I had the privilege of working the runways of Houston Fashion Week, thanks to folks at Trendy Africa. This show is different for me because it's a conglomerate of designers and fashion lovers across a diverse spectrum, not just Africa, the models are very diverse too. It's high fashion, couture galore! These models are true glamazons. Strut strut strut...here they come! Flick flick and in seconds, they're gone!
I had the privilege of shooting a high school reunion for the class of 1965. Ever heard of Kashmere High school? Yes that one, the one in the famous documentary, known for their Jazz ensemble—The Kashmere Stage Band. Jay Z was acting principal for a day in the school in 2002. The one and only.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with one of my fast becoming favorite book authors - Nkem Denchukwu. This woman's hard at work. She's been on a country wide tour promoting Gem of the Rainforest. In between, she managed to pen down a children's book: Zoe—the first in a series to come (availablehere). All of this on the heels of a full length novel titled Tribal Echoes released last year (available here). All in all, she's managed to pull all that off as a single mother of four (phew! Now that's a woman after my own heart!). I met up with her at her home as she's readies for anticipated guests of the book launch. Now I've never been to any book launch that catered to the guests with gourmet ethinic foods to salivate and warm the palate as you toured her warm and inviting home and checked out her latest effort.
I used to live in this city. The pinnacle of NYC lies on Times square, between 42nd street and 47th. Every night this place transforms into a light show spectacle, people from all over the world visit daily to take in the scenery; it's like nothing you'd find anywhere else (maybe Tokyo). There's Broadway and the shows that take residence, flagship stores that attract thousands of customers, MTV has fans lining up for the next celebrity appearance, waiting to catch a glimpse through its glass walls. This is where the ball drops at the turn of every new year, there's intense traffic, yellow cabs, high rises and huge billboards, glamour, tourists, funky smells, homeless folks, street hawkers... You can find them all right here.
Gem of the Rainforest costars Kae Shakir and Perez Egbi
The perks for a photographer like me (besides the photographing) would be visiting different places, meeting new people and becoming an integral part of the event. I had the priviledge of photographing a Nollywood movie premiere—Gem of the Rainforest, starring Ramsey Nouah. This crossover Nollywood movie is directed by Don Okolo (Material Witness, Blood and Destiny) and produced by Nkem DenChukwu—Author - Tribal Echoes.
This past weekend I was hanging out in the city. A lot of times I prefer to do stuff that's simple, but a lot of fun, like going to the museum, shooting nature, going to the zoo, enjoying the ambience of a nice coffee shop where I get to sip my lattes and write. My boyfriend, the photographer enjoys shooting me while we hang out. So sometimes it's a two-for, hanging out and doing a photo-shoot. So as usual, it's the model with her photographer in tow.
With my gadgets in tow, I decided to go to the Tidal Basin. The weather have been exceptionally warm lately, feels like Summer time. I'd simply take advantage of the warmth.
Lots of people were out here on a mid-Friday afternoon. Taking the leisurely stroll and taking lots of pictures. I personally decided to be a photographer. So, I had my iPad, iPhone, and my Boyfriend's Canon 50D. Mid-stroll I decided to sit at the Floral Library, the floral installations were gorgeous! If you live in the Washington DC area or have the opportunity to visit, try to make it out here this Spring. Oh, let me not forget the Cherry blossoms; they were everywhere. Eventually, I had to continue my day trip. I made my way around the basin passing different monuments.
As a photographer, I couldn't help but shoot; there were so much beauty around. I used the opportunity to test all the cameras in my possession: an 8 mpx. my phone, a 5 mpx. on my tablet, then a 50-110 mm lens mounted on my Canon. I didn't expect less from the DSLR, however, I was impressed with the capabilities of the point-and-shoot from my Apple gadgets.
The stills produced by the little gadgets weren't bad. Works best in the day; not very good in low light situations . I've tried shooting with my iPhone in a night club with it's built-in flash, picture quality left less to be desired.
Live beautifully my friends and enjoy my gorgeous pictures!
Collage of pictures from my test shoot. Which camera produced which picture?
It's official. Instagram is worth $1 billion dollars (at least since Facebook acquired it.)
For those of you who didn't know, Instagram is a mobile photo sharing app that gained popularity quickly since it started close to 2 years ago. It has about 27 million users from fans with iOS devices alone. With the launch of the app for Android phones last week, Instagram clocked-in 1 million registered users in 24 hours. That is growing by the minute.
At the Foam museum, an artist named Erik Kessels created an exhibit with? You guessed it, 1 million pictures uploaded to Flickr in a 24 hour period...that's a lot of photos (that's also an understatement.)