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New York Fashion Week F/W 2013

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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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 I'm 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??? Holla!

Man Woman & Child

Author: Tafari, Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 11:15 AM

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And then there were three. Introducing Reginald Alexander Butler.... Photographing this precious baby boy was fairly easy and he cooperated without a fuss and for that, I was grateful... Babies seem to have their own agenda. At least when I encounter them. Congrats again Adrienne and Reggie!

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2012: My Retrospective

Author: Tafari, Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 2:02 PM

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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.
  • Re-connecting with my big cousin Danny.
Hit up my favorite portraits from the year..... [gallery columns="3" ids="5679,5680,5681,5682,5683,5678,5684,5687,5685,5686" orderby="rand"]

Celebrating With Cake

Author: Tafari, Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 7:21 PM

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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.

Bygbaby Cooks: Baby Bundts

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 7:21 PM

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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 my new 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!

Back From The Streets of NYC With Love

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 11:53 PM

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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. It was awesome! And she looks fucking great! Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Hire Me Now

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 11:04 AM

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I saw this business card concept on Dribble by French designer Frederic Tourrou of Beasty Design & had to bite his style for myself. So simple, fun & catchy. And of course, as an Apple fan, it got me really hype. I'd love to have this printed.... Maybe...

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On Location With WordPlay Tees

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 9:28 PM

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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....

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The Background: 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.

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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. For more WordPlay, visit www.shopwordplay.com.

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You can see a snippet from the day in the video below.

It Has Begun: New York Fashion Week

Author: Tafari, Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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My bags are packed, camera batteries are charged and my rolls of film are set as I make my way to New York for Fashion Week. I'll be back on the scene making things happen one photo and one story at a time. For this current season, I will not be focusing on the shows inside of the tents as I turn my attention to the show outside. By that, I mean, the fashionable people on the streets of New York. I will be updating on Twitter and Facebook along the way, so be sure to check out the adventure!

Ain’t No Freebies Here

Author: Tafari, Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 8:52 PM

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I get requests often from agencies, individuals etc asking me for permission to use my photos for various projects. More often than not, the request come with the following line "I don't have a budget but will give you credit." When I read that bit, it's a wrap. I don't need credit, I need cash! Why are people so crazy to think that I will offer free product for them to use to get paid off of? Maybe I'm the crazy one? Yesterday, I got the request below from architecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro & I started to cuss when I read the last paragraph! See for yourself:
"Dear Tafari Stevenson-Howard, I am contacting you from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architecture studio that designed the Lincoln Center Redevelopment in New York. We are currently designing a book in collaboration with Lincoln Center covering our work on the campus from 2003 through the present. The first edition will be a run of 5,000 books, with an expected publication date of December 2012. We have found that the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center has been a focal point for pictures posted online and we would like to feature this phenomena in our publication. We are interested in one of your images of the Revson Fountain on Flickr and would like permission to use it in our book. The image would be small, approximately 2" x 1", alongside images by other Flickr photographers, and we are requesting the reproduction authorization of this work. It is found here: www.flickr.com/photos/bygbaby/6952930643/?? The book is being produced in house and due to our limited budget and the limited run of books being produced, we are unable to provide you with pay or a copy of the book. If you do allow us to use your image could you please provide me with how you would like to be credited? We look forward to your reply, with kindest regards. Sofia Balters"
My was response was:
"Hello Sofia, Thanks for inquiring but I am not interested. The time, effort, creativity energy and cost of my camera equipment that I used to create this image is worth more than photo credit. I'm an award winning photographer, Getty Images contributor, style icon and US citizen that has bills to pay. Should you be interested in purchasing this photo, I'd love to talk more. And yes, this offer is insulting! Best, Tafari"
Who are these people? And did they Google my name before they sent that request?

Hoppin’ it to Hollywood

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 5:35 PM

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I'll be on the West Coast for the long Memorial Day weekend, which is packed with activities, food and outings with many of my boos and bros.  And just to let you know, I will mos def be dining at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in addition to hitting up several taco trucks!!!!! Without a doubt, when I step off the plane at LAX today, I'm going to do a body roll so slow, mofos gonna think I stepped out of the Matrix in my church shoes. If you're in LA, holla at me, let's meet up! "He's on his way, he's goin to Hollywood. He's bussin it to Hollywood. Show him the way, he's movin' to Hollywood.He's hoppin it to Hollywood." Chaka Khan - Hollywood...

On Making The New York Times

Author: Tafari, Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 1:49 PM

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This afternoon, I was out shopping for a few items for a dinner party that I’m hosting this weekend when I get a text from my Los Angeles boo, Asia Willis. I wipe my iPhone on my pants before I read the message (because it was super greasy but that’s another story). She said “You made the street style blog in the NY Times!!!” I then screamed out WHAT??? People started looking at me in the store. Then I screamed out “I’m in the NY Times, BITCHES….” I just came out. I then called & was like what??? Asked if I looked good. What was I wearing? Blah Blah Blah. All the while, I’m like, me? In a style blog? In NY? The NY times??? I’m not even stylish. I’m just a husky Black man of leisure, who knows how to mix & match the right pieces to look half way decent. Anyway, when I saw the photo, I laughed. It was taken my final day in NY for Fashion Week. You remember the look… Shit, I never thought that I would make the NY Times but I did, just in a different way than I expected. I may be going through a nasty divorce but the rest of my life is fucking AWESOME. I’m in the NY Times BITCHES!!!! This little bit of news is helping me to kick off my weekend in a good way. The Scarf (hand knit vanilla) was a 59th St Bloomingdale's exclusive and only 3 were available. I got the last one. Holla!