B.T.S. with B.Towner Photography

I recently had the chance to collaborate with my friend Brandon of B. Towner Photography and gorgeous model Yamillette Flores. B. is a veteran, like myself, who has discovered a love of shooting environmental fashion portraits. Personally, I’ve always loved fashion photography. I still subscribe to printed magazines like Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar just to see the fashion photography editorials. Gucci campaigns are always my favorite because I never know what to expect (see examples below).

B. has been around since the start of my “insta-photography” journey, and we’ve always said one day we would collaborate, and that one day finally came. Nobody ever shoots the photographer and sees what it takes to get those angles, so I thought it would be cool to document him in action. Who better to shoot the photographer than another photographer?? I also got a few individual portraits of B. for branding purposes (and obviously, Yami let him in on some modeling tips).

I didn’t realize how much I missed creating with other people in person until this happened. We made magic. All of our energies meshed, and we worked well as a team. Since last March, I’ve worked alone due to the pandemic, and I was starting to crack. I needed this experience, and I’m glad I finally got it out of my system (safely).

It was fun being the behind the scenes shooter, a lot less pressure on my end, and a quick and straightforward editing process. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you would notice this is a break from the norm. This is actually my first time sharing my portrait work with you all, so be gentle lol.

We shot in Downtown San Diego at Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge and the San Diego Convention Center. I had so much fun working with these two, and I’m looking forward to more collaborations in the future.

More of these shoots, please!!!

To Grandpa Ralph, Love, Jazzmine

To anyone grieving a loss this holiday season, know that my heart is with yours. This year was my first Christmas/birthday without my Grandpa Ralph, who passed away earlier this year in September. Since I could remember, my grandparents have always been the first people I’ve talked to every Christmas morning, but things were different this year. I called my grandma, and that’s when reality hit. It’s an adjustment for all of us, but I feel for my grandmother the most since they were together for 60+ years (could you imagine being with one person for that long???!).

Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed looking through old photos. It’s cool seeing the different paper types, what people were wearing, their surroundings, and what people looked like decades before. I even enjoy the smell of old photos, lol. Between my mom and grandma alone, they have 1000s of printed photos, so I thought it would be a good idea to start a digital archive so that we could hold onto these memories forever. What I love most about these photos is they show my grandpa’s character. He was one of a kind for sure. Most of these photos were discolored from their age, so I made some color adjustments in Photoshop while preserving their vintage feel.

To Grandpa Ralph, I love you. I think of you daily. No other grandpa can come close to being as cool as you were. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, always making me feel special, and supporting me even when I thought I knew it all. If it weren’t for you and Grandma Bettie, I don’t know where I’d be. I miss you.

Forever Moore ❤

June 26, 1941 – September 23, 2020

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hide n seek

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Sometimes no words… just pretty pictures of pears. enjoy 😊.

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Last year, I took a solo weekend trip to meet up with one of my best friends to attend Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Dia de los Muertos is something I’ve always found fascinating. In American culture, we’re so much in denial of death, while this Mexican tradition throws it right in your face. I decided to participate in honor of my grandma Margaret, a proud Mexican-American woman who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011.

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I recently collaborated with Black SD Magazine to paint SD pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Black SD Magazine is a digital publication that promotes and supports Black businesses and creatives here in SD, and I’m all for it. This month, they’re working in partnership with the American Cancer Society & Maya’s Cookies to raise awareness and encourage Black women to get screened for breast cancer early on. Their goal is to raise $2,500 for the cause, so I’ll be linking their website here.

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Jazz, The Photo Student

If you didn’t already know, I’m a photography student. I started taking photography classes two years ago, after switching from nursing to a photo & digital imaging major (I talk more about this in my introductory blog). It’s been a fantastic experience being able to do what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s also cool being surrounded by people who feel the same way. The photo department is terrific at my school. We have a studio, darkroom, Mac desktops, scanners, printers, cameras, lenses, strobes, and pretty much whatever equipment we need available for check-out. We also have FREE access to all the Adobe Creative Cloud apps, which is a huge bonus since I practically live in Photoshop and Lightroom.

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East Jesus II

I previously shared photos from my trip to East Jesus earlier this year. We arrived midday on a bright sunny day, so the shooting conditions weren’t the most ideal. I went with a black and white edit so that the focus could be more about the details. I recently revisited the photos wanting to find a way to take advantage of the imperfections. I felt like showing East Jesus in color could add more to the story.

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Escape to Tulum – Digital

It’s officially been a month since I got back from Tulum, and I miss it so much. It was the first time all year that I felt at 100% at peace, and ever since my trip, I’ve made a conscious effort to try to maintain it. What I’ve discovered has helped me the most is disconnecting from social media as much as possible, getting outside, and focusing on the things I love to do.

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