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EDITORIAL: Fixate

Photographer: Clarence Jackson
Stylist: Mikelle Street
Model: MoniQue La’Belle
Make-Up: Keisha Moore

The first editorial that 803 Markese Street receives first because we were involved is finally here. After weeks of preparation, and then execution, and then finally follow up, Fixate has finally arrived. Created utilizing resources mostly from South Carolina, I’d like to just say that I’m ecstatic to finally see my name in print. Usually when I post editorials I attempt to study the editorial but I don’t feel entirely comfortable attempting to study an editorial I had a major hand in. So, what I’ve decided to do is to just relate my experience a little bit.

See the rest of the editorial complete with my experience below the clip

To tell the truth this editorial began with Clarence Jackson. He alerted me that a publication was taking submissions and that he wanted to submit something and would be interested in working together. After being given the theme I began conceptualizing shoots(the one picked actually was the second concept I had) and then pulling in contacts. While I actively searched for new contacts like Wendy Brandes, I did use alot of contacts that I already possessed like Alana Britt of Alana B. Couture. Unlike most editorials I didn’t go into the shoot knowing what looks I wanted to pull. I knew the general style but even that changed. I had resolved that because of such limited choices, I would see what I could pull and just construct my story from there.

For the team… well some of us knew about it the entire time, like Clarence and myself. Others, like Keisha Moore and MoniQue La’Belle, were pulled on as the process moved along. Tennyson Kovach though, a local artist and old high school friend, was pulled on the day of. It’s funny because you don’t really realize the importance of “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” until you’re put in the situation. It wasn’t about how creative I was, or what I could dream up. At the end of the day, when requested to incorporate something into the shoot, it helps so much more when you have the contacts to be able to arrange for it to be done.

The experience was amazing one. Everyone was so accommodating; from designers like Adrina Nelson of Adero by Adrina who basically allowed me to assist in the design of one of the pieces, to Tennyson who was on set after being given only a few hours notice. Of course I hope to do alot more shooting and progress with each shoot, and I just believed I’m really blessed to have had this experience be kind of like my first photoshoot that I contributed to in a major way.

PERSONAL: Shooting the Messenger

I’m always looking for a good ring!
Designer: Atelier Minyon
So as you guys can see I’ve been darting around a little doing a variety of things… ohkay well maybe you can’t see it but I have. I mean I got a job for one… ohkay it’s probably time I explain how that works. I went and signed up at a temp agency and basically what I have to do every morning is drive down to the temp agency and wait for them to give me a job. Somedays, like the day after I signed up, and the next day, I get work. Other days, like pretty much all this week except for Wednesday I believe.. I don’t. Frustrating yes, but hey, when I do get work I appreciate it because I get paid the day of. The work is grueling though, it’s manual labor.
Ugh, this would become my signature piece so quickly!
Collection: Fall 2010
I did want to discuss something else though…*taps teeth* oh I know, my experience with the photoshoot. So two weeks ago I did a photoshoot for submission to Linger Magazine. The team included Clarence Jackson(photographer), Monique La’Belle(model), Kiesha Moore(make-up artist), Tennyson Kovach(tattoo artist), as well as of course the designers. Some people, like Clarence, were aware of the project all along while others, like Tennyson, were pulled on the day of. Pulling pieces was… a task. I emailed in favors and hit up alot of retailers. The pieces featured in this post are all from Atelier Minyon, a boutique that I hit up for pieces. They sadly couldn’t do it because of the distance so I was saddened. The pieces were still GORGEOUS though. I can’t wait till I can get my hands on them.

I don’t think you quite understand the detailing!!
Collection: Fall 2010
On a non-fashion front… in about 3 months school starts back. If you spoke to me within the past two weeks you may know that I was trying to decide whether or not I should return to the mountain. With the opportunities I was presented here in Columbia, in addition to the potential for the Columbia Fashion Industry, as well as the fact that I have to take out a loan to attend Sewanee this year… it would have been foolish of me to not at least consider not returning to the mountain. The plan was to transfer to Midland’s Technical College for the Fall Semester and then to the University of South Carolina for the Spring, and to finish out my schooling there. But after a while I decided to go to the mountain and bring fashion with me in a major way so.. just watch out for that.

Nor do you understand the urgency with which they need to be on my chest!
Collection: Fall 2010
One more thing… OH! I was going to keep this under wraps until I got actually published in the publication BUT they tweeted about it already! Anyway I now have affiliations with Wink Magazine based here in Columbia, SC. I will not be revealing the extent of my involvement and hopefully they will not be tweeting about it until the issue comes out. I’ve been trying this new thing where I don’t blab about all my hopes, dreams, and projects. I just want to speak with the people can advise or make them happen, and for everyone else it will be a surprise.

EXCLUSIVE: FFS and Clarence J

So, one of the things that we are attempting to bring more of as the blog evolves is original content. Original and exclusive content that you’re not going to find at other blogs. That’s why, if you’ve noticed, there has been an injection of a personal voice into posts. Also if you’re one of our business affiliates, you should be able to tell by the emails I’ve sent. Anyway, I’m excited to announce that I was on the set of my first photoshoot this pass Sunday, and these are the pictures that resulted. I posted about it on my other blog but now the pictures are back, I’m going to post about it here as well.

See more pictures from the photoshoot, and my commentary after the clip.

Amenia Pempleton(FFS) by Clarence Jackson

The photographer on set was Clarence Jackson of Clarence J Photography. I had never met him before the shoot, so afterwards I did go up and kind of introduce myself. He has a very quiet demeanor and, for the model, makes it a very calm and relaxed atmosphere. With 19 other models in the room, and the staff of your agency looking on, you kind of need someone that seems to be reassuring. The professionalism of his work is evident in the photographs and his timeliness. Like I said, we shot on Sunday, it’s now Tuesday and I have the photographs. I believe light retouching was done. Anyway, if you’re in the area and would like to shoot I’d recommend him highly. He’s also looking to build a creative team, so if you are a designer, make-up artist, stylist, or creative director, check him out.

Ty Rene’e(FFS) by Clarence Jackson

The pictures that I have selected are just a few of my favorites. Are they all my top favorites, no, but I wanted to show a variety of pictures/angles/models/emotions, while still attempting to stay true to the quality of the blog. You will notice that Monique La Belle does appear twice. That’s because she… hands down was my favorite model. She has untapped potential, but she also has talent that she exercises REGULARLY! She’s just so effortless in front of the camera, and the funny thing is that even though you watch the photoshoot and you see all this talent, after the picture is taken you’re like, “Wow I didn’t know the light would reflect like that”. You have time to reflect on every little detail when her mind factored them all in the span of a few seconds.

Dustin White(FFS) by Clarence Jackson

Here are a few more pictures in no particular order. Click the pictures and they will become larger.


Models: Shemieka Lloyd(FFS), Monique La Belle(FFS), Kenneth McCray(FFS), Victoria Jazzphied(FFS), Lindsey Hendren(FFS)
Creative Direction: Alicia Zeigler
Photographer: Clarence Jackson
Hair, Make-Up, and Styling: Latasha Cooper
Assistant: Mikelle Street