Before this Summer officially began I had promised myself to dedicate it to solely fostering and growing my creative endeavors. I was becoming overworked by my daytime job ( which was only suppose to be part time) and I had bad taste in my mouth from a rather disappointing publishing deal ( it sucks when work your’re really proud of gets a lackluster push – the irony lol). So back in May I put my promise into action , I had decided to start with a fresh update to my styling portfolio . I hadn’t been on set in a few months and I really did miss it , the only problem was my go to photographer had retired for good. The city where I’m based isn’t the best city to work ( as in get paid) consistently as a fashion stylist , it’s no secret that I’ve been somewhat disillusioned in my experiences here and I’ve become very weary of working with new people. I thought of what a mentor & fellow stylist had once told me, she advised to go outside my comfort zone and take chances , lower the walls , you never know where it may lead , (Sounds Cliche but it’s a simple truth a lot of us don’t listen to) so finally I decided to finally head that advice ( Thanks Shun!) . I contacted a photographer (Robert Tremaine) I had been following on social media for a while , I genuinely like his work and we arranged a shoot with my two favorite muses ( Dani & Britt) , an amazing hair stylist (Erin) I met from a book cover shoot as well as a makeup artist (Markesha) Robert brought in. I also wanted to challenge my own parameters as a stylist , I departed from my usual 80s Drug Dealer Chic ideas , and pulled more classic pieces from top notch brands like BCBG Max Azria , Ralph Lauren , Hugo Boss , For Lemons and Love , and Saint Laurent Paris. Once everyone arrived to set everything went off without a hitch. It was good to be back in my element and have an overwhelmingly positive experience , even though I miss working with my usual crew , I know that to truly grow you have to take more chances and that’s what I promised myself.