Lately, I’ve been working on my final project, as I bring this part of the internship with NLPGimages to a close. Although I’m still affiliated with the company, I’ve made minor changes to my schedule and I’ve chosen to participate from a distance.
Never before seen footage and the inside scoop on my experience are still to come!
Behind the scenes footage I shot at Yo Gotti’s “We can get it on” video shoot in Overtown (Miami). See what director Gabriel Hart and producer Randy had to say about the concept of the video.
Sorry I’m late loading it to this site, but when I’m in Miami everything happens really fast!
I’ve been busy with several projects so I’m a little late on the pix from Ross's God forgives, I don’t album release party.
Check out previous posts for more about my experience on stage, less than a few feet away from the BAWSE!
A day in mommy’s closet:
One day my best friend and her daughter came to visit. As soon as I whipped out my camera, this little girl went to work!
Four-year-old Ti’Auna began posing like she was familiar with the process. Each time I positioned the camera at a different angle, she flaunted new poses. Unless Ti’Auna has a secret life, separate from the one Tiara has given her, she’s never modeled. But apparently Ti’Auna spends a lot of time in mirrors and could have tuned in to a few episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
This “photo shoot” was unplanned, so I let Ti’Auna run the show. The poses, the make up, everything was her. But while I had the opportunity, I tried to capture the essence behind playing dress up.
Dress up can be fun at any age (I still play); but it’s most fun when you can break all the rules, wear heels and tap into mommy’s MAC.
You haven’t seen tatted until you’ve seen this guy!!!
Protruding fangs and piercings match his persona; with tatts on eyelids, lips, ears and nasal septum, he even has Lil Wayne beat.
After seeing this, I can only imagine other areas that display his artistic expression!
Lately, I’ve taken a break from the spotlight and action-packed moments I usually encounter while interning with NLPGimages, but I’ve busied myself with other projects. Meanwhile, I’m attending a national leadership conference for underage drinking at the Rosen Shingles Creek Hotel in Orlando.
Although NLPGimages is known for shooting nightlife and celebrities, it also covers baby showers, birthday parties and government conferences.
So far, the leadership conference has been far more interesting than I expected. I’ve met members of law enforcement and students who collaborate to assess underage drinking by implementing strict compliance rules via the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center.
Listening to speakers who have lost relatives due to underage drinking, alcohol addiction, poisoning and date rape has been an educational opportunity. Some stories were complete tear jerkers.
Although targeted for a different audience, I almost wish I could’ve had a similar class structure opposed to First Year Florida and the online alcohol course requirements at the University of Florida. The conference has been far more interactive and has great food; needless to say, I’m enjoying my stay!
On another note, since several of you reading the post are of legal drinking age, please do your part. Encourage minors to wait their turn and stand against underage drinking.
I had the pleasure of meeting Kathi Meyer, who lost her daughter due to underage drinking. Stay tuned for her story.
Last Friday Soulja Boy celebrated his 21st birthday at Club Play Miami.
Rumor has it, the kid bought a G5 jet for a whopping $35 million and would later deck it out for an additional $20 million.
I waited a week to post because I thought I would’ve seen the jet by now.
Upon hearing about the rapper’s pricey gift, I assumed he would land rooftop at the club or nearby if the crowd didn’t permit. But so far, no one has seen or even confirmed Soulja Boy’s purchase.
Meanwhile, he and several celeb friends celebrated his birthday in style of course, with $$$ flying. Sean Kingston, MMG’s Triple C’s, Bryant McKinnie and a host of others celebrated with the birthday boy. Although I stood less than five feet away, I didn’t take pictures.. . I was rolling with the queen of Miami (Trina) and my focus was completely on her.
So did Soulja Boy really cough up the $55 million or was it a hoax??? I’m not saying he needed the hype for fans to attend his party, but I’d like to know. .. And after seeing the cutie at the spot Friday, I wouldn’t mind flying first class! So @SouljaBoy if you purchased the private jet, and need someone for the ride.. .I’m down:)
In the meantime, check out pix taken by Marcellus, one of the team members @NLPGimages.
I almost forgot..remember him, Mr. Doo doo Brown?
Although Luke Campbell, who may be more familiar to us as "Uncle Luke," fell short in the race for Miami mayor; his campaign committee is hopeful for the future. At a gathering months ago, Campbell and wife Kristin addressed a crowd about upcoming plans.
This was my first encounter with Campbell and I didn’t waste time capturing the first picture of the night! I’ll admit, I was timid. But come on! He’s the pioneer of booty shaking music.. and the guy whose music my mom wouldn’t approve; so it was awkward at first.
A few times, we crossed paths and Campbell looked my way almost as if he was giving me picture perfect opportunities but I was just too shy to take the lead :( Anyway, he still posed.
And contrary to his booty-shaking music, Campbell seems very respectful and appears to be a gentleman. Upon arriving, he immediately assisted Kristin with their baby son, opening the door for her and even chatting with them inside the venue.
I’m looking forward to interviewing him in the future.
In the meantime, check out Campbell’s column in the Miami New Times, for everything from Hip-Hop and celeb relationships to politics.
Friday I had my first opportunity to shoot rapper and songwriter, Trina . ..by myself. In the past, my boss captured key shots of the Diamond Princess, and I offered additional footage. But this time, I traveled solo.
The pressure was on and I sweated bullets the entire weekend! Because although celebs are ordinary people, there’s always a twist and their desire for perfection is on a higher level. When in public, every aspect of their life is subject to be scrutinized.
Sometimes people and media take small flaws and magnify them, almost like they forget celebs are human too and have feelings as well. But regardless, society’s perception often makes celebrities’ room for error very thin. So for people who travel or work with them, the conversation is pretty simple: do well and don’t screw* up.
Anyway, we began at Miami’s club Nocturnal, where Trina and protege Nisha performed. I must say, these ladies shut it down everywhere they go! Then we hit Club Play (that’s another post).
Trina has been in the industry longer than a decade and still has a phenomenal fan base. Guys, girls, men and women alike- all ages and different backgrounds love this chic! Witnessing her fans’ reaction upon meeting her was a unique experience. Guys tried to bombard their way into her VIP section and girls tagged along just to touch her hand or take a snapshot.
And then, when we were leaving, a group of guys were ecstatic to meet her. One kept saying how much he loves Trina and didn’t want her to leave. Then I realized that she’s always xcited to see and meet fans and pose for a few pix or hold a hand, even if it’s only for a few seconds. I think she’s loyal to fans and appreciates them as much as they love and adore her.
Overall, the experience was pretty cool. I’ve listened to Trina’s music for a while and I can’t think of one song that I’ve ever been tired of hearing.
Hopefully I did OK shooting the event and maybe she’ll be pleased with some of the pix. I’m thankful for the opportunity and I’ll always remember it;)
For more on Trina, follow her on Twitter @Trinarockstarr. Also check out @NishaRockstarr as well:) S/o to NLPGimages for always throwing me in the fire (lol).
Look out for pix!
I’ve been all over the place lately! So I’ll try to catch you up with everything that’s been happening. During one of my frequent visits back to Gainesville, Kelly Rowland dropped by the NLPGimages studio, where Derek Blanks shot her new album cover for "Here I am". ..too bad we missed each other.
But luckily for everyone, there’s behind the scenes footage. Check it out!
By the way, if you haven’t heard Kelly’s latest single, “Lay it on Me” featuring Big Sean, it’s a must! I lovvvvve the hit and I’m Xcited to see what’s next for Kelly.