Joel Lester

All set up at RAW…

All set up at RAW

Had a BLAST at RAW tonight! It…

Had a BLAST at RAW tonight! Its great seeing all of the different avenues of creativity from each of the…


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Photo lineup is all set for to…

Photo lineup is all set for tonight’s RAW Artist Showcase. Cant make it?I got you covered too. Stay Tuned…


This is Tobi, she’s awesome!

A Long Time Coming, the Wait is Almost Over….

I  can’t believe how time flies…It’s been almost 2 years since my last post. So much has happened to me in that time, and it seems like my blog has been stagnant. Well the wait is almost over. I have been in the process of overhauling both my website and my photography. The goal is to take everything I do to the next level.

I know I know, we have all heard this before from me, but this time it’s different, for real! Lol. But really, I am planning on releasing all new photos, concepts and ideas. I also plan on sharing some tips to help other in their search for knowledge and growth in the photography community.

Stay tuned, and thank you for sticking with me 🙂


Fresh Faces – Lori D

This shoot has all of  the makings of a flop from the beginning.  Lori, a relatively young model , with an unproven portfolio,  was approx 45 min late (already a no no)  before we heard from her, and then took another 45 min to get there. I know I know, I can hear all of the groaners out there that feel my pain. However after speaking to her directly on the phone it was pretty hard to be up set with her. She sounded so sweet and innocent,  and helpless in the “big city” .  So she arrived and  Re’nauta (an Astounding Makeup Artist who happens to also be from St. Louis.) went to work. Turning her into some sort of futuristic techno, workout ballerina. Needless to say at the end of the day, everyone was happy. I’m sure the people at whatever restaurant that Lori went to in full makeup were happy as well.

Well here they are.

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Fresh Faces: Lyschel H

More so than the model herself, the biggest story here was the “Snow Storm”. I use the term loosely b/c what passed for a snow storm here in Atlanta greatly differs from the in the Midwest where I was raised. It snow pretty hard and heavy for a few hours, leaving the shoot up in the air. To my delight, all parties arrived and we made it through. Subsequently the snow froze over and there it was a long slippery drive home for the participants, well all except for me 🙂

Well at least some pretty nice shots came out of this. Including my first experiment with shooting with a gel blue gel on a white-ish background.

Oh Yeah this was another fantastic creation from the great Re’Nauta Bell (Smudged by R. Bell)

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I’m Baaack: Gone, But Not Forgotten

I always say that this is the time that I will stay on top of updating my blog. And yet here we are,  almost 10 months since my last post. I am going to be back blogging yet again to update you all on some of the things that I have been up to.

When I last posted, I was in the midst of moving to Atlanta. Since that time, I have taken some amazing trips to some amazing places. I will post some of the pics from Bali, Indonesia as well as Acapulco Mexico  along with some of my photoshoots that I have done with some great established Makeup Artists ( R. Bell) and Hair Stylists (Charles Gregory) as well as some that are emerging in their crafts.

Also, I am going to fill my gaps in ‘bloggable’ (Pretty sure that’s not a word) item, with  “2 – Minute Tutorials”, A short series of quick tips and techniques to enhancing photos and computer usage.

Stay tuned, b/c over the next couple days you will see more and more for me.


Fresh Faces: Gwenna

Re’Nauta (the “R”  in SMUDGED by R. Bell) has an uncanny knack of seeing the best in people despite what their current body of works looks like . When she first approached me about shooting Gwen, i was a little hesitant to say the least.  However, the French native, African and French beauty was a joy to work with.  She literally had me playing catch up to her during the shoot.  Her versatility in poses and expressions was paralleled by her versatility in appearance.  She started the shoot with her hair in it’s naturally curly style. Then, midway through the shoot, Re’nauta flat ironed is and straightened it out and BAM! a totally different person. As you can see, she definitely worked the studio that day.

What do you think?


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Introducing Joe’l – Photoshoot

Nope, that’s not a type-o nor is it a way of putting my name out there in a different way. Joe’l is traditionally seen ripping the runways, however she wanted to try her hand at some photo modeling. The shy, yet fierce presence of Joe’l made for a great combination. Once we got her to let go of her inhibitions the shoot moved swiftly. What better way to introduce her to the world, than to use the final designs by the late great Shawn C. Williams of Eyekon Klothing Kompany.

I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for Miss Joe’l

Hair and Makeup: Dr. Jennices Edwards


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