If you all haven't heard of the movie Secrets of a Housewife...you all are in for a treat! This start studded cast is sure to get you talking about the secrets in your life! The shows Executive Producer, Tressa Azarel was a pleasure to meet and just a sweetheart and genuine. The passion for her movie making is apparent once you meet her. The movie was filmed in the DMV and a lot of the cast is from here or the surrounding areas. Be on the look out for this to come to a theater near you really soon!
In early October, I had the honor of capturing the Ms. Veteran America award celebration. These ladies are amazing and have proudly or are currently serving in the military. These women as part of the competition take on the platform of raising money and awareness for homeless female veterans and their families. For this campaign the women raised $80K towards the initiative and the organization of Final Salute Inc.
This competition is far from a beauty pageant! These ladies not only compete in talent, questions and stage presentation; but they also competed in a push up competition right on the stage in front of the spectators. It was great to see those that dropped cheer on their comrades in this section of the night. From 25 it went to the Top 10 and then the Final 3 and then the final question. Congrats to Captain Molly Mae Porter who was crowned Ms. Veteran America 2016!
2016 was the second year for DC Swim Week and DC Swim Week came in as the weather in the area was at record highs. I did not make it to the first three events, but I did make it to the finale show at the Embassy Hotel in Washington DC. The show did not disappoint! The SWAG bags were amazing and so were the models and the music. Great designers from the area as well as several designers from abroad to include Brazil and Lisbon were on deck. Please enjoy the photos below and stay tune for DCSW17.
In March I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Inaugural Women's Breakfast for the Princes Georges Chamber of Commerce. The women of the chamber really put together a lovely breakfast to celebrate women in the county that contribute and do amazing things. Hosting the event was Shomari Stone of the Channel 4 News. Honorees included the States Attorney General and the Prince Georges Community Colleges President. Amazing speeches with life lessons were shared and there was nothing but love in the room. I can't wait until next year's breakfast and I only see this event growing and being bigger and better.
A lot was learned in this week long fashion experience in the DC area. I closed out with the Indie Fashion Week Finale which I found out about the night before. I am certainly learning my way around the media circuit and how to get into such events. I can tell you that I have been bitten by the fashion photography bug and I am now headed in the right direction. I met a handful of business people in the area and any opportunity to network is an opportunity to grow and learn. I am very optimistic about my future in fashion photography.
I was recently contacted to come on board as a feature photographer for an event known as Dine Diaspora. It was an interesting event where the three ladies that put on these quarterly events, bring together leaders in the community and they discuss issues to specific to their groups and how to interact and share ideas and ultimately to network and build with each other. The also bring in a guest chef that specializes in Diaspora type cuisine. I was very impressed with everything from the table settings to the Chef and his menu presentation and the stories that made up the menu. These ladies are on to something and I hope they keep it going and grow.
Being in the DMV for two years has been an eye opening experience in many ways. One way was to be able to discover the local fashion scene here in the city and it only took two years to find out that DC has a fashion week. I was fortunate enough to be able to cover three of the events they had starting with the mens fashion show on the first night. The second event I covered was the emerging designers of the area and eight designers were featured. The finale night, which was my favorite, showcased a lot of the international designers that live here in the DMV area. Below are just a few of the images I was able to show on this blog but believe me there were plenty of amazing designs this year! I can't wait to see what the next season will bring for this DC designers.
Anyone who knows me can tell you that cultural ceremonies are where I feel the most comfortable. I love learning about and getting to know different dynamics of families and the traditions which they hold dear to them. I have been to several Indian ceremonies but each one is different depending on the families involved and the religion they follow. This particular ceremony was an engagement party which involved exchanging of rings and the meeting of the two families. There were gifts present to the soon to be bride and groom from the family members as well as blessings with money and the giving of sweets. They were all so welcoming and I can't wait to cover their future wedding.
When you look around you see women in the military all the time! It is not often that you see women that have gone through as much as MAJ Jaspen Boothe and have survived to tell her story. Jaspen has made it her mission to tell her story and other women vets stories that cannot tell their own. MAJ Boothe has organized countless resources for veterans across America and continues to do so through her organization Final Salute. I am glad that she asked me to capture her moments as she pinned on the rank of MAJ in the US Army. It was a joyous day for her and her family. Please enjoy, like and SHARE.