Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What is a super model? Dictionary.com (because I didn’t have a Webster next to me) defines a supermodel to be “an extremely prominent and successful model who can command very high”.
What does that really mean?
Are you a “super models” superhuman?
Are they people who naturally look like a walking cs4 Photoshop file?
Are they just sex symbols or something?
Who truly knows, but of course I have my opinion.
As a photographer, my perspective of a super model is one who can inspire. They are someone who can bring any vision, garment, or commercial to life.
They are able to instantly produce that “wow” factor! I still believe that super models are still ordinary people. My favorite types of models to work with are the ones aspiring to become super models. They are fresh, full of energy, and not afraid to try new things.
Monday, June 29, 2009
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Aspirations are where you want to be in life and essentially how you will get there. A goal is nothing but a dream with a deadline. My dreams, hopes and aspirations are still dynamic and ever changing. When I think I have finally found my true calling, something more intriguing sparks my interest. The only thing that has stayed consistent throughout my journey of discovery is the fact I want to do something that truly makes me happy. Doesn’t everyone? I want to be a part of the creative force that will ultimately lead to the creation of a product or way of life that others will enjoy.
This blog and these images are dedicated to all the dreamers out there who are not afraid to live out their dreams. Having a good quality of life is discovering what you enjoy doing and doing it! Often, it’s not easy at time to just do everything you want and dream about doing. Especially when you face obstacles that seem impossible to leap over.
“If you want something you never had, you must do something you never done” is Aaron, an upcoming model from Atlanta Georgia favorite quote that he lives by. To me, the quote is about taking chances to get somewhere you want to be. What would you do if you weren’t afraid is one my favs and to me Aaron quote is the solution.
Aaron can be described a very driven individual who still find time to be “normal”. Aaron interests ranges from bowling, running, swimming to aspirations of military involvement and airline management as a future career. He also values his strong connection to family and friends, because that his is foundation for who he is a person. One of his short term goals is to give the modeling industry a try.
Also Aaron prides himself on having a unique look and unparalleled look. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” He is a glimpse of the future.
Friday, June 26, 2009
A couple of years ago…well wayyy more than a couple of years ago, I had the greatest undergraduate privilege bestowed upon me as I like to see it. I became a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Inc. It was definitely an uncanny experience and most college individuals do not get to take on that challenge at such a young age. Personally, I believe being a part of black letter Greek organization is an honor. Each organization represents a sub culture of a college community that represents a larger culture as a whole. What I enjoying seeing the most is Greek unity. For anyone who doesn’t know anything about “The Divine Nine” or didn’t go get that book and read it forty times because you were “interested”, I am going to try and shed some light on this great and powerful community! As people in Florida commonly say, “at the end of the day” it’s all about networking, scholarship, unity, personal growth, service, brotherhood and sisterhood. Those are some of the most common goals and strengths of these nine unique organizations.
A couple weeks ago, one of my fraternity brother’s magazines (Inspire Magazine) hosted an eventful weekend for the Tallahassee community. Apart that weekend included an open panel discussion concerning the state of black Greek letter organizations. The panel consisted of national representation from each of the NPHC (National Pan- Hellenic Council) organizations. The panel was amazing! It was like watching “real talk with real people” (yes I just made that up, but it sounded like a good show to watch for the facts...right?). The panel also included national presidents, which is very rare. These national presidents not only run their perspective organizations, but they are also full time parents, businessmen and women, international, and very involved in their community as a whole. So for them to take the time and chat about the issues and positive aspects that black Greek letter (BGL) organizations are experiencing is very noble. It made me once again see what I feel honored to be apart. The discussion ranged from the quality of the members of the organizations, belief systems, the evolution of hazing and the consequences and how each organization have overcame obstacles.
I was very disappointed in the attendance. The event was well attended, but I expected to see more individuals who are not affiliated with these organizations. Tallahassee has two large college institutions, both with BGL representation on their campuses. Every year many people put on their best poker faces and chase the members down trying to be a part of these organizations; Doing and saying whatever thinks will get them brownie points is what I call them. Everyone wants to know about these BGLs beyond what they read on the chapter website. So I was slightly bothered by the lack of interested people. When I found out that the panel was going on... I felt like an “IG” who just found out about the “interest meeting” and had to be there! On the other hand, I was disappointed in the lack of new members that attended. These are individuals who just became a part of these BGLs and as a new member you don’t know all the good, the bad, and the ugly first hand. You deal in what your older (sometime jaded) chapter members tell you. So this would have been a chance to see and experience for yourself the power of a BGL and discover a path to take to help the organization to continue to grow! But overall it was a great experience and I would do this blog an injustice if I don’t mention how stellar of young man my frat brother Charles Davis is as well! The event overall was a great success in my opinion and anyone who had the opportunity to attend truly treasured the moment.
The next weekend I took a road trip to Atlanta for the “Atlanta Black Greek Picnic”. The picnic is a vivid example of Greek unity amongst BGLs. Even though it was so hot that it felt like hell’s kitchen on the 4th of July, it was still great to see all the Greeks fellowshipping with each other. It is always interesting to see the individual chapters culture fused with the organization cultures. Lol...sometimes it can be a little confusing. Like the definition of a pretty boy and pretty girl in the south and be totally different from the north...extremely different. Or how laxed some chapters are compared to others. IDK…just most view. But I had a good time all and all… seeing old friends and meeting new ones.