You cannot visit London and not make your way to Paris. It doesn’t work like that and is completely un-natural. Paris is literally 2hrs away by train and even shorter by flight. During my Euro tour, these two cities were a must and literally the two main destinations.

I’ve always thought of visiting Paris in the winter time. Pictures and aesthetics wise, it just made sense in my head. Also the foodie that I am, I was eager and very excited to visit the cuisine capital. Paris is the capital of France. Just like London, it is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion,  and culture. Known for its major landmark like the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Continue reading “PARIS 🇫🇷”

WHITNEY

They say that in photography there is a reality so subtle, that it becomes more real than reality. It’s definitely a different perspective when you look through the lens of a camera. I bet most of my fellow photographers can relate to what I mean. When taking a picture, there is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. We all view the world and its content through the lens of the human eye. A good photographer must attain that humanity of the moment with every picture through just the lens of a camera.

I got the opportunity to shoot my old time friend Whitney with the help of one of my closest friends Lucy.  I met Whitney through a friend of a friend and it was an instant connection. Her soft spoken voice that filled the room with so much vibrance and personality which was easily recognizable. Oh and you can’t forget that touch of the ‘Lowell hood’ with a sprinkle of a southern belle which she expressed with every reference of “ooooh child” in every sentence of a story she told. She knows what I am talking about.

Whitney was the first person that I experienced the late night city lights of Boston. This was around the summer of 2012 and every other day we would drive my little hoopty hoopty, otherwise known as black cherry into Boston. We would immerse ourselves into the city’s diverse population and culture that we lacked back in our hometown. We shared our dreams and goals to each other as we made promises to our future self.  This was about 5-6 years ago. After losing touch, life as you know it had a funny way of bringing us back together.

Whitney is now about 36weeks pregnant and had asked me to do a maternity shoot of her before she gave birth. Of course I had to bring in my partner in crime Lucy, who is my creative twin that we see eye to eye when it comes to the art of fashion. Lucy helped me execute this one of a kind master piece.

 

Lucy, who’s a Picasso when it comes to make up, helped with co-directing of the shoot and setting up of the scenes. Of course her energy and positive vibes added to the ambiance of the room.

 

What was only expected to be a just a favor for an old time friend, turned out to be the best baby shower gift I could give to her. Here is to you Whitney as you begin this new chapter of your life. I know you’re going to rock being the best mom in the world.  Happy Mother’s day.

People Watching 👀

Ever tried listening to your heartbeat and notice that in order for you to hear it, you have to block all the noise around you. That’s the same feeling you get when you ‘people watch.’ Losing touch with reality so as to fully be in the zone as you watch strangers in their natural habitat.  

As funny, weird and maybe creepy as it sounds, people watching is somehow therapeutic. Part of it could just be because of the career field that I am in and the fact that I typically strive in curiosity. You kind of forget the craziness in your own personal life and get to watch others while trying to figure out their story. It’s almost as how documentaries  on national geographic would watch wild animals. 

This is a skill that I learned when I would be at a party or in the club and randomly watch people’s behaviors and kind of try to figure them out. From across the room, you would see which girl is trying so hard to seek attention or sometimes that one guy who is too shy to approach a girl but is trying so hard to gather up the courage or even that one person who’s the designated driver and is ready to leave. 

I know what your thinking; that, that’s kind of creepy but if you pay close attention and watch certain behaviors ranging from body language to facial expressions and the reading of lips, you notice that we as human beings, as guarded as we are, we all have same tendencies no matter the cultural difference. We could be tackling the same issues but using different mechanisms to cope.

I have found myself people watching more often these days every time I sit at my favorite cafe in between classes. Living in a different country where the way of life and culture is different, yet there are so many similarities. I have found it easier to learn the way of life here simply by watching. 

It’s almost like taking it back to basics. Just like how children learn at a tender age through observation.