Capturing Fall Trends with Charlotte Lifestyle Blogger, Brandon Rashad
A look at some of Autumn/Winter '16 trends for women. Styled and Photographed by Brandon Grate
Occasion: The Union of McKenzie & Nate
Date: August 12, 2016
Location: 128 South | Wilmington, North Carolina
I met Ernesto Reina, a Charlotte artist and Parkour enthusiast, about a year ago. At the time I didn't realize he was an artist, an amazing one at that, but what sparked our initial conversation was the fact that we both get told we look like rappers. Ernesto, a dead ringer for Drake, and myself, a carbon copy of 50 Cent (I know, I don't see it either). Anyway, after a mutual following on Instagram, we both noticed our individual talents.
Fast forward to July of 2016, we had our first initial meeting to discuss working together. Ernesto, who also goes by E, showed me some of his sketches and drawings, of which I was very drawn to and impressed by, partially because they were unique, but more so because of how passionate he is about his art. Ernesto explained to me that he was in the beginning stages of having his art printed onto different pieces of apparel--t-shirts, backpacks--that would soon be available to the general public and he wanted me to be his photographer, in hopes of promoting the brand via social media. With his talent and thirst for life, this was a no brainer for me.
And here we are, ready to unveil the magic that we created together, with the assistance of a couple friends and Downtown/Uptown Charlotte as our backdrop! Take a look!
A beautiful field, overcast skies, and two lovebirds make for an amazing impromptu photo-op.
Our power, unabashed
Our beauty, unmatched
Our strength, unparalled
Our courage, undisputed
Our culture, unappreciated
But still, the world remains unaffected looking on in utter silence of our heartbreaking, yet rapid extinction
However, we rise to the occassion
Becoming stronger & stronger from every wound
Reminding the world that BLACK LIVES always have and always will MATTER!
Featuring Nupur Charyalu as the blushing bride...
Hair & Makeup by: Shajarazade Rodriguez (Charlotte, NC)
Gown & Jewelry by: Ritu Selects (Charlotte, NC)
Nearly 20K Instagram followers, a successful blog, a CANTU Beauty Brand ambassador, and a smile that could light up the entire Charlotte skyline... of course my answer was YES when I got asked to work with this beauty!
Finally, after 5 months of planning every single aspect, constant outfit changes, late nights & early mornings of brainstorming, I can share this beautiful shoot with all of you! I put so much of ME into this shoot and I love how beautiful it turned out. Shae & Savannah, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your hard work and energy on set. I couldn't have done any of it without you! This one's for you!
For the past 9 months, I've had the pleasure of working with Charlotte native Brandon Sweetenburg, also known as Brandon Rashad, to his 10,000+ Instagram followers. Brandon is known for his well-tailored suits and flamboyant accessories, in particular, his ties and pocket-squares. I'm very excited to share some of the photos Brandon and I have taken thus far together, many of which have been featured on various Instagram accounts that focus on men's fashion. Continue to enjoy the journey with us as he builds his brand.
Featuring Bria Bethea, Tiana McGee & Azure Bookman
A couple months ago, I began brainstorming idea's for potential shoots. A lot of ideas came to me, but the only thing that stuck out to me was the color red. Sounds strange, right? But the interesting thing about it was that a single color was giving me so much inspiration and enhanced my vision. I began thinking about all the instances where the color RED truly made me swoon--Charlize Theron's Christian Dior gown at the 2016 Oscar's, Beyonce's Lanvin gown that she wore to the MTV VMA's when she announced she was pregnant with Blue Ivy, the stunning mane's of Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain & Julianne Moore, and most significantly Rihanna's hair during her 'LOUD' era--just to name a few! Red, and all of the shades in its family, is such a grand color. It's bold, eye-catching, strong, aggressive, sexy, passionate, striking, and ever-so-stunning. Quite frankly, it grabs me and puts me in a trance, which is why I wanted to incorporate it into my work. 'THE PRELUDE' servers as the introduction to the enamoRED series. Behold, the beginning of something beautiful, something rare, something in which you should find yourself falling in love!
Stay tuned for more pictures from the enamoRED series!