She wore a strapless white dress with the faces of Erykah Badu, Angela Davis, and Lauryn Hill drawn onto the gown’s full skirt. The 17-year-old tells Teen Vogue that she was inspired by designer Kyemah McEntyre‘s dress for the 2016 BET Honors, adding that she loved the idea of having artwork on her own dress. “I’ve always been very inspired by those three women and what they stand for,” Aishamanne said of Erykah, Angela, and Lauryn. “I love Erykah Badu’s music…her spirituality, [and] the way that her energy speaks to mine. Listening to her music and her words makes me feel at home, so I wanted to pay homage to her for making black girls like me feel loved and represented. Lauryn Hill’s unapologetic blackness has always inspired me as well; I’ve admired her skillful lyricism and soulful music since my childhood. I’ve also learned a lot from Angela Davis. I consider myself to be an intersectional feminist, and from studying her words and life, I’ve learned a lot about feminism, race, and class.
Check out the full Teen Vogue write up: Here
I tend to use my camera as a mirror lately (don’t own a mirror), it’s always on a tripod ready to go anyway so doesn’t require much effort, turn it on, stand there and click away. For instance, I just got this new jacket, I wanna see how it truly looks on me at home. CLICK! “oh my, I love this jacket”
For self-portraits with my DSLR I use this the Nikon ML-L3 remote, cleverly tucked in my hand somewhere:
Sometimes you’re blessed working with a model who is fairly experienced and nails all the right poses, leaving you to focus on nothing else but capturing the moment.
And then, there are the other times where you’re the one crafting and creating the concepts or where you have to bring out the best in someone who isn’t as experienced in possing. Arm yourself with the knowledge in this book and you will never have a hiccup bringing out the best in anyone who stands in front of your camera.
Visually illustrating the dos & don’ts here are some things you will learn reading this book:
How to pose both men and women
What do with your model’s hands
How to crop your photo so emphasize your subject
How wide angle lenses work with shapes of faces and bodies
Poses that emphasize the arch of the back in females, resulting in much more attractive pictures
Angles that draw better attention to your subject
How to train your eyes to quickly identify posing faults