I have a confession, one of my FAVORITE things to shoot is table decor. Especially setups that are as luxe as this one. Created by Rashon Carraway, this tablescape is nothing short of spectacular. Rashon's creation, which I call gothic glamour, took my breath away when I first saw it. My favorite parts of this layout were the black candles, porcelain pumpkins & those lush white roses & hydrangeas. J'Adore!
Congratulations to Rosie Murray who will be graduating with a Master's Degree from the University of South Carolina at the end of 2017! Cheers to you, Rosie. Wishing you much success in your next chapter and congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!
Back in the Queen City shooting Autumn/Winter looks with style influencer and blogger, Brandon Rashad. Follow him on Instagram @brandon.rashad.
Meet Roger & Najee. I met Najee during my undergraduate studies at Winthrop University and from our first encounter, I could tell she had a heart of gold. Najee shared with me on her wedding day, that she and her husband Roger had been together 7 years prior to their big day. After watching them interact with one another during our session, I could tell that their was a lot of love and mutual respect shared between the two of them. I can tell this union is one that will last a lifetime. Many blessings to this lovely couple!
When one of your best friends is a supermodel, you take advantage. Take a look at the shoot I did with Leslie at First Ward Park in Uptown Charlotte.
Earlier this month, my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Its hard for me to fathom them being married for 3 whole decades! At the same time, I realize what a blessing it is to witness their love grow exponentially over the years, especially in a world where lifelong commitment has become a rarity. They continue to find new ways to keep their love alive. They uplift and support each other, laugh endlessly and compromise when necessary. Of my 24 years of life, the one thing that I have loved watching most is how my father has provided for my mother and I. He has moved heaven & earth only to bring us the sun, moon & stars. Their love serves as my constant source of inspiration. Here’s to the next 30 years, Mom & Dad! Happy Anniversary!
Back working with one of my favorites, Melissa of MelissaChanel.com. And from these photos, you can probably see why I love working with her so much! We always create something magical. Head on over to her blog for more, but before you do, take a look at the photos I captured.
I've known this couple since undergrad in college, so when they asked me to capture their engagement session I was thrilled! The love that they share practically bursts off the page. Check out Porsche & Ty's photos.
Sharing some beautiful makeup looks done by VogaBeauty's owner & head artist, Shajarazade Rodriguez.
50th Birthday Shoot in Charlotte, NC.
Beauty & Lifestyle Influencer, Melissa Chanel, takes on the highly anticipated Victoria Beckham for Target Collection that landed in select Target stores on Sunday, April 9th 2017. Take a look at some of the stunning images we captured and hop on over to Melissa's blog (www.melissachanel.com) for a fashionable breakdown of the coveted pieces from the collection.
Friend and upcoming rapper, Shank Da Rookie, came into town to do some press for his music, and of course we had to get a quick shoot in. Who says rain and breaking a few rules doesn't make for some awesome photos?
You can check Shank's music out on his personal website, www.shankdarookie.com and follow him on Instagram @rookie_shank.
I teamed up with Melissa Cantey of Melissa Chanel to capture some of her favorite Spring/Summer 2017 looks. I just love working with this woman! She's super professional and lots of fun, not to mention probably the quickest wardrobe changer I've ever met! LOL!
A collaboration with KLASH Online Apparel for their Spring 2017 Collection. Shop www.klashonline.com
Models: Miranda Rose & Kenyada Beaufort
On Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Graduation photo shoot with Jasmine, who just recently graduated with her Master's degree. Her fiance also jumped in for a few shots to celebrate their recent engagement! All in all, this couple has a lot to celebrate. Cheers to them on a future filled with love and success!
Graduation photoshoot with Winthrop University graduate, Kristina Houseworth.
Graduation photoshoot with Winthrop University Graduate, Shawana Miller
Where: 128 South in Wilmington North Carolina
Photography: Brandon Grate
Who: McKenzie & Nate
Getting up close & personal with my muse, Chris Ham.
An event celebrating all things beauty! Tokio Lashes, an international eyelash company specializing in an array of women's eye lashes, celebrated its 1 year anniversary at Studio 1212 in Charlotte, NC. Celebrity makeup artist, Angel Cherry, held a beauty seminar for those in attendance to learn some tips & tricks about all things makeup.
Makeup by: Shajara Rodriguez of Voga Beauty
Model: Asia Stevenson
Capturing trends with Charlotte Lifestyle Blogger, Brandon Rashad.
A graduation photoshoot turned into a surprise proposal. Take a look at how everything unfolded.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!