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Black Beauties With The Power Cosmic

Excited to share with you guys a project shot during Black History Month and Delivered on International Women’s Day.

Created by the amazing visionary Bre. Here are her words.

“Within the past few months i have been working on an idea and vision that would showcase and acknowledge the inner and outer beauty of the BLACK WOMAN. I wanted it to be more than a photo shoot, and instead a moment to embrace every aspect of ourselves, but most importantly Our POWER. As black women are a vast source of limitless godly cosmic energy and power. So in honor of international women’s day I am sharing with you this beautiful project.”

Style and Direction by : @B.HOV

Videography & Shot by : @SAAN.BEE

Video & Audio Assistance : @THIRTYNATURAL

Creative Direction : @JORDANMIXON



I would just like to say that this day was one of the most refreshing days i have had in a while. The location was set at the beautiful Root Studios in Brooklyn and it was one of those beautiful sunny days in March. I think it hit the 60s that day and me and my best friend arrived at the shoot ready to roll and met a lot of amazing people during the process. As the girls flooded in we all introduced ourselves, some of them i knew but the energy was so up and we all just automatically bonded. While everything was being set up we chatted, shared conversation and got put on to some awesome snacks. Obsessed. The mood board was set and we were allowed to be so involved in picking scenes we liked. We were encouraged to be ourselves 100%. All parts of the crew were dope people and so easy going. Everything in the whole aura was just so happy and professional. AND they had bomb music playing the entire time. During one part of the shoot Monster came on and we all had to pause to rap Nicki Minaj’s verse. We just kicked it and ran around being women and happy taking selfie breaks outside in the scenery and just being ourselves! I just love working around awesome women and awesome people who just cheer you on with reciprocated genuine supportive energy. At the ending we did an interview portion which in my opinion was the icing on the cake and very controversial. I can’t wait for that to come out so you guys can see that as well.

I can go on and on about this amazing day but without further interruption.

CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE.

Test Shoot/Video with Rei Vallejo

Saturday January 2, 2016
Test Shoot/Video with Rei Vallejo.

Featuring me, as the Muse.

On this beautiful NYC afternoon, Rei and I casually met up at Bethesda Terrace to test Rei’s new camera. It wasn’t anything too specific. He just said come to the park and bring your eclectic self and let’s make some work. I didn’t even know I would be speaking until he clipped the mic to me and started asking me questions along the way. I didn’t really know what to say so I just rambled on the spot from my heart and kept it my real authentic self. He asked me a couple questions about myself, stuff like talk about my small goals, growing up in nyc, whats on my mind, what inspires me etc. It was all on the spot, no thought process just winging it and all over the place. We also took a few photos.

I will soon post more videos like this because im starting to notice yall attention span for reading is extremely LOW. Plus I want to show myself more. Plus all that new marketing scheme stuff in my head needs some action. Lol 🙂

Sooo here’s my little warm up!

 

Watch Below ! 👇🏾✨

 


  
  

I hope you enjoyed and are looking forward to more of my mini rants and insight. Thanks for watching !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rei Vallejo

Instagram : reivallejo

Tumblr : reivallejo

Email : reivallejo@gmail.com

 

Kitchen Table Series : Patonya Parker

Last week, I got the honor of working with a beautiful black young lady by the name of Patonya Parker. She is a 16 year old student photographer at ICP. Patonya reached out to me through Instagram and asked me if i would be interested in being a female subject for one of her major projects she was working on in the studio. As soon as she said, ‘Celebrating Black Female Culture through a remake of Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series‘ i was SOLD. So i happily accepted and we set the date and time. She told me to come as myself, which was a breath of fresh air for me and we shot in a studio loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. She rented the space for some hours, i got there early in the morning and breakfast was provided with a smile. The studio was so amazing and also the home of an award winning photographer. Nothing was moved around to create the scenery either, it was just me, the kitchen table and Patonya. She was such a sweetheart and made me feel so comfortable. Everything was set up nicely and all her equipment was in order before i arrived. This is by far one of the most driven, passionate and professional people i have worked with. Did i mention she’s only 16? Yeah, let that sink in. Also, this is shockingly the first female photographer that i have shot with. Energy upon energy! We shared music playlists, had laughs and had cool convos during the shoot. There was also one other beautiful young lady that arrived at the shoot a few hours later to join us, Sydney Fucci and she was a sweetie too. All female empowerment. You guys have no idea the feeling that gave me. I was most definitely inspired by this experience and we will definitely be working again.

 



Before i reveal to you her beautiful work, I would like to reveal to you her inspiration.

So before you look at the photos, click this link and take a look at the work please.

Carrie Mae Weems : The Kitchen Table Series




I would also like to quote an excerpt from the series

“…the woman stands alone, strong and self-reliant, looking directly at the viewer, her arms squarely planted on her kitchen table, where the events have unfolded under a light of interrogation. “




The twist on our recreation is, instead of showing the “traditional” family structure/gender roles shown in Weems’ original series, it portrays an independent confident black woman, that neglects the idea of the classic “American Dream” in today’s society.

*You can click on the photos to see the full image.*




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These were the black and white choices, but i would also like to share with you guys the photos that weren’t black and white plainly because i just love them so much.

So, Yay look its Me. Ya girl. All Black All Culture. 🙂





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