I while back, I paid my friend Dainelle Deadwyler a visit. Danielle, is what you would get if Andre 3000, Grace Jones, and Anna Deavere Smith and Viola Davis got together and had baby. She is an artist, a creative force, and a mother. We chatted all things art, creativity, and motherhood. But the one thing she said that stuck with me the most is this…
Everyone is a photographer these day, or so it seems. But how many people are actually telling stories and pulling people in with their images?
Whether you are a parent wanting to documents your children and family and create a beautiful gallery wall in your home...a content creator looking to bring my depth and impact to the images you create, or a photographer that wants to expand their portfolios. These tips will help you. These tips are for anyone looking to transform their images from snapshots to stories.
Forget about capturing perfect poses. The more imperfect your subject the better. Trust me on this one. Remember, when capturing a visual story, your are not capturing posed portraits of your subject. You are telling the story like it is, and artfully.
Study the cinematography of some of your favorite movies, take notice of how the visual story is told and transitions from one scene to another.
Pay attention to your setting and the different elements and details that are in it. These elements and details that show up in your images help convey important messages to the viewer.
Your perceptive is important. How you position yourself with your camera make a HUGE difference. It can really shift your visual perspective. For example, if you are photographing a birth you can make a creative choice to shoot a few scenes from the vantage point of the father of the child, the doula/birthing assistance, or the view of the entire scene. Each one of those vantage points will tell a slightly different story.
If you found these tips helpful, then, I KNOW you will find value in my art of visual story telling course. Click HERE to learn more about the course and to enroll.
When I moved from away from Atlanta, a city I lived in ALL of my life, I left behind behavior patterns, creative habits, and a lot of comfort, that was not really benefiting me.
New environments allow us to creative new habits and new routines.
I made time, and I made this for you. A resource guide for my creative professionals, and freelancers.
Twice a month, I send out a eMagazine where I share behind the scenes of my creative and personal life. I also share resources and guidance on the how and why your creative work benefits the world and can change the culture for the better.
When you sign up for the eMagazine you’ll get a copy of this resource guide. Instead of spending all your time googling things like “what is the best platform for managing my projects”; I’ve provided that for you. You should be spending your time on other things 😚😏😉. Sign up in the box below
Friends, I will be on of the exhibiting artist at TILA Studios’ “4:45 Relationship and Art Exhibit: Healing in Real Time”. I’ll be exhibiting a series of fine art photography image that the the story of block women mothering themselves and each other, and recovering from relationships. Print will also be available for purchase while on view.
Imagine filling your space, whether it's your office at work, your home, or even your studio..imagine filling that space with a series of artful portraits that that tell a specific story. Nice, huh?
Well, you are in luck. I'm currently taking commissions. If you reside in Atlanta or DC, you can now commission me to capture a series of moments for you that would can be used on your gallery or any other purpose you see fit.
On February 10th from 3p-6p, join me and several other female artist for the opening exhibit titled, Sociology of the Black Woman for the Garcia Wilburn Gallery . I’ll be showcase a series of images the feature me (self portraits) ad my daughter. The images tell the story of mothering and raising a your black daughter in America. Hope to see your there!
5 Ways to NOT Get Disenchanted While Pursuing Your Passions
If you were to ask me what are some things I would have done differently while on the path of persuing ny passions and being a creative professional, I would first let out s big, "TUH!". While on this journey of living a passion driven life, we all experience the ebbs and flows that come with perusing your passion.Many of those ebbs are clogged with moments when we feel like we are just not into it that much anymore, thus becoming disenchanted. We experience things, encounter certain clients, or go through certain moments that may make us not want to keep going or that burn out the passion that we once had. Here are 5 SIMPLE way to not become disenchanted:
1. Work on projects that TRULY excited you. Period.
2. Be particular about the clients you take on: Every client is not good for you. Just like every guy or girl is not a good for you, every bad shoe won’t fit. Every client is not for you. Yeah, I know… “But, Bessie the..” I get it, they are paying and you may really need the money, but taking on clients that don’t fit your over all mission is a waste. A waste of time and energy.
3. Say NO-You just simply cannot say yes to every opportunity that comes you way. Although it may be tempting, don't. Which leads me to number 4....
4. Take a break when necessary- In a world where people are so quick to say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”..umm..me? nah, not so much. It's cool to take a break when you need to. It's actually necessary. Taking a break does not mean that you are quitting. Not taking a break is one of the quickest ways you can burn out. Sometimes taking a moment to step a way and breathe allows you to assess what you really have going on.This way you can alway pick right back up with a fresher perspective.
5. Pay attention to your thoughts-There are times when we let our negative thoughts get the best of us. Once we begin to feel discouraged we end up going down the rabbit hole of doubt. DON'T. Be mindful of your mind, how powerful your thoughts are, and what type of thoughts you choose to dwell in.