The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Beauty in Blackness

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Name: Ayesha Lakes

City: Stone Mountain, GA

Business Name: PhoArtgraphy

Instagram: @phoartgraphy 

Sometimes I just like to shoot for myself. An idea for a session may pop into my head, but I might not have a client that I can use to fulfill it. Therefore I will either have a model call or ask select people whom I've been wanting to photograph. These little girls are actually the daughters of a friend of my sister, and I've been wanting to photograph them. I feel that representation is important, and positive representation is even more important. They are beautiful little girls, and I wanted to share that beauty with others.

I have been working on a book for quite a while about natural hair, and I thought these little girls would be lovely to photograph with their natural hair on display. I wanted it to be very organic and earthy. The cheesecloth that they are wearing as tops was a last minute decision by me while I was packing my gear for the session. I thought the muted colors would allow for the girls to be seen without frills, and that the story of three sisters would come through clearer. I believe there is so much beauty in blackness and that's what I wanted to show.

To me, this photo expresses the creativity and photography skills of black, female photographers. It shows our storytelling ability and how something so simple can be quite beautiful. It shows the beauty in being black and providing much needed representation.

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