Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Professional Headshot Update for Lil Swagg the dancer

Let’s celebrate one of Oakland’s youth!!
Lil Swagg during his 2010 Positive Images shoot

Bloc Talent Agency, located in Los Angeles, has recently signed Richard Lee Aaron Curtis IV aka Lil Swagg.

Lil Swagg is a 15 year old sophomore who attends Oakland School for the Arts. A passion for dance, he is a talented choreographer and his emphasis at school is modern dance and ballet. While studying dance he maintains a GPA above a 3.2 and he is heavily involved in church. Lil Swagg attends two churches, Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church and Berkeley Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He is active in the youth departments, sings in the church choir and he participates on the step team. In addition to these things, he is an actor as well.

Richard get's some studio time

Lil Swagg is the youngest of two and has an older brother by the name of Avery Jackson. He has been dancing since he was six years old. At age nine he received his first job with the Golden State Warriors Jr. Jam Squad. Today his current job includes teaching at the New Style Motherlode dance studio located in Oakland, CA.

Lil Swagg will be participating in a big even this summer. On Tuesday July 26th, Lil Swagg participated in the USA Hip Hop Dance Championship that was held in Las Vegas, an event that hosted more than 2,000 of some of the best hip hop dancers around the world. He and the group Ratchet Team danced in the preliminary and they advanced to the World Finals where they placed 9th. Great job!!
Recently Lil Swagg came into Positive Images to have some promotional photography done. We were honored to do his headshots.

Avery, Lil Swagg's older brother in his senior portrait
 A few years back, Positive Images took his brother Avery’s senior portraits, so it was a pleasure to take pictures of his younger brother.

We want to congratulate Lil Swagg on much success and we would like to thank him for being one of our clients. If you are interested in learning more about Lil Swagg or follow him on his journey, you can do so by checking out his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.

Lil Swagg in his new headshot

Please take a look at the video of Lil Swagg on our YouTube channel.
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By: LaStarr Moore
Positive Images Social Media Consultant

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Friday, July 22, 2011

What Do Your Senior Portraits Say About You?

Most people are used to the traditional look of senior portraits. This results in many if not all potraits looking the exact same way. Who wants their pictures replicating that of another persons? Step into the 21st century and go outside of the box when taking your graduation pictures. You have to ask yourself, "What are my senior portraits saying about me?" To help gather some ideas, here are few things your portraits should say.

Senior Shamari, poses in her beloved choir robe

There is something UNIQUE about me!
Everyone embodies a special quality and should display it from time to time. When you are preparing to take your senior portraits, you should design a pose that showcases your unique quality. What you define as unique is totally up to you and can rang from a variety of things. Are you a singer? Do you love fashion? Whatever it is, showcase it. Display the unique quality and/or qualities you have that differentiates you from everyone else.

Your graduation picture can showcase your passion

I am a CREATIVE genius!
Use your imagination and design a senior portrait session that showcases style and fun. Step outside of the photography studio and allow the great outdoors to make up your scene. Lake Merrit is frequently used by photographers because of it's beautiful background, offering a sense of serenity. Positive Images Photographer, Gisele Bonds, is spoiled because the beauty of Lake Merrit is right outside her studio's front door!  Use your resources to your advantage, that's what creativity consists of. Be creative in vision, color, location and in your poses. In order to have the best portraits you need to bring out the best in yourself. Be creative!!

At Positive Images...The world is your background!

I am letting my PERSONALITY shine!
How are you lookinbg in your pictures? Some people do not allow their personalities to take center stage in their portraits, often making them look boring. Senior portraits should display all of the personality that you have. If you are a fun, loving person who laughs a lot and enjoys making funny faces, show it. Do not be afraid to have a good time taking pictures and do not be afraid to let the real you show. Instead of having a photographer tell you how to smile and direct you throughout your session, let your personality do the directing. Now, this does not mean you are free to act unrulely, it just means you have an opportunity show your true self through your photos.

Bring your favorite shirt or accessory to your senior portrait session

It's my SENIOR year and I am GRADUATING!
Your portraits should definitely say that you're a senior and that you're about to graduate. Wear your cap and gown proudly, but add a little bit flavor to it. Leave room for a little tradition and then add more of yourself to the mix. Your main goal should be to have "designer" portraits and that means that your pictures need to be one of a kind. Your portraits need to fit who you are and they should serve as an example of what fabulous senior portraits look like. Graduating from high school is a happy occassion which means your portraits should show you looking happy.

Personal items make your graduation picture unique to you.

In an essence senior portraits must say something that defines only you because your are the person taking them. Adopt the attitude of a designer and create one of a kind designer senior portraits. Graduating seniors, prepare yourselves for your photo op. What do you want your senior portraits say? Please tell us, in the comment box below.

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By: LaStarr Moore
Postive Images Social Media Consultant

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Oakland 2011 Senior Portrait Spokes Model Asya, Retires & Heads to College!

Asya Rocks Senior Portrait Glamour in Red Boa
It is the time of year that we must say goodbye to our wonderful Spokes Models so that we can make room for the next graduating class.  Today the Positive Images Spotlight is on the Retirement of 2011 Spokes Model, Asya Brown.
Asya shows her studious side in studio portrait
Asya is a scholar-athlete on the Varsity Track team and former Cheerleader at Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland, CA.

Check out this video which highlights our favorite portraits from her graduation session

She serves as a school Ambassador, chaperoning new students and families during campus events.  She is a member of the Black Student Union and Sisters of Success.

A Cap and Gown Portrait Says Graduation

Asya completed 300 community volunteer hours by serving on the Oakland-Piedmont Chapter of the National Charity League as a Student Volunteer.  Asya is a member of the Oakland Chapter of Jack and Jill, and currently serves as teen Vice President.
A Fun Natural Light Portrait Showcases Asya's Smile

Asya will attend Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia and plans to major in Sociology. Asya's Positive Images Family wishes her continued success in her very bright future!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tender Maternity Portraits at China Beach, San Francisco

Some couples just make you think, "What a perfect couple" each time you see them. Alice and Kieron are just that type of couple. 
Sweet Wedding Moment at Preservation Park
Their wedding day was filled with many sweet moments, including this one at 
Oakland's Preservation Park.
Bride Preparation Claremont Resort Oakland, California

Alice prepared for her distinctive wedding in the lap of luxury at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, in the Berkeley Hills.
Wedding Couple Serenaded by Destiny

The lovely couple were serenaded by Oakland's own Harpist from the Hood, DestinyDestiny, Sound Sculptress, mesmerizes her audience with the her musical imagery.  She writes classical/ crossover eclectic jazz for for vocals and harp. Her voice and music is both inspiring and soothing. Get to know her better at Harpist From The Hood.
 Tender Maternity Portrait on China Beach San Francisco

It was so lovely to be a part of this beautiful couple's transition to becoming a family.  This portrait session was commissioned to tell the story of the Great Expectation they are awaiting....a perfect pair, baby boy and girl!

This Maternity Portrait Video contains some of our favorites from their portrait session, taken just days before the twins arrived.

Congratulations! your Positive Images Family is very excited to see the Perfect Couple become the Perfect family!
Joyful Expectant Parents Play Surf at China Beach 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Senior Portrait Gift for Bay Area Foster Kids

Let's Take A Stand To Uplift Bay Area Foster Kids!
Contact us for Foster Care senior portrait gift

At the beginning of her term, newly elected mayor of Oakland CA, Jean Quan, made it a priority to help take back the youth of Oakland. These youth include foster children who have aged out or will be aging out of the system. This presents a problem to the Oakland community and Alameda County because these young people are experiencing hardships with their education. Statistics from Foster Youth Services have shown that above 70% of those in foster care are functioning below their grade levels and 50% have to repeat the same grade level for at least a year. All of these things have an impact on the graduation rates of these young people. It is not their fault!

As parents, public figures, community leaders and fellow residents, we have a responsibility on our hands. Due to many circumstances these children have had to be put into a system that is designed to take care of them until their families get better or until a family decides they want them. The situation in itself puts a toll on the foster youth and it contributes to the lack of progression in school. Many experience a lack of progression because of the lack of positive figures surrounding them. 

My mom, Cassandra Bailey, became a foster parent in 2009. From the beginning her objective has been to help foster children find their true potential, make positive changes in their lives and become successful. There's much negativity that surrounds many foster children, so having an outlet like a foster parent whose goal is to help you achieve success makes a great difference. My mother has had three foster kids within the last three years. Their stays have varied with the longest staying for 12 months. In that year she helped bring the young lady's self-esteem up, helped raise her GPA and encouraged her to pursue her passion as a veterinarian. As a foster parent my mom has been a positive influence to children in need.

Be a positive influence as well and help a foster child. You can help by becoming a foster parent, mentoring a foster child, or doing any other reasonable service that helps them become better citizens. All local businesses can contribute by going out and teaching foster youth about their professions, helping them to develop interests and passions pertaining to career goals. 

For the record, not all youth in foster care are struggling and that is a GREAT thing. Many have overcome the challenges in their lives and have gone to do wonderful things. We applaud those who have achieved success and encourage you to continue on. 
We have 100 Senior Portrait sessions available for
deserving Foster Care seniors

Let's raise the esteem of foster care youth and support them in becoming successful. Positive Images Photography will take part in this important cause and will help tell the stories of these young people through what is done best here; designing senior portraits. Positive Images wants to help by donating 100 senior portrait sessions and graduation photos to local  foster care 2012 high school seniors who are not able to afford them. Professional photographer, Gisele Bonds has been creating fabulous senior portraits for over 22 years and has a passion for telling the stories of teenagers through portrait art. 

During a recent interview on this topic, Ms. Bonds stated the following:

"Unfortunately prior to a senior portrait session, many young people have only been photographed by the school underclass photographer. This experience is usually rushed and an assembly line process which often results in pictures that can leave a youth feeling that they are unattractive. A senior portrait is an opportunity for a teen to tell the world who they are as they transition to adulthood. If done well, a graduation photograph can be self-affirming and give a boost of self-esteem to the student. It breaks my heart to think of a young person working hard to complete all the requirements of graduation and additionally beating the odds of the foster care system, yet being unable to capture that milestone with a senior portrait."

Interested foster care providers or students may schedule appointments by phoning (510)832-3686. You can view our Senior Portrait Gallery at 2012 Seniors can "Like" our Facebook Page for updates on scholarships, SAT preparation, college readiness, articles about positive Bay Area youth, and contests. 

If you or someone you know contributes to a foster child, please let us know what's being done by letting us know in the comment box below. For those of you who haven't gotten involved yet, it's not too late. Will you join in on the cause????

You can forward this Foster Care Senior Portraits Press Release to help spread the word.

By: LaStarr Moore
Positive Images Social Media Consultant