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Lens Talent: The Innovator

18 May

The innovating and captivating Tasha Bleu

Experienced models turned fashion photographers often know what they are doing when they are capturing great shots. They have a unique idea of how beauty and fashion is to be portrayed. Rhode Island Tasha Bleu is a model turned self-taught fashion photographer who knows how to work the lens on her camera. She focuses on contemporary street wear culture, high fashion editorials, and industry events. Her concepts are edgy and futuristic. The styling, specifically with avant-garde, is very chic and innovative. Bleu founded her own photography company, Treu Bleu Imagery in January 2010 and has already landed work on BET’s Rip the Runway, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Africa Week. In addition, she worked with brands around the world that includes Kayobi Clothing UK, MYOB Japan, Stevie Boi Eyewear, David David, Boy Meets Girl USA, and more. Her work has appeared in fashion on/offline magazines that includes Elle, Bleu, Hypebeast and Convention. Bleu’s photos take you into another century. You are deeply in a trance by the photo concepts that will leave you wanting an encore. As her motto goes, “to thine own self be treu”.

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Life Imitating Art

22 Mar

If you don’t know who Street Etiquette is about, then start learning. I always feel like I am in class whenever I read their style blog. Once again, these guys produced a fantastic editorial entitled “Sartorial Sounds”. The video, shot by Jarett Woo, captured the dangerous lyrics by spoken word artists Joshua Bennet and Joe Kenneth; sweet sounds from singers Jesse Boykins III, Mara Hruby, Theo Martins, and Melo X; and happy educated footwork from Rinaldy Alvarez.

Photo Source: Fashion Bomb Daily

As described on their blog,

“Sartorial Sounds integrates both music and style, two elements embedded in every culture past and present. We think it’s important to remember that everyone is an artist in their own right. And it’s the life experiences we encounter that provoke what we splash on our own blank canvas. We assembled seven individuals to partake in this editorial. The finished product incorporates their individual talents such as spoken word, rapping, singing and tap.”

Check out more of  Street Etiquette’s “Sartorial Sounds”


Dawn of the Dead

4 Mar
Photo Credit: Voxefx Photography

I caught sight of Día de los Muertos (translation: Day of the Dead) when blogger Jasmine Rodriguez (  wore it as her 2009 Halloween costume and often follows the culture on her website. Lately, I am starting to seen an increasing trend in talented photographer portfolios and music videos of Lady Gaga (Born This Way) and Lil Wayne (newly released 6 ft 7 featuring Cory Gunz). Many people have often referred the tattoos of Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy to the culture of Dia de los Muertos. Is this becoming an increasing trend of 2011???


In her recently released video “Born This Way, Lady Gaga is shown mirroring Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy, whose make-up is often compared to Dia de los Muertos.

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Lens Talent: Skin Deep

10 Aug

NYC  Photographer Al Rodriguez Gives Life

The Distingushed Gentleman, Photographer Al Rodriguez,

 Images taken by beauty and fashion photographers have to tell a story. It goes beyond the “pretty model”, “pretty clothes”, and “pretty background”. Photographers of this sort have to treat their viewers like they are stupid and give them some sort of wonder. You can’t be in this field and think that because a model is “exotic looking”, you created a great fashion concept. You must take your viewers beyond the lens. I was admired by NYC fashion photographer Al Rodriguez and his portfolio because all of his concepts were exceptional. He captured the models in good looks from head to toe without them overexaggerating their poses. The backgrounds were simple but enough to provide energy for their viewer. Mr. Rodriguez is a freelance photographer and has an impressive resume. He has photographed the Spring collection of designers The Fabric Twinz (1.9.2010). Hip hop artist Fabulous, former 3LW and Cheetah Girl’s vocalist Adrienne Bailon, and VJ/Actress, Julissa B, have all been captured beautifully through Mr. Rodriguez camera. His work has made the covers and editorial spreads for magazines Signature Hits ( and Mob Candy (



Killer concept photographed by Al Rodriguez...Models in Recycle Material

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Lens Talent: Jumpin, Jammin, Fresh

17 Jul

Neef Fresh shows the art of making beauty and fashion images POP out

The So-Fresh Photographer Neef Fresh

When I took a look at the images in Neef Fresh’s profile, a children’s pop-out book came to mind. All the images whether they were in color or black-n-white jumped out of my computer screen. I loved the way the lighting and colors were used in the photos. The concepts were very electic. Neef Fresh is a freelance photographer from Brooklyn, NY and what amazes me about her is that she is a self-taught photographer. Its always the self-taught artists who are on top of their A-game beauty and fashion industry. As she says in her short bio on ModelMayhem, she strives to make beautiful art with her photograpy by carefully choosing a concept and connect it with a sense of style. As I said before in my earlier blog post, being creative and boring DO NOT MIX. As you view each image photographed from the lens of Neef Fresh, you will understand that BORING is not a part of her vocabulary.

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Lens Talent: A Portrait of Love

14 Jul

Beauty and Fashion Photographer Tarrice Love Lives Up To His Name

Photographer Tarrice Love; Photo Credit: Tarrice Love;

  I have been a fan of Tarrice Love’s photography of models for a over a year. I couldn’t help but do this blog feature for The B&G Society. The images from his lens took my breath away. The models along with the styling and concepts were striking. The perfectly shaped muscles on the males in the photographs will make a Belle’s heartbeat so fast and out of control. The alluring eyes from the eccentric female models will make a grown man cry and put her up highly on a pedastal. Tarrice has no shame in letting the public know that all models that step into the realms of his studio have flaws and has the  skills to turn them into perfections.  Almost every model he has shot, is signed to a major agencies in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Germany, featured in luxury ad campagins and on the runways of New York Fashion Week. His portfolio has models from all ethnicities captured in a enchanted light that will leave you speechless upon revewing.          


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