The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Self-Portrait

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Self-Portrait

This photo, it makes me so proud to be me. It makes feel like I am breathing freely again and it makes me smile. Even better, it makes me EXCITED. Emotion is a huge part of why I love photography and is what motivates me, so to see that I was able to capture myself in such a way  is an amazing feeling.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Music and Mishaps

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Music and Mishaps

This was a session I did with a musician hailing from Texas known as Myke B. The Label. Our original idea was to shoot in front of this random red door downtown, but turns out the door wasn't so random. The owner to the building came out and asked us to leave so we had to make do with another location nearby. I'd say the photos turned out well despite our mishap. Also: always double check locations before you try to use them. 

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Black Excellence

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Black Excellence

My clients are a real power couple. They are dream clients — successful, stylish and confident. When they arrived for their session, I was blown away by their attire. I immediately thought they looked red carpet ready. So when I saw the red carpet at the location, which isn't normally there, I knew it was fate. It was perfect. I try to show my clients' style and personality in my images. I believe this photo does that. It represents black excellence and black love, two things that aren't really shown in main stream media.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Pride Land

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Pride Land

This image is a series completed for one of my clients that owns a dance studio. The company also puts on productions which include The Wiz, Annie, and for this year they decided to reach way out and do an adaptation of Pride Land. The parents create all of the costumes for this production. I, on the other hand, was responsible for finding a look (in this case a venue) that would portray the production to its fullest. The client and I both wanted to see "Lion King" brought to life right in the triad area.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Future Queen

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Future Queen

Ja'Myah's mom Jessy texted me to say that when she showed the photo to Ja'Myah, Ja'myah said, "Awww, Mama I look pretty." Those words alone let me know that I had done my job. After seeing her photo Ja'Myah gained a new sense of empowerment and confidence. To be able to give that feeling to future a queen so she can see and know who she is meant a lot to me.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: The Hidden Side

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: The Hidden Side

When I took this photo I was catching up with my dear friend Coop. We were playing catch up as we tend to do. This was a photo of him I captured during our visit. I just wanted to show people a side of my friend that isn't shown often: vulnerability, openness. I'm just girl who loves to connect with her subjects and show them how beautiful they are.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Baby Genius

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Baby Genius

This was Kyrie's two month milestone photo, booked by his grandmother. He's something of a baby genius, as his grandmother would say. Kyrie is his grandmother's strength, and he's what keeps her going. Right now she is battling stage two breast cancer for the second time. She wants nothing more than to watch her grandson grow. This was a very special photo session for her.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Vulnerability

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Vulnerability

This photo is a photo of a man who let his guard down and allowed everyone to truly see him for who he is. I made the image with studio light, which is something I thought I wasn't good at. The photo is meaningful because it represents both the subject and the photographer being vulnerable.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Simply Ronis

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Simply Ronis

I live in Phoenix, and the Black population is small. The studio that holds these happy hours doesn't have too many Black models. When I saw Ronis, I knew that I had to support her. For me, it celebrates the beauty of Black women. All too often, we're negatively portrayed, or our beauty, in all of its forms, isn't seen as beautiful by mainstream society. This image, for me, exemplifies Black Girl Magic.

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

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

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.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Beautiful Now

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Beautiful Now

My parents always knew what drawings and colorings were mine at parent teacher conferences because all the people were brown. Cinderella, Snow White, She-Ra — they were all brown. Growing up I was teased about my skin tone and color by kids at school and family members. I let it get to me until one day I decided I was beautiful and wanted to see more people like me. I would take images of characters around me and reimagine what they would look like if they looked like me. One day I was at home and Sex in the City came on, and I said to myself: what if Carrie was a brown girl from Brooklyn? And that's how's this photo came to be.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Growth

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Growth

This photo, to me, represents growth. It's been a LONG time coming, but I can finally say that I am completely confident in the work I am producing! After 10 years of shooting, I am just finding a community of supportive creatives that encourage each other, The Queen Photographers. I am so grateful to be (virtually) surrounded by talented women that look like me!

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Being A Boss

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Being A Boss

I wanted to use my talent and passion to highlight women who represent being a Boss and are doing great things in our community, especially those who happen to look like me. This image is about uplifting women all around us and being a support system for each other. I believe women are not recognized enough, especially women of color, for the positive impact they have on today’s society. We are doctors, lawyers, combat war veterans, teachers, and one day we WILL be the President of the United States. This was my way of shedding light on our Queens and showing my appreciation.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Me at My Core

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Me at My Core

This photo represents me at my core. It isn't just a pretty picture, it's the promotion photo for the debut of my online boutique SeVIIn Days on etsy.com. I make handmade feminist choker necklaces. It's me pursuing my dream of being a designer through this baby step. I shot this at the Don Cesar, the famous pink hotel in my hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. It was a dream come true for me, as I grew up admiring the hotel since I was a kid. And I was committed. It took me hours to glue those petals one by one to my skin! And two days for all the glue to come off!

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Stuck in Time

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Stuck in Time

This image reminds me of my childhood, growing up on Liberty Hill in Charleston, South Carolina. We lived walking distance from this classic train station, and it was our playground. Yes, we played on the tracks (we didn't know any better). We would put pennies on the tracks to watch the trains flattened them as they rolled by. We would also go inside the station just to make the security guard mad by playing with the payphone and running around—you know, just being a kid. The guard would say, "Stop it! I'm calling the police!", but he never did. I never noticed the Charleston sign until years later. It was a must that I capture that sign. So, I went to the station and asked if I could get some shots, and to my surprise, the inside still looked the same! I felt like I went back in time; if that old security guard was still there, I would have passed out! I presented a huge canvas of this image to my sister on her 54th birthday, and the tears started because she remembered.

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