Yo, did y’all know about Milk Dessert Bar? Ok maybe I’m late, but this place is awesome! I love sweets way more than I love tacos and this place certainly fuels my addiction to sugar. I literally had 3 different things. Granted I shared them with my sister and her friend, I still pigged out and don’t feel ashamed at all. Fight me bro.Read More
I like to think I have a pretty good ear for music. Especially hip hop music. I grew up in a time when we experienced some of the best music lyrically made; the late 90’s and early 2000s. It’s hard to top a time when Tupac, Biggie, OutKast, Jay Z, Nas, and TI were killing it on the mainstream level. You also had your more regional powerhouses in Three 6 Mafia, Talib Kweli, No Limit, Cash Money Records, Tech N9ne, and the group I feel was far ahead of their time, PM Dawn. That era of rap was everything. I say all that to say; I have a thing for lyrically driven music. Enter Tori WhoDat.
She probably doesn’t remember but I first met Tori back in 2014. She was on stage at The New Daisy opening for some artist I can’t remember. My first thought was, “Who the hell is this little girl and why is she on stage?” Suddenly she spit a few lines and I was hooked. Not only was Tori wild as hell, she was lyrically gifted. They say never judge a book by its cover, right? Well, I did and ended up looking dumb.
Over the years, I’ve watched that skinny, wild kid jumping all over the stage grow into a skinny, focused and composed artist. The transformation is very evident. Most rappers get in their niche and never venture out, but Tori WhoDat has totally elevated herself musically and professionally. I last saw her not opening, but headlining at HiTone with Lil Wyte and Frayser Boy. Pretty good company to be involved with with based on their success and longevity. Honestly, I’m honored she still even knows my name.
With this shoot, I wanted to capture the essence of not only Tori WhoDat, but also Tori the person. We tend to get lost in our own personas at times and Gucci Mane said don’t get lost in the sauce. So who is Tori? Honestly, she’s one of the nicest and funniest people I know. Incredibly humble and appreciative, Tori the person is awesome. Tori WhoDat is the powerful, raw lyrical beast that’s packaged behind a those mysterious eyes. I dig the balance. It’s kinda like the Light and Dark side of the Force. I also love that Tori isn’t afraid to be herself in a world that doesn’t always welcome individuality. That’s definitely a sign of maturity and self love.
You owe it to yourself to check out the work of Tori WhoDat. I’m awaiting her release of “The Come Up”, a playlist from music from 2014 and 2015. Search Tori WhoDat everywhere! That’s on Facebook, SoundCloud, IG, Twitter, and YouTube. You’ll find more info about upcoming projects, music and updates. Drop a comment and let me know what you think.
Camera: Sony a7ii
Lens: Samyung 35mm f1.4 AF
Location: Somewhere in Memphis
Life is for Living,
I do lots of photo shoots with lots of interesting people, but none have been as super crazy, dope as the shoot I did with David Quarles. Not only is he a super fashionable brother, he’s also a jewelry maker and Zumba instructor. He’s basically one of the coolest people on earth. When David showed up in his colorful outfit, I was instantly intimidated. Not just because he was dripping in swag sauce(that’s totally a real thing), but because I knew instantly I needed to step up my clothing game fast!
This was by far one of my favorite shoots. Mr Quarles not only knew what looks he wanted, but also was open to letting me pose him as well. Being completely comfortable in your own skin definitely helps when shooting with a client. Since this shoot, I’ve definitely stepped up my fashion game. A special thanks to David for that one.
All images were taken with a Sony a7ii with Samyung 35mm f1.4 and edited on iPad Pro with Lightroom Mobile.
You can check out more of David Quarles on IG @sancochin89 and also his jewelry line at @ivjd.
Life is is for Living,
I recently made a visit to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. While the partying was insane, I wanted to do a bit more while in the Big Easy. So I took to the streets with my newly purchased Samyung/Rokinon 35mm F1.4 AF lens paired with my Sony a7ii camera. Before I go any further, I want to say this lens is an absolute beast and I'm so in love with the 35mm focal length.
Ok I've gotten that out the way. I've been to Mardi Gras numerous times, but it's only been to party and come right back home. Seeing how I had a brand new lens, I decided to explore downtown New Orleans a bit. I quickly found out this city's architecture is simply amazing. Take a look at these images I captured.
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I loved every minute of my urban exploration. I wish I had more time because everywhere I went in the city, I ran into someone that was extremely nice and talkative. I definitely plan to go back when there's less Mardi Gras action.
Life is for Living,
I was exploring the Cooper Young area the other day when I can across a really cool vintage motorcycle. I initially walked past it but something told me to go back and snap a pic of it.
Pretty cool right? Yeah I’m really into playing with tones now. After snapping a few pics, the owner comes over and wants to see the pics. He had this cool James Dean type vibe, so I naturally asked if I could take a few pics of him. Epicness followed!
He was a really cool guy. We did the customary exchange of Instagram names, because real names are played out lol. Go follow @d_a_d_b_o_d.
All images taken by me with my Sony a7ii with Sony Zeiss 55mm and edited in LR mobile on my iPhone 7, yes I can edit right on my phone in most instances. No presets here!
I recently took Maddy down to the "beach" area somewhere near Wolf River. No, I won't tell you how to get there. That's what exploring all about. Get out there and get lost! Anyways, I've been testing out my new Sony Zeiss 55mm 1.8 lens and decided this was a great place to snap a few pics. This is by far one of the sharpest lens I have ever used. The weather wasn't the best but we made the best of the beach, river and her tutu! Here are some photos from this little in town adventure.
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I take my newly acquired Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8 out for Sunday Funday. Here's my review.Read More
A photoshoot and interview with Memphis recording artist, Carmen Hicks.Read More
Who takes a camera to a barbershop? Well....Me! I made my weekly trip to see my guy Ren to chop me up for the weekend. As I was waiting around after my cut, because it's rude to just leave right after getting a fresh haircut, I decided to try out my newest additions to my lens family. A Rokinom 85mm f1.4 and a Canon FD 24mm f2.8.
Barbers are much more than just the person who cuts your hair. They are also therapists, fashion consultant, music critics, and givers of vast knowledge. I remember going to the barbershop as a kid and hating that my dad would sit in there all day and talk. Now I find myself doing he exact same thing! It's the place where you can kick back and talk freely and fellowship.
It's an unwritten rule to never upset your barber. Why? He holds the power to take your hairline back! A hairline is a treasured possession that should be handled correctly. A sure fire way to upset your barber is by not showing on time and not tipping.
So tip the keeper of your hairline and enjoy the memories that take place in the barbershop. I've learned so many life lessons there and I'm sure I have much more to learn. A rule of thumb, always wash your hair before you go to the barber.....Trust me on this. Ren tells me this all the time lol.
Life is for Living,
After seeing The Break Up Show on last Saturday, I figured I would take a few pictures on Beale Street. Little did I know that my battery was dying in my camera. So I didn't make it all the way up Beale. So here's a quick few shots on the East side of Beale Street.
And this is where my battery decided to go to the Pearly Gates. Sucks because the real party was on the other end.
All photos taken with a Sony a7ii with Sony FE 28mm f/2 lens. Edited in Capture One Pro. All photos are copyrighted.
Life is for Living,