Take a picture it last longer…

it’s a photo shoot girl it’s a photo shoot!

Earlier this year I was planning to do some big things (still working towards it) nonetheless I needed a photographer to make something’s happen…. I know a bunch of them. So looking for one to use myself should’ve been easy, right?…. Yea NOT even easy. When you’re looking for someone to do work for you it is much different, you look at their work a little more critical then you would if you were getting them for someone other than yourself….

In conversation with my homeboy Craig I was telling him I’d wished he could’ve been in our hometown Flint,Mi to do my shoot.. Craig’s work is amazing…. He says to me “Use Steve”… I’m like YAS! (in thee most ratchet voice I can ponder up).. Steve is DOPE, I’d seen his work and loved it… Craig and Steve’s work is good enough to be in any big name magazine out HANDS DOWN

So Steve and I linked up… I’ve got to tell you, I was so nervous the day of the shoot. I was shaking like a stripper… Steve’s skills were different. He got photos of me doing my normal everyday gestures. You can hardly call that “Posing for the camera” …it was like taking pictures while checking the scenery and catching up with an old friend… No really Steve and I went to Flint Northwestern High School together before I went to Flint Southwestern High school… So things came natural and I will say when ever I did try to pose it felt so rehearsed…..

Great pictures are great pictures… That was just one part of this post…. Let’s talk about being Beauty Marked

Once I knew I was going to be having a photo shoot I instantly knew Ranesha Cavette was going to do my make-up. I didn’t care how early I had to be there. I needed her make-up expertise… I’d been following her work for sometime via Instagram… She’s great at what she does.. Not only that but she puts in serious work and investment in her gift… Most people who I knew that did make-up just did it on the side or as a plan B… This woman takes it seriously and once I seen her drive and ambition I needed an excuse to have her do my make-up but this wasn’t an excuse…. It was a great reason….

Needless to say this particular day was one of the most amazing days of my life… And what better way to remember it but the pictures… You know what they say…

Take a picture… It last longer

Steven Hawkins:
Email: Steven1on1@gmail.com
Phone: 810-965-1143
Website: Hawkinssteven.tumblr.com

Ranesha Cavette:
Makeup Artist for both freelance & M.A.C
Esthetician & Massage Therapist 810.620.3428
Email: Ranesha@RaneshaCavette.com

(below is pictures of both Steven and Ranesha … Also a few photos from the shoot)







Let’s have this moment together…

In life we have choices… Plenty of choices..

Do or Don’t

Red or Blue

Paper or Plastic

And the choices we make pave the lane that is perfectly created for us… Those choices write the black words on the white pages of our life story…

At this point in life do you feel like you’ve made the right the choices?

This is the question I just asked myself, like no for real I got in the house took off my coat and that’s the question the formed in my head.. And as I began to think about it I cried. Mascara running down my cheeks, face turning red, and eyes mad glossy cry… I feel like I just been settling and being comfortable… There’s so many things I want to do that I talk myself out of and label it

Common Sense

Little did I realized I’d boxed myself in to the opinions of people who won’t ever sign any of my checks… Shame on me… So in a matter of minutes I made a choice… A choice to go for what it is I really want… A choice to NEVER SETTLE I felt so much weight lift off of me…

So now it’s your turn… You try… Do the things you desire, the things you dream of.. Don’t box yourself in and don’t let nobody else box you in…




Wise counsel

Oooo weeee this generation is something different, I tell you!

How many times do you hear this comment from the elderly?… Well I hear it almost every time I’m in church and I’m hear to tell you that’s three, fo’ times a week (Fo’ means four) …It’s rare these days that you see a young person seeking advice from any older person or even simply listening to what they have to say.

I’m not one of them, and this ain’t that! I love talking to older people, with time and discipline I learned to listen to the things they say. There’s one thing I’ll never forget, one day a elderly lady told me “I’ve seen 23 but you haven’t seen 88″… That one statement put a whole new spin on my life as I knew it.

The stories and advice you can gather from parents, aunts, uncles, and elderly people is timeless.. The bible says There is NOTHING new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9) Which means you can always find an older person who experienced something similar to what you went through or are going through… Talking/listening to someone older and wiser causes you to be blessed with wisdom. The bible also says Take good counsel and accept correction- that’s the way to live wisely&well. (Proverbs 19:20)

As younger people we have to learn to listen to what the older people have to say. And adopt some of their ways. Their way of Integrity and Loyalty, their way of honesty and humbleness, and most importantly their patience and wisdom…

Word Bank

Loyalty- 1.
giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution.
“he remained loyal to the government”
synonyms: faithful, true, devoted; More
antonyms: treacherous

the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
“he is known to be a man of integrity”
synonyms: honesty, probity, rectitude, honor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness More
antonyms: dishonesty
the state of being whole and undivided.
“upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty”
synonyms: unity, unification, coherence, cohesion, togetherness, solidarity More
antonyms: division

the quality of being honest.
“they spoke with convincing honesty about their fears”
synonyms: integrity, uprightness, honorableness, honor, morality, morals, ethics, principles, high principles, righteousness, right-mindedness; More
sincerity, candor, frankness, directness, bluntness, truthfulness, truth, openness, straightforwardness

Humble- 1.
having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
“he was humble about his stature as one of rock history’s most influential guitarists”
synonyms: meek, deferential, respectful, submissive, diffident, self-effacing, unassertive; More
antonyms: proud, overbearing
(of an action or thought) offered with or affected by a modest estimate of one’s own importance.
“my humble apologies”
of low social, administrative, or political rank.
“she came from a humble, unprivileged background”

Patience- 1.
the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
“you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross”
synonyms: forbearance, tolerance, restraint, self-restraint, stoicism; More
perseverance, persistence, endurance, tenacity, assiduity, application, staying power, doggedness, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness

the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.
synonyms: sagacity, intelligence, sense, common sense, shrewdness, astuteness, smartness, judiciousness, judgment, prudence, circumspection; More
antonyms: folly, stupidity
the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
“some questioned the wisdom of building the dam so close to an active volcano”
synonyms: sagacity, intelligence, sense, common sense, shrewdness, astuteness, smartness, judiciousness, judgment, prudence, circumspection; More
antonyms: folly, stupidity
the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period.
plural noun: wisdoms
“the traditional farming wisdom of India
synonyms: knowledge, learning, erudition, sophistication, scholarship, philosophy; More

(Thanks Google for the definitions lol)

The interview about Smack and The red book….

Two summers ago I was on one of thee dopest clothing line teams that Flint,Mi has ever seen at the time .. Identical Variant …. The founders called a team meeting to do some planning and discussing as far as what was next. That was a well needed meeting for me because I didn’t know everyone, I wanted to put faces with names ya know?.. At this meeting I met Sean that is known as Smack.. Smack was one of the artist on the team… He was real cool chill and quite random which was cool with me.. I’m random… Earlier this year he released The Red Book… It’s a dope book with great illustration and room for your mind to work! I had the pleasure of asking him just a few questions about the book and what he does….

1.The name smack, how did that come about?
“The name Smack actually started back in my high school days. I was a part of this youth group back in Saginaw called Gamma Kappa Kudos and one of my brothers started calling me that. It’s basically a combination of my first and last name. Ever since then I just ran with it and made it my artist name.”

2.How did art become apart of your life?
“Art’s really been in my life since I was a kid. People always told me that I was drawing whenever I had the chance, sketching out like Ninja Turtles or Ghostbusters. I can’t even really think of a time when it wasn’t around. It wasn’t really until around elementary school when I realized I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. Didn’t know exactly how but I just knew I wanted to do art.”

3.How did the idea for the Red Book come along?
“The whole idea came from me being in an art block really. Any artist will tell you about those, once you get an art block all creativity is stalled. So to get out of it I wanted to go back to basics and go back to figure drawing. That’s really how the book started. One girl offered to pose and another followed and it just jumped off from there. The color “red” came from more of a design choice that turned into something more meaningful as the whole series went on.”

4.The girls in the book, how did you go about selecting them?
“After I realized I wanted to turn it into a book, I basically had a call for anybody that wanted to be in the book. Anyone of any persuasion was welcome to be in, color, body type, all were welcomed. Some of them I knew personally and I was just honored that they even wanted to be a part of it. Someone told me the book let them show a side they never got a chance to express and that was cool to me.”

5.Did they have boyfriends? How was their reactions to your illustrations of their women?
“Yeah there were definitely some who were involved at the time. I never really heard any reaction from their boyfriends about it so I couldn’t even say. I haven’t been threatened with a bat yet so I think they weren’t too heated about it. It’s crazy, there’s a part in the beginning of the book that says thank you which really meant “thank you for not driving to Saginaw to start a fight club on my front lawn” haha. But I seriously appreciate any of them realizing it’s really just art.”

6.Where can the Red Book be found?
“Right now anybody interested can by the physical version the book on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1483948161/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dgLgsb13X26DGGEY) and the digital version at the book’s Tumblr page (http://smackred.tumblr.com).”

7. What can we expect next from Smack?
“Honestly? That’s something I’m trying to figure out myself really. I’m starting ground work for the next Red Book, I’ll be going back to working on my webcomic The Revolutionary Times soon with my friend Brandon Howard, and doing more design work with Identical Variant. Other than that, it’s completely a mystery to me. These past couple of months, I’ve done a children’s books and an art battle so who knows where the artistic winds will take me next. I just know I’ll be doing my best to become a better artist and showing the world what I can do with these gifts.”

8.Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like readers to know?
“I’m a Taurus, I enjoy very short walks on the beach and Kevin Smith movies, and I’m currently 95% potty trained. I don’t know what anyone would actually do with that info but there you have it. Oh, and don’t take any wooden nickels. Just don’t do it. “

Check out some of Smacks illustrations. Ladies seize the opportunity to be his next muse for “Chapter 2 of The Red Book” below…





Dream date…

Hey baby lets get away let’s go somewhere far.. Baby can we?

Picture this…

The phone rings and it’s exactly the voice your ears needed to hear to cause those butterflies in your belly… “Babe get dressed I’ll be there in a hour”.. “Dressed up? Or dressed down?”… “Dressed like you..”

Though that hour doesn’t seem like much you get flyer than you do when you got all the time in the world because you’re under the instruction of the butterfly whisperer… hair whipped, outfit fly fitting just right, and that fragrance you’re wearing will cause a room of people to stop in their tracks trying to shazaam it like its music… One last mirror check feeling like Girl you be killin em

So he arrives looking like he might’ve came right off a page in GQ’s latest edition… Forehead kiss? check … Opens car door? check… At the stop light you glance over at em and he smiles at you as he admired you from the driver seat… You say “Where are we going?” …. “You’ll see”…

And scene, naw I ain’t finish the story. Nope I never said where y’all was going… But I don’t want to give anyone any ideas… That’s my 1st dream date, some type of romantic surprise.. I don’t want to know anything but I need to be fly, fierce, and smelling good…

Now it’s your turn.. Tell me what’s your dream date?