Moka found me via an Essence Magazine feature, along with 15 other photographers I cannot believe I'm mentioned in the same sentence with. (Y'all, these folks are good.)
Anyway, Moka slid in my inbox for an engagement shoot thanks to Essence. Shoutout to her and Cerleston for braving an unforeseeable drop in temperature, high winds, and rain. What you do for love.
Inspired by Monique W. Morris' book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools and Solange's now Grammy award-winning album "A Seat at the Table", TYPICAL's "Black Gold" was a meeting of minds—myself as photographer, Jessi Noel as stylist and art director, and writer Ekemini Uwan to bring it home, making this article a must read.
Here are a few of my favorites and some good ones that didn't make the TYPICAL cut.
A redhead on a rooftop.
Model: Jasmine Kalfayan
It's always cool when a fellow photographer trusts you enough to stand in front of your lens. Even cooler when they treat you to bratwursts, beer and a D'Angelo vibe session before heading to our shoot location. And just when I thought the day couldn't get any better, I'm handed 2 bags of dried mangos at the end of our session. Mr. + Mrs. Kalfayan are that deal.
I took pictures of my wife before she left the house every morning this week. "Stand in front of the garage, Jessi."
Whitney is my go-to second shooter. Recently, her husband Bryan got the news that his job would be taking them to the Bay. To celebrate the occasion we made art in the rain.