Thursday, September 30, 2010

I've got the Blues for you

"One of the things I love about couple shoots is that the affection between the two can be very apparent as the soon-to-be-wed unknowingly pull you, the photographer, into their world."- e.a.g

If you've read any of my earlier posts on Greek life, you've probably figured out that I'm a Theta man and when one of my homeboys from VA, a proud Sigma, asked me to take pictures of him and significant other ( she's a Zeta), I showed up with a brown & gold version of my itake photos est. 1985 t-shirt. True to form the couple's attire, like the color scheme of their planned wedding next year, was blue. And hence the double entendre in the blog post's title.

Blue Couple 01
Paving the way to state his case...

Blue Couple 04
Bra bra thinks he's spitting between shoots the couple share how they met.

Blue Couple 03
Broham's trying to steal a kiss.

Blue Couple 02

One thing I learnt during the fun shoot as the couple were laughing and hugging the duration of the's easy and incredibly promising to look forward to the future with someone you love, especially if that someone is also your best friend.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Kua - and the mini miracle that happened

So I'm not a huge purse/accessory person (for obvious reasons) and when I discovered for a second year in a row that I had to come up with equally phenomenal gifts for my mother AND...wait for it, my girlfriend's birthdays on Sept 17th, I was almost in despair.

Two years in the game isn't long enough to be adept at hitting a home run when it comes to picking a birthday gift for two women who mean the world in your life. And though I had gotten away with flowers etc in the past, this year seemed to be a particularly more challenging in my attempt to switch things up a bit.

When Ruby Buah, creative genius behind kua designs, called me to cover a shop and mingle event in DC last week, I was cautiously elated. I have been a fan of the photography used to showcase her products on her website (purses on a clothesline, brilliantly African *check 2009 collection on her website*) and was pleased she wanted me to photograph her first DC event ever!

Though I had to cajole my mom that spending a few hours away from her on her birthday would be more than worth it. The purses I got for her, and ahem the girlfriend, did all the convincing!

Enough banter, to the female fans/bloggers: tell me if Ruby's purses don't make a very strong case to be purchased?


'Kesewaa' - apparently all the bags are affectionately named.


Nothing like the clothesline, but stacked the purses hold their own weight.


Angie happens to be an old long lost friend who I finally met at the event, and she loves her purses/ no particular order.


Ruby had African-print-inspired broaches as well.


An enthusiastic lady who immediately purchased a handful of purses as Ruby smiles on.

Hey, if people appreciated my lovely creations, as they did that evening, I'd be cheesing too! Check out more of the purses at


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

and he shall be called...

Baby being named
Naming ceremonies are on of the more prominent occasions in the Ghanaian community. I tell my friends you can find out a lot about a person just by hearing his name: his family's religion, ethnic group, possibly his day of birth and his family's origin. Eg. Kofi Gabriel Adedevor - infers that buddy was born on Friday, his family gave him a Christian name and his father's family may be traced to the Ewes in the Volta region.

I got to cover a few naming ceremonies over the summer and this is one of them.

Grandad (Pop's side) speaking
The baby's grandfather (from the dad's side) shares a word about the family, and in this case shares that there are only boys in his family; he has a twin and two sons and thus relinquishes baby naming privileges to the other grandfather(mom's side) as the baby's mother has only sisters in her family.

Grandad (Mom's side) speaking
The grandfather, whom the baby is named after, emotionally shares the meaning of his name Oheneba...and how proud he is to have a grandson.

Pensive parents
The parents looking on while the family 'elders' share family history, challenges and triumphs.

the Star opens his eyes
The head of the Pentecost church, the family's church, calls the child by his name for the first time...Oheneba.

Teary eyed Parents
The father, smitten by the emotional bug, also expresses his joy and the pride of having his first born son.

Family Pix

Family together with the bride's parents and sisters, in matching cloth. Usually white is the favored color for naming ceremonies, in this case the family patterns are adorned with baby blue too.

Long, long day

After a long day, close to six hours of congratulations, having guests dine with you and wish you well, Oheneba is finally visibly sentiments exactly! He's a trooper, I wish him all the best and when giving the chance, look forward to documenting his successes.