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NEW CAMERA!!! + I'm On Kit

One of the most popular questions that I receive on this blog is "what do you shoot with?". Despite my many attempts to answer this question in several blog post, the question still exists. Well, I finally found a website that's to do this for me.

If you guys aren't on KIT then I advise you join now. It's a platform that's based around gear and it allows creatives to list their kits for the masses to see.

So far I've put together 3 kits, including my street photography setup, my vlogging setup and my POV setup. These all include the new camera in which I picked up... Right now my setup is very basic and minimal, but as I add to my bag, I'll be sure to add to this website as well.

Sign up, shoot me a follow and let me know you're from the blog and I'll be sure to follow you back.


It's Not Cliche... Spend Less On Gear & Travel More

It's Not Cliche... Spend Less On Gear & Travel More

They're certain things you see a lot of bloggers preach about, one of the more popular topics is spending less money on gear and more on experiences... It sounds like such bullshit, since we the bloggers, are constantly updating our equipment, but man it's so true. I'm not here to be long winded, at least not in this blog post, but I do want to ensure you all that experiences are equally, if not more important, than gear or perception

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Here's Every Camera I've Owned

Here's Every Camera I've Owned

Today was an office day for me, meaning I sat on my computer and did a bunch of things that I've put on hold for months. One task, in particular, was to update my camera equipment on Kit, a site I use to allow you guys to keep up with my equipment. It took forever to make my "kit" current. It wasn't that I was adding my gear to it, but because I had so much to delete. Over the last 3 years, I've honestly bought and sold soooo much, it's honestly kind of sad. Anyway, I thought it would be cool to share with you guys every camera that I've ever owned, why I bought it and why I sold it (or kept it).

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What Story Do Your Images Tell?

What Story Do Your Images Tell?

A few months ago I was shooting an event here in Downtown Detroit. It was based on the Auto Show and the majority of the attendees were from the press. I caught up with a guy from my favorite magazine here in Detroit, Hour, and I approached him in a non-salesman way. We chatted it up for a bit, talked about the magazine, about Detroit and the future of print. At the end of the conversation, I circled back around and explained to him that print was important to me because as a photographer I think it's the best way to have your work viewed.  This was my way of saying, hey, I'm a photographer, I love your magazine, help me.

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Q&A Time + Give Away

Q&A Time + Give Away

Hey guys, remember my YouTube channel I was so active on a little while back? Well, I'm looking to get back into the swing of things and thought a Q&A would be the perfect video to upload for you all. You can ask questions like "where have you been?" or "whats in your bag" honestly... You can pretty much ask whatever you want. To make things interesting...

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Back To The Basics: Why I Pre-Ordered the Fujifilm X100F

Back To The Basics: Why I Pre-Ordered the Fujifilm X100F

Through 2016 I spent most of the year shooting with the Sony a6000 and the Panasonic GX8. These cameras were both amazing in their own right, but they also lacked certain features I wanted for my go to body. The Sony a6000 was beautiful, probably the best camera I've ever owned when it came to street photography, however, the native Sony lenses was mainly designed to work with their a7 series, meaning they were all pretty much too big for my liking. I also hated that the a6000 lacked a flip out LCD screen, I started vlogging in 2016 and the lack of that LCD screen really hindered me. 

The Panasonic GX8 was the second camera I picked up, I believe I had it for the last quarter of the year. This purchase was influenced by the camera's recording ability and obviously, it's flip out screen, I also loved the aesthetic of the GX8, it had that retro camera look, which is what every street photographer desires... Overall, the camera was perfect for the hobbyist in me, but when I was booked for paid gigs the tiny sensor just didn't deliver the results that I wanted... I would look at the files and just feel uncomfortable sending them to clients. This often gave me anxiety and at times even made me feel adequate. After every session, I would come home and ask myself "What camera is the perfect camera?" After tons of research, I came to one conclusion.

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Should You Charge Your Friends For Photographs?

Should You Charge Your Friends For Photographs?

When I first started photographing my first subjects were my friends. I was big on Tumblr during that time so that's where the majority of my inspiration came from. I was a fan of everything, initially, I wanted to do street style shots, much like the ones you see on Hypebeast.com, but as I continued to grow I became fonder of photographers like Emily Soto and Laura Jade. I'm telling you I was full of ideas back then, however when I presented them to my friends they just didn't seem to take them as seriously.

I remember my first shoot, with my friend Kwamia, I told her to wear a dress and I wanted to do something similar to Emily Soto's style of work. She agreed and when I went to do the shoot with her she was wearing a tight dress and fishnets, nothing like the idea presented. This pattern continued throughout my early career in photography, in fact, it got worse, my friends not only ignored my request, they just began to stand me up. I'd set a specific date and time and they just took it as "if I have nothing better to do, I'll come".

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