In high school, I remember feeling so nervous on Valentines Day. I wondered if the boy that I had a crush on was going to say something sweet to me, or if I would get a gift. Meanwhile, I watched everyone around me wearing pink and red as they flaunted their presents.
My 2nd challenge was such a beautiful experience and a glimpse of what I will experience when I become a natural bride.
This shoot was done with just lip gloss and some mascara because I told myself when I have my wedding I want to be as natural as possible.
All I kept thinking was RELAX Lyd, RELAX. And that made me tense up ….. SOOOOO my photographer and his wife decided to make me giggle. Which is not difficult. They made faces, noises, and tried to help loosen me up! I think it worked! I hope. I really tried not to try. 🙂
For this shoot, I knew I was going to have to do all head-shots. To me, trying to sell something like a hat or jewelry is all about looking comfortable, natural and making the colors work. You want the viewer to see themselves in what you’re wearing…
The Maroon Pangi
I did a little research on the Maroon Pangi. I learned that the word ‘pangi’ means cloth and ‘Maroon’ is a group of Surinamese people who are descendants of escaped slaves. The word ‘maroon’ comes from the Spanish word cimarrón which can be translated as ‘runaway living on mountain top.’ I also watched Mireille’s YouTube video titled ‘Simple wrap with a Pangi, a traditional Maroon wrap.’ I enjoyed the video. My family is from Nigeria and we also use head wraps to keep cool in our hot, HOT weather!
This was my favorite challenge so far. I never had a wedding because my husband and I eloped. His family refused to accept our relationship because of racial, cultural, and religious differences. Yep, we picked the trifecta of star-crossed love. We were secretly engaged for 5 months before saying our vows and we see all the drama in a positive light as amazing stories to tell our future grandchildren. Despite the stress that such opposition can cause to flourish, we’ll be celebrating our 10th year (tin) anniversary this May.
I was really excited when I heard this week’s challenge was to model the accessories we were sent. I was sent this wonderful leopard print statement necklace along with a cream color newsboy hat. From the moment I saw the necklace I knew that for my hair, I wanted to do some type of updo. When researching hairstyles, I came across Janelle Monae and I fell in love with her pompadour. I had to try this style! The first thing I did was divide my hair in sections. I then sprayed each section with water and applied Going-Naturals Silky Shea Hair Butter to my ends. Once I had done this, I detangled my hair and combed it out so it would be easier to twist. I achieved this pompadour look by starting from the my nape and twisting upwards towards the top of my head. When I got to the top of my head I used bobby pins to pin down the sides of the twist and then I formed a little poof with the free hair and also used bobby pins to pin it down. A quick and easy style which resulted in a very fashionable and protective updo.
Defined Curls and Caribbean Cool
You may notice a difference in the quality of my photos this week. Unfortunately, the photographer I was scheduled to work with this week cancelled last minute. This week was the first time I’ve wanted to give up in this competition, but I persevered and did my best to be creative in delivering the three themes while taking my own photos. I hope to have better luck next week if I’m selected to continue in this competition!