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So how do you want me to pose?

The dreaded question i've heard on soooo many occasions when i was first starting out, before i knew how to guide my model.

"I don't, I absolutely do not want you to pose. I want you to move as naturally as possible and allow me to capture the essence of who you are."

 This is and will forever be my answer, i will help guide you as you transition though out your femininity/masculinity in front of the camera. From a photographers position it sounds so easy to tell a model that.. WRONG!!!! We know that embracing your individuality within modeling is difficult when you are shown from several different outlets to look a certain way. What if I told you that how you think you have to pose is not exactly how YOU need to pose? Of course like any thing worth learning their are fundamentals that highlight best practices, there are literally foundation guidelines that help you but are not law. Understand that although they aren't law you must know the rules to bend or break them to suit your individual image. 

 

Avoid the distractions!! I learned a few years back to pay attention to particular body poses that can be distracting. Biggest distraction I've always seen is the tendency to point the elbows towards the camera, I garuntee your elbows will be the focal point over your face. Think of your body as play doh and you can turn it into any shape you want, the only catch is it needs to be pleasing to the eye. Now before you retreat to your go to poses this is a perfect chance to experiment to see what is actually pleasing. Newer models spend the latter part of their sessions thinking more than actually doing, most times they are trying to remember that pose they saw in Elle, Vogue or Dazed and Confused.

Don't worry it's not that deep, depending  on the mood of the shoot you will almost always nail it if you put yourself in the mindframe for that particular emotion. Let's use happiness as an example, if you are happy it shows on more than just your face it shows in your movements all through out your body. As photographers most times that's what we are asking you to translate is individual emotions that cant be replicated by anyone other than you. Pose your butt off and practice in the mirror, Always bring YOU to the shoot and not what you think we want you to be.

The dreaded can you change your face is something I know I am guilty of saying. Models I know you hate hearing this because it down right confuses you. So let's tell you what we mean, often times I get the "deer caught in headlights" face which is the face that most new models think is "the face", it's NOT. That expressionless face is the furthest from what we want from you, your have facial features and expressions for a reason use them. The most important statement I tell my clients is:

"don't be afraid to try anything that comes to you or feels natural, if it doesn't work we can just delete it." 

All of my models tend to find a unique comfort in this statement, i tend to use "we" alot in our conversations because even if it's just you and I, we are a team. Practice is not just for home but also when test shooting is a great moment to "test" a new expression you've been practicing in the mirror. We will definitely tell you "yay or nay" while we are shooting with you. So all in all can you change your face is more of your chance to run through different emotions or facial expressions you've been working on or looking to try.

So in closing pose your butt off and practice in the mirror, always bring YOU to the shoot and not what you think we want you to be.

Let's Shoot!! Wait a budget?

The art of communication, this is such a soft spot for me because I have crushed alot of dreams inadvertently. Often times new and aspiring models reach out to me looking to test shoot with me. The conversation usually goes like this:

Model: I absolutely love your work and would love to shoot with you! 

Syranno: Amazing what did you have in mind in regards to your vision? 

Model: I was looking to get some beauty headshots and also 1 or 2 fashion looks to help build my portfolio.

Syranno: OK amazing that is definitely attainable, did you have a budget in place? 

Model: A budget? I thought that we can do TFP?  Title shoot means no charge right?

This is such an important conversation and you have no clue how often I have it. Test shooting comes in both unpaid and paid format, as photographers often times for unpaid test we reach out to whom we wish to test with. When approaching photographers looking to do unpaid test shoots it's all in verbage. It will work better for both parties and eliminate the aawkwardness when either your asked of your budget or the follow up email is a price quote. A great start would be:

 

Good (Time of Day)

     My name is (insert name here) I am an aspiring model from (insert location), I am looking to have my images taken professionally for portfolio use. I currently  don't have a budget and wanted to inquire on whether you had any upcoming projects and are in need of a model or if your available for an unpaid test shoot. I don't have a solid portfolio available but I have attached some cellphone headshots I've taken myself. I have additional images on my social media at (insert social media here), I appreciate your time and look forward to speaking with you.

Thank You,

(Insert name here) 

 

Positioning your email in this fashion or even if you decide to direct message let's the photographer know that you value their time and craft.  I know that as aspiring models you don't have tons of money to dump into your career in the beginning but courtesy and respect are also a valued currency in this industry. I know it can be hard asking for free services but understand its all in how you position what your looking for. It'' no garuntee that you will get a "yes" everytime but you definitely will get a more positive response. To go back to a previous post, prepare yourself for an agency photographers contact them all the time looking for new models in development to test with. 

As always if you have any questions feel free to comment below and follow me on instagram @photosbysyranno

 

 

It's me in the photos, but I don't own the photos? I'm confused..

Intellectual property is a hard pill for anyone to swallow but it is a necessary conversation to have with any client that your working with. Better yet outlining this in your contracts as photographers will skip the red tape. In reality what happens is that most people aren't aware that the rights of the images taken solely belong to the photographer and either have to be sold or licensed to you for use. I had a recent conversation with a mentor about an image he took that ended up on the billboard for a prominent school. The model contacted him and asked to purchase another photo from the set they previously shot. When her school asked for an image she gave them the one she purchased. So I know what your thinking, she purchased it right? OK so if you purchase an image at a low cost from a photographer they generally are agreed upon that you will use them for Standard licensing (i.e. social media, website, portfolio). When doing national ad campaigns, billboards or magazines the licensing and permissions change for its use. Take a look at a magazine submission guideline, it states if you are not the photographer you must get permission from the photographer or have the photographer submit the work for publication. This may seem like alot of steps but understand as photographers this is for our protection to make sure that our works aren't exploited without compensation or proper credits.

     Credit: www.ellementsmagazine.com/submission/

     Credit: www.ellementsmagazine.com/submission/

 It's super important that as a model you know the ends and outs of how it works at least on this level with photography. This way you don't set unrealistic expectations when working with photographers and vice versa we have to understand how it works with models. Standard model release forms outline exactly how we will use your images and gives your permission for us to use your images in that way. Most times unless otherwise stated we are using your images for portfolio or social media usage. When it's for publication you or your agency are made aware of that in pre shoot letter/email. So in a nut shell no, you don't own the images that the photographer takes of you that is the intellectual property of the photographer and you are not entitled to the images. I stress to ask these questions within the pre shoot this way you don't set an unrealistic expectation and you know how many images you'll recieve and expected delivery time on images. Better to be prepared and happy then unprepared and irritated, if you have any questions feel free to drop your questions below!

Do I Need A Comp Card?

This is a question that I often ask myself in regards to models, I got really confused about it at one point and time and wanted to understand the importance of them. So I asked a fellow model friend who has direct experience with these to help me out. The Comp Card, Composite Card, Zed Card or Sed Card which ever you want to call it is marketing materials for either models or actors. Think about this as putting all your greatest achievements on a business card along with contact information and leaving it with someone. If you are aiming to get signed with an agency then creating and bringing a composite card may or may not be important. The images that are placed on the comp card is what will justify it's importance, those creative shoots that you were doing with said photographer are not as important when going to approach an agency. The agency is looking to create a comp card for you using the shoots that they set up for you.

Example of a standard Composite Card snagged from Pinterest.com by way of Elitemodel.com.

If you do decide to have a comp card created before hand grab some digital images and a head shot for your images and have your updated measurements.  Comp cards are important when you are going out for castings, the client can see exactly who you are, know your build and has the information to contact you directly. You needing a comp card is like asking me do I need a business card and the answer is it truly depends on exactly the situation that you are in that will justify the need. You should always have something and a comp card is not a bad investment at all.

Example of a more polished Comp Card featuring Tyra Banks snagged from Pinterest.com by way of Elitemodel.com

I want to send a special thanks to Briyanna Gilgeous who answered all the questions I had before producing this blog post. Check her out on her social media page @briygilgeous on Instagram.  

So what do you think? Especially for my more experienced models, how important is a comp card to your modeling career? Feel free to comment below!!!!

To Test or Not To Test...

Test shoots are a misused term but valuable creative asset, as a photographer looking to do test shoots for portfolio work is becoming increasingly difficult. I've spoken to quite a few creatives who have had bad experiences with others looking to "test". I put test in quotations because often times during the said test nothing is put together, it's more of "bring your clothes and let's shoot" it's no real organization to it. It's so simple, test shoots are developed to express creative freedoms or new methods for all participating parties. They are especially important because they help update the participants portfolio's, if these are creatives who are working for the first time it helps build relationships. Weirdly enough depending on the person or level of person you are working with, paying on the first go round may or may not impede relationship growth. Since iv'e been doing photography there is one similarity I have seen through out the years its free work disguised as a test shoot. This factor is what makes so many creatives cautious about doing test shoots with other creatives based solely upon previous experiences.

Remember the comment about "just bring your clothes", that's exactly how i used to put together test shoots. After listening and learning through webinars and assisting on set with other photographers my work flow is growing in a different direction. Just like putting together a paid shoot a call sheet and mood board are still required, pre-shoot preparation is a must; you want all participating parties on the same page.  On my call sheet I construct a time table of how I want everything to go, that way the team expectation is set and we work hard to stay on a time table. Selecting models for test shoots has become increasingly easier as I build relationships with different agencies, don't forget to include said agency in at least the mood board. Agencies are more likely to send over new faces/developmental models in need of images if you have a clear and concise vision for what you are trying to do and what you are looking to offer. In my experience and conversations with makeup artists, it seems that they get the short end of the stick. Whether it's through inexperienced and/or unprofessional photographers, they will run from the word "test". From my understanding with makeup artists the biggest struggle is receiving images back from the photographer, what we have to understand and celebrate is the importance of a makeup artist. The last thing that you want is an unhappy MUA who works with leading industry professionals not highlighting any positive points in their experience with you, not a good conversation starter.

What I've learned is that wardrobe stylist seem to be the most difficult to find, but I also feel like I may not be looking in the correct places to secure one. Wardrobe Stylist are an effective part of your team whether unpaid test or commissioned work, they double as a creative director on set and watch out for the naked eye adjustments that we as photographers may miss. Wardrobe Stylist just starting out are probably the best to seek out when building a team, i say this because building with people from the time they break ground to when the house is built is such a beautiful thing to be apart of. With being there from the start you learn the creative habits of this individual and they learn you as a creative you work in tandem. Let's not forget about the hairstylist, because without an amazing and passionate hairstylist you cannot maintain the cleanliness that is highlighted in Fashion Photography. I am not going to spend too much time on the TEAM breakdown and the importance of that, i will save that for another blog post entirely. 

The term "test" commonly disguised as "TFP" which means time for photos doesn't have to be a dirty word at all, but in order to readjust the way this word is perceived is by being better prepared. Having a team already in place for a test is a lot more ideal than trying to secure different people for every test that you do. Organize your work flow so that when you are pulling your team together for the test shoot they know that what will be put together is magic. 

So, There's This Agency....

Source: www.nextmanagement.com

While working with models I often get the question about agencies, it's usually to the extent of where can I start if I am looking for one? Often times models simply don't know where to look and my answer usually goes like this.. "Google". If you google agencies in the fashion markets you're interested in you will find a whole list of them, but despite the plethora of agencies available it's about finding the agencies that fit what you are looking to do. I often express to models to do their homework with the agency that they are interested in to see if it's a right fit for the brand that they are trying to build. In addition, what most aspiring models don't know is that if your looking to sign to an agency all of these huge concept shoots with photographers aren't necessary. The agencies are here to expand your reach and assist with building your portfolio and getting you work. The first important step especially to make a lasting first impression is being able to follow directions. What's the best way to show an agency that you can follow directions? Pay attention to all the directions on the model scout portion of their page and follow it when you are looking to submit.

You will find that quite often agencies want simple images of you, nothing complex, standard essential shots (Headshot, 3/4 Shot, Full Body) Some agencies want (Headshot, Side profile, Mid-Length and Full Length). Agencies like Wilhelmina accept images via Instagram using their @willyscouts handle.  For Women the images are basic and are best taken in a bikini and standard black heels. For male models they usually do images without a shirt, blue jeans and either barefoot or plain colored sneakers. Most often than not i prefer barefoot, i like the aesthetic it presents, iv'e always found the bikini and heels a little weird.

So what agencies are out there? Where can I go and have a shot? There are many agencies out there that are openly reviewing new models to add to their roster. MSA Models in both NYC and Los Angeles have casting calls every Tuesday and Thursday. The NYC office holds open calls from 10am to 1030am at their office at 200 W 41st St, Ste 1000 New York, NY 10036. The Los Angeles branch holds their open calls from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at their office at 8075 West 3rd Street | Suite #307
Los Angeles, CA 90048. For more information on what the necessary attire is to where to the open calls visit their website MSAmodels.com. Open calls are always great because you get to see who is in what position at the agency, that way when you follow up they can place a face with the name.

Here's a list of agencies to check out I would make sure to read everything in their scouting session before submitting.

NEXT Model Management (www.nextmanagement.com)

RED Model Management (www.rednyc.com)

VNY Models (www.vnymodels.com)

Q Management (www.qmodels.com)

IMG Models (www.imgmodels.com)

We Speak NYC (www.wespeakny.com)

MUSE Model Management (www.musenyc.com)

Bella Agency (www.bellaagency.com)

JAG Models (www.jagmodels.com)

SLAY Model Management (www.slaymodels.com)

Most agencies are including a plus size division to their roster as well, I will also include some great agencies who also have a plus size division or exclusively work with plus size models.

Natural Models LA (www.naturalmodelsla.com)

MILK Model Managaement (www.milkmanagement.co.uk)

Wilhelmina (www.wilhelmina.com)

Dorothy Combs (www.dorothycombsmodels.com)

FORD Models (www.fordmodels.com)

 

If you need more information on these individual agencies feel free to head to there website(s) and take a look, most often they will answer any questions you may have,

 

What's In The Bag?

So I previously had a post called "The Don'ts" which I accidentally deleted through the squarespace app, it unfortunately didn't save as a published post. That's neither here no there, there was an essential piece of information in that particular posts that needs to be reposted. The model essential bag is so important, this doesn't make the other 4 points I made any less important they are equal but this stood out. So below you will find the list of what is essential for a model to bring from my perspective as a photographer.

Model Essential Bag (Women)

  • Travel Manicure Kit
  • Small Makeup Kit (Nude/Red Lipsticks, Neutral 4 Quad Eyeshadow and Blush Pallette(s), Lip Gloss,Eyeliner & Mascara)
  • Lotion/Baby Oil
  • Spray Deodorant
  • Hair Ties, Bobby Pins and Hair Clips
  • Bandeau Top/Strapless Bra
  • Nail Polish (Clear/Nude)
  • Heels (Black)

Model Essential Bag (Men)

  • Travel Grooming Kit
  • Basic Tee (White,Black and/or Grey)
  • Plain Dress Shirt (White,Black, and/or Grey)
  • Lotion
  • Clear Deodorant

Model Essential Bag (Unisex)

  • Chapstick
  • Mints
  • Hairbrush/Comb
  • Business Cards

Majority of these items can be purchased as travel sized items so that you can maximize the space in your bag and fit everything you need without lugging around a big bag. A great packing tip for the men is to roll instead of folding your clothes and to carry around a small ziploc to protect from any chemicals getting on your cloths. For the women it's the same principal, put all the moisture based items in a bag to help protect from spillage. 

 

I will definitely compile another list for the don'ts at a later date and apologies for those who have shared it.

Fine Art.

Above: Dakota Snow

Above: Dakota Snow

I don't know what it was about yesterday but it awakened something in me that I didn't know existed in my craft. It's like my eye was adjusted and I looked through my lens from such a different point of view. Yesterday I was privileged to work BTS for one of my mentors Joshua Orozco at Atomic Canary for his projection workshop. I have never done any type of fine art photography although a good share of the studio members specialize in it. 

 

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I approached these fine art images with my eye of fashion photography and loved it. I was able to capture the essence of what fine art photography is but still maintain that fashion eye. It reminded me of shooting avant garde which let's me know I want to incorporate this style into my photography. Working the BTS was super important because it also allowed me to see how different people photograph the same subject. It was about 5 other photographers who attended and participated in this work shop. 

Above: Joshua Orozco of Atomic Canary Studios 

Above: Joshua Orozco of Atomic Canary Studios 

Enjoy the remaining images from yesterday's shoot.

 

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Assistant Chronicles: Sean Scheidt

Above: Sean Scheidt and Wilhelmina Philadelphia Model Corinne Dolan

Above: Sean Scheidt and Wilhelmina Philadelphia Model Corinne Dolan

I think being a photographer is the most beautiful, artistic, amazing, freeing, and a whole slew of positive words that describe just how deeply I love my craft. When I first started it was just a camera purchase but as I grew I sought out those willing to groom a young snot nose amateur who was serious about learning. My first mentor was Iconography Magazine owner Mike Williams also known as Mikael Aaron. He taught me so much in such a little amount of time. Why this tidbit is so important is because after 6 years I returned to where I started my education but instead of being on the first floor I was on the third at the Parkdale Suites. Gracing suite 15 is an amazing home grown and nationally known fashion photographer Sean Scheidt.

 

So a quick back story.... I know! another flashback lol! Giselle Melrose responded to a Facebook post from Sean who was looking for an MUA for a test shoot for Friday the 15th. She responded and was booked and I was invited along to be an assistant. 

 

When we arrived we were greeted immediately with a warm inviting posture as we entered the studio. The model had already arrived by the time we came and we were just awaiting the hairstylist. As Giselle unpacked Sean gave me a tour of the studio and thus began my lesson of being an assistant for Sean Scheidt. He introduced me to the most important asset as his assistant and that was the "Scheidt Bag" which had every essential that you could think of from clamps, gaffers tape, ink pens, sharpies, bungee cords and the list goes on. From their he showed me his camera bag and our tools for the shoot and how to assemble every thing including a California sun bounce which I had never used until yesterday. The mood for the shoot was vintage 90s black and white, think GAP X Kate Moss. Instead of a traditional in studio back drop setup he decided to set up the seamless outdoors to capture a different emotion. After the lesson and quick tips we headed to the location right outside of the studio and began to map out where everything would go before bringing the essentials outside.

 

We completed the setup and now it was time to go in and grab everyone to come down. The shoot began and it was nothing short of an amazing experience between holding the sun bounce, becoming a c stand and doubling as a dressing room it was great. 

 

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As a full time photographer I think it's important sometimes to assist and just absorb the atmosphere of another's work flow. I learned a lot about my personal on set dealings just by being on set with Sean for a few hours. I look forward to assisting more on set with Sean and other photographers as well. Enjoy some more BTS images from yesterday's shoot!

 

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Jenna Bender.

I had a opportunity to work with the beautiful and hard working Jenna Bender of Smart Models a subsidiary of Westhaven Model Management.  This collaboration featured none other than the talented Giselle Melrose of the Melrose Experience (www.themelroseexp.com).  We tool several images starting with the basic images first and then easing into the fall inspired looks.

Above: Jenna Bender of Smart Models

Above: Jenna Bender of Smart Models

The next three looks that we tackled were fall inspired looks which we pulled colors from Pantone's 2016 fall color pallette seen below.

 

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Definitely check out the new segment Model Minute which highlights both agency and unsigned models giving them a platform to speak briefly about their career.

 

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Nassali Kiggundu

Photo by: Syranno   Makeup by: Giselle Melrose Model: Nassali Kiggundu   

Photo by: Syranno   Makeup by: Giselle Melrose Model: Nassali Kiggundu   

Photo Credit: Plus Model Magazine  (@plusmodelmag)

Photo Credit: Plus Model Magazine  (@plusmodelmag)

I'm always on Instagram, daily every hour on the hour liking photos and commenting here and there. I waltzed onto Plus Model Magazine's (@plusmodelmag) instagram page and stumbled across a gorgeous image, my jaw dropped. It was a beautifully melanin enriched plus sized goddess, I couldn't believe it.  I liked the photo and stared at it for a few minutes. So i courageously lept into her inbox with a message asking for her email so we could talk about shooting. She informed me that she was currently residing in Tennessee but she was planning on being in California during the summer months. I have never been to California, the west coast was completely foreign to me but that didn't stop me from making plans to come to California to shoot with her in August. Over the course of the next couple months myself, Nassali and Giselle Melrose planned our shoot for the upcoming summer. Before we knew it, the date was the following week and we were preparing to go. So on August 22nd at 5:45am we headed to BWI airport to catch our 7:35am flight to Denver then to LAX. What along plane ride this was but let's fast forward through the countless pretzels, cookies, cran apple juices and tequilas and get to LAX. Nassali was kind enough to pick Giselle and I up from the airport, and we headed to get Tacos in Manhattan Beach. I remember it like it was yesterday:

"DON'T FORGET THE LIME, YOU CAN'T EAT THE TACO WITHOUT LIME"

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After we ate the tacos and burritos we headed to park and start the shoot. We came next was such a beautiful sight and I'd rather share in photography format.

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The full Spread is available in the recent work! 

Taayo (R)ED

Photography by: Syranno  Assistant: Naquell James    Model: Taayo Henley  

Photography by: Syranno

Assistant: Naquell James  

Model: Taayo Henley  

Taayo Henley, so let me rewind to a few weeks back when I first had my encounter with Taayo. He sent a simple message introducing himself and letting me know he was looking for dope people to collaborate with. Since August 1st we were planning how to connect with one another, August was such a hectic month for both of us. After weeks of planning we solidified a date for Sunday September 4th, and what a dope time we had. Immediately you will put him in a category with A$AP Rocky and Travis Scott but he is so much more. He has their bravado but still carries himself like a super model so he's more of a double an tantra he is a really cool dude. When he walked into the studio he was accompanied by a friend by the name of Rell both of the fellas were really down to earth guys. 

 

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Working with Taayo was fully interactive, we meshed very well in front of the camera. The shooting relationship was really give and take and we fed off of each other's energy. The one thing i have to get used to is having an assistant on set, Naquell James of Urban Phokis photography was on set assisting me with the shoot. The lighting technique I used for this shoot I got from Profotos YouTube channel about using your soft boxes in different ways and I must say it was definitely amazing to execute. There was an additional lighting technique that I wanted to do but ran out of time to do it so we will set another session to finish up. Until then enjoy the images from this set, and feel free to leave a comment down below!!

 

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Bahi Blue.

Left to Right: Ava, Denita, Chante  Photo by: Me

Left to Right: Ava, Denita, Chante

Photo by: Me

Bahi Blue, is the second shoot that I collaborated with Vegan Cosmetics Company Bahi Cosmetics owned and operated by a good friend of mine Emma Bahi. The three girls chosen for this shoot where strategically picked to represent the brand in full force. Ava (@avahovanka) is an emerging singer songwriter, Denita M. Brown (@denitamaebrown) will tell you right off the bat that she is no model but she kills everything she does from hair, makeup and modeling. Finally, Chante (@chantenicoleee) is a beauty and lifestyle blogger residing in DC. 

 

Above: Denita Mae Brown Photo by: Syranno

Above: Denita Mae Brown Photo by: Syranno

The direction of this shoot was to definitely show off the makeup in a different way but similar to the first shoot. The same concept applied to make sure that the makeup was highlighted and to draw attention to what was important.

 

 

Above: Chante Photo by: Syranno

Above: Chante Photo by: Syranno

Campaign #3 is currently in the works and we plan to completely leave this aesthetic and move into something completely different. Until then enjoy the images!

 

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Below you will find images from the previous campaign Bahi Red.

 

 

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Manhattan Beach.

Above: Ayesha Perry of MSA Models Los Angeles   Photo by: Syranno

Above: Ayesha Perry of MSA Models Los Angeles 

Photo by: Syranno

Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a video game developer, that's right you heard me a game designer. When I purchased my first camera I had no idea that 7 years later it would spiral into what it is today. So fast forward to last week when I visited sunny California for the first time. It was such an amazing experience I not only got to shoot with the amazing plus size model Nassali Kiggundu  (blog post coming soon) but also the equally amazing Ayesha Perry from MSA LA's Curves Division. 

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From the moment we met her aura was amazing we all connected like old friends who haven't seen one another in years just to pick-up where we left off. We did about 4 looks to update her portfolio with MSA and she killed every single look. During conversation she let me know that this was a great stepping stone for her to pursue acting. She also explained that she was from the UK which would explain her remarkable accent and carefree aura. I can't wait to return to California and hopefully we get a shoot again, below you'll find additional images from our shoot. Enjoy!

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Santa Monica

Above: Courtney Williams Photo by: Syranno

Above: Courtney Williams Photo by: Syranno

This passed weekend myself and Giselle Melrose of The Melrose Experience headed out to California for some much needed change of scenery. The entire week we pretty much photographed different people. While enjoying some much needed down time on the Santa Monica Beach , I glanced to my right and saw gorgeous melanin enriched young women soaking up some sun. Giselle initiated the conversation urging me to walk over and asking them too shoot, I can be very timid when doing these things simply put I overthink the outcomes. I grabbed my shirt, put it on ,headed over and introduced myself to whom i would come to know as Courtney Williams. 

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Courtney introduced me to her friends, I let her know who I was and what it is I do and asked if she'd be open to being photographed. I let her know I'd be right back and shuffled to the Zipcar through the warm sand to go.and grab my Canon Mark II 5D. When I returned we headed over to the light blue distressed life guard tower and started to snap away. In between frames I asked her about her background. She is a 24 year old flight attendant from Charlottesville, NC and was only in California for a few hours and decided to head to the beach. Initially, she had another destination on her itinerary but based off of a personal judgement call decided against it and landed there with me. As we continued shooting I noticed how fluid in her movements she was and asked about her modeling history. She explained that she previously did runway modeling. We wrapped after frame 46, and I shared with her the images and my contact information. All and all this impromptu shoot was really fun and I loved every bit of it. I think she should try her luck with the agencies, what do you guys think?

 

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FRS Lookbook 2016

Above: Chaz Warhol Photographed by: Syranno

Above: Chaz Warhol Photographed by: Syranno

For Rent Shoes (FRS) is a boutique here in Baltimore MD that carries high end exclusive shoes and clothing. The items they carry go really fast and once they are gone they're gone. I had the pleasure of photographing their second lookbook for the fall. This look highlights the collaboration between Alexander McQueen X Puma as well as the additional exclusive collections only found at FRS. 

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FRS is located at 515 Cathedral Street in Baltimore Maryland. Enjoy the images posted, to see the official look book for FRS logon to www.forrentshoes.com and also buy something because it's garunteed you will be one of the best dressed in the room.

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Bahi Cosmetics

Left to Right: Enica Barnes, Hunter Thomas & Eden 

Left to Right: Enica Barnes, Hunter Thomas & Eden 

Working with Bahi Cosmetics is literally a highlight in my career and I can say enough how happy I am to be apart of this campaign. Bahi Cosmetics is created and distributed by Emmanuelle Bahi out of Prince George's County, Maryland. Her line is a vegan based line used to create long lasting effects for your skin. With her Aesthetician background and love for skin care this line is sure to be a huge success. 

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Model Film 1 of 5

I pre-ordered a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge earlier this year to get out of my LG V10, before that I had an iphone and had to jump off the train. I've had my S7 Edge for quite a few months and as you can see from previous post is that I am starting to discover alot of cool features on the device. Like most but not all I did not read all about the device, i didnt even read the manual I just dove right in without water shoes or a snorkel. Once using my phone for the normal social media features, it turned into just another high priced ohone. Until I discovered particular features that appealed to me as a photographer and videographer like the ability to shoot uncompressed 4k and HD Video from my device! I couldn't have been happier with learning this, so now I have decided to shoot 5 model campaigns involving my galaxy s7 edge using those features! Below you will find video of Tabitou Jalloh unsigned model from Washington DC, Enjoy and stay tuned!

 

Another Day and More Photos

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Ever since I've  embarked on this journey of just taking images on my smart phone ive looked at the world differently. To have a camera at my finger tips actually feels really really good.  As i journeyed to Atomic Canary for a assisting gig i decided to take some more beautiful images with my S7, Enjoy!!!!

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