So, I’m back (at a different level)

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Hey everyone,

Its been a while since I last been on here. I know, the same “I’m too busy living an awesome life as a photographer excuse blah”. However, over the past few months since the last post, I realized that I have changed as a person. I got more into fitness because I want to get better at doing more tasks efficiently. I want to look and feel good when buying new clothing since I tend not to show off my body as much (even wearing shorts). Most importantly, I want to get comfortable being uncomfortable by doing all of the things I kinda always wanted to give it a try. Give a talk, teach a class, learn how to dance in front of an audience, even have a photoshoot, this time I’m front of the camera more. My grandmother’s death (and yes) its been almost a year since she passed from Diabetes has taught me that life can be taken away from you at any given time, but the time you spent here should be remarkable in those who you encountered.

I also learned that I have a speech and communication disorder called “Tachyphemia” or Cluttering, which is characterized by a rapid rate making speech difficult to understand, erratic rhythm, poor syntax or grammar, and words or groups of words unrelated to the sentence. This has greatly impacted my life because not only I never got the proper help I needed to become comfortable with my speech in dealing with people, but I felt I was never confident in doing just about anything that involves dealing with people, only when it comes to oral communication. In case you are wondering, I am also not comfortable in talking about my dating/personal life, except family. Sometimes, I wonder if anyone fucking gets my point when speaking, so what is the point?  Though, I do admit that I have a great personality from what I was told. (I think I am really a outgoing and fun person who also enjoys life and anime/game/comic/nerd culture)  There are times that I often think in the back of my mind, that I am insignificant because I am not confident in my speech unless I get really passionate about something, despite the amazing opportunities I had in the past.

People can be horrible when they can take advantage of your inability to speak your mind because you are constantly thinking 1,000 words a second to speak. I endured bullying, anger, disappointment, mistreatment and fear for a good majority of my life and just like you, I can get hurt, I know what it is like in giving up and getting help seems to be a burden. So why am I writing this somewhat pressing post about me? In reality, some of the best artists showcase their heart, souls, and their pain in order to feel that they was here.Life is short, be a badass! My best work is yet to come in my mind, and I can ensure that I am really to let you, my awesome audience (especially for reading this article) know that its time to push the envelope of what kind of work I can produce. I am interested in storytelling of others in order to tell my story a lot better and also cultural and uplifting content. I am also interested in spirit science and mythology, but that’s for another post. Instead of allowing my disorder to put me a frenzy of finding the help I need to fit a mold of what I should be, I actually embrace it.

Instead of allowing my grandma’s death to put me in depression and giving up, for she raised me for the majority of my twenty-four years of life, I actually became more aware of my health and in return I have been more than embraced by the wellness, health and fitness worlds in open arms. I am currently a Diet and Exercise Writer for Examiner.com, Yoga Teaching Trainee Assistant at Ashtanga Yoga, working on a self reflection photo project at the Reciprocity Foundation, on top of being a contributing photographer at Retna/Corbis Images and it keeps getting better. In reality, I don’t think I ever allowed my disorder to stop me showcasing my personality, so I can’t say this is really a sap story. Its a story of becoming resilience to obstacles in hopes to help others do the same. Maybe that is why fitness and media became second nature for me, I get to document and learn from all different kinds of people. I am constantly interested in the imperfections, the stories and triumphs of others, in order to shape my experience, one of most important luxuries of life. In short, I hope my passions can do nothing but inspire in hopes that because I decided to be more brave, daring, and honest each day. Thanks for reading this and yes, I am still shooting. See you, when I see you because I write more articles on fitness here:

New blog: http://www.theconceptoffit.wordpress.com

New directions!

Ok,

So I may not be the best blogger, but I try to keep my posts engaging. The year is kicking in quite alright, but I still have a long way to go. However, the one thing I always enjoyed but never gave enough credit in doing or getting to enjoy more is Mixed Martial Arts and fitness. I have came a long way from a shaky 2013 when I lost both of my grandparents, of which I was very close to. My grandmother was my primary caretaker for a huge percentage of my life and I can also proudly say I adapted alot of my late grandfather’s mannerisms. Losing my grandmother to Diabetes is definitely the hardest thing I ever experienced and I’m still trying to get over. So how does one ring in 2014, besides all my news in Press Photography? Simple, taking care of myself, especially healthwise. I was fortunate in getting into shape with an amazing trainer in circuit training and not only lost weight and toned up (though I was always known for being stronger than I look), but decided that this is something lifelong for me. I became more aware of my diet and constantly see the weight shed off. My jawlines are more defined, my skin and eyes brighter, and my mental focus sharper. I often bust into any GNC’s I stumble across and often ask questions about the supplements. I am currently using the Women Ripped Pack and love the chewables. Got my mom to buy healthier groceries everytime I come back home and best of all is that I feel a bit more happier now than I ever did. Can’t wait to buy my first bikini as a 24 year old woman in June! So what’s next from this post? More hiatuses? Besides, becoming my trainer’s freelance assistant for today, a new direction! I will start posting more diet tips, workout tips, inspirations, supplements to check out and avoid, and all that is fitness, nutrition, and dope sports and MMA I can muster on the interwebs. Until then, STAY TUNED! 

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January 2013 Recap

Hi Everyone,

Happy (Belated) New Year! January was quite a busy month for me and now its the first day of February. I was able to cover six Press events, covered one PopUpSwap event and a Bitter NYC photo-shoot. I also have a more supportive team of people I can’t wait to tackle lots of projects with. Not to mention, I got a cool shootout from my director of Career Services at Trinity College for choosing to build my own business. Fashion Week is already here so all I have to say is welcome to 2014, The Year of the Horse. Waiting 12 years for this day, so can’t wait to see what happens next. Image

My goals for 2014

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone had a wonderful New Years! As always trying my best to use WordPress, but I have a feeling that you will hear more of me very soon. This time, I started early in the year and ready to get things moving. Before the events and the photoshoots, here are my goals for 2014. Hope I can get all of them down, you never know!

 

1)    Get signed to shoot with a magazine

2)    Get signed to cover more celebrity red carpets, fashion shows, concerts, and shows.

3)    Freelance with a powerful non-profit 

4)    Join ASMP OR PPA

5)    Conduct at least 12 Editorials in 2014

6)    Hold a gallery event of my work

7)    Fully transfer and transform my website to WordPress

8)    Maximize usage in the social media platform:

                                       i.    Pinterest-Learn more about it

                                      ii.    Instagram-Get at least 1,500 followers

                                     iii.    WordPress-Get at least 50 followers

                                     iv.    Twitter-Get at least 1,500 followers

                                      v.    Facebook-Get at least 1,500 likes in Facebook

9)    Get published in at least 3 newspapers and magazines.

10)  Create a portfolio hard-copy work of 2014 of at least 150 pictures. 

 

Bonus: Go on a date, there I said it!  Exercise and try boxing again! 

 

Until then, let 2014 be an amazing year!

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Never Limit What Your Imagination Takes You

Because you will eventually long for that freedom.

Forever Young: Birthday Happy

My Uncle Mbata, celebrating his 70th birthday party. Good to do more cultural celebrations like this!

Skate to That!

Skate to That!

He was amazing at the Tomboi fundraiser event. Can’t wait to shoot with them soon! @Brittany Alexandra Campbell and @Mia Monee Marcus

Bangin’ Models in the Front

Bangin' Models in the Front

He was definitely one of my favorite models from the show, for some charming reason..

Willow Smith At AfroPunk 2013

willowWillow Smith at Afropunk 2013

Me: Hey Willow! Willow! Can I get a picture?
(Willow throws fun poses at first then pauses…)
Willow: Oh wait, is this going to be posted somewhere?
Me: Yes.
Willow gave me this shot instead.

Willow Smith is awesome!

Secret Hiding Spot of NYC, Part I

IMG_6199Perfect little hiding spot my friend who lived in the city shared with me. A wonderful way to end your day from work in the last legs of summertime.

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