Versatility of Natural Hairstyles: Photoshoot with Sakarah - "Love Locs"

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A couple weeks ago, I was honored to shoot once again with my best friend Sakarah. We had been talking about new ideas and concepts we wanted to try and we thought of focusing on her beautiful locs. We came up with the concept of showcasing the versatility of natural hair. African American hair can be styled in a multitude of ways. Sakarah has had this hairstyle for 24 years (and counting) and I believed it was time for her to showcase it through some new and vibrant images. With my photographic style of capturing vivid light and color, we came up with this photoset I have titled, “Love Locs.”

The set up was the best part for me. Now would you believe me if I told you that these were taken in her bedroom? We decided to do this instead of renting out an entire studio for just the two of us. This made the shoot much more cozy and relaxed, just like being at home (literally). I used one strobe light with a beauty dish attached and taped a my old wrinkled backdrop up to one of her walls. Then I had her sit low in front of me to have a deep angle of light pointing down on her as if we were in a large studio. Next, add in some deep conversation, a couple FaceTime calls with friends, and the rest is in the images! Sakarah created every look herself by trying out new ways to situate her hair for the pictures. Luckily, thanks to Neely Glam Studios, Sakarah already had her face beat way before we shot so we could focus solely on the photography.

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If you like these pics, make sure to LIKE and COMMENT! I would love to hear your thoughts. 🤙🏾❤️ All thanks to Sakarah for this amazing work. Also credits to mattebrand for  top!

Patreon, A New Way to Support Us!

JDOTDIGITALS is now using Patreon.com as a way for people who love our work to support us online. Through this service, you can receive Patreon Support Rewards and help us reach our future goals!

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Described below is some background information on why we decided to make this available to you:

Who am I?
My name is Jonathan Okafo, I am the owner and lead photographer of JDOTDIGITALS: a photography company that works with artists, businesses, and people with creative minds. In building this business since 2014, I have seen a need for professional images, creative expression, innovative ideas, and community building for artists. I believe photography can fulfill these needs.

 

Why do I create?
As social media becomes the forefront of interaction in today’s society, people have seen the popularity of viral images that are shared countless times across the internet. My purpose for creating photography takes a different route. I plan to contribute to a different cause with images that tell stories and inspire others to create art as well. Locally, I want to help artists and businesses with brand development, portfolio building, and marketing content.

Why do we need support?
JDOTDIGITALS consists of myself and my group of assistants who help with the creative process and marketing our business. Currently, I serve the Triangle area of North Carolina and invest most of my time into creating professional photography. However, I want to turn this into a full-time business and provide supporters of my work with better content than I can currently create. This is where you come in.

How you can support us:
You can gain early access to our exclusive content by pledging one dollar or more to our Patreon. This includes high-definition images from our projects, behind-the-scenes videos, tutorials, and gifts in the mail! With your help, we will be able to produce more high-quality content for viewers and participants. We know that a great business is built on a great community of people supporting it. You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook or subscribe to our website to stay updated with our latest news. If you're ready to become a patron and contribute to our work, it's quick and easy to do so! You can always opt out of Patreon at any time or gain access to new rewards based on how much you pledge. If you have any questions, be sure to message us here on Patreon and we will be happy to answer them for you. Thank you for your consideration and support!

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Updated Availability Schedule

What's up everyone!

JDOTDIGITALS has now updated and posted our availability for the month of March. We also have declared dates we will travel outside of our current area. We are beginning with Greensboro for three Fridays out of the month, then for the last weekend of March we are planning to be in Charlotte for 2 days (travel dates are subject to change).

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Our daily schedule is as follows:

Mondays: 12pm - 3pm and

7pm - 10pm (Studio Only)

Wednesdays: 12pm - 3pm

Fridays: 12pm - 3pm and

7pm - 10pm (Studio Only)

Saturdays: 12pm - 9pm

Sundays: 12pm - 9pm

 

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays are currently unavailable as we will use these days for editing and business maintenance. Monday and Wednesday nights are currently only available for studio sessions and every other timeframe can be used for any type of photography session, outdoor or otherwise.

If you have any questions about our schedule or how to book with us. Be sure to contact us here for more information.

Thanks everyone!