BeautydeMele

She's young, beautiful and is aspiring to do things that make her happy. For that, I applaud and support her. While becoming a full time college student, she is doing what she loves by becoming a talented MUA (Make Up Artist). In this post, she is both the MUA and the model. We like to call that a double threat. I'm just the willing photographer that gets to capture her craft. I hope you enjoy some of our favorites from this impromptu shoot.  


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My little girl is growing up...

I write this post with the actual realization that time is slipping through my hands rapidly and these photos only confirm that fact. My oldest child  (Tiphani) is now a young lady. I had the pleasure and privilege of documenting her High School prom and all I can say is that she looked AMAZING!!! She's is so beautiful and was glowing like an angel. I'm so proud of you babygirl 😘. Thank God for the day you came into my life. I love you Titi. Here are some of my favs from our shoot.  

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Smile, it's your birthday

Birthday celebrations are supposed to be a grand occasion and this girl pulled out ALL the stops. She had an All White Affair party scheduled for her big day and she commissioned me to take photos to be on display for the big night. I decided to go with a very different concept which was to give every photo a completely different feel and effect. Again, it's not the normal concept but the results were great and in the end, Marcia was happy. Happy client, Happy photographer. Enjoy! 

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Hello....Mr. Nice Sock.....

His style is inspiring and unique and even quite daring but never ordinary. DJ (or @Hellomrnicesock if you follow him on Twitter or Instagram) is a stylish gentleman with a bold take on fashion. Today, I got a chance to do a shoot with him for a feature in  Articles of Style called 'What I Wore Today'. It was a fun and creative way to spend a day. I must say that if you look at his outfits on a hanger, you assume that there's no way they'll work together...until he puts them on and you say, 'Ok, I see it now.' I hope you enjoy viewing these shots just as much as I did creating them. 

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Whatever It Takes....to get THE SHOT!

Ok, so I LOVE taking photos and I'll do just about anything to get THE SHOT.  Here are a couple 'behind the scenes' shots that show my interaction with one of my couples.  The funny thing is that my couples hardly ever remember what it took to get THE SHOT and they're not supposed to.  It's all about staying in their zone and being ready to make magic happen. All pics are SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) and have not been edited in any way.

It was around 20 degrees outside so you know this ground was BRICK COLD

It was around 20 degrees outside so you know this ground was BRICK COLD

Yes, it appears that I did a lot of ground work for this shoot.

Yes, it appears that I did a lot of ground work for this shoot.

Andrew & Chantel's Engagement session

First, let me mention what a blast I had with Andrew and Chantel during this photoshoot.  We had only met by phone a year earlier and we basically took a year to get our schedules in sync so that this shoot could become a reality.  We decided to shoot on MLK day and if you're living in the Northeast, you know that the temperature was hovering in the 20's with a wind child factor of OMG!!!!! Yet, these two braved the elements like champions (one day before our next snowstorm). Their love for each other is is exuded in everything they do together.  Please take a few moments to enjoy some of my favorite pics from our Brooklyn NY shoot.

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It's your Birthday | Arielle Noelle is here!

I get to photograph so many people in various capacities and with those opportunities, I am granted the approval to post their stories and experience here on the blog.  With that said, I am ELATED to be able to present to you the latest addition to my family.  Arielle Noelle McDonald was born on July 6th, 2013.  She tipped the scales at 9.5 lbs and 19 3/4".  She is so beautiful and I am so proud to be able to present her first photos to you all.

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My beautiful wife on Ari's birthday.  You won't find a more beautiful mother and baby combo.  She looks simply radiant and YES, she's make-up free.

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Why do people insist on spelling McDonald with the first 'D' in lowercase? I mean c'mon people, let's get it together....I'm sorry, back to the pics :D

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Yes, I hold her with joy and admiration because GOD is amazing.  I feel so blessed to be able to add another beautiful soul to my family. 

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"All dressed up and ready for my mommy and daddy to take me home."  

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Marquita's Prom Night | She's on FIRE!!!

It's that time that all (or at least, most) young ladies look forward to.....Senior prom.  I had a blast documenting Marquita's (Kiki) night along with all of the other papparazzi that came through.  It was hilarious.  Anyway, the focus of this night was Kiki and she did not fail to deliver.  I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite shots from the night.   

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Oh yeah....the shoes were HOT!!!! But I digress....back to the pics..... 

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Everybody say 'CHRISTMAS' | McDonald Family

Tis the season to take portraits, fa la la la la, la la la la.  I had a blast helping Edith and Davan put together their first family portrait in a while.  Max (the family pooch) was a riot behind the scenes (he simply wouldn't move once his outfit was put on). DJ and Tati rounded out the group and made this shoot a smooth event.  All in all, this is a beautiful family and I hope you enjoy these photos for years to come.....or until you need more portraits :-D.

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Sharon and Todd | 25 Years of Love

This is a day that I had been looking forward to for a long time.  If there is a couple on earth that exudes love and what it takes to stick together, it's Sharon and Todd.  You had a chance to take a peak into their lives earlier this year when we did a pre-ceremony shoot in the park.  On this day, their love and happiness made us all smile with joy.  

I just want to, once again, say 'CONGRATULATIONS' to you both.  Even though we know it isn't, you guys make marriage look easy.

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Sharon and Todd | Pre-Vow Renewal shoot

After 25 years, Sharon and Todd show us all how love is supposed to be. They are one of the best couples I have ever met and after spending an afternoon with these two, I can definitely say that Sharon is the CRAZY glue in this relationship.....to be honest, she's just crazy and fun. Here are some of the highlights from our afternoon together.

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Mela Shania's Prom Night

Another year, another one of my beautiful young ladies that went out and painted the town red....or at least purple and blue.  I had the pleasure of documenting Mela's pre-prom session and watched her as she went on to have a blast with her girls.  Here are just a few of my favs from our shoot.  Enjoy 

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BABY BOOM | Claudia's belly shoot

I'd like to say that my wife was the willing model for this April photo shoot but to tell you the truth, she wasn't.  To be honest, our lil' man (Marcus) and our unborn lil' guy (Daniel) were more of a willing participant.  BB, as i like to call her, was more caught up in the novela that was on TV than my photographic asperations.  Despite my challenges, I was able to get a couple nice pics of her in all of her beauty.   Love you babe....

Marcus is so cute....he looks a little like mini me LOL.
That's what I call mother and son...and son LOVE!

Little lady's big night

On the afternoon of June 23, 2011, I had the privilege of cataloging a beautiful young lady as she prepared for her evenings prom. She looked fabulous and I'm not saying that just because she's my daughter. We took many shots that day (over 350 in fact) but I'll share with you just a few of why my eyes got a little teary as I watched my baby girl transform into a beautiful young lady...right before my eyes.

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