Ms. Eartha Kitt passed away today.
I loved this woman. She was such a versatile actress and singer.
Sexy woman. When I think of black woman sexiness I think of this chick.
Eartha was 81 and passed away in NYC from Colon Cancer.
Keep your health in check. Life is way to short.
You can find out more here
Check out Earthas Official Website: http://www.earthakitt.com/
1. Complete the Master Cleanse Diet for minimum of 10 days. I'm currently on day 2 and I am writing about it at my other blog.
2. Update my website
4. Shoot some more
I didn't make it to tonight's board meeting for the ASMP. The weather is just awful and the drive is too long ESPECIALLY in nasty Chicago weather. I am excited though that I had some things to actually report so I will send the board an email, and that will be that. I cant be everywhere at once. I just was so excited to go tonight.
Oh well. Its not like I dont have work to catch up on. So thats what I will do. :)
Being at Columbia again made me realize just how great that school was. The environment at Columbia is just so free and creative. You can be whoever and do whatever you want and that's a great feeling.
The production for being the students first time was amazing. They did a great job and I was so excited to have been apart of the event!
To find out more information about the Columbia Collective Awards , check out their myspace page
Hey! All Student Photographers. I wanted to let you know about an event coming up that you may want to check out.
Its a portfolio review with the ASMP. Get some feedback on your work.
It's Nov 10 from 5:00pm-7:30pm at Columbia College Chicago
If you are intersted in checking out make sure that you email Caroline Juhlin at email@example.com
Being that I am now on the board of the Chicago Midwest ASMP. I will begin to post different things our chapter has going on.
Have a wonderful day!
Full Interview Click Here
Chocolatecity.cc/blog is grateful that talented photographer, Stephanie Graham, has been kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to answer few questions and has been generous in allowing us to publish three images from her folio of work. The images featured Walmart, Tasha, and Malari (in order of appearance).
Thank you Stephanie for agreeing to this interview with Chocolatecity.cc/blog. And now… on to the interview…
CC: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
PEOPLE!! I LOVE TO SHOOT PEOPLE! I am also really interested in anything dealing with gender, class and age. I love hearing stories from people and taking my observations and recreating them.
CC: When did you first become interested in photography?
I was taking a youth ministry class at my church. One of the youth leaders were showing these photographs to other kids in our group and I was like what are these pictures. There was nothing interesting about them, they were just snap shots but they were black and white, glossy 8×10’s but they were cool. When I asked her about them she told me that she was taking a photography class at our high school. I was like really? It fulfilled the art elective that was a requirement. So I enrolled in it the following semester. I like to think the whole thing was divinely ordered Lol.
CC: What was the first photograph that you remember making an impression on you?
I think it was my first major shoot where I worked with a small crew. I had makeup and hair, and an assistant, and a model. I shopped for the wardrobe and the 5 of us went out and made an image. It gave me goose bumps and as my model swayed and posed for me I was like wow! I am really doing this. When I got the pictures back I was sooo excited. It was a picture that could have been in a magazine. I still get excited when I stumble upon images from that shoot.
CC: In your general opinion, do you think art schools are a good idea or a waste of time?
Hmmmmmm the million dollar question. Its really hard for me to say because I went to art school and I turned out great!! LOL!!. I often wonder if I didn’t go to art school if my life would be different. God orders my steps so its really hard to say. I do think that education/training is good to perfect your craft. You don’t have to necessarily go to art school to get that training you could take classes and workshops and practice and still be successful. What I like most about class settings in art school is the constant critique and dialogue that keeps happening with your peers and instructors so you are always thinking about your craft. Art school also allows the college degree that is “so important” College is a must of its right for you, but no I don’t think that you need to study art in college, I would suggest someone to maybe study business first. Art is a business; talent will always be there.
CC: Do you have any formal training in the art and science of
photography? Did you go to (art) school?
Well I learned photography in high school in Schaumburg and then I went to Columbia College Chicago where I continued my photography studies as a minor and took up cinematography as my major. It was a tough program, but I had a great time, met fabulous people and learned a lot about myself as an artist. I was mega happy when I graduated. OMG! I was so happy LOL.
CC: What first inspired your interest in photography? What continues to inspire you?
Photography was a subject in school that I really looked forward to. Not that I blew off any of my other studies but it was the only thing in high school that I took very very seriously. I was so surprised that I was creative which made me happy because I wasn’t all that great academic. I’m like YES! There is hope for me to have a great career in my life. I automatically knew it was what I wanted to do. I think what sparked my interest was that I was successfully completing art What continues to inspire me as a photographer is all the stories that I have in my mind that I want to share through my pictures and films
CC: What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
Passion and personality. You have to be fun and likeable. Shoots can be all day sometimes and no one wants to work with you if you are a jerk. Passion because I need my subjects to believe in my project and what I am trying to do. You will get a much better picture that way I feel. They go hand and hand one doesn’t trump the other.
CC: What cameras and lenses do you use most often?
I’m still a film girl. I shoot medium format 6×7. I shoot with a Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II. My lenses really are all over the place depending on what I am shooting but I always make sure that I have my 110 and 65 mm lenses. They are my babies those two lenses.
CC: Name a photographer(s) whose work you respect and admire.
I really love the work of Nikki S. Lee, Carrie Mae Weems and Anthony Goicolea All these photographers photography create their own scenes and stories and use themselves as their own subjects. Their setups range between simple and elaborate; yet have a lot of meaning in them. I love them. You can see that it takes a lot of time to get the shots together, but they look effortless and you get what the artist is saying, well at least I do. LOL
CC: What’s coming up? Exhibits? Shows? Photo shoots?Right now I am working on 2 portrait projects where I am photographing comedians and pastors daughters. Once they are completed I will have an exhibition for them. I’m shooting a documentary about black kids in white suburbs.
CC: What magazine/brand or advertising agency would you most like to shoot for?
I would die to shoot just one layout for “Vibe”. To me, Vibe Magazine is the Vogue of Urban Photography. I would also love to shoot for “W Magazine: The Art Issue”.
CC: OH NO!! Photography is suddenly against the law and you must!!! Choose another career…. What would that career be?
If I couldn’t do photography; I would definitely be a life coach. I love inspiring people and helping others realize their dreams, and breaking down the steps to achieve each dream. I get a real joy out of that. I often joke with my friends telling them I am their life coach. LOL!! Who knows maybe I will look into doing it anyway.
CC: Thank you very much for taking the time to talk with Chocolatecity.cc/blog. [end]
OMG!!! NO !! Thank you.
You can see more of Stephanie’s work at her website - http://www.missgraham.com which showcases more of her photographys.
Creatively I need some inspiration. So next week I am going to go the the museum and get myself inspired, but not this week because I am Sick
Grrrrrr. Well I hope I get well soon.
Hey!!! It's October 1st!!! New month, new beginning and new GOALS. I am always trying to reset my life, and so I look forward to the beginnings of new months. What sucks is that I have had a cold since Sunday so I am not bringing in October has healthy ready to go kind of girl. Its all good though. I am welcoming October. October is also my birthday month OCTOBER 20!!! Same day as Snoop Doggy Dogs Birthday !!! I know thats the best thing in the world. I am going to be super attentive to whats going on this month because in 19 days I will be 26 and I am like OMG!! What is to beceome of my life Yikes 26!!! eeek !!! I am getting up there. If you are reading this you may be older than 26 and be like um..... Stephanie get a grip but really its scary getting older to me no matter what my age. I still feel like I am 19. Today on the 1st I am just going to sit and think of some monthly goals of what I want to accomplish this month and for my 26th year, as I sip on this Tylenol Cold and get myself back to 100%.
Enjoy your day!!! Enjoy this month
My girlfriend Ms. Kristin Hanson-Turpin was married on Saturday and I want to send an official congratulations out to her.
Kristin also designed my business cards wooo hoo!
Kristin- You are beautiful, amazing, a wonderful friend , talented and giving. Thank you so much for including me in your wedding and just being you.
I love you.
(picture was taken last year at my 25th birthday party!)
I am a board member for the American Society of Media Photographers Chicago Midwest Chapter. I would go to ASMP board meetings while I was in college to network, learn whats going on, and most importantly for free pizza and pop ( come on, I was in college) and now I am on the board. I am really excited about it, but of course I am also nervous. My voice and opinion goes into the outcome of what our chapter of ASMP does. On top of my being a board member I am also the Chair of the Gallery Committee for Chicago working with photographer Marie Phillips as the Gallery Committee. Its overwhelming but you know what I am ready for this challenge, all things happen for a reason and I am super excited.
So get involved!! If you are in Chicago or Wisconsin, you should come and check out a meeting. Right now Marie and I are in the planning stages of everything but we really hope to have some super great events.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
Gallery Committee Mission Statement:
The gallery committee promotes the work of members to potential clients
and the general public though public gallery showings and social/members-
only showings and contests. The committee seeks to encourage members
who are interested in displaying their work in artistic venues, while fostering
relationships with galleries and museums.
Click Here to go to the Official PLS Magazine to see the whole issue, for free.
The new issue of PLS Magazine is out and Yours truly photographed the fashion layout.
Thats it, just giving a shout out to Ovation TV while I'm working on printing my new images.
You can check out a clip of the Cindy Sherman presentation by clicking here
A Hip Hip Hooray to Neat Tv !!!
Right now it just feels good to be at my grandmas house on Easter Sunday. Chilling with the fam, catching up on my reality shows, shooting the breeze about teen life with my cousins. I’ve laid around here it feels good to just finally lie down and be lazy at grandmas house. WOW!! I worked every single day this week. I’m a hustler so it’s all good; but WOW, am I exhausted. Pat on my back for getting it all done. HEY! GO STEPHANIE! GO STEPHANIE! GO STEPHANIE!
YEAH!!! GO MEEE!!!
She asks me "Can you believe all this weather?"
"I know I tell her, it is freezing outside."
Now it is very clear to see that I am busy, so that should have been the end of our conversation
"what did you order" she asks me?
"A hazelnut steamer" I go quickly back to her work.
NOW HERE SHE GO?
"Do you think this weather has to do with Global Warming?"
I DONT MEAN TO BE MEAN YALL BUT I AM WORKING I CAME TO CARIBOU FOR FREE INTERNET AND A WARM BEV. NOT COFFEE TALK .....DAMN!
"hmmmm, its hard to say." I quickly say while typing so that she can get the hint, that I jsut dont have time for this. "
OH YEAH- LITTLE UNKNOWN FACT THIS CHICK TOLD ME, BECAUSE SHE DID CONTINUE TO ASK ME RANDOM QUESTIONS, TRYING TO KICK OFF A DIALOG
Walt Disney died of Cancer and had his body frozen. WOW! I didn't know that. I asked her if he did that, are they suppose to try to bring him back if a cancer is found.
SHE SAYS: OH WHAT THE HEY!!! THE OLD BAG HAD TO MANY ERRORS, LEAVE HIM AS HE IS.
Then she starts cracking up
now she wants to know what what i am doing. You know what, I appreciate the small talk and I love talking to strangers, but now is not the moment. JESUS SAVE US.
I, along with CAAAP Photographers Louis Byrd, David Trotman-Wilkins, Worson Robinson and James Holley.
For more information about the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographer, check out the website here
Artists’ News. Here is the interview:
First, a little bit about your
background: Where were you
raised, and where did you do your
I was raised in Schaumburg
and went to Columbia College in
Chicago. I graduated in 2005.
Your photographs are taken
in both urban and suburban settings.
Is that a reflection on the
duality of living in the suburbs and
studying in the city?
I was raised in the suburbs, and
even while going to Columbia I still
lived at home in Schaumburg. But
there was always something about
the city that intrigued me when I
first started to go there…there was
just a lot more diversity. During
high school, my friends and I would
take trips out to the city and go all
over Chicago – just hanging out and
exploring. It was an experience of
freedom from the whole suburban
life that was really routine. The city
had lots of layers to it. There were
lots of different things going on and
people from different walks of life.
In many of your photographs
taken in the city, there seems to be
a focus on the way women express
themselves with their bodies and
fashion what do you look to capture
in these photographs?
A lot of it is just off of my own
observations of people. I just try to
reset them and exaggerate them a
little. They are women who have attitudes
and exude a confidence all the
time that I’d never seen before. I am
showing this confidence and making
it grander than what it usually is.
Can you describe the process
behind these photographs?
Everything is always set up. I
have stylists, make-up artists, and
models. I talk to the models about a
character that I build up. I can see a
lady sitting at the bus stop with her
hands in her pockets, very voguish,
but she can be tired waiting for
the bus. I tell a model, “Picture the
girl waiting for the bus, it’s really
cold, and you have to get to work...”
Models and people can relate to this
because they’ve seen these characters.
They know the person that I’m
talking about and they know the
It seems like fashion brings
something unique to these re-staged
real-life scenarios. Fashion and
photography really collide. Where
did this idea come from?
I like fashion photography and
I also like photo journalism. I take
both things and put them together.
You have a project that seems
to follow these ideas, entitled “The
Wal-Mart Project.” Can you tell us
A really good friend and I go to
Wal-Mart and take pictures every
year. We dress up alike and pretend
we’re a couple, and we take pictures
together. I just thought it would be
fun to bring a model into Wal-Mart
and take a picture. They have these
crazy backdrops with sailboats and
leaves and other stuff, and I thought
it’d be interesting. That’s something
that I’m working on now. It’s fun
to see the portrait photographer get
involved. I direct the model and after
we take the picture, we all look at
the picture. The model can look, the
photographer can look, and we have
to decide whether or not we want the
picture. It’s just a fun project. I’m
going to video tape the next one.
Is that what you’re currently
Yes, and I’m also working on
a documentary / mockumentary
about black kids who are raised
in predominantly white suburbs.
I’ll be able to do a portrait project
Finally, what keeps you going as an
artist, specifically when something
like the state arts budget
I hope that someday I can get to the
point where I can be so successful
that I can meet with someone and
change his/her mind or be able to cut
a check, because art is really important.
If I hadn’t studied art I wouldn’t
be here. It’s all that I’ve wanted to
do. It’s important that other people
get that opportunity to express themselves
and know that careers are
available in art and that you can
make a living doing it. I can’t believe
that they cut the budget. I just really
hope that I can get to the point where
I can make a difference.
For more information about the Chicago Artist Coalition click here
My total : $86.26
I cant help it, I am a magazine freak.
Impulse buys are a muthafreaka
That was awhile ago, I just wanted to show how I was at some point in my life finacnially savvy.
Sitting in the waiting room of the dentist office today I picked up this financial magazine. There was an article that talked about retiring rich. At the age of 25 this is what I need to do
- Save $268.00 each month
- Invest 100% of my money into stocks
- BE SURE THAT I AM CONTRIBUTING TO MY 401(k)
- Make an easily accessible account with interest of 4% or more
- Pay down credit cards and other high interest debt
Hmmmmmm. Just a thought. As a freelancer, I don’t have a 401(k) I am researching individual 401(k) so I will let yall know what I find.
I did a Google search and found the magazine. It was Kiplingers.
Check it out here:
How to save a million
It sucks that I am at work and I live about 35 minutes from my office. The snow is coming down and I just want to go home. It's a big one too, almost a foot of snow is expected.
These are pics that I just took outside of my window, this is just the beginning. It really REALLY sucks.
Here is the synopsis: in the tradition of “Knocked Up” and “40 year old Virgin” comes a hilarious comedy Baby On Board about Angela (Heather Graham), an ambitious, beautiful, image conscious, career-oriented woman, and her loving husband, Curtis (Jerry O’Connell), and their unexpected pregnancy during the peak of Angela’s professional path and her over demanding boss Mary (Lara Flynn Boyle). From the hormonal and emotional mood swings to the comical physical changes taking over her once perfect body, this film chronicles the hilarious cause and effects of pregnancy on modern day businesswoman, especially when their best friends Danny (John Corbett) and his wife Sylvia get involved. Baby on Board begins with an unwelcome, “inconvenient” pregnancy and its nine-month rollercoaster ride. This hilarious battle of the sexes turns this film into one of the funniest romantic comedies of the yea As usual my title is Art Department Coordinator, and on this particular film it seems like I am doing product placement also. It’s the perfect job for me; its one of those jobs that you work while you are trying to get your own personal work off the ground.
So when I ask the cashier to add a sugar cookie to my bill, do you know that he HAD to get smart, and say to me “Mam, that would defeat the purpose of the skinny latte?” Smart Ass, I mean come on are we in a movie? Who says that for real to someone that they don’t know. I responded, um sir……….um excuse me brother, I was just speechless.
The thing is, he is right. My nutrition game is jacked up, but I don’t need some stranger to tell me that, but maybe I did. It is a known fact to me that my nutrition can be better. I don’t eat much, and I don’t eat often enough, but it’s hard. I am hustling right now and I rather be on top of my game then to stop and eat something. That’s jacked up I know and I am trying to make a conscious effort to eat better, and more often.
Its not an easy task though. I am not going to feel bad for eating my Starbucks frosted cookie either. That chump, really the nerve of some people.
I love reality t.v.!! I Love New York, The Hills, Project Runway, what can I say its a guilty pleasure of mine, but today I have seen it all. Fox Reality had a show called "Theres Something about Miriam", its a show in the style of "The Bachelor" where men compete for the heart of a women, PLUS a Mediterranean cruise and some money. I was checking it out while I was prepping for a television show. Fast forward to the finale when Miriam must choose, since this was my first time seeing the show it really didnt matter who won, but she picked some guy Tom.
So, then what was it about Miriam? Miriam was a freaking dude!!!! All this time she has been going around with these men kissing on them, and they were falling for her. NOT COOL. She could be hurt over that, come on here is this Jerry Springer. Tom, the winner was chill and said he would still go on the cruise, but then changed his mind cause he was lied to. You cannot do this to people, who does that? Who makes this up as a television show, and actually give it the greenlight. I'm sure they had security on board in case someone wanted to POP OFF, but you know in America that would not have gone down.
Reality Television I am super disappointed. See Check this out, No Doubt though Miriam is a hottie!
Can I just tell yall I gangasta I feel right now, I woke up at 430 with a big toothache, but I still pressed forward to get to the gym. I'm here early waiting for it to open at 538. I am so proud that I woke up and just kept it moving. That's right Stephanie, your a hustler alright, this is what I have to do if I am going to rock it out. I gotta push forward. This was not easy, but hey!!! Right now I am super duper happy, and proud of myself.
I received an email from Olga, the executive director of CAC, about being nominated for the Chicago Artist to Watch program. Whoa!!! This is purely God. I mean, I dont really consider myself to be such an artist that would be chosen for such a honor. I mean, I am not really the type of deep photographer with super deep focuses on huge ideals, but maybe its exciting that people see my work for more than just a hot chick standing on a corner or something. I feel that my work is pretty literal and it comes from me and my surroundings. I must say that I am pretty excited about this, until I learned that I have to give a lecture about my work. OH MY GOSH!, please someone shoot me now. I haven't given a speech since my basic public speaking class during my sophomore year in college. Perhaps this is the type of discipline I need for the year. All of this work with the CAC has really made me focus on my photography especially the ,
documentary projects that I want to begin. Sometimes I just need a little push, and CAC has given me that.
|You Are An ENFP|
You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!
In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. And you do break a lot of hearts.
At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.
How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding
When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused
2008 is on its way here. Originally my plan was to go to church with a friend and stop by my cousin’s house after midnight, but the weather has me chilling in my father’s office typing about the New Year. Hmmmmmm what will happen in 08? I really think the whole New Year deal is a bit overrated. People get all glamed up and go out pay lots of money, to party it up with a bunch of people you don’t know. I am too laidback, and I the chill at someone’s house kind of chick, but tonight I am chilling in the crib, watching Americas Next Top Model Marathons. Its all good, I love it. I really am enjoying just sitting here and being chill.
So, new years resolutions……… even though I am not going to make any official ones for this year I do have my regular things that I always work on and I have decided to break it down.
You would think this is something that I keep personal, but I figure if I put it up here, others that read it can help me keep on it. After all it does take a village to raise a child. (Not that I am a child, but it’s a good quote in reference to teamwork)
Relationships with Others: I must say that I am a pretty cool chick; I am honest, sincere, considerate, and funny. HOWEVER, there is always room for improvement.
I will be nicer to people. Even though I am classified I think as already nice. I can always be nicer, and maybe a bit more aggressive. I am also no longer going to care about what others are doing. If they want my help, that’s great but I am not going out of my way to make sure others get stuff done unless they act that way to me. Not being rude, just 2008 we don’t have time for foolishness.
Networking/Socialite: I am going to go out more. Even if it’s just something chill. I gotta put myself out there more, and this year I will also mail out Christmas Cards. Walk up to people, really perfect the style of schmoozing. Damn, well I said it. Learn the art of Schmoozing.
Friends: I love my friends. I have the best friends in the whole entire world!! I hope that we can enhance our relationships even more. My out of state friends, I can keep in better contact, so I will try. I can make new friends too, but my hommies are the baddest kids in the land!!
Health/Fitness: I have done pretty well with this, in October I started lifting weights and this year I plan to continue to do this, and add cardio. Eat better and just be overall healthier. This is not easy for someone that is such a picky eater such as myself. It’s a challenge that I really want to take on. It would be nice to find a yoga or pilate’s class. Even tai chi would work. I just want to do something where I can relax and just focus on my me, myself and I.
Photography/Visual Art: I am going to continue to work on this, AS I ALWAYS FREAKING DO. Step it up a bit and shoot more, promote more. SHOOT MORE, PROMOTE MORE! I really want to push my photography to the limit. The sky is the limit and I am excited to really rock it out.
I guess this goes with socializing and networking, but I am going to make it out to more art shows and lectures.
God/Church/Spirituality: Duh! Without God, I am nothing. He is the reason I am where I am. He is the reason that I am so free; He is the reason that I am who I am, and why I have so many opportunities ahead of me.
Style: I am really not that bad, but like my relationships, and everything else in my life there is always room for improvement. I think that I just my embrace my femininity a little bit more, and wear more dresses. They are fun. I like them and since I am working out it seems like the easiest piece of clothes to rock. Whatevs, so here goes for me.
Film: the jury is still out on. I know that eventually I am going to have to figure out if I want to do photography or film. I have no idea how to make a balance with this; hopefully 2008 will give me come clarity in this whole situation.
Opposite Sex: Fellas, if they want to ride out with me, I think that is fabulous. My main goal is my photography but hey. I am always down with a nice distraction. The 41/2 year boy and me are no longer so, perhaps it would be nice to be COMPLETELY SINGLE for a bit and just do me.
In Summary I suppose 2008 is just about Stephanie being Stephanie, they way I have always been. I do feel an upgrade coming along. It’s a subtle feeling in my stomach but I know it’s going to be a good year.
2007 was awesome. I met new people, I worked on a lot of movies, and I just had a good time. I hope that in 2008 I also do a better job documenting it via my blogs, and other outlets. Oooooooohhhhhh weeeeeeeee EXCITING!!!!!