This was such a special shoot. Holly and Kevin are the parents of Max who I taught for 4 years at an art school in Durham. Holly contacted me about doing the very first couples shoot of her and her husband Kevin. After a ton of re-scheduling, we finally did it!
I met Raheem (aka Defacto Thezpian) at a holiday party. We talked. I shared my stories (and tequila) of doing photography with musicians and how Stelth Ulvang played Outcast songs in my classroom..."cause the whole world loves it when you make that sound..bah bah..bah bah bah bah" was what would've heard if you were there.
Afterwards we exchanged contact info and set up a photo shoot in Durham, NC.
It's always an adventure and pleasure to work with positive, artistic humans. Here are the photos from the shoot.
I listened to Nappy Roots when I was in high school. My favorite beat was the collaboration of "Awnaw" with P.O.D's Marcus. It was nostalgic to be able to shoot portraits of them in Durham, NC at The Pinhook this week.
After they warmed up to me a bit we had a great shoot. I also got to connect with Drew Yager of CMK Productions. He's been with Nappy Roots for 4 years. You can see him in the photos below.
Someone else you might not know is Blake German. He is the tour DJ and producer for Nappy Roots new album "The 40 AKERZ PROJECT". I was able to grab him on his way out the door.
You can get Nappy Roots new album on iTunes here.
I emailed his manager and asked. She emailed him. He said "ok".
I met him outside of the Local 506 on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and then we walked around, climbed on a roof, talked and took some photos.
The repetitive lesson learned: Just ask.
He's a great guy and I hope you can check out his art!