Friday, July 28, 2017

Tonight you’re perfect

A killer show by 311 at the Fillmore on Tuesday. It was the second day of their two-day stop in the DMV. They performed with special guests New Politics (a band I have loved for ages). If you are not familiar with their music, I made a short playlist of some of my personal favorites.
So cool to see their show, even cooler to shoot it. I am incredibly happy with the photos I took, these are a few:

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Stop Killing Black Trans Women"

The terror hit really close to home recently when a transgender woman was attacked with candles and hit with a metal baseball bat in D.C. And just a few days before that, a local trans woman was attacked with fireworks on the fourth of July. The incidents created a public outcry. Dozens of people gathered at Freedom Plaza on the hottest day of the summer to protest transphobia in the District.

These are some photos from that protest and some stories from the attendees.

"Trans women of color are human beings and we love them. We need to protect anyone that we love." -Sheva Diagne (middle), 31, DC

"The anger poured out against trans women is misguided. Trans women are not the problem. We are living our own lives. The problem with not having enough quality jobs, not having affordable housing in the black community, social services that are being slashed by the Trump administration...that is not a transgender problem. We could be part of the solution as opposed to taking it out on us." 
-Dee Curry, 62, DC

"It's terrible that we have to rally and feel that we have no other options for safety but ourselves." 
-Monroe Poston, 30, DC


How does it make you feel when you hear about violent attacks against trans women of color? 
"Sad and scared, especially as another trans person. Trans women of color have it much worse than trans men but it makes me sad." -Annis Roberts-Terry, 21, DC

"No pride in police violence. No pride in police violence." 

Protesters chant "No Justice, No Pride," down Pennsylvania Ave in solidarity with Transgender women of color who have been victims of violent crime in recent weeks.

"I think if we had more dialog, it would decrease the phobia people have against transgender people, homosexual people and all of that." -Star Clark, 32, Maryland 

"We want an intersectional movement that represents all people." -Ntebo Mokuena, 21, Maryland
"Silence is violence because it creates an environment where catcalling, misgendering, name-calling, these little micro aggressions are acceptable. And it creates a culture where it okay." -Lourdes Ashley Hunter, 41, DC
Sign: "This whole d*** cis-tem is guilty as hell."

"No one talks about trans issues and we are drawing attention to something that is often overlooked. No one pays attention to the deaths of trans women of color." 
-Ale Jacinto, they/them pronouns, 26, Chicago

Friday, May 12, 2017

Walking on a Dream

I shot the Empire of the Sun Concert in D.C. on May 11th and it was absolutely amazing. So many colors, lights, and smoke--it was breathtaking.Whittling down my photos to my top 10 or 20 favorites was difficult, but I did it.  These are a few of the best moments of the show, including the moment when the inventor of dub Lee "scratch" Perry and Luke joined Luke Steele on stage.


You can also see more of my photos on WUSA9.

Here's a playlist of some of my favorite Empire of the Sun songs. If you haven't already heard their music, I promise, you will fall in love:

Monday, May 8, 2017

#ConcertPhotography with The XX

Spent last night shooting The xx for WUSA9. The show was absolutely magical. I could not believe how good they sounded live. It also felt really nostalgic because The xx was a band started listening to five years ago. Their sound flooded back so many memories. I made a short playlist of some of my favorite songs over the years. If you have never heard The xx, I highly recommend giving it a listen.


 All in all, it was a great night. Here are a handful of photos. The rest can be found on WUSA9. Enjoy.  


Sampha was the opening act for The xx. I was not as familiar with their music, but I loved it!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hiking a Volcono in the Great Rift Valley

I am deep into my last semester of school--working hard to climb a mountain of assignments. But a few months ago, I was climbing a mountain. I climbed Mount Longonot, a dormant volcano in the Great Rift Valley. The hike took all day. My friends and I even walked around the perimeter of the volcano. These are a few photos from that adventure. Enjoy!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

21 Things I liked about being 21


21 Things I liked about being 21 -- in no particular order
  1. Traveling to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games. It's still hard to place the kind extreme happiness I felt while in Rio! I am just so grateful.
  2. Voting for the first time.
  3. Attending protests and rallies in DC.
  4. Photographing my first concert! (PC: Anna Moneymaker)
  5. Traveling to Kenya and meeting amazing new people. 
  6. Climbing a volcano in the Great Rift Valley.
  7. Snorkeling in the Indian Ocean.
  8. Winning awards for my professional work -- especially the Gracie Award!
  9. Finding new music.
  10. Becoming an E-Board member of my school's photo club.
  11. Finding and keeping mentors.
  12. Making a short film with some of my friends.
  13. Meeting people from different backgrounds and hearing their stories --> Especially during LGBT Pride Month.
  14. Soaking up the end of college and really enjoying it. 
  15. Covering the 2017 Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the Women's March on Washington for work.
  16. Meeting Laverne Cox!!
  17. Working for my school's photography department, an extremely rewarding job.
  18. Learning more about myself this year than I did last year.
  19. Drinking.
  20. Finding my voice as a photographer.
  21. Getting one step closer to graduation and envisioning the next phase of my life.

Friday, January 27, 2017

#ConcertPhotography


I had an absolutely amazing night, last night, photographing the Phox with Cuddle Magic show. The concert was part of Phox's "farewell for now" tour. They are going on hiatus in a couple of months so I'm glad I got to see them off. They had really great performances.
 I'd also never heard of Cuddle Magic before but I thought their songs were beautiful.

If you are interested in listening to any of these bands, I made a short playlist of my favorite songs here:

And these are the photos I took last night:


Also, this was my first time shooting concert photography and it went so much better than I could have ever imagined! Thank you, Anna Moneymaker for letting me follow you around during the concert! Watching you work helped a ton!! See her work here: http://www.annamoneymaker.com/