Andrea
She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellow'd to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impaired the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress, Or softly lightens o'er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. And on that cheek, and o'er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent! - Lord Byron
2017
Mario, The Green Ranger
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine showed me a meme of a guy riding around on a motorcycle in a green ranger costume. As it turns out, Mario, the Green Ranger guy, is her neighbor. I contacted him, and we hit it off instantly. He's so much fun to work with.
2017
Emily Lynch
2017
Amber
Behind her demure smirk lies a powerful, passionate person, who is fiercely defensive of her friends and loved ones. Once you get to know her, it's pretty easy to see why she's such a captivating subject and such a joy to be around.
2017
Nathan Angelo
Nathan has been on of my favorite singer-songwriters for the better part of a decade. He writes songs that are often deep and introspective but also fun to dance to. He's also an excellent performer to boot. If you ever get to see him live, then pay attention to his mannerisms because when his head leans to the right while his body goes left, that's when you know some magic is about to happen.
2017
Jenny
The thing about Jenny is that she is as cute as she is fierce. When she's passionate about something, it shows in every fiber of her being. It's probably the thing that makes her smile so darn infectious!
2017
Nick
Nick is easily one of my most favorite people to photograph. He's always fun and he's charismatic in a way that instantly puts you at ease. I'm definitely looking forward to our next shoot.
2017
Alan Z
Skill is a tricky thing. It's hard to fake, hard to grasp, and hard to master. But if you really want to know what it takes, Alan Z is the man to ask. When you talk to him, you get a sense for how long he's working to hone his craft both as a writer and a performer. Now with the release of his single, Distance, it seems that all that work is starting to pay off.
2017
Love
Love comes in so many different forms. Maybe that's why the Greeks had so many different words for it. In its name, we build monuments, we sing songs, we fight wars, we raise families. When it comes down to it, everything comes down to love.
2017
Joseph
People who command respect without demanding it are increasingly rare. That's one of the many things that makes Joseph such an wonderful person. He's incredibly witty and equally kind. His presence is unforced, but it's definitely bold, as his beloved trinity knot will attest.
2017
Francine
Francine and I have been talking about working together for a comically long time. Someway, somehow, something always got in the way but at long last, it finally happened. When we started planning this shoot we were originally going to do something totally different, but we eventually settled on doing something more inspired by pinup style.
2016
Maya
The first you notice about Maya is her smile. It immediately lets you know that she's a very kind person who cares very deeply about those around her. That endless well of love and compassion is clearly evident in the relationship she has with her dog Bentley.
2016
Nettie
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they dance. I first met Nettie a few years ago at a Blues Dance that a friend of ours was hosting. She moves very powerfully and very delicately at the same time. She's not shy about taking on creative risks and challenges. As a result, she fills the room with joy whenever she walks in.
2016
Floco Torres
Floco is an interesting dude. He is lyrically brilliant with a commanding stage presence. That combination is hard to find and hard to fake. His style comes across very influenced by East Coast Hip-hop mixed with southern charm and that puts him on the cutting edge of magnificent. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely meet the man, the legend, Floco Torres.
2016
Louise
I met Louise during a songwriting workshop that she was hosting. We instantly bonded over our love music and the process of putting a song together. Her voice is as warm as her smile and her music comes across as soft and unforced like a gentle breeze.
2016
Ryan
The first thing you notice about Ryan is his smile. It's simply infectious. I first met him a few years ago, back when he was college student finding his voice as a poet. Since that time, he's become an award winning poet and a mentor to young people trying to find their voice and pursue their passion. His charm and his wit light up every room he's in. I'm excited to see where his poetry will take him next.
2016
DeMarcus
DeMarcus is the kind of guy whose reputation precedes him. In the last few months, he has really garnered praise for helping to organize events that foster some much needed dialogue among members of the community. He's both brilliant and charismatic. Despite the extreme levels of shyness that he claims to have, he is also quite obviously at ease with himself and his surroundings.
2016
Ibukun
Ibukun is one of my oldest friends on the planet. We hadn't seen each other in years because she moved back to Nigeria. So while I was in the country on a recent trip, I knew I had to see her. We met up for brunch out in the Victoria Island, which resulted in this impromptu photoshoot.
2016
Mikayla
"I love the pretty dresses," she says, as she describes why she first got interested in modeling. With a curious British accent and a love of Panda bears, Mikayla is ball of energy and absolute delight to work with.
2016
Nick
Nick and I have known each other for only a few years, but honestly it feels like forever. I literally don't how we met, but it likely had a lot to do with blues dancing. He comes across as a modern representation of a classic southern gentleman and that's what I sought to capture in this set.
2016
Anna
Anna and I have been talking about working together for at least a year. We finally made it happen, just in time for the new year. Anna is a woman of modern sensibilities and a vintage aesthetic. That's something we wanted to explore, both in terms of the look and the feel of the collection.
2016
Cullen, AWA 2015
Shots of my friend Cullen cosplaying as Rebecca, from the Anime series, One Piece
2015
AWA One Piece Photoshoot
I'm a huge fan of anime, so it was a great pleasure to be get to shoot some of my friends dressed up as their favorite characters from this show called One Piece. It's one of the longest running Anime series ever. By and large, it was a really fun and altogether daunting shoot. Special thanks to Cullen and her team for putting it all together.
2015
Brooke
I was rummaging through some old photos and I came across this set that I took of my friend Brooke, during the 2013 Miss Black and Gold Pageant at Georgia State University. I was quite surprised by how the photos turned out. I wasn't expecting them to be anywhere near as good as they turned out.
2015
Portraits of My Father
My father has been a physician for many years. He's been slowly transitioning towards retirement over the past year or so. He's always looking for an opportunity to take a picture and since he's retiring, I decided to oblige him.
2015
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