This past weekend we had a fabulous time in NYC. We were there for what was mostly a personal visit with my niece but took the opportunity to get in a few shoots while we were there. Several clients signed up for our popular AfroArt sessions and were able to experience the fun first hand. This time we fused two different themes (pop art and colorful tribal) into one fun day of creative goodness. See some of our favorites below. These CreativeSoul kids are seriously stying and profiling! Love them!
- Hair/Hair Pieces: Hair by Rae NYC
- Makeup: Ambreen
Ava in New Orleans
This past weekend we had an opportunity to shoot in one of our favorite places – New Orleans! We love this city for so many reasons – the people, the architecture and most of all the culture. While there we had a chance to photograph one of our favorite little models, Ava Clarke. We’ve watched this girl grow since she was a tiny 6 year old so it’s amazing to see her growing into her own. She’s always so focused and so determined to be the best at whatever she’s doing. Nothing but success coming her way. Check out the amazing photos we captured below.
Dress: Sparkles & Suspenders
Top: Life of Rihley Brand Boutique; Skirt: Alexandria Olivia
Lace Dress: Life of Rihley Brand Boutique
Wow, when we first started this little project called the “AfroArt” series we never thought it would take off the way that it has. We started this project to showcase the beauty and versatility of afro hair. We traveled to various states in the US to photograph this series featuring unique natural hairstyles – each shoot with a different theme.
We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media. Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not “good enough” and often forces kids to have low self-esteem. We try to combat these stereotypes in our photography by showing diverse imagery of kids who love the skin they’re in, their own natural curls and their culture. Stories like this are important to show so that we can shatter the current standards of beauty.
We hope that viewers will see the beauty and versatility of afro hair and we hope that girls around the world will be inspired to love their unique differences and beauty within. Check out some highlights from our AfroArt series below.
*UPDATE* Many have asked about the coffee table book, prints and more from this series. We are still finalizing this series so the coffee table book is still a work in progress. Feel free to join our mailing list here if you’d like to be updated when it is available. Also, we’ve launched our 2018 AfroArt calendar and prints in our online shop.
Sometimes the best shoots happen spontaneously. We literally made this session with little miss Zahra up while she was visiting us in our studio. Before you know it we’re hanging out at a colorful basketball court with a fly custom basketball to match. Zahra got completely into character and we were here for every minute of it. Check out the adorable photos below. 🙂
Kheris Rogers – Queen of Pearls
Soo this has been a whirlwind week. This past weekend we shared our shoot with the beautiful Kheris Rogers for Little Revolution Magazine. To our surprise, these photos went all around the world and completely shut the internet down. For those of you who are not familiar with Kheris’ story, Kheris is a 10-year old girl who was bullied by her classmates for her dark skin. After changing schools to escape the teasing, her older sister, Taylor Pollard, set out on a mission to raise her self esteem.
In March, Pollard posted pictures of Rogers on Twitter with the hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion which currently has more than 100,000 likes and shares along with an endless thread of compliments. She has recently become an entrepreneur selling her “FlexinInMyComplexion” t-shirts worldwide.
When we originally saw Kheris’s story we thought that she was absolutely gorgeous and would make a great model. Unfortunately in this industry there are not enough kids with darker complexion so whenever we get the opportunity to find new talent we will try to do what we can to showcase them in a positive way. Our shoot with Kheris does just that – we aimed to showcase her beauty and strength with oversized pearls as the main feature. The pearl is unique and often known as the “Queen of Gems”. They symbolize unblemished perfection, modesty and purity – everything that Kheris represented to us. Check out these stunning images of Kheris from our “Queen of Gems” editorial for Little Revo Mag.
Don’t forget to check out Kheris’ website and support this young entrepreneur by purchasing one of her Flexin’ in My Complexion tees which has been seen by the likes of Lupita N’yongo and Alicia Keys.
A Unicorn Themed Birthday Shoot
With 10 nieces and nephews, birthdays are a big deal in my family. My niece Peyton turned 5 this year and was SOOOO excited to have her unicorn themed photo shoot. Like many this year, she is obsessed with all things unicorn so it was only fitting that we incorporate it into her shoot. Her pics are super sweet and so fitting for her personality.
- Clothing: Rainey’s Closet and Ola + Oli Clothing
- Hair: SisterlyLuv Natural