Vol. I in my video series explaining why I decided to add film cameras to my collection…
Seems like just yesterday I was rushing to the hospital to welcome my first born into the world, now here we are some 18 years later she’s leaving the nest and off to begin her college years at “The Mecca” Howard University.
Where did all the time go? It seems like we should still be laying on the floor with the lights off making shadow figures and listening to music, “she was raised on D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Raheem DeVaughn and well… good music!
Whether we like it or not our kids will not remain children forever. Time will pass, milestones will pile up and if we as parents have done our job, they will grow into young adults and move forth to claim their place in this world.
Don’t get me wrong… I will definitely miss her, but I’m excited for her to start the next chapter in her life.
I have invited by my daughter “AND afropunk contributor” to attend afropunk in Brooklyn on August 27-28 so I’ll be seeing her soon so we’ll get a chance to hear good music, vibe with other creative people and more importantly continue to cement our bond.
So I’m on a plane with my wife heading to Ocho Rios, Jamaica to photograph a destination wedding and I keep asking myself “how did I get here?” Seriously “how did I get here?”
In 2011, I bought my first “serious amateur” Nikon camera with hopes of taking better pictures as I traveled. I never had any thoughts or aspirations of starting my own business or even taking photography seriously for that matter. I just enjoyed the challenge of learning something new, the process of growing and getting better each time I picked up the camera. With photography, no matter how long you’ve been shooting or how skilled you are with the camera, there is always a new challenge awaiting you or something new to learn.
In 2012 I launched AP2 Photography. I’m proud of my business and where I am as a photographer. That doesn’t mean that I’m satisfied or resting on my laurels. And while I challenge myself to not only satisfy but exceed my clients expectations the thing I pride myself on the most is providing them with a great experience. This concept is true to who I am as a person. I love to engaged and connect with people. Which brings me back to “how did I get here in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica?”
Well in the winter of 2014, I met Anna who at the time was graduating from Wright State University and on her way to Law School at Michigan State University. During her “extended” shoot we talked, we laughed, discussed politics and got some pretty dope images along the way. In fact I even promised her a free photoshoot when she graduates from Law School and when she’s elected to public office. Since that time we’ve kept in touch through instagram and have maintained the relationship we formed two years ago.
That relationship is what led me to Jamaica. You see going the extra mile for Anna made an impression on her which led to her referring me to one of her fraternity brothers. From there it was up to me “and my work to seal the deal.” I’ll take those odds every time. So here I am, on the balcony of my room in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Enjoying time with my wife, taking in the view and wrapping up this blog post. Life is good my friends! Life is Good!
As a photographer and business owner I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to sharpen my skills. I want to give my clients a great overall experience from the first time they call or email me all the way up until the time they pick up their prints and beyond.
This spring, my wife and I packed up and headed to St. Louis to attend Shutterfest which is the largest photography convention in the Midwest, as well as one of the best in the country. I attended classes instructions by Miguel Quiles that opened my eyes to new techniques and philosophies on capturing headshots, dramatic portraits and beauty portraits.
We also walked the trade floor to look for new products and services, networked with other photographers from across the country, discussed opportunities amongst ourselves to enhance our client’s experience and of course ate plenty of barbecue!
I miss my dad every day BUT even more so on days like this… I usually spend time looking back at moments that made me laugh or picturing him under the hood of a car… My father wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but he was there, he sacrificed and worked hard to be the best father he could be. I miss you dad & I love you! Happy Father’s Day!