Marrying music and photography

You know, I can honestly say that I still remember that feeling I had when I first picked up a camera. 

When I was 12, I asked my parents for a drum set. Instead of buying one for me, they told me "go out there, do some lawn work and earn it". So I did and I immediately fell in love with it. After that I had a career in music and the world couldn't have been better. 

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Then I realized that making music wasn't the same to me anymore. With this realization I became very depressed and didn't know what to do with my life. Around this time, my now wife/then girlfriend, convinced me to pick up a camera. That was 3 years ago and I've never looked back. When I picked up that camera for the first time, I had that old feeling back of when I used to play the drums.....It just felt right. 

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Nowadays, instead of making music for money, I use music to fuel my imagery. I use the sounds and textures to paint images in my head. I also find myself recording noises around me and using those as samples to create sounds myself. Through this process and also meditation, I can clear my mind and really focus on what I want to see. If there was ever a "secret sauce" to what I do, this would be it lol. 

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I never in a million years ever thought I would be a professional photographer. I'll tell you what though, I'm really glad I am one. 

Genuine People

I was tired of pretending that I was someone else just to get along with people, just for the sake of having friendships.
— Kurt Cobain

I am a huge believer in "vibes" and "energy". Usually when I meet people, I quietly observe without judgement. A few days ago, I met Joekenneth for the first time. Immediately, I knew that Joekenneth and I would get along. I spoke to him about my trip to my mothers home country of Panama recently and how it helped me find myself truly. He then began to tell me his amazing story of visiting his home country of Haiti. We then shared a common bond about life. 

Joekenneth (outside of being a truly stylish dude) is an amazing writer and poet. Like many of the people I come across, he is a true artist. To me, a true artist is not only someone that is obviously talented. An artist to me, has the ability to wear his/her soul on theirs sleeves. Its always a breathe of fresh air to me when I come across a person in this industry that is genuine. When I was younger I would have killed to have the lifestyle and career that I have now. I would have killed to be around these amazing industry people and be friends with anyone I came across. Now that I made that dream for myself come true, I find myself only caring about keeping genuine people near me. My family and friends with good intentions are all I need. 

A man and his style

“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”
- Hardy Amies

Personally, I have never focused on having my own personal style until last year. I always avoided it as if it was something that I could not achieve. People have always told me that I should think about style more. I then would follow that comment up with a quick huff and sigh. 

I picked the above quote because it really spoke to me and how I feel about personal style. I have friends that go outside just to have folks look at them. Then I have friends such as Steven (below) that stay true to what I believe is the definition of a man with style.  I truly believe that if you would like to achieve a certain level of style, you have to forget about what you are wearing. If you have to think about getting people to notice your style, you're doing it wrong. After all, its not what you are wearing...but WHO is wearing it. Steven put this suit on, walked outside and thats it. Now I am not a fashion guru and of course this is all my personal opinion, but I think a lot of people agree with me. My personal style usually consists of a plain color T-shirt, cuffed black jeans, low slip on style shoes and a beanie. Some compliment me and some don't, but I don't think about it. 

When I usually work with Steven, we just walk and chat. Matter of fact, this is what I do at all of my shoots. I walk around, chat about life and shoot some images. On this day, Steven and I walked around, talked about the city and shot some images. Not once did we speak about what he was wearing. We didn't have to, because I wasn't speaking to his suit...I was speaking to him.