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Welcome to the Humble Ranch

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at 10:39 PM

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Last week, I hosted my first official [housewarming] party of the year at my new home, the Humble Ranch. So many of my family & friends came out to celebrate this awesome life event with me.

It was a simple affair complete with excellent texture, color, design, drink, & food mixed with African flair.

Everybody knows that I'm all about a fun party flyer so for this occasion I decided to use a few vignettes from my home as a background to spread the word. With many of my friends not seeing my home before the party, the flyers offered a sneak peek into my life & design esthetic.

As you can see, the set was 4-8pm but things lasted much longer & it was all good. People love a good party, including me!

I'm so appreciative of the wonderful people that I have in my life, they really showed your boy some tremendous love!

I've been in my new home now for almost 4 months and it's honestly THE best home that I've ever lived as an adult for so many reasons.

As a matter of fact: The top image was taken with my Nikon DSLR, the last two were taken with my iPhone 6.

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Music Break: Ibeyi

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 7:29 PM
The visually stunning video for "River" by Ibeyi, a twin sister duo is enough to send me through changes but the haunting music & message really rock my world. If you're feeling "River" then you have to check out "Mama Says," which has an equally stimulating video & lyrical presentation. Get you some & vibe to their unique Afro style.

Out On a Work Night

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 11:42 AM

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I am not a big fan of going out during the week, but when my girl Mayaeni organized a show, there was no way that I could not be there. She gave the standing room audience everything they needed and then some! And as an extra rock songstress bonus, she had Steffanie Christi'an on stage for the end of the set. It was a great night & I'm happy that I broke my rule.


The Guggenheim: Two Ways

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 8:06 PM

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Photo Flashback: The Elements

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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I rediscovered these photos last night & kinda got excited. I remember who much work I put into coming up with the concept then making it happen. It was one CLF bulb & some intense Photoshopping. Earth | Wind | Fire | Water

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At The Disco

Author: Tafari, Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 11:57 AM

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I was listing to some random house music mix recently and all of the sudden, I was caught up in a disco frenzy. I can't tell you how many times that I've listened to "Dance Dance Dance" by Chic in the last two weeks. Perhaps too much but I love it.
"Oh, what a treat, feels so sweet That body heat When I'm dancin' with my baby drives me crazy Makes me hazy Rumba and Tango Latin Hustle too Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah I wanna boogie with you"
Disco will never die!

Peony Paradise

Author: Tafari, Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 11:01 PM

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I know I say each & every flower is my favorite but I honestly have to say that peonies are my favorite late summer bloom aside from Dutch Irises. When I was a kid growing up in Detroit, I always looked forward to our 3 peony bushes blooming in the late spring. The big floppy blooms always cheered me up & the fragrance made me wonder if heaven had the same smell but that was then & this is now.

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Vivian Maier on Film

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I've been fascinated by the work of Vivian Maier since her work made it's way to the internet a few years ago. Talk about a true hidden treasure discovery. I cannot wait until this film is released. Seems like she had quite the secret life.

All Things Artsy, Beautiful, & Fab

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 8:55 PM

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A few weeks ago, my friend and birch jewelry designer, Heather Fagan of Bettula hit me up because she had a very exciting opportunity to work with Fab.com. My job? To get great photos for her portfolio to make this happen! I own some of Heather's birch cuffs that I rock during the summer months that I totally love so this was a no brainer.

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I love when my artist friends find ways to keep their passions alive and active. Here are a few moody shots from our time together with 1st time model, Amelia White. The Bettula sale on Fab.com will run through March 9, 2013, so check it out fast!

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I Got Published!

Author: Tafari, Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 2:03 PM

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It’s always exciting to see your work out and about in the wild, highlighted online or in publications. When “Popular Photography” made contact to request permission to use my work I was ecstatic! Looking at the finished product was even better. I took the photo about 4 years ago of a dogwood flower with a Lens Baby (macro kit). It’s been a favorite of mine. If you’re interested in photography or a novice wanting to pick up skills “The Complete Photo Manual: 300+ Skills and Tips for Making Great Pictures” is a good book to have nearby! The photos are all amazing and the tips really are good! And my work is in it….. so……….. 2013 just continues to be great!

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Working [it] In New York

Author: Tafari, Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 9:31 PM

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Last weekend, I was in NYC for Fashion Week working as a fashion liaison. I attended some shows, went back stage, did some art gallery tours, chilled out at the Hotel Chelsea in a SUPER swanky room that rocked my world & such. This was the 1st time that I did not attend as a photographer and it was REFRESHING! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my experience photographing runway shows and presentations from some of America's top designers but the work is killer! You’re left drained by the end of the week feeling like you're near death... It would take me a day or two to recover; feet, back, mind… Who knows what the next season will have in store for me. Guess we will see. The image above is from Libertine's 2013 fall/winter collection & taken with my trusty iPhone! You can see looks from the show here. If you don't follow me on Facebook, you can go there to "like" me & catch up on some of my mini-adventures.

The Door – Miu Miu

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 9:53 PM
This short film by Ava DuVernay is pretty damn awesome. I probably watched it 5 times today.
"The film's main focus is an actual door and the friends who come through it to help Union through a bitter breakup. “Characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves,” DuVernay explains. “Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.""
The movement, the visuals, and the music are awe inspiring! Processing the film with my photographer's eye, I found my self gasping. Especially at the image if Gabrielle Union in the foreground of that vibrant wall hanging. When the film ended, I felt complete but.... I wanted to know how & why she was hurt. A great feeling to walk away with in this case.