Sunday, June 28, 2009
On Thursday June 25, 2009 I was out in Soho with Brian Peters shooting when I got the message on my blackberry that Michael Jackson had passed. As we walked to the A train to head back to my place in Brooklyn, Michael Jackson music blasting from car radios and stores filled the streets. I thought about how obsessed I was with him as a child. I had all the albums. My wall was plastered with his posters. I sat in front of the tv watching the Jackson family tv shows and cartoons admiring his look and style. For me, MTV was all about him. I had the Michael Jackson doll and I re-created all his stage costumes. I use to roll my pants above my ankles to show off my sequined covered socks. I even had the Jheri curl with the swirly sideburns and the long piece that hung down my forehead. In my mind, I was him.....inspiring the world with my artistry.
Michael Jackson leaves the world with an imprint that has and will continue to influence talent throughout the world. I think everyone should aspire to leave the world with that kind of legacy.
I found this song on youtube this morning and decided to post it...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I also understanding that working together makes anything we try to do more powerful. I want y'all to think about the power you have.... align yourself with individuals you believe build and make you stronger and better....and ultimately more powerful.
As a child, i read success stories and biographies of talents in this industry so I could better understand what I am up against. I decided to post this documentary about Naomi Campbell as a testament of the power you have in this industry. I want people of color who aspire to be successful in this industry to understand what one person in this industry can accomplish if you know your worth!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Yesterday I received a written thank you from Jared Cameron, a new model whom I extended a free test shoot to. I realized that this was one of the first times i received a "formal" written out thank you from a model who hadn't paid me. It meant so much to me that someone took extra time to express their sincere thank you. The entire time I've been in NYC, and all the models I have shot, developed, and helped - this is the third time I received a "formal" expression of thanks ( Pierre Woods and Brandon Parker have both sent me thank you emails, invited me to eat, and bought me things). It would be nice if more of the models who use my images to get them signed to agencies, and help get them jobs would show some appreciation beyond a casual verbal thank you or an impersonal text message. It would be esp. nice to get the recognition from the black models whom I have worked so hard to help.
I think what is the saddest is that people who think " we are cool" feel that a thank you isn't necessary, but think i means the most from them. I constantly remind myself that people who help you out and do nice things for you, don't have too. It is a previlige to find people who will extend themselves beyond their obligations to do something for you. You should thank them every chance you get.
I decided to take this time to thank a few people in my NY life who deserve to know how much I love them and appreciate the things they have done for me. These people have extended their friendship and their helping hand to me in ways the people who call themselves my close friends have never done for me. Without their help and support, I wouldn't be where i'm at now.
THANK YOU WILLIAM ELLIOTT SPRINGFIELD
tffany fairfield and photographer/ model william springfield
i met Will in 2001 during my first trip to NYC. It was right after 9/11 and I had come up here for an art show that was to feature some of my work. Me and Will were chat buddies on black planet ( i know y'all remember that). After that my friend Tiffany Fairfield paid for Will's transportation to come to Memphis to shoot with me. He stayed the weekend at my Granny's houses. As the years went by, he kept trying to convince me to come to back New York - that I was waaaaay too talented to waste it in Memphis.
In 2006, I decided to take him up on his offer to visit. That weekend quickly turned into another week vacation that summer. Will was commuting back and forth to LA for acting stuff and he extended his apartment in the Bronx to me if I should decide to make ny my new home. I decided to take a leap out on faith - I transferred to the ny fedex and lived with Will for almost a year.
Thank you William for encouraging me to always push myself outside the box I created for myself. Your energy and creativity inspires me and I appreciate everything you have done for me. If you had never extended your home to me, I would probably still be in Memphis fighting to create a nitch for myself. I have learned soooo much from you.
TIFFANY FAIRFIELD, I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!!!
After a year with Will, I moved into a apartment in Brooklyn with a friend from Memphis. The lease expired and he didn't want to renew it so I was stuck with a few days to find a place to stay with no money in the winter time in NYC. Tiffany sent me the money for the security deposit for a place I found on Craig's list. If it wasn't for her sending me the money with no questions asked, I would have had to move back to Memphis. I get teary-eyed thinking about how I know of no one that would do that for me...esp the people whom I considered my best-friends.
ITAYSHA JORDAN THANK YOU.....
me and photographer itaysha jordan
Summer of 2006 , my camera was stolen out of the trunk of my cousin's car in Soho the second day of my week vacation in NYC. Itaysha had already helped me get a really good girl to shoot and she had asked celebrity fashion hairstylist, Dante Blanshaw to work with me. After my camera got stolen she offered me her camera and use of her studio so i could continue shooting While I was in NYC. I thank her for all her help and support.
She showed me that you can be friends with other creative people who are grinding and doing the same things and be secure in what you bring to industry without being threatened by others. After I returned home, I put a donation thing on my website to raise money for a new camera. It surprised me that almost none of the people whom I called my friends showed no signs of support and watched as I struggled to try to make things happen. Within a week I had enough donations ( from mostly strangers) to buy a new camera. What Itaysha did for me that week, allowed me to continue to work the duration of my trip. I don't think she realizes how much her friendship means to me.
I also want to say THANK YOU to models like Rumando Kelley @ CESD, Brandon Parker @ Ford and Pierre Woods @ New York Models, who have treated me like a friend. They have been my dawgs without it being about what I can do for them. THANK YOU FELLAS.
I don't think people realize how important a formal thank you is, so I decided to write one so the world knows how important certain people are to me. Blowing up doesn't happen without help and I just want the people who are helping me to know that they are appreciated.
Write someone a thank you or take them to lunch or dinner...do something to show people who didn't haveta do anything for you that you really appreciate them. Thank you goes a loooooong way.
I AM SO BLESSED....
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
photographed by Tarrice Love
featuring Andrew Ruffin@ Red Models NYC
styled by Tarrice Love
instead of stressing about not having access to the latest designer duds, I decided to use my creative brain and take advantage of my resources. My granny told me to use my natural God-given gifts. When Andrew arrived, we walked to the bargain store on fulton near my house and i bought some cheap ass t-shirts, them $2 fishnet looking wifebeaters, and duct tape. I totally wnet freestyle on Andrew and had fun mixing crazy ideas with the clothes i had in my closet. The results were amazing. My favorite was when i wrapped his nearly naked body in plastic trash bags and started ripping it off of him.
Andrew was brand new in front of the camera. Having only been with Red models for one week... he moved like a seasoned pro. I enjoyed working with andrew and cannot wait to work with him again.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Brian Peters is one of my favorite models to work with. I first spotted him in the Fedex parking lot in my hometown of Memphis, Tn. back in 2005. I worked with him and developed him every weekend into an amazing model who gives his all whenever he steps in front of anyone's camera. Each time he is in NYC we try to do something hot.... and this time was no exception....
featuring Brian Peters @ Ford Models NYC
styled by Tarrice Love
Thursday, June 11, 2009
me and b-boy gee gettin' it - "HALLE BEEEERRRRY!"
Sometimes we need light moments that make us laugh and remember life is about having a good time... :)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I met Sandhurst thru the modeling network site modelmayhem. He hit me up first about doing a test shoot with him. I sent him a copy paste response telling him to check my rates on my website. As months went by I kept going back to view his pics and one day I just decided to give him a free test. so later we arranged the session. Sandhurst sent me an email informing me that he was chosen to compete in Bravo television's Make Me A Supermodel hosted by supermodel ledgend Tyson Beckford. He told me as soon as he was able to, he'd hit me up and we can make this happen.
check out his blog site - http://sandhurst-tacama.blogspot.com/
In the past, I had been blown off by other models from these model reality shows, so I expected the same from Sandhurst. One day I got a message from Sandhurst informing me that he ready to shoot the next time he was in NYC. We had a few phone and internet exchanges to set up his first shoot with me. I was excited.
He arrived at my doorstep with a big ole grin on his face. He grabbed me and hugged me and told me how "tiny" I was and he expected me to be much bigger. lol. He told me how he had been following my work since he was 14 years old. I was surprised. I really didn't realize how many people were paying attention to what I do especially before I moved to NYC.
Working with Sandhurst was great. He performed effortlessly despite enduring wearing a corduroy suit in extremely hot weather, hunger, and onlookers. After the shoot we took our hungry ass to Popeye's Chicken to eat everything we had no business eating.
I think Sandhurst is destined to do great things in this industry andI'm glad I had the opportunity to work with him.
Sandhurst was one of the finally three contestants on the show. At first I didn't expect him to make it so far more so because he was black. His consistantly good performance had me more hopeful, week after week I had my fingers crossed. He didn't win but in my eyes he was the winner. Congratulations to the most deserving muthaphuxah I know, lol!
Edgar Feliciano @ CDP model mgmt. has been modeling and dancing for a long time. He's worked with some of the best photographers in the business and I had several opportunities to work with the amazingly dynamic individual. He has walked the runways of some of the top urbanwear designers and appeared in countless national campaigns including the current l'oreal hair campaign. He was most know for his long, beautiful tresses.
He recently cut all his hair off and I was very excited about deing the first to photograph his new look.