GODDESS…

February 7, 2010

Model: Chavon Staten

MUA: Kayla Jo Berley

Wardrobe: David Morgan

Beaded Jewelry: Naja Naja

Photography: akiackee

Location: 3rd Ward

Chavon Staten is 8 months pregnant here and how beautiful she looks!!  I always had issues that pregnant women are veiwed as not-so-hot and gorgeous.  I can careless what other people think but I wanted to make a statement!!  I believe pregnant women are absoutely, stunningly beautiful and I wanted to convey the message.

I have asked David Morgan and Kayla Jo to collaborate on goddess image making and here’s what we got.  Beautiful, isn’t she?

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What can we do for Haiti?

January 13, 2010

It can be confusing at a time like this.  Too much misery on TV and not enough information to actually do something..

Even if you can’t travel to Haiti, or don’t have lots of money to donate to relief efforts, there’s a lot that can be done simply by spreading the word. Here’s our original post with some added ways you can help out.

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Here’s just a small collection of what’s out there.

1. Huffington Post has an ongoing list of relief efforts and how you can get involved that it is going to continue updating. Check it out here.

2. Matador is trying to use the power of its network of passionate travels to make a difference. They’re trying to get Jet Blue to sponsor a flight of volunteers to provide on the ground support. They need help with exposure, logistics and simply spreading the word. Take a couple of minutes to help out and re-tweet this message:

@JetBlue: If @MatadorNetwork could fill a plane with volunteers, would you fly them to Santo Domingo to help #quake vics in #Haiti?

3. CNN has compiled a list of organizations that will be providing support to the estimated 3 million people that have been affected by the earthquake.

4. Many people are engaging the Twitter community to raise awareness, as well as funds. Search “Haiti” and see what the latest updates are.

5. Musician Wyclef is asking people to raise money for Yele Haiti by texting Yele to 510 510 and donate $5. You can pass the message along via Twitter:

RT @wyclef: Haiti is in need of immediate AID please text Yele to 510 510 and donate $5 toward earthquake relief.

6. President Obama has pledged his support, and you can follow the Administration’s recommendations on how you can help via the Whitehouse.gov blog. Families of Americans living in Haiti are encouraged to contact the State Department at 888-407-4747

7. Help the Red Cross out by donating on the website or texting “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10. Help out my re-tweeting this message

RT @redcross You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in #haiti.

Making something happen starts with you.


Struggling Elements

January 5, 2010

Did you realize we are still here, you thought we are useless…

Artwork by Samantha Levine

The beauty cannot be defined.  It’s time for a new prospective.

Artwork by Susan Benarcik

Can you see you are the one who can save us? Our fate is in your hands.

Artwork by Liz Burow

Slowly, we are submerged under…

Models: Edo and Alexandra

Wardrobe: David Morgan

Photography: akiakcee

Location: Green Spaces

Clothing: Ryann, SDN and vintage pieces (stylist’s own)

Accessories and props: Stylist’s own

Inspired by beautiful sustainable artwork of Susan Benarcik in Green Space in SoHo, I created a story of ‘Struggling Elements’, portraying the trial of our natural envionment we are witnessing.

We are often discouraged by ‘how little’ we each can do but that same little effort by each artists at Green Spaces ignited my creativity!  These guiding lights are around us always, as long as we choose to see them… well, we can even be one by doing our little thing here and there.


Meet your new Neighbor…

January 1, 2010

Model: Kirsy Lovett

Wardrobe: Sharlene Garcia

Photo: akiackee

Meet your (not-so-average) girl next door, Kirsy and Sharlne.  The duo came as a referral from Keith Pearson, the wardrobe stylist, and no wonder he recommended them!  They are super fun and easy to work with… the I have to change my idea of ‘Peeping Jane’ to ‘Meet your neighbor…’.

Kirsy with super clear green eyes was perfect to portray feline-sexy girl next door, especailly with a help from Sharlene in the wardrobe department…


Happy Holidays!!

December 25, 2009

Photography: akiackee

Model: Foulhel

MUA: Emma Berley

Wardrobe: Keith Pearson + Rinaldy A. Laguerrer

Wardrobe Assitant: Raymond Ahedo


She’s so full of emotions…

December 18, 2009

Model – Evangeline Reilly

MUA – Kayla Jo

Photo – akiackee

Yours truely and Kayla Jo collaborated this time with a model and actress, Evangeline Reilly, a native of San Francisco transported to our own, fabulous Brooklyn.

Kayla and I knew we could do something out of ordinary with her, knowing her strong acting background… well, what’s better than letting her spill out her emotions all over 3rd Ward studio!!  Accompanied by Kayla’s super creative interpretation of each emotions, we finished up our shoot after 5 hrs, more than excited… and here’s what we created.

So what do you think?  Isn’t she so full of them?


All Wrapped Around

December 16, 2009

Sustainable clothing designer, Raina Blyer of Ryann launched her 2nd line, Creem this Fall.  Her launch event at R Bar in LES for this organic active wear line featured NYC performers, like caporaira dancers, contortionist, house dancer and pole dancer to show off just how ‘active’ you can be in her super comfy and feel-good fabric of choice and design.

I mean, you can bend, kick and fly without anything falling out of these super mini bra-top and shorts?  I bet not many of us are doing much more in our active wear than this awesome pole dancer, agreed?


Inner Children

November 27, 2009

Model:  Claire Unabia-James & Kayla Berley

Hair and make-up:  Kayla Barley

Photo:  akiackee

 

Sometimes we just need to let go and get in touch with our inner children, they are crying out for you to get loose and live.  Soul-reclaiming process is gradual and you have to let them go, to live…


Yoga in Bed-Stuy

November 24, 2009

Photos of Leah Matthew, founder of Leela Yoga right here in the Atlantic Lofts.  Now, I can roll out of my bed stright into a yoga studio and that’s a delight!! I had a pleasure of doing a photo shoot with her for her up-coming website.

Whoever thinks we lost all the yoga studios here in Bed-Stuy, look no further, Leela Yoga is right here on Atlantic Ave, between Nostrand and New York Ave.


Roots

November 21, 2009

Whoever tells me there is no difference between film and digital photography, they must be blind, or they don’t know how to look.

I have previously put (somewhat of) same photos of MOE on this blog but they were shot using my digital camera.  Do you see the difference?  That’s why I always go back taking photos using my semi-ancient camera, hey I am an artists and I should do what makes my art better.  In this case, shooting film = going back to my roots.