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Dakarai (artist & owner of THIS BRAND USA)

Dakarai (artist & owner of THIS BRAND USA)

Dakarai & Lily

Dakarai & Lily

Lily & v rare photo of ME! Thanks D!

Lily & v rare photo of ME! Thanks D!




i got asked for the first time in forever to be photographed.  i was flattered, excited, insecure, NERVOUS AF!! i know these sentiments in & out, all too well...from myself & from my experience photographing people. frankly, hearing people talk down on themselves over the years has grown to annoy me...to hurt me.

 here i am excited about my opportunity to photograph you to hear you nervously tear yourself apart...it tears me apart. i don't want to hear that, no one does. plus, it alters how i see you. i'm not looking with judgement. the negative talk begins to interrupt the vision and adds rules and regulations to something that is supposed to feel free.

i personally think individuality is beautiful. we have to own our uniqueness.

at the same time, as much as it irritates me, it's a constant reminder to be kinder to myself. i have learned and am always learning to ignore the negative self talk and to love myself in every stage. 

so, i took this opportunity in front of the camera to show tf out. i'm rusty & shy but i had to bring it and practice what i preach to the people i photograph. i didn't want to taint Steff's vision so I just owned my ish &  LET GO!!! i started to let go the moment i woke up, i was able to self-care it up for a bit before the shoot...i felt quite radiant. 

 i get to the shoot and Steff (the photographer) does my make-up. omg! & she styled me remotely and brought accessories.

when i got the photos back, week made. i was immediately reminded of how i felt that day. i really can't explain this adequately enough, you'll just have to try. here are some of my faves. 

fresh off the other-side of the camera, I’m here to tell ya…if you need to get in front of the camera, loosen up your shoulders, unclench your butt cheeks and have fun.


early 2014 i had the privilege of being the photographer as well as assistant producer with Corey Davis and crew on the short film, 'A Day in the Life of Tim Friday'. i had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people who were in or involved with the film. once the editing got wrapped the movie screened at The Midtown Arts Cinema in Atlanta. unforgettable experience.

"Corey Davis links up with fellow Atlantan visual artist, Tim Friday and Sean Fahie, on his next short film entitled, A Day in the Life of Tim Friday. “All Tim Friday wants to do is party with hot girls who ride bicycles. Unfortunately, his fun is inhibited along the way as he traverses through a series of unfortunate events. A Day In The Life of Tim Friday is a rare real-life snapshot of Atlanta’s Afro-punk subculture.”