Sunday, November 29, 2009

Photoshoot with Dwayne Tucker

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend. ~Chuck Palahniuk

Today I had my first official photo shoot with one of my dear friends who is a world class photographer. I'm sure you all remember Dwayne from when I did a guest post on this photography blog - He is an outstanding photographer and a wonderful friend. Check out his site and look through his portfolio to see all the amazing work he's done!

I don't know how many times we planned to shoot but it hadn't worked out due to busy schedules on both ends.

I woke up today with a knot in my stomach. I was so nervous! The last time I had a photoshoot, I was doing a favor for a friend by replacing a model that could not show up for the shoot, so it was basically a spur of the moment thing and didn't really turn out too well. This time I knew it was all about me and something that I really needed to BRING IT for.

This is what I wore.

F21 Houndstooth Skirt
Marciano spaghetti strap shirt
Tahari black cardigan
Michael Antonio Stormy booties in black.

I thought it would be chilly out since it has been a bit chilly lately, but as soon as I was outside, the cardigan came off. It was gorgeous out! Perfect weather for a shoot, not too hot and not too cool...just right!

I brought some other outfits for changes during the night shoot.

We ended up hitting some traffic as well, and the knot in my stomach just got tighter. I figured that this streak of bad luck would carry over into my shoot and I would knock something over or perhaps even fall into the ocean or something ridiculous happening to ruin the shoot.

Miami was beautiful!
The weather could not have been any more perfect!
Sunny, breezy, and perfectly warm.

While the guys were setting up, "Just be comfortable and relax" so easy to hear and pretend like you totally understand, but it's so hard to do!

I asked Jerrid to take a test pic of me with my camera.
You can see that I'm nervous.

My first few shots were so awkward and dead...but I did end up loosening up in the end. After that point, I just started having so much fun! Dwayne means business when it comes to photography, so me being nervous and awkward was just wasting his time. I snapped out of it and the shoot went great!

Our shoot lasted a while, probably from around 3pm to 7pm. We got a great number of shots in and I can't wait to share them with you! I love them all! Dwyane is amazing! He made me feel like a million bucks and totally comfortable during the shoot!

Jerrid was there was well being supportive and super helpful! He also snapped some candids with my camera during the daytime shoot out by the bay.

The man behind the flash

I was having so much fun!
Jerrid shot this with my camera while I posing.
I look into it! haha

I can't wait to see the final shots!

Dwayne and the crew along with Jerrid.

Thank you Dwayne for an amazing and super shoot!

Tonight we saw Precious. Wheeew, that movie is powerful. It makes me so sad to know that there really are girls out there who have their dreams shattered, but Precious is an example of someone who just didn't give up...she couldn't. Seeing yourself as something beautiful and loving yourself gives you the power to be there and love in return to others.

I just wanted to reach through the movie screen and hug Precious.

This movie was based on a novel, but we do realize that people live and deal with issues similar to Precious, everyday. We live nowhere near a perfect world, but within all these imperfections, you need to find the perfections within yourself. Nothing can bring you down!

This movie is inspirational, touching, and can pull those heartstrings over and over again.

Before you go run your mouth about someone else,
just remember that everyone has a story.



  1. Gorgeous as always :) Love the outfit! Can't wait to see the pictures :)

  2. Can't wait to see the pictures! :)

    Oh how I miss Florida!!!

  3. You look soooo pretty! Florida has some great weather. lol

    I'm dying to see Precious. It's the only movie I've been interested in seeing at all this year. My mom went and she loved it!

  4. You are such a beautiful woman inside and out! I'm glad the photoshoot went well and you got out of your nerves! Just in the candid shots you can tell that the professional ones are going to look STUNNING! Can't wait for you to share them with us

    much love,

  5. Aww, I wanna go back to MIA!!!

    Your shoot must have come out totally FABULOUS!! Can't wait to see the pics!! You are beautiful inside and out chica :)

    I can't wait to see Precious and read the novel!

    btw - I nominated you for a blog award

  6. aww mamas, you look great!! I love the outfit too!

    I can't wait to watch that movie!!

  7. Awww!! The shoot seems like it turned out great! I felt the exact same way when I did my first photoshoot recently...but I had fun in the end! Can't wait to see the final photos!!

  8. Gorgeous! :)

    Though I'm still very new to your blog I can see that you have a beautiful heart, too. I love reading your inspirational musings. :)

  9. Yes it's a good thing they made the movie Precious!! there needs to be more exposure and education for families to get help from that sort of thing!! Abuse is no joke, I think they need to educate and get help for both the abusers and the victims! Seems like no one knows how to deal with it, it's often misunderstood or tossed aside, even when we address it we still don't know how to touch the issue sometimes! Families fall apart like this.
    Some things are very obvious but still, so much work has to be done!!! More exposure, more education!
    I think the actress who played Precious said, the movie opens the doors for people to talk about these things.. that's a great start I think.
    Everyone is expected to be so strong, so beautiful or so flawless all the time, we need to be open to discuss more emotional issues and things. Things that can make a person seem "ugly" or lonely and that they don't belong.
    It's certainly not just a "black" thing either, although that was adressed in some ways throughout the film, with her not being light skinned or dreaming of a light skinned boyfriend.. This movie covers a couple of areas regarding weight issues and all kinds of abuse that makes a person feel not beautiful or good enough. It can happen to anyone really.

  10. You look absolutely flawless! So pretty :) xx

  11. Can you have Dwayne call me? He cute!!! Your beautiful too!! My clumsy ass would of fell in the ocean!!!! hahah
    Precious was a very powerful movie. I read the book and saw the movie the same weekend and I was like emotionally exhausted.

  12. awesome pics! I love your blog! I have nominated you for and award! check out my blog xoxo

  13. Can't WAIT to see your pics - the view by the ocean looks absolutely amazing! Okay... if I hear another amazing review on precious... I have to see that movie!!!!!

    You know I have a similar story. I got into a cab one morning and the guy seemed really low, so I asked him what was wrong. he told me the stories of how disrespected he was just because he drives a cab and is an immigrant. He told me all the horrible racist things he is called on an every day basis and how rude people were to him. He told me that although people may think he was "just" a cabbie, that he has three ph.d's and was very well respected in his country. it is so sad to hear stories like these, but at the same time so inspiring to stay strong.

    Thanks Katrina for always spreading the love and word that girls and guys always need to stay true and keep on pushin'... you inspire us all :)

  14. Precious...was so touching. I totally agree with Maria...this happens all too many times and we don't even know it. It saddens me...Precious really opened my heart to understanding what others are going through, you NEVER know! Judging others is only showing others what we really are made of on the inside - shit.

    My photoshoot was SO MUCH FUN! I think every person should glam up and have a photog snap some shots of them...its a must do thing.


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