October 20, 2016

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS PHOTOSHOOT FOR ROCK’N THE RUNWAY GR

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I had the awesome opportunity photograph five beautiful cancer survivors for the 6th Annual Rock The Runway. Veverly Cookie Austin founder of the organization Girl Get Your Fight Back created the fashion show RTR: Rock’n The Runway GR to raise breast cancer awareness to the urban community.

Five women received free makeovers provided by Radiant Enrichments photoshoot with ACT PhotoMedia allowing the a time of pampering. Along with the makeovers the ladies were interviewed about their personal Diagnoses, Fight and Survivor experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 23, 2015

Kee Johnson {Passion Project}

I believe ‘Passion Projects’ come from inner desire to be creative & to create! I consider myself an artist then a portrait photographer and passion projects are the best way to keep me motivated and inspired when I feel the need to create.

The connection: During my most recent trip to Las Vegas I had the amazing opportunity to photograph Kee Johnson, a local hairstyles. I called up a fellow photographer and told her I needed a model, a makeup artist and access to her studio. So when Kee showed up for our session I was immediately inspired, she had the perfect dark skin to contrast the yellow headwrap.

The Concept: I absolutely headwraps and have wanted to photograph someone using the low key lighting effect. My goal was to capture the beauty of chocolate skin with a perfect contrast to the yellow headwrap.

The why: Headwraps are an important cultural accessory for sub-Saharan Africa, Haitians, Caribbean as well as North, Central, and South American cultures of African descent.

Recently headwraps have gone beyond being worn by those of just those African heritage. Headwraps have become a necessary accessory and has become a staple in every day fashion. My goal was to simply highlight the beauty in this cultural phenomenon!

Hope you enjoy the images as much I enjoy photographing them!

“Your Art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the art of taking personal responsibility, challenging the stats quo, and changing people.” -Seth Godin

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Model: Kee Johnson | Headwrap designe:  Kee Johnson | Makeup Artistry: Beauty By Bre

March 4, 2015

Will & Sonya {Engagement}

Happy Wednesday!!!

 From friends to lovers, meet Sonya & Will my oh so lovely wedding clients. When Sonya ask me to photograph there mini engagement session I was so excited to be apart of there love story. Sonya & Will wanted laid back and fun engagement session that shows off who they really are. With it being the middle of winter here in Grand Rapids we decided to meet at JW Marriott. This swanky hotel was the perfect location to capture there love & friendship.  

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February 11, 2015

Shanae Green {Artist Spotlight}

Meet the driving force behind Creative Imaginaetion Ms. Shanae Green a self-taught wardrobe stylist, photographer and graphic designer based in Las Vegas, NV. Shanae’s passions and dedication was so strong that in 2013, she quit her job and decided her time and efforts to developing her creative passions.  Shanae believes that an individual’s image and anything representing that individual is important to their brand and should be done with excellence.

“I love the fact that I have the freedom to be creative to create. I also love the reactions I get from my clients after they get to see the final product.” ~ Shane

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MUA: Bre Beard @beautybybre 
Hair | K. Mahogany – by Kee @kee_mahogany 

December 3, 2014

Ashley Duncan {Senior}

Ashley is a senior at Grand Rapids Christian High School, Her hobbies  include Basketball, Drumming, Singing, Dancing (SN: Ash is an amazing dancer!)  She also enjoys team weight training and Gospel choir at school. I loved Ashley’s style for her senior session she went with  a good mix of old school new school looks.
All her looks truly reflected her style & personality! Makeup Artistry by Paige Wright of Radiant Enrichments
In her own words: It was a great experience fun and easy, I felt very comfortable taking pictures with ACT PhotoMedia, Loved this experience!
~Class of 2015~

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October 1, 2014

David & Tiffany Nordé {Maternity}

Its a Girl!!! 

Naima Norde arrive date: Sunday, Oct. 5th, 2014. We had so much fun at our first session that we had to do a second one :D  The first session was at my studio with makeup artistry by Radiant Enrichments and the second session was at a local college, Mrs. Tiffinay was 35 weeks at the time. Since we where able to do two sessions we mixed dressy, casual and of course the MSU gear. (David & Tiffinay are  big MSU fans!)

~ Enjoy ~

 
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Thank you so much  Tiffinay for this grate review, “Aleka was very flexible and willing to work with our schedules, ideas for pictures, and she had great customer service skills.” 
 

September 24, 2014

Pastor Jathan K. Austin & Pastor Veverly Austin {Business Portraits}

I had the wonderful opportunity to photography Community Leaders & Pastors Jathan & Veverly Austin of One Church Empowerment Center a few weeks ago. Here just a few photos form there session!

~ Enjoy ~

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September 3, 2014

My Professional Headshots {Business Portraits}

The majority of clients that I photography headshots for are business/corporate professionals, they seem to understand the importance of having professional images for social media pages, websites and even business cards. Yet us artist don’t natural think we need headshots. I have learned that potential clients are not just looking at my website to see my work. Clients are looking at who I am, what my shooting style is and want to get to know me all while viewing my website. I had an about video created awhile ago (you can see it here) and thought that was enough. Over the years I have not had professional headshots taken, I always photographed myself.

So when I learned that I would get headshots taken while attending DFinney Photography mentoring session in Chicago I was ecstatic. I contacted my makeup artist Paige Wright of Radiant Enrichments got face ‘panted’ and was ready to see what its like to be on the other side of the camera.  This experiences was one of the best I have had in a long time. Danielle not only taught me so much when it comes to photographing in natural she allowed me to experience what I hope my client experience.  A fun photographer who can make you feel special and then fall in love with your final images.  It is my goal that anyone who chooses me as a photographer feels the way I did when I got my images back!

Check them out!

Images by DFinney Photography

Images by DFinney Photography

Images by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

Images by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

Images by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

Images by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

Images by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

Images by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

Images by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

Image by DFinney Photography

September 1, 2014

DFinney Mentoring Session {Artist Spotlight}

As an artist I believe it’s important to learn and get inspiration from fellow artist. So when I found out that Danielle Finney of DFinney Photography was having a mentoring session in Chicago, I had to be apart. With great excitement and anticipation I took the just over two-hour drive to Chicago. The mentoring session with Danielle focuses on improving photographing in natural light and some editing. I usually shoot in my studio with some natural light session however wanted to become more skilled in shooting natural light. I learned so much from Danielle and look forward to building my skills!
Check out some my images for this session! 
Behind The Scenes 

Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes 

Behind The Scenes

 
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Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Ms. Danielle Finney of DFinney

Ms. Danielle Finney of DFinney

Behind The Scenes 

Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes 

Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes 

Behind The Scenes

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

Practicing What I Learned

June 13, 2014

Alexcia ‘Lexi’ Duncan {Senior}

~ Cap & Gown Session ~

Lexi served as one of my senior models this past year, I was so excited to photographer her again for your end of the year cap & gown session.

Lexi was very active in high school serving as a sideline and competitive cheerleader, a leader in diversity group, not to mention sings & dances in church. She graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in May and is looking forward to attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall majoring in education and minor in Youth Development.

Here are just a few images from our session :D

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You can also  check out her original session here :D

Senor Rep 2015