Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Survivors Photoshoot for Rock’n The Runway GR

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I had the awesome opportunity photograph five beautiful cancer survivors for the 6th Annual Rock The Runway. Veverly Cookie Austin founder of the organization Girl Get Your Fight Back created the fashion show RTR: Rock’n The Runway GR to raise breast cancer awareness to the urban community.

Five women received free makeovers provided by Radiant Enrichments photoshoot with ACT PhotoMedia allowing the a time of pampering. Along with the makeovers the ladies were interviewed about their personal Diagnoses, Fight and Survivor experience.

 

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Learn more about Rock’n The Runway GR at www.RockTheRunwayGR.com

Passion Project

I believe ‘Passion Projects’ come from inner desire to be creative & to create! I consider myself an artist then a portrait photographer and passion projects are the best way to keep me motivated and inspired when I feel the need to create.

The connection: During my most recent trip to Las Vegas I had the amazing opportunity to photograph Kee Johnson, a local hairstyles. I called up a fellow photographer and told her I needed a model, a makeup artist and access to her studio. So when Kee showed up for our session I was immediately inspired, she had the perfect dark skin to contrast the yellow headwrap.

 

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The Concept: I absolutely headwraps and have wanted to photograph someone using the low key lighting effect. My goal was to capture the beauty of chocolate skin with a perfect contrast to the yellow headwrap.

The why: Headwraps are an important cultural accessory for sub-Saharan Africa, Haitians, Caribbean as well as North, Central, and South American cultures of African descent.

 

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Recently headwraps have gone beyond being worn by those of just those African heritage. Headwraps have become a necessary accessory and has become a staple in every day fashion. My goal was to simply highlight the beauty in this cultural phenomenon!

 

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Hope you enjoyed looking at these images as much I enjoy photographing them!

“Your Art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the art of taking personal responsibility, challenging the stats quo, and changing people.” -Seth Godin

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Model: Kee Johnson | Headwrap designe: Kee Johnson | Makeup Artistry: Beauty By Bre

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Will & Sonya {Engagement}

Happy Wednesday!!!

 From friends to lovers, meet Sonya & Will my oh so lovely wedding clients. When Sonya ask me to photograph there mini engagement session I was so excited to be apart of there love story. Sonya & Will wanted laid back and fun engagement session that shows off who they really are. With it being the middle of winter here in Grand Rapids we decided to meet at JW Marriott. This swanky hotel was the perfect location to capture there love & friendship.  

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Shanae Green {Artist Spotlight}

Meet the driving force behind Creative Imaginaetion Ms. Shanae Green a self-taught wardrobe stylist, photographer and graphic designer based in Las Vegas, NV. Shanae’s passions and dedication was so strong that in 2013, she quit her job and decided her time and efforts to developing her creative passions.  Shanae believes that an individual’s image and anything representing that individual is important to their brand and should be done with excellence.

“I love the fact that I have the freedom to be creative to create. I also love the reactions I get from my clients after they get to see the final product.” ~ Shane

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MUA: Bre Beard @beautybybre 
Hair | K. Mahogany – by Kee @kee_mahogany 

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Ashley Duncan {Senior}

Ashley is a senior at Grand Rapids Christian High School, Her hobbies  include Basketball, Drumming, Singing, Dancing (SN: Ash is an amazing dancer!)  She also enjoys team weight training and Gospel choir at school. I loved Ashley’s style for her senior session she went with  a good mix of old school new school looks.
All her looks truly reflected her style & personality! Makeup Artistry by Paige Wright of Radiant Enrichments
In her own words: It was a great experience fun and easy, I felt very comfortable taking pictures with ACT PhotoMedia, Loved this experience!
~Class of 2015~

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David & Tiffany Nordé {Maternity}

Its a Girl!!! 

Naima Norde arrive date: Sunday, Oct. 5th, 2014. We had so much fun at our first session that we had to do a second one 😀  The first session was at my studio with makeup artistry by Radiant Enrichments and the second session was at a local college, Mrs. Tiffinay was 35 weeks at the time. Since we where able to do two sessions we mixed dressy, casual and of course the MSU gear. (David & Tiffinay are  big MSU fans!)

~ Enjoy ~

 
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“Aleka was very flexible and willing to work with our schedules, ideas for pictures, and she had great customer service skills.”  (Thank you so much  Tiffinay for this grate review.)
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