The Culture Quench on Black Female Photographers

I got a feature! I got feature! I got a feature hey hey hey hey!

So today my work was featured on  


Let me tell you why... 

There are a ton of amazing photographers in the world.  There are even awesome photographers that educate other photographers on the skills and business. But in my experience there is a disconnect for certain artists in the industry.  A disconnect that other Black Female Photographers have been able to relate to.  So being in a group of 2.8k+ Black Female Photographers that support, educate, and celebrate each other in the craft, has been refreshing and has been a missing factor for me.  So like I said it's kinda a big deal!

Shout out to the talented team of women who made this shoot possible.

Designers: Ennye Collection (Mercy & Matipa)

Hair: Vela Davis, V Davis Culture

Makeup: Jalia Pettis

Styling: Tonicia Barker

Model: Christel Elyse

Being in the desert I began to feel dry. I was thirsty for culture and a sisterhood that I was used to back east. So I went on a hunt to find dope people of color in Phoenix, Arizona. On my quest, I connected with two of the dopest creatives in Arizona... Makeup artist Jalia Pettis and Natural Hair stylist Vela Davis. Both these women have inspired and encouraged me in my business as a photographer. When we work together, it’s never work... it’s a moment to release creatively and connect in kinship.
— Deanna S Reid
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Headshots for ASU Public Allies Arizona- Pathways to Success + Professional Development + Pathway Shadow Day

Headshots for ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation/Public Allies Arizona

Workshop Rotations: Branding and Image Development

Arizona State University's non-profit program Public Allies Arizona hosted a Pathways to Success professional development workshop for their allies at the Goodwill Career Center in Phoenix.  I was honored to be apart of the branding and image development workshop rotation.  We discussed the importance branding and image development and using social platforms like LinkedIn to showcase skills and talents.  The workshop included professional headshots for all the Allies.

 May 2017: Public Allies Arizona Program Managers

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My First Concert Photo/Press Pass... Wale (The Shine Tour)

Breaking into concert photography I've been told is tough... It's a who you know kind of business

This sucks for creatives who tend to be introverts because unless you have a team of extroverts in your corner, who you know may be slim to none.  This is where I found myself.  3 years of emails to concert venues, promoters, artists' manager, local radio stations and no replies.  I had 0 connections.  I offered to pay for my tickets just for access to photograph a few minutes of the shows... Denied, denied, denied.

So I followed the careers and blogs of a few concert photographers.  My fav Mr. LaVan Anderson has made an amazing career for himself and given great tips for those looking to break into the industry.  Check out his Helpful Tips on his website Everyday LaVan Photography.  I took a few pointers from his tips and shot a couple local performances.  Then I bought a few tickets for some of my favorite R&B artists (Anthony Hamilton, Floetry, Miguel, etc) and shot with my iPhone 5.  I was still frustrated... a few decent photos from an iPhone.  A few reposts from artists, but I wouldn't be happy until I was able to capture these moments with my camera.

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But I didn't give up hope.

One of my goals is photograph artists from the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) that tour in Phoenix.  I have to support the hometown talent.  So when I heard Wale was performing in Scottsdale, I sent an email to the venue and the promoter. Again nothing.  Then literally the day of the show, a friend sent me a text with the name and number to a guy in Wale's camp.  She knew someone who knew someone.  Literally one hour before show time, I talked to a guy who put me on the list.  I was in there!

Omg now I'm a little nervous.  Here I am the only girl in the photographer's pit.  I feel like the fans and the other photographer's are eyeballing me.  None of the male photographer's speak initially but I smile and nod to the one guy that actually made eye contact.  He walks by and says "hi, how you doing?" but doesn't wait for a reply.  But when the music cues, I no longer care who I'm in the pit with.  The crowd chants... Wale, Wale, Wale

I thought back to my concert days at Old Dominion University before I owned a professional camera.  Wale's Mixtape and an introduction from my Northern Virginia friends to "Beat Your Feet" music. I pictured a young Wale that I had seen perform on campus. No label, no crew, just him and a hype crowd of college kids rocking.  Later that semester, I started working at the university radio station and got my first pro-sumer camera body.  My development for music and photography started. My photography was horrible and I was shooting on automatic settings but it was a start.

But here I am now.  Inspired.

To witness an artist's growth and hustle and now here I am inspired to keep pushing and do the same.  I am reminded to stay focused... Limited resources fuel the determination to persevere through the sea of No's.  It only takes one yes to get you in the building.  Keep striving.

Blush Boutique Biltmore Grand Opening

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#azCurves Season 1 w/ @PhxCurvyFashion

1st Campaign for #azCurves went amazing! Over 50 submissions received! Here are the finalists!  Follow @PhxCurvyFashion on Instagram. Oh yea and me too @TheSocialPhotog!

If you're in Arizona, curvy, confident and stylish... be sure to use #azCurves (make sure your profile is public) We want to see you!

Electric Summer w/ Queen Killa Ki

Sh'kineh B. aka Killa Ki @queenkillaki

Blogger | Designer | Model | MUA | Singer | Stylist

in no particular order she does it all


Six months ago, I came across her profile on social media. A new face! As a photographer, I was estatic to stumble upon new talent right here in Arizona.  Her posts were fashionable, edgy, artistic, androgynous, and everything to make ya girl say yassssss! 🙌🏾 So photographing her was a must. I have now shot with this electric young lady several times and she kills everytime. Recently she shared with me the details of her upcoming projects, which are set to start launching late this summer. So here's to an electric summer with the Queen Killa Ki!


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Electric Summer

desert heat + a dip in the pool + hues of blue + Killa Ki = Electric Summer


Killa Ki Designs

Q: What details are you willing to divulge about your upcoming clothing line?

A: My upcoming line (INTO THE 9) is a line that I've been cultivating for months! It's about my 19th year. This year has been one of the most monumental and life changing years of my entire life; and, I'm expressing my testimony through the pieces I've designed. It's one of my bigger projects right now and is taking a lot of time because I'm very particular. But I am very excited to release my art in fashion unto the world.


Killa Ki Sings

Check out her latest tracks on SoundCloud

Q: How long have you been doing music? What are your musical inspirations?

A: I've been doing music since the moment I could speak. Dancing around in the classroom singing Grease while everyone stared at my striped socks and tutu. Yes.. I was that girl. I started writing my own songs around age 6 with my aunt Debbie. By age 8 I was writing my own. My mother worked in the music industry so I was practically brought up in a recording studio and church pew. My biggest music inspirations would have to be of course Michael and Janet Jackson, Josephine Baker, Cab Calloway, Bjork, Etta James, and lastly Liza Minelli. I was a theatre kid so expressing overly and in the most dramatic way possible is my forte.

Q: When can we expect your new music project to drop?

A: Well, when it comes to my music I'm what you call an experimental artist. I release whatever I want when I want. But this project will be my mixtape. It should actually be coming out pretty soon. And then I will be releasing a full project. So very excited!


Killa Ki Styles

My very first shoot with Killa Ki to showcase her styling

Q: What inspires your styling & design choices?

A: What truly inspires my style would have to be the mood I'm in that day or the emotion in feeling at the moment. One second I'm dressed in leather thigh high boots and black lipstick and a choker and the next I'm wearing gold metallic tattoos all over my bald head and wearing nothing but white. My style stems from my music, and my art. I'm very clean, being a New York native everything I like to keep up high fashion and relatable yet completely bizarre.


Killa Ki Blogs

Q: What is The Ki Life Brand?

A: The Ki Life Brand is a 360 Philanthropic complete expression of my life. I love to sing and make music, dance,act fashion design, fashion style, model and do makeup and give back to the community in anyway I can.

Q: What are your fav cosmetic products?

A: My favorite cosmetic products would have to be personally (that I use on a daily) is my Bobbi brown highlighter, my Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Witches and my Mac Fix + setting spray to keep me bright and glowy throughout the entire day!

Q: What are your fav summer looks?

A: Lately my favorite summer looks have been very Parisian, high fashion, Carrie Bradshaw-esque with my original punk/edgy girl twist. Extravagant/eclectic/weird pieces styled in a very modern way. Stripes, black & white, and pops of color with classic pointed heels or platform combat boot or lace up nude heels. In the summer, I like to look more girly. Flirtatious and bright colors bring out the girly but I always add a punch of black to keep it interesting. My style fluctuates a lot; but for the first time, I can say that my looks have been more grown than anything. I'm usually mistaken for being 24 when I'm only 19. I just choose to carry myself the way that my mind is set up.

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