Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Photo Session

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Photo Session

As a high school senior photographer for guys in Houston and mom to a handsome little guy, it is my goal to encourage and support young men near and far through my imagery. As the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” I have the same dream that my children and the young people that I photograph can live out their days judged by their character and not by the color of their skin.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Effortless

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Effortless

I love photographing beautiful black women. It makes me happy to see the rise of their representation in the media. For this shot, I wanted to capture the subject's strong Jamaican features. She has a strong essence and personality, so the black and white allowed that to shine through. The image shows this woman's effortless strength and beauty. I think anyone can connect with this image's simplicity. It's raw, textured, and real.

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Tulle + Fury // Diversifying Your Portfolio is Simple

Tulle + Fury // Diversifying Your Portfolio is Simple

From Facebook groups for creatives, to one-on-ones and networking events, I’ve heard again and again, “I really want to break into ‘that‘ market.” Or my personal favorite, “Well how do I find ‘them’?”

Y’ALL. Honey. Baby. Sweet Lord.

I promise I will try not to be condescending, but it’s a little obtuse, don’t you think? If you’re a photographer that wants to do more black weddings, do a shoot with black people in it. I promise y’all it’s that easy. Do you know why? People just want to see themselves represented. People want to see themselves.

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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: 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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Black BeauTEA Talk // When Diversity is Cool, Black Women Are Still Ignored, Tokenized, and Used

Black BeauTEA Talk // When Diversity is Cool, Black Women Are Still Ignored, Tokenized, and Used

Diversity and representation are important, but before you send out that model call, stop and ask yourself these questions.

1. Why is diversity important to black women?

2. What do I do regularly to help fight against the white supremacist world we live in?

3. What will this black woman gain from doing my photo shoot?

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The Official Bachelorette Blog of Trump's America // Week One

The Official Bachelorette Blog of Trump's America // Week One

This season was hotly anticipated by critics and civilians alike because Rachel (drum roll, please) is the first black bachelorette. Critics wondered things like: Will Rachel’s ascendance finally force Chris Harrison to reckon with the violent misdeeds of his white ancestors? Will this season feature smart, insightful, relatable conversations about interracial dating? What could someone as beautiful and witty and successful as Rachel possibly have seen in Nick Viall? 

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Woke Wednesday // Meet Richmond Photographer Nadiya Nacorda of Imani Fine Art Photography

Woke Wednesday // Meet Richmond Photographer Nadiya Nacorda of Imani Fine Art Photography

If you find yourself questioning something that feels inappropriate or abusive, then it probably is. Do not "use" an interracial couple in a shoot just to make your portfolio more diverse so you can start seeming more inclusive to the industry. Start first with yourself. Take a step back, and look at the inner circle of people you see every month. Who are they? What do you all talk about? Are you discussing issues related to populations you have no experience with? Do you participate in tokenizing? Overall, if you share these values and want to start out in the industry, double and then triple-check yourself and your own life. Because if you're still participating in social practices that are damaging or harmful toward marginalized groups in this country, whether it be consciously or subconsciously, then frankly you haven't done the work.

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Nu Bride, Co-Host of {un}convention London, is Changing Race Representation in Wedding Media

Nu Bride, Co-Host of {un}convention London, is Changing Race Representation in Wedding Media

Nu Bride is led by Nova Reid and is a UK-based wedding blog for the contemporary bride looking for inspiration, planning advice and guidance. Nu Bride is also our amazing co-host for {un}convention London, and she'll be delivering our opening pep talk. Keep reading to find Nova's piece on race representation in wedding media from Volume Three, and then register for {un}convention to get to meet this game-changing personality in person. 

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