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.

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. 



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!!