Back in 2009 when I first got my feet wet in weddings, I was working in corporate America. At the time I was only shooting my friends events, all of whom happen to be black. My boss was getting married, she was an Asian woman wedding a European man and I wanted so badly to shoot their wedding. She liked the small collection of photos I showed her, but she never considered hiring me. She also said something to me I would never forget. She told me I needed more diversity in my portfolio. She seemed genuine and wasn’t malicious, or mean spirited at all. I took heed to her suggestion and started to find other races (mainly white) to photograph. Asking my black friends if they knew white people getting married. 🤦🏾♂️ No one was interested in me to shoot them. Fast forward to 2010, a black couple booked me for their wedding and they said the deciding factor was how I made black people look. The bride raved about how exceptional skin tones were and the overall feeling my photos gave her. After that conversation it struck me that I should appreciate the people who want me instead of chasing those who thought very little of my work. For the past 9 years I’ve held on to those who appreciate our work (regardless of race). On this day, I want to thank those people of color who Anyeka, Matthew & myself have been fortunate to photograph and who have always wanted us. We thank you!
To those who currently think like how I thought. Trust me, you can build a business and a brand with those who want you. Regardless of color. 9 years later we’ve photographed black, brown and white skin. Shooting one skin color over another doesn’t validate you. Don’t feel that you need to conform your portfolio just to fit in. Shoot who wants YOU and make them look amazing!
Now let’s also thank God for the Jamaican brand African Shea Butter & black soap that Opeyemi (@udownwith_o_p_3
) uses lol. Makeup 💄: @absterrrrr_
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