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Welcome to the Humble Ranch

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

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. Mindspill Mindspill

Bygbaby Cooks: Mac & Cheese

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 1:41 PM Mindspill

I was recently introduced to a new cheese the other day & I kinda fell in love with it. The cheese? Cheddar with caramelized onion from Trader Joe's!!! As I enjoyed it the other day with olives, peppers, & wine, I thought about how good the cheese would be in a mac & cheese. Yesterday, all I could do was think about that cheese and using it in a dish. So, after a long day, I picked up a few things from the store & then this happened. Mac & cheese with a black truffle bread crumble.  My thought about the cheese being great for this dish was right on the money! Very savory, creamy & cheesy! Ingredients:
  • 2 cups pasta (I used cavatappi)
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar with caramelized onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup of butter milk
  • 2 1/2 tbsp flour
  • Salt, pepper, & smoked paprika to taste
The Jump Off:
  • Cook your pasta for 8-9 minutes then drain.
  • In the same pot you boiled your pasta, melt the butter & stir in the flour, which will make a roux. Add milks to roux slowly, while stirring constantly. Add in your premium cheeses to the mix and cook until the cheese has melted.
  • As the mixture cooks, the sauce will start to thicken. Once it looks nice, thick, and creamy, turn off the heat then toss in your pasta & seasonings then give it a good stir.
  • Add the pasta & sauce mixture into baking dish & place in the oven for 20 minutes at 350º.
Black Truffle Bread Crumble:
  • 3 tbsp of black truffle oil
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Progresso Italian bread crumbs)
  • In a pan, heat your oil on medium then toss in your breadcrumbs, which will sock up the oil. Cook until the crumbs start to brown.
  • Add the crumbs to the top of your baked dish liberally and toss back into the over for a quick 10 minutes.  You could add the crumble before baking the dish but this worked for me. I didn't want to experience burnt/dried out crumbs.

Photo Flashback: The Elements

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

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 Mindspill Mindspill Mindspill

Happy New Year

Author: Tafari, Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 1:56 PM Mindspill

I’m hella late but happy NEW YEAR or as they say in France BONNE ANNÉE! And when is it really too late to say happy new year? 2014 is already off to a great start and I have so much energy; positive energy fueling me. Paris is what I needed to recharge! All I wanted to was to be in a space where I could love, get lost, discover, stroll, people watch, and make connections… All of which, I did and more. I did a fair amount of journaling during my trip and I made some quirky observations along the way such as: - It is quite easy to get into a sticky situation in Paris. - Men seem to not give up their seats to women on public transportation in Paris. I thought it is the gentlemanly thing to do but... - Parisians seem fascinated by Black American music. And dining was a pleasure because of the music. - People really don't trip if you can't speak French but knowing a few key phrases certainly helps. - Orange-ginger-caramel chews basically taste like good sex. The kind of sex that's so good that you call out your own name. Everyone should know this pleasure. - If you get lost while walking, fuck it, just keep walking and consider it an adventure. You'll eventually find your way. - Uneven pavement and sidewalks in Paris are killer on my ankles. - When you see a group of gypsies, do not make eye contact with any of them and protect your pockets. - Many African women in Paris love scary looking drawn on eyebrows. - Paris is the city that sleeps. If you’re out past 12, be prepared to hunt hard for a cab or walk. - Strolling down the Champs-Élysées while listening to “Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe” is pretty awesome. - Enjoy with passion all that you want. Love… Art… Exploration… - It’s OK to let go of the things that complicate your life. - You’re never too old to make new friends in strange dark places. See a few photos from my trip here.

Autumn Harvest

Author: Tafari, Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 11:43 AM Mindspill

Little known fact about me: I am not a fan of anything with pumpkin meat as ingredient. Period. No pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie no pumpkin nothing. But I love the way pumpkins look. I actually find them to be quite beautiful and I do love toasted pumpkin seeds. I guess this is kinda like me hating tomatoes but a HUGE lover of pico and salsa. I'm my own contradiction more often than not. On another note, I've been thinking about teaching a class on mobile device photography. Well, to be honest, I started thinking about it this morning. Why? Because… there are some horrible mobile device photography out there. Especially when it comes to food photos. Color, composition, & cropping are key. Going to let my idea marinate for a bit.

My Birthday Balloons

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 5:44 PM Mindspill

My 39th birthday is 2 days away but I've been celebrating since Sunday. I'm going for broke and making it a weeklong celebration ending in a themeless party with friends. Well, maybe there is a theme because I'm planning on having a ton of red balloons.  The challenge to this is that I have a popcorn ceiling. Yikes!!!!  Guess I need to start taking bets on how many will pop.  No matter, that will only add to the fun. Because I'm a little Pinterest obsessed, I created a birthday board to showcase a few of the things that I love.... you know, stuff like strawberry ice cream, music, fashion etc. My 38th year was a very good year from me and I'm hoping that my last year in my 30's brings me more joy & peace... Already off to a good start, a good start indeed! Shout out to Cousin Dee for an awesome mini photo session!

New York Fashion Week: Sitting This One Out

Author: Tafari, Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Fashion Mindspill

After my time at New York Fashion Week last February I decided to sit the fall season out New York Fashion Week out. Crazy right??? Although I will not be in & out of fashion related events photographing beautiful people, I did have some thoughts on fashion week that I shared with Sharifa D. Crawford of Disciples of Haute. Check it out here! And for the record, I'm never that excited about spring/summer collections. Being from the Midwest & a lover of all things autumn, I'm more excited about fall/winter collections. The colors, jackets, richer textiles and scarves of course.

Finally, A New Website

Author: Tafari, Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 4:51 PM Mindspill

After years of wanting to update my website, the job is now down.  Took many more hours than I care to mention to get it to the point of being done but it is done. Whew!!!!! My previous site was fin but it was part HTML and Flash, therefore it did not work on many mobile platforms, which is a pain since most people compute via mobile devices these days. The new site, features some fun new things like responsive design, which means the site reacts based on the size of your browser. Has an expert of this blog here and a cool portfolio. Overall, the new site is part resume, part bravado, and part kick ass photos. Check it out, enjoy & spread the word.

Double Take In Leopard

Author: Tafari, Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 10:21 PM Mindspill

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. The image below has the same affect as one of my favorite shots from the series seen here. This brown beauty was captured after leaving Korto Momolu's 2012 F/W fashion presentation at The Bryant Park Hotel. It was a fun event with lots of great people watching and flowing cocktails.... Mindspill Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

All Things Artsy, Beautiful, & Fab

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

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 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. Mindspill

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 will run through March 9, 2013, so check it out fast! Mindspill Mindspill

I Got Published!

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

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! Mindspill

Working [it] In New York

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

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.