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!