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Author: Tafari, Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at
My little Mamiya is pretty unpredictable and it seems to have a mind of its own more often than not. After the first few rolls of film and some advice (way back when…), I decided that it was better to get multiple photos of my subject just in case.
These two photos illustrate how I may get something totally useable and something a little interesting and or fun.
Author: Tafari, Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at
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.
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.
Author: Tafari, Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at
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.
Author: Tafari, Friday, February 8th, 2013 at
New York Fashion Week is in full swing & I’m in town to take it all in as I work as a Fashion Liaison… Feels funny being here for Fashion Week and not working like a dog as a photographer. And Im enjoying it.
What is a Fashion Liaison? No one knows but I was flown out & put up to do it and like anything I do, I will do it well.
Between attending events, I will have my camera in hand to snap some street looks. Hoping to see some outrageous stuff; that is if the weather permits. There’s something going around saying that there will be 3-30″ of snow this weekend. What kind of range is that???
Author: Tafari, Monday, December 31st, 2012 at
2012 was a bitch & my boo at the same damn time! Here are my top 10 highlights:
Hearing my sweet baby Amelia tell me that she missed & loved me after not seeing each other for 8 months.
Finalization of my divorce & My EPIC “The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing” divorce party.
College graduation & party. The party & the morning after was some of the sexiest shit ever.
My trip to Los Angeles: Having Lunch with my boo, Los Angelista at the La Brea Tar Pits: Having lunch with my boo, Ayanna at the Getty, Brunching with my boo, Thembi at Taste, Riding around & getting it with my niggas, Marcel & Asia, ya bish & of course the LA Sip & See at Lola’s with all of my west coast family…
Traipsing around Brooklyn with Cousin Dee & landing in Hotel Delano.
Listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” album for the 1st time.
Making the New York Times Style section.
My parrot, Tongi laying 4 eggs.
Being surrounded by love & support from my great friends and family.
Author: Tafari, Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at
People usually get happy at the thought of eating cake. Why though? Is it because cakes are comforting, decadent, stir great memories or is it simply because people just love CAKE?
Last week, a friend informed me that she was retiring at the end of the month. It was both sad but happy news as she will be missed. After she broke the news, I promised that I would make her a cake for our next meeting.
Last night, I made her and the rest of our group my super super delicious cream cheese pound cake. But this one had to be a little more special.
After the cake was done and I popped it out of the pan & marveled at how awesome it looked. The morning, I dusted it with some powdered sugar just because… There is nothing like a well dressed cake.
I couldn’t wait to see the reaction of my friends upon presentation of the cake.
It was all smiles from the room & it made me feel great to see others being excited and celebrating a wonderful person.
Speaking of cake, one of my favorite cake rememories is when my mother made a yellow cake covered in apple jelly when I was probably 12 or 13 years old. My brother, sister and I destroyed that cake in less than 2 days. It was the bomb and I honestly think that it’s the best cake that I have ever had.
Author: Tafari, Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at
To say that I’m obsessed with bundt cakes wouldn’t be an understatement by any means! Lately, I have been low-key dreaming about them.
Totally random, I know but my momma kinda got me excited, then I stumbled upon a great recipe for a cream cheese pound cake and I freaked it out a little bit for my taste. Next thing you know, I’m making zebra bundts (example) and the experimentation into baked delights took off. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my friends and family were raving about mynew found skills/obsession.
Pictured above is one of my small cream cheese zebra bundts drizzled with a dark chocolate Kahlua ganache with a little powdered sugar.
Well, I gotta go, time for me to enjoy another slice!
Author: Tafari, Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at
For no reason other than laziness, I had been holding on to a few rolls of film with a Kung Fu grip.
Every week for months, I’d promise myself to get it processed but it took 8 months for it to finally happen.
I didn’t feel like driving way out to my usual small camera store, so I did the unthinkable and went to CVS for film processing. The horror! When I dropped it off, the cashier seemed a little unsteady & I just hoped this young guy did not mess up my rolls.
Well, he didn’t and I got some great stuff that I’m excited to share, FINALLY!
Here’s the first in the last of my NYC Analog Portrait series and I’d like to say that it gets better from here.
This photo of Eva Marcille Pigford of America’s Next Top Model fame was taken back in February 2012 just before I left for LaGuardia. She was leaving Lincoln Center and surrounded by photographers.
I kinda pushed my way through the crowd and said “hey boo, can I get a few snapshots.” She said “of course, boo,” and she posed down for me. Then she disappeared into thin air.
Author: Tafari, Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at
A few months ago, my great friend and creative muse, Jasmin Deforrest hit me up to collaborate on the relaunch of her t-shirt line, WordPlay Tees. You may recall some of our past work together from 2009 (The Remix | The Remix 2.0)…
It’s always great working with Jasmin and this time was no different. Actually, it was HYPE. We worked with new Detroit talent, who embodied the positive energy and spirit that Jasmin’s products are all about.
The photo above with model Brandi Keeler is one of my favorites from the day. That face. That body. That slink inky pose….
In 2007, WordPlay, a t-shirt line was created based on the duality and clever use of words. The owner’s goal was to create a unisex line of t-shirts with positive, witty and sometimes edgy messaging. Its tagline, “what does it mean to you?” represents the brand’s voice that speaks to individualism and the wearer’s perception of the design displayed.
In June 2012, the brand relaunched with fresh designs that represent the brand’s identity and playfulness. Twisting the popular saying, F*ck My Life (FML) one of the most popular designs is Love My Life (LML). WordPlay also has a design that has fun with one of Jay Z’s popular songs, “99 Problems but a B*tch Ain’t One” and through joking with a friend that she should create a design for fans of the tan, she created the concept, “99 Problems but a Tan Ain’t One”. This design is for those who are naturally tanned and anyone who spends hours in the tanning booth.
One of WordPlay’s most popular design, “Chosen” is coming soon and will be launched as a brand under the company’s umbrella. The definition for “Chosen” is, selected from a number of possibilities; picked by preference and that’s how the owner wants everyone to feel when rocking a WordPlay tee.
Their blog is set to feature, Word Player’s”, hip hop artists, singers, musicians, songwriters, producers…anyone who honors the art of word play and who’s passion is to create things the evoke words. The blog will highlight up and coming artists, groups and popular artists.