aggressive anxiousness, persistent patience, nonchalant passion, bottomless heights direction lost, infinite orgasms, a blissful abyss, two magnets in a closed fist, melted chocolate, familiar mystery, shameless vulnerability, de ja vu times two, sleepless dreams, the last fruit snack in the bag, finishing the good mango no knife, waterfalls on a hot day, warm brownies on a cold night. Long stares before you blink, short stares in silence before we think. The plush crave delivers the balance of receiving.
Plush – Comfortable, and of high quality, rich fabric of silk, cotton, wool, or a combination of these, with a long, soft nap.
It had been an hour since the plane landed in DC and a hot photoshoot would soon absorb the little energy that I had left. The flight was booked around 3 am it left at 6 am meaning I didn’t sleep all night. Somewhere in between picking up açaí bowls from South Block and finding supplies for an art project we drove pass this wall of greenery. The temperature for the north east is currently set to “hell”. The heat felt like it was giving you a hug and jumping on your back at the same time. We managed to snap a few shots then rush back to the car where the air conditioning was our ticket to heaven!
Yesterday was unexpectedly eventful. I was laying in the bed getting ready to walk down to the river for a workout when Kaela called. It’s before Noon, typically I don’t answer calls before noon unless it’s about business or pleasure. I answer and agree to what was being asked. That quick, my day changed and I would be meeting up to assist Kaela on a maternity shoot.
I made it to West End tapped @occasionalsuperstar on the shoulder as he was spraying up a Bob Marley Mural on the side of Mangoes gave him a quick head nod and kept it moving as time was of the essence. I make it Tassilis to meet Kaela. Stood in line for 20 min then hopped in a Uber/Nascar to head to Cascade Nature Reserve. The shoot was another day in the life of a photographer to say the least. Things don’t always play out as they are planned but some how the mission is accomplished. Hearing the sound of two children yelling in painfrom the sting of ant bites is enough to wrap up any shoot. I’m sure Kaela captured some great shots you can check her work at @ablackstateofmind.
Now I’m downtown with two plans in mind. One – stop by an art show later that night and Two – get some greenery from my friend that also lived in the vicinity. After Kaela wrapped up the shoot she reminded me of an event that was happening. Queen Afua’s Planet Heal Expo, it wasn’t too far from the park and right around the corner from plan Two, perfect. I’m familiar with events revolving around holistic practices but the presentation was much different from anything I’ve experienced.I didn’t have the full amount on cashapp to get in but they were still kind enough to let me through. Its the little things that make the world go round.
Queen Afua’s strong elegant movements demand your eyes not to blink. Her powerful voice resonates throughout the audience touching each and every women that can relate to the struggles, beauty and pain that are experienced daily.
Uncertain if I was allowed to record photos or video, I took my normal approach. Keep going until someone tells you to stop. When attending this type of event there are consistent similarities that i’ve learned to expect. Informational presentation, dance, group release, group love then finally testimonial is the usual flow.
Queen Afua’s presentation hit all the points in a way I’ve never seen. There were a few approaches that stood out to me. Instead of speaking in lecture form sharing what she has been through she transformed the truths of life into a performance giving you a chance to witness her go through the full motions. As a child i’ve been to a play but this felt new and refreshing. I think Queen Afua’s method of performance really highlights the holistic experiences women have trouble dealing with. Play/stage format gives the audience a chance to feel and absorb each moment. Taking your imagination and sitting it down for a second to take in what is it right in front of your eyes and ears. To hear Queen Afua share her personal honest perspective cuts through, getting directly to a real relatable point.
The mmms coming from the audience let me know what she was saying was being felt deeply. The information was weaved throughout the play showing the process of finding an answer by listening to your intuition.
There was the group love type segment I happened to join in on. She called up about 7 or 8 women and an equal amount of men. I noticed there was a shortage on men but I continued shooting because if I put the camera down then none of it is recorded which I saw as a travesty. It seemed like right after I had that thought Kaela floats in from the shadows behind me. Gracefully relieving my hands as my eyes look up refocusing on her face to see who was taking the camera away.
Queen Afua began by walking up each step asking for forgiveness as well as giving forgiveness to each of us. Once she went up the whole staircase it was our turn to look into each other’s eyes and forgive each other. At this point in my mind I’m taking in the experience but I’m still in videographer mode so I’m hoping Kaela is recording video and not taking photos but I know she is most likely taking photos. Focus … looking into the eyes of young lady standing directly across from me I felt relaxed thinking about how life is so interesting I didn’t plan to be here yet here I am once again, right place right time.Once we finished hugging each other it was our job to go spread the love into the crowd and forgive everyone!
This was unexpected being warped from observer to participant but I felt a bit lighter after. I made my way around the room passing on the hugs to eyes that attracted me most. The forgiving hugs flowed into the next act of the play. The importance of having your sisters with you during hard times to lift you up. She went through a sequence of giving birth even improvising when the “mid wife” was being found. The performance was powerful, impactful and most importantly effective. It’s easier to remember everything when it invokes a feeling you can’t forget.
The Planet Heal Expo wrapped up with a wonderful dance performance. The women in attendance were also given a chance to say their peace and share their experience. I’ll be looking forward to capturing more events with a theatrical approach. A black state of mind led me to Queen Afua.
You can find out more about Queen Afua athttps://queenafua.com
Planet Heal is the new book that she will be releasing. Follow @QueenAfua on instagram for daily updates.
This is the magnificent Angela of the GoddessBody Health and Wellness brand. We have been capturing moments all up and down the east coast the past few years. From New York to Dc to Virginia Angela definitely keeps me on the move. Every shoot causes me to step my game up and think of new ideas. The new videos were working on having some floating crystals and interesting effects look forward to that!
Goddess Academy is in the works and will be inspirational for everyone that views what Goddess Body Angela has planned to present the world.
The @goddessgloup was impactful as always. Hearing the stories shared can really give your mind and heart a stretch. Life is more interesting than fiction to say the least. Follow the feeling and make it through every challenge you face. Truthful self reflection within a circle of women who share similar experiences is a way to see the problems you have vs the problems you can create for yourself. It all starts with self!
It has been thought about long enough. Some ideas pop out and before you know it your in it. I’m glad to say Infocus247 and Bluetreasurephotography is now offering classes teaching basic videography and photography techniques to capture an image and tell a story. There are times where some concepts and buttons may be hard to grasp. With hands on in the field practice we can help you gain a better understanding on how to capture the shot you are looking for. We completed our first group class over the weekend in Houston.
Here’s an example of a student learning the technique of rack focusing.
The class/session is 2 hours long with 2 teachers at 100.00
What will you require. – A camera ( No iPhones… that’s a different class)
We provide a print out overview of the basics we will be covering.Shutter speed, F – Stop, white balance and ISO
A PDF file for the videography half that details shot structure, being prepared and techniques for cinematic shots.
Go to Infocus247.com/workshop for more info . Use the contact form below to reach out
The Goddess Glo Up … this time it took place in Washington and I will be calculating uber and lyft rates for future references. On the train to the event I fell asleep and had a dream of the event. I was doing camera moves and everything so when I woke up it felt like I already did it. Either way I knew the 9 hours would go by in a second. The energy was on point as always! I think the highlight of this one for me was a moment when a lady stepped into the dance circle with tears but it turned to smiles once the love kicked in! The visual transformation speaks for itself! Shoutout to Reign for tossing me the Tourmaline! I forgot mine at home and now I have a new piece that I really like. California may be up next! I’ll try to coordinate a Hawaii trip around the same time! Time to start planning!
It’s easy to talk about the art, the passion, and even the hardships but what about the money?
Some DPs get into making movies expecting zero fame, recognition, or financial gain. However, those who decide to make their passion a career definitely expect to get paid for their work. But how much can a cinematographer expect?
Workman describes four tiers or levels of production: solo, indie, industry, and high-end. Solo DPs will get paid $0 to about $500/day for a project, while a DP who doesn’t work with a production studio may make up to $1,500/day for their work on, say, a music video. Once you get into the industry and work for a production company that has a consistent flow of projects, DPs could be looking at making about $3,500/day. Finally, if you’re one of the lucky (and very, very talented) few who actually reach the high-end level of production and work on Hollywood movies and huge projects (i.e. the Super Bowl or the Olympics), Workman says you can make upwards of $20,000/day for your work.
Clearly, there is going to be a lot of variation depending on a wide array of factors such as location, type of work, and experience level. If you live in larger cities and/or film industry hubs, like LA or New York, you can expect to earn more than a DP working in Pie Town, New Mexico.
If you want to make cinematography your career, the best thing you can do is get some money, buy some equipment, and start putting yourself out there. Work for free if you have to (you will have to). Start getting some experience under your belt so you’re ready when your next opportunity comes knocking.
This brings me to the next subject …. What is the difference between a videographer and cinematographer?
Historically, cinema meant film and video meant video
The term “videographer” came into common vernacular as a way to describe an individual who works in videography or video production, as opposed to film production. This means that a cinematographer works with film stock and a videographer works with video. However, the line that distinguishes videography from cinematography has blurred with the advent of digital cinema. Since many (possibly most) major motion picture cinematographers have made the transition to digital cameras, does that make them videographers? Not exactly.
To be a cinematographer is to be part of a large crew
A cinematographer, also referred to as the director of photography (or DP), is the individual in charge of the camera and lighting crews on a movie or other production. It is the responsibility of the cinematographer to realize the vision of the director by making technical and artistic decisions in regards to lens choice, exposure, lighting, composition, filters, camera movement, color-grading and more. To put it simply, the cinematographer is the person accountable for a film’s cinematography, the art and science of motion picture photography. Every decision the cinematographer makes must also service the director and the story. On a large production, it is unlikely that the cinematographer operate the camera. That’s usually the job of the camera operator, who works under the cinematographer
Why are videographers calling themselves cinematographers?
If the distinction between cinematographers and videographers is fairly clear, why all the confusion? Since the defining lines have blurred with the advent of digital cinema, videographers have taken the opportunity to either use these titles interchangeably or create a false hierarchy. Another major contributor has been the popularity of DSLR video cameras, which create a more film-like, cinematic image. This, in combination with the public’s perception of videographers, have led many companies and freelancers to differentiate by categorizing themselves as cinematographers rather than videographers.
A cinematographer is NOT better than a videographer
Professionals differentiating themselves by use of DSLR videography are aiming to create a false hierarchy between a videographer and a cinematographer. As just explained, when a video professional defines themselves as a cinematographer or their work as cinematography, it more-than-likely means they’re using a DSLR, nothing more. They’ll tell you that a cinematographer creates art, while a videographer simply records an event. They’ll tell you that a cinematographer captures a feeling, not just a moment; or that videography isn’t creative and doesn’t involve storytelling technique. This is all nonsense.
A videographer is just as focused on all the qualities that make compelling video. Having a camcorder vs. a DLSR doesn’t make one a lesser professional. Sure, DSLRs have made way for more cinematic imagery, but the qualities that make a great videographer have little to do with equipment. When shopping for video professionals, don’t let cinematography weigh heavily on your decision. More than anything else, cinematography simply a marketing term.