiti as black excellence the way she deserves to be rather then the disrespected figure she was on that infamous
Where are you located/based out of?: Phoenix, AZ Where did your inspiration for photography begin?: My inspiration for photography began in childhood. I loved looking through family photo albums, and seeing my relatives in their younger years. How would you describe your photography style?: My photography style is “get it right in camera”. I work very hard on my settings so that my client will see him/herself as they really are. I work to flatter my clients so that they are pleased with the images we’ve created. Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?: I’m self-taught, but I did take a
Photographer: Bethany ErbyLocated in: Italy, soon to be Mc Kinney, TX My session was just quick headshot for a LinkedIn account. I have been studying lighting and posing a lot lately and this was a great time to put that practice into play. I had my main light camera left and a reflector camera right. Using m a 24-70 mm lens I used the lens distortion to my advantage to add to my images. The backdrop was hand painted by me. I enjoyed letting my creativity flow with this shoot as I usually only work with women and babies. Although this was out of my comfort zone
Photographer: Cathy ForemanLocated In: Raleigh, NC Cathy is a concert photographer so she submitted a culmination of images from several live music events. What she submitted is some of her favorite artwork, in recent years. She has either been truly moved by the performance or the artwork helped to truly show the energy and feeling of that moment.
Photographer: Donna FrazierLocated in: Rosenberg, Texas This was my very first boudoir session, part of a marathon. I was so nervous, but over prepared. I brought every piece of equipment and props to the hotel where we shot the session. My model is a very talented HMUA, with a big personality. I was surprised how shy she was initially and uncomfortable with her body. I thought she was beautiful. Then she changed into her outfits and makeup…WOW! I let her know how hot she looked and it was on like Donkey Kong! She absolutely ROCKED her session! She is my ideal client. She showed up, showed out
Photographer: Tyrenda PentecostLocated in: California This session was for one of my upcoming weddings and they have never had professional images taken together. They are planning an engagement session in the spring but wanted to get comfortable prior to their engagement session so scheduled a holiday mini session and I really couldn’t be more pleased, they are seriously a fun couple and so sweet and caring for one another.
Photographer: Carissa GlantonLocated in: Jacksonville, Florida Who doesn’t love a fun sleepover? This themed photoshoot truly seems like it was a party from start to finish. Here is what Carissa had to say. My favorite thing about this shoot was setting the scene! My client had the vision of a slumber party photo session and I wanted to bring it to life! I was considering a blowup mattress but space wise it just was not practical. So 15 mins prior to the shoot it dawned on me that I could use my round ottoman as a small bed and build around it! The shoot went amazing and
Photographer: Deanna S Reid Located in: Phoenix Arizona Here is some background insight on this editorial shoot and what inspired Deanna to create such beautiful work. Being in the desert I began to feel dry. I was thirsty for culture and a sisterhood that I was used to back east. So I went on a hunt to find dope people of color in Phoenix, Arizona. On my quest, I connected with two of the dopest creatives in Arizona… Makeup artist Jalia Pettis and Natural Hair stylist Vela Davis. Both these women have inspired and encouraged me in my business as a photographer. When we work together,
My name is Nitashia Johnson and I’m a photographer based in Dallas, Texas. For the last year, I’ve been working on a book about Self Love for Women of Color. The project was created to combat the harsh stereotypes associated with the black community. When I started experimenting with the project, I had originally planned only to photograph women with natural hair. As it progressed, I felt that it would be vital to include written content and allow the women to express themselves and give their opinions and experiences on topics such as colorism, self-love, and racism. I’d like to share with you an excerpt from Tylah’s story: