Thursday, December 1, 2016

DO YOU REALLY WANNA SHOOT WITH ME?

actor/model: Art Stroman - @stro_sho
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove

I started doing photography because it gave me the opportunity to combine art and fashion together to make people see themselves and others  in a  new and different way. People reach out to me all the  time wanting to work with me...but they to lend the opportunity for creative freedom. They come through the door with rules and limitations. They want to create images that reflect how they see themselves. When working with fashion models, they want images that reinforce an idea that has been designed by their management teams. I end up recreating images they already have in their portfolio. The model and their management have a hard time filtering through photographers and trusting their vision. They are taking a risk every time  they step in front of a photographers lens...some of them are creepy and  don't necessarily have  the models best interest in mind. Its easier to play it safe and stick to the basics... you can't go wrong with basics.

actor/model: Art Stroman - @stro_sho
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove

Trust, it’s probably one of the hardest things to gain from a person. Giving control of your image to someone else and trusting that they will have your best interest in difficult. Digital photography advancements  have made it easier for anyone with access to a camera and  equipment to call themselves a photographer and harder to trust. The trust you have to have and give a photographer is really what it takes to make amazing photos.

 


actor/model: Art Stroman - @stro_sho
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove

I struggle with trying to give people what they say they want from me and  being creative. I moved to New York to create images that are timeless, classic, classy, and spark conversation. In this image congested world, I want you to remember you saw my work.

I was watching an interview with 90's waif supermodel Kristen McMenamy where she talked about when photographers had control and trusting them enough to give it her all for the picture. I am thankful and blessed to have worked with so many people who trust me and allow me to be an artist...even when it pushes them out of their comfort zone. When people step in front of my camera, one of my first thought is to make  the person feel comfortable, next I want them to trust my vision, and  once I have established a level of trust I want to create the best photo I have ever taken. I celebrate in every opportunity where I get to challenge myself and utilize my artistry to create an image I can't stop staring at.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SHOWING SOME LOVE for Jordun Love at New York Models

model: Jordun Love - @jordunlove
(New York Model Mgmt - Major Milan - Next Model Mgmt LA)
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove

the first time I noticed Trinidadian model/ dancer Jordun Love was in a video about fashion diversity on top model Shaun Ross's page. Shaun had tagged everyone in the video and I clicked on every tag until i found I found Jordun. I reached out to him about working together and we scheduled a day to make it happen. He came all the way from Philadelphia in the middle of a snow storm to work with me.
I didn't expect him to show up because of the weather...but he did...and he was on time. He was very professional and personable. That's rare for someone barely out of his teens. 
Love is his real name (like mine) but we are not related.

After shooting with me, he took the images and met with agencies seeking representation and got signed pretty quickly. He is currently represented by New York Model management, Next Model Mgmt in LA., and Major in Milan.

Jordun Love's dance background and slender frame lends itself perfectly to stomp the runways of major designers like Givenchy, Kenzo, Custo and many others.
He recently snagged the principal male lead in pop artist Kehlani's new music video for her single Distraction.

Kehlani - Distraction [music video]
Jordun Love principle lead




He's appeared in major campaigns for United Colors of Benetton and Esprit (see above) 

model: Jordun Love - @jordunlove
(New York Model Mgmt - Major Milan - Next Model Mgmt LA)
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove

Monday, November 14, 2016

ONNYS AHO @ Elite Paris & Independant Milan

model: Onnys Aho - @onnys_aho
(Elite Paris - Independent Milan)
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove
styling: Tarrice Love

model: Onnys Aho - @onnys_aho
(Elite Paris - Independent Milan)
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove
styling: Tarrice Love

From Paris, Onnys has a beauty that is awe inspiring. Of French and African (Senegalese/Beninese) heritage, Onnys was discovered on the streets of Paris and has walk the fashion runways of some of the biggest designers in the world.







 I was a big fan of Onnys' look and had been following him on social media for a long time. I took a meeting with his NY agent and set up a photo session with him. There were two things I noticed, one was that he had a great body and I felt my style of shooting complimented his body perfectly. The other thing I noticed was the fact that he had the same facial expression in every photo after i googled him. I knew I wanted to do killer body shots but I also wanted to do imagery that showed his personality because I couldn't find any photos of him smiling.



One of my strengths is shooting classic, clean, and timeless artistic nudes and body images. I worked really hard at shooting a style of images that feel like fashion. Models can always use a classy and  classic body image even when you don't have great clothes to work with. The morning of the shoot I received an email from his NY agent instructing me to do no nudes or body images. I was pissed that the things I do well was asked not to do. I didn't like that my creativity was restricted and limited to doing portraits. Not having access to great clothing makes creating cool fashion images extremely difficult. Its frustrating to constantly be expected to deliver awesome work that stands next to other photographers without having the same privileges and access. Its like being expected to win a race with my feet tied together. There is a negative stigma attached when a black photographer shoots body work. 

The advancement of  photographic technology has made being a photographer easy and has over flooded the industry with a bunch of GWC (goons with cameras). The agents no longer trust photographers artistic vision and attach limits to what they can do in order to protect the models from bad imagery that could damage their careers. 

I really wanted to work with Onnys, so I went through my closet and put some looks together. As usual, I made it work.

model: Onnys Aho - @onnys_aho
(Elite Paris - Independent Milan)
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove
styling: Tarrice Love

The agency gave him the wrong time and he was standing in the rain in front of my place when I arrived from #myclarkkent. Good thing it was light rain. I to a moment to dry off and collect myself. I immediately noticed he had a great smile and I knew that if nothing else we would get some great portraits.

Despite the creative limits, Onnys and I was able to great some really great images. They were classic, clean, and fashionable. He was great model to work with. Finally having him in front of my camera was a real joy. He has a great personality and I was able to capture that in my imagery with him. I really enjoyed my experience of working with him. I remember Onnys leaving the lab and I was wishing more models was like him.


model: Onnys Aho - @onnys_aho
(Elite Paris - Independent Milan)
ph. Tarrice Love - @bytarricelove
styling: Tarrice Love















Monday, November 7, 2016

Actor Torrey Laamar

photo by Tarrice Love (@bytarricelove)
actor: Torrey Laamar (instagram @torreylaamar)
https://soundcloud.com/torrey-laamar

photo by Tarrice Love (@bytarricelove)
actor: Torrey Laamar (instagram @torreylaamar)
https://soundcloud.com/torrey-laamar


This was my second time working with actor Torrey Laamar who was one of the co-stars in the movie Blackbird starring Oscar award winning actress Mo'Nique, Isaiah Washington and Julian Walker (whom i also photographed). In the movie “Blackbird” Torrey plays Todd, the straight guy the main character, Randy Rousseau, has a crush on and his tortured by his dreams about him.


  



Since the release of the film, he graduated from University of North Carolina and is ready to dive into his next acting project. The first time we shot together I focused on doing classic, clean headshot/compcard images to show his personality.
 

I also wanted to show other acting talents that I do exclusively work with fashion models.
...for headshot rates email me at tlove.photographer@gmail.com
photo by Tarrice Love (@bytarricelove)
actor: Torrey Laamar (instagram @torreylaamar)
https://soundcloud.com/torrey-laamar

He portrayed a "sexy" character in the movie Blackbird so this time I wanted to do imagery that showed side of him. He has a good body with great angles and lines....I wanted to take advantage of that.
photo by Tarrice Love (@bytarricelove)
actor: Torrey Laamar (instagram @torreylaamar)
https://soundcloud.com/torrey-laamar
photo by Tarrice Love (@bytarricelove)
actor: Torrey Laamar (instagram @torreylaamar)
https://soundcloud.com/torrey-laamar

Torrey is not only a talented actor, he's also a talented singer and musician. Check out his music on soundcloud .