Happy December. This is the most exciting month of the year for me. "Why?" you ask? It's my birthday month. Yes, I am one of those people who celebrates my birthday for an entire month long. At least well on into Christmas and the new year...
I have some super exciting news to announce coming up soon. I worked with Adobe in 2016, if you can remember, for their #MakeItOnMobile program. I got to travel all over the world speaking on behalf of Adobe about the magic of mobile editing. I'm not saying that's who I am working with but you get the hint. It's going to be a fun new year and you can catch me at Adobe MAX 2018 in Los Angeles.
In other news, I was invited to shop the Moncler store on Oak St in downtown Chicago. I was welcomed ever so kindly by a woman named Nya who was organizing my experience and an amazing man named Bart. Bart eventually brought out a few pieces he thought I would love based on a few color choices and style tips I gave him. I think he noticed the yellow shirt I was wearing and surprised me with a coat they had somewhere hidden downstairs. Bart called on his ear piece for the coat and up it came and immediately when I saw it I gasped. I knew it was the one. Yes, I walked out of Moncler with a coat. But at what cost you say? I suppose you'll find out. I will also be attending an event they're throwing this week. I'll be sharing the experience on my socials, of course.
It snowed in Chicago and I finally got the nerve to go outside and shoot. I was in my pajamas. Yes, imagine a matching long sleeve and pants combo. LOL Threw on my long Canada Goose, with my Ugg boots and strapped up my camera. No cover on the camera. By the time I got back I was soaked but thoroughly happy with the images I shot. Check the shots below.
Also - OMG- It's been 6 months that I stopped eating meat. I am still eating some fish and shrimp, but absolutely no chicken, pork or beef. Nothing! It's been somewhat easy. I can assure you it would be much more difficult for me to go vegan, but I am staying patient with myself. I've been making some really amazing vegan meals at home, though. It's difficult to find good things when I travel. People always ask me how I feel after not eating meat for this long. I think I feel different - Better. I can't say I feel any worse. I think it's a personal choice at the end of the day. I would never judge someone for eating meat but I always welcome them to this side. If you ever have any questions, I am always available.
I think I pushed my limit on concert photography. I can't imagine doing another back-to-back-to-back show. People beg to be on tour but I just am not the one. I shot a bunch of stuff for Red Bull and don't get me wrong - I had a blast! And I do believe I shot some really amazing content that opened their @RedBull account up to new creative avenues. But it was tiring and I commend all the people who worked effortlessly for 30 days straight to put on all those Red Bull Sound Select shows. I did have to shoot a pet photoshoot in between if its any correlation and that is extremely energy consuming. Haha!! Just kidding.
This month I will be turning 28 years old and all I can think about is how happy I am and how grateful I am to be feeling that happy. Life feels much longer when you put into perspective all the struggles you went through, though it seems so quick when you remember the good.
On December 19th, my birthday, I hope you donate to a good cause and donate to Social Works, Chance the Rapper's non-for-profit organization that helps empower Chicago youth. Bless up!
We made it to tutorial #003! How exciting. I hope you guys like this one as much as I did making it. Let me know in the comments on what tutorial you would like to see next. Enjoy and have fun! Don't forget to check my twitter for updates on a canvas giveaway.
Jetzi, pronounded like Hetzi, has been one of my longest known friends. We have been through lifetimes of changes together and have kept by each other's side no matter what! What I have always known about her is her creative side - most memorably she had a photo show at one of our friend Chance the Rapper's early performances. I remember walking up gazing at the black and white prints placed so thoughtfully. Since then and many year later, Jetzi has captured one of the most iconic photos of our generations hero. Not only is Jetzi one of my best friends, but she is also the person who taught me how to protect my energy and keep in touch with the moon and stars. Be sure to follow her on her Twitter and her Instagram.
What are five words that describe you?
Bold, Resilient, Honest, Determined, Healer.
How did this shot of Chance come about?
He asked me to tag along with him to meet Austin for the 22 offs video, for moral support and to pick out his afro.
How does it feel when you see people use it in their own work? I've seen this photo everywhere!
It’s refreshing to know that my work has inspired others to create something. I’ve seen some cool vectors, paintings, flyers, and stitches of the photo. But it was annoying to see that there were other people/companies out there selling my photo as poster via amazon and ebay years later. Most of them took them down when I messaged them. Ultimately, it’s always nice to see it still floating around.
What do you have planned for 2018?
I just want to learn and create a whole lot more. Going back school in the spring, majoring in Political Science and minor in Photography.
health is wealth
I am always searching for a new way to feel happy but aren't we all? I think I finally found my forever habit and it lies in the pages of a book titled Five Minute Journal by Intelligent Change. I start off every morning not checking my phone - but opening this journal and writing away. It's helped the way I think - which is much more positive and puts the little things into perspective. I do think it's important for us to keep celebrating the little accomplishments. This has helped me do just that. Here's a little sample page!
Don't forget to keep drinking lots of water!