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New old work comes from when I’m inspired but there is no one around to shoot.

We were waiting for the nail tech to come back from the store so I took a few pics in the meantime.
Shot this portrait with my 20mm lens.
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Tonight is the opening reception for the Skin exhibit at the Strathmore Mansion.
The exhibit will feature images from the Coiffure Project. This is my first gallery exhibition and I am super excited.

The gallery reception happens to fall on the same night of the Best of Baltimore party. I won Best Photography Project for the Coiffure Project. I would like to be at both events but the Strathmore is about 45 minutes away from Baltimore. I’m not sure how I am going to pull it off. I was thinking about sending someone to the Baltimore’s Best Party to represent TYP and myself.

Some would say that having two events honoring your work on the same night is a good problem to have. I am grateful.

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Best Photography Series

Glenford Nunez’s TYP Photography Studio’s The Coiffure Project


TYP Photography Studio, 11 N. Eutaw St., (410) 660-5134Local fashion photographer Glenford Nunez has shot some slick fashion spots for the likes of Relapsemagazine and The Washington Post, but images that we just can’t turn away from fill up his Coiffure Project series. The idea is brilliantly simple: attention-grabbing photographs of black women with their natural hair. Nunez appears to be a detail-oriented photographer, as both his black-and-white and color images bear the mark of an eye attuned to how light is going to play off eyes, skin, and hair, and the results are striking photos of black women that are simultaneously fashion magazine-glamorous and 1968 raised-fist politically potent.

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I always felt funny about taking photos of celebrities. I know some celebrities want to be photographed but I can’t help feeling like the paparazzi.

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I feel bad for some celebs because they usually look bored and sad. I feel like they are put on display and people take advantage of that. Everyone wants to be photographed next to their favorite celebs as if somehow it makes them best friends.

I never understood the allure of celebrity. Celebrities are people too.


I went by the Strathmore to drop off the last two prints for the Skin exhibit. It was the first time that I saw my large prints mounted on the wall. The two prints looked amazing. I had to leave out of there before I got emotional. I set out to be an artist and that is exactly what I am doing. Maybe this exhibit will open up some new doors for me.


Harriet Lesser the curator for the show gave me a bunch of promo temporary tattoos. Harriet is super nice and she has been working with me tirelessly to get the work posted. September 20th is a big day for me and my career. But like Pai Mei from Kill Bill Vol: 2 would say “THAT’S THE BEGINNING!”


Who cares what people think!
I often sit on some steps in front of my building to read. Sometimes my mind is clearer with the fresh air.

I get weird looks from passersby. Some people look afraid when they see me. Some cross the street. Others trip over the protruding sidewalk tiles because they are trying to watch my moves through the corner of their eye.

I wonder if they would view me differently if I read from a physical book instead of my kindle app on my Android phone. Is a black man with a book less threatening? I also wonder what goes through their minds as they pass.

Maybe things would be different if my clothes were different. All black everything and a snapback cap can be intimidating.

While writing this post a fight broke out down the street. I heard a lot of screams and saw a lot of cell phones. No clue what happened but a bunch of brown faces fighting in the street. It involved some Seven-Eleven workers and a group of some other people. I guess the other group was waiting for the light rail. All I could do is shake my head.

I guess I can’t be mad at the people that walk by. This is Baltimore, the city of perpetual back watching.

You always have to be aware of your surroundings because you never know.

GoDaddy has been hacked! Millions of sites are down. Most people go choose GoDaddy because they do not know any better. Others choose GoDaddy because it is the cheapest alternative. I learned early that you never go with GoDaddy. They are the giant. Giants can be arrogant because they are big. Hackers go after the giants and easy targets.

I don’t usually blog about current events but this one hits home. Before I was a photographer I was a freelance web developer. I know the horrors that can happen from an unsecured site. It still terrifies me to even think about it. You can try to CYA (Cover your ass) but the truth is that all sites can be hacked because they we are all connected by the worldwide web. So when you go with the cheapest alternative to save a little cash you are asking for trouble later down the line. Most of the complaints I have seen talk about how much money the small businesses are going to lose.

Pay for secure web development (not cheap) now or pay later but you will always have to pay.

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Angelina Jolie “Hackers” (1995)

Maybe the mainstream wasn’t ready for web development. Maybe the average Joe shouldn’t do web. This is what happens when non web developers try to make their own sites.

Sometimes it’s better to pay for a service. You can’t shouldn’t do everything yourself.

Whenever I hear of a site being hacked I always think of a verse by Kanye West “Only backpacker with a chip like hackers”. He said this on a Talib Kweli track called “In the Mood”.
Yeezy was talking about the 1995 movie Hackers starring Angelina Jolie & some dude. But I digress.

Long story short. Don’t host with GoDaddy. If you need help on building a website, find a web developer. Like photographers, good web developers are not cheap and you get what you pay for.

I am a little grumpy in the morning and it’s not because I am tired. One of the benefits to being a freelancer is that I can sleep until I am not tired anymore. So, what is it?

I got a phone call this morning from a Living Social representative. I had a photography class deal posted on Living Social a few months ago. She says that she has a voucher holder on the other line who wants to come in to redeem their class voucher. “The class has expired”, I told her. “He called and left a voicemail the day before expiration. Spaces were filled anyway.” I explained.

The customer is always right, right? Well, in this case, the customer was a procrastinator. And, in my mind, the customer wasn’t really my customer yet. They were Living Social’s problem as far as I was concerned.

After I hung up the phone I realized that I did not do much to try to fix the situation. I also noticed that my tone was a little harsh when I was speaking to the Living Social rep.

I think I was snappy because my brain wasn’t ready to receive any external information. In fact, my brain is most active just before and a little after I wake up. I feel like the phone call or any other distraction is interrupting my precious thought time. My best ideas come to me at the moment just before I wake. That place between consciousness and the dream world. In this place there are no limitations and anything is possible. For a creative, this place is heaven and anyone who messes with that gets the full force of my wrath! (My wrath is not really that wrathful)

So, what have I learned from this? I think it is to not do anything in the morning until I am ready. This means no emails and no phone calls until I fully regain consciousness. This may sound funny but how many out there have answered a phone or read an email from your mobile device in bed while still half asleep? Don’t worry… I’ll wait.

Please note the crossed-out paragraphs above. I talked to Jamaya about this blog post and she set me straight. Everything that is lined-through is a ‘bunch of bull’.

She reminded me that I had already made up my mind about Living Social classes weeks ago. I didn’t like the idea of teaching beginners. Truth is they didn’t really need me. They could have figured out how to use their camera through the owner’s manual. In my mind, I thought I would be giving them some useful photo theory but they didn’t care. They just wanted to know what the buttons did on their camera.
The intermediate students were a different story though. I enjoyed working with them and I got an opportunity to learn some new lessons myself.

So, what did I learn from this? I think I need to have an intense screening process to decide who would benefit from a workshop. I have a feeling that I will be turning a lot of people down. There is a new market that Living Social is aware of. I call it the ‘people-who-just-bought-a-great-camera-that-takes-good-pictures-and-want-to-be-the-next-Richard-Avedon-without-doing-the-work’ market. I am not interested in stealing these people’s money.

Sites like Living Social do not work for business like mine. Like most businesses, Living Social is all about the numbers but I am not in this for the money. I am not even in the teaching business now that I think about it. I am in the business of helping people. Even if helping means turning their money down and telling them to read their owner’s manual.

“Old people smell like dead dreams” – Akeem Duncan

Where do dreams go to die? Dreams die inside of us. So, after a while they start to smell funny.

Going to see the Orioles play the NY Yankees today. A friend had an extra ticket and asked if I wanted to go. I have only been to a few baseball games in my life but every time I go it is exciting.

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The rivalry between these teams makes this experience that much better. I have never seen the Yankee dynasty play in real life. I don’t think I have ever been to a game of this magnitude. I think this game is the equivalent of the Ravens vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kevin hart would say that “it’s about to get real!” There are floods of Yankee fans walking through the streets. It looks like Baltimore is being invaded by some sort of toxic blue sludge bioweapon.grey The Ugly Hat.  When I stepped outside and I saw all of the Yankee Blue I went back in the house to change my clothes. I was in my usual attire, “all black everything” (A term made popular by Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco) but something was missing. I remembered that I have an ugly Orioles hat that I never wore because it was ugly. I bought it when I was going to a roller skate event in another state. I wanted to rep my city so I bought the only Orioles snap-back cap I could find in Downtown Locker Room.

The hat isn’t so ugly to me now. The colors fill me with a sense of pride. I’m sure I will feel even more pride when I join the deluge of orange and black on the walk from my apartment to Camden yards.


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Finally, after months of waiting, and almost forgetting the spread was scheduled for print, my shoot with up-and-coming fashion designer Bishme Cromartie was released in the September issue of Relapse magazine. Worst part about shooting for print is the wait. The key is to shoot for print continuously so you can get a conveyor belt of magazine releases.

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Couture : Bishme Cromartie :: Model : Ashley Irvin @ Ford Models
Hair : Chicara :: Makeup : Meagan Shea :: Photographer : Glenford Nunez

Best part about winning the bid for a big project is that I can bring in my team. People that have stuck with me from the beginning get a piece too. They are the best people for the job and that is why they are on Team TYP. Everybody eats ‘B.

First time being booked for the whole month. Feels really good. Working on a very large project that will take the rest of the month to complete. I have another really big project planned for October as well. This may not seem like a big deal but I remember when I only had 67 cents in my bank account. Hard work pays off.

I am going to pick up the new The Sartorialist: Closer book by Scott Schuman

I think the images in the book will inspire me for a new project that I am working on. The shoot is large scale production. The details of this project are still a secret but if you are in the area you may get a glance of my work in the next few months.

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I found out about the book on Facebook via a post made by Bryan Boy Fashion blogger. I followed the link and ended up on his blog. Oh the power of the Internet. I wish I could get Bryan Boy to review the Coiffure Project. I need to send the project to more taste makers. Word of mouth type is key. How do I get more eyes to see the project?

The cover caught my attention. It seems like the Satorialist always has perfectly exposed photos. There is always the perfect amount of depth of field. I think this is because he uses a Neutral Density filter to dim the light so he can work at wide open apertures.

Can’t wait to get my hands on the book! Waiting for Barnes and Noble to open.

Here is a great video about the Sartorialist.

“I don’t really live on compliments. As a matter of fact, they have a way of distracting me. I know a whole lot of musicians, artists out there who hears the compliments and thinks ‘wow, I must have been really great’ and so they get fat and satisfied and they get lost and forget about their actual talent and start living in another world.” – Jimi Hendrix

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Results of last night’s insomnia. This is what happens when you drink a cup of tea at like 10 o’clock pm.

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Most people don’t know this but I used to hold a mop for a living. I was a janitor for the Social Security daycare center in Baltimore. I was also a janitor at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland which is a 45 min drive to and from Baltimore. I learned how to use a floor buffer which is not easy. I worked just about every job you could imagine.

You can say that I have been a hard worker since a very young age. The thing about it is that I didn’t know that I was working hard. I just knew that I was doing what needed to be done. I was emulating my mother’s work ethic.

The thing I hated most about working as a janitor is the way people looked and treated me. They treated me as if I was sub-human. Working these jobs taught me how to treat people better. Or should I say that it reinforced the lessons that my mother taught me.

This post was inspired by Julian Castro’s keynote speech at the Democratic National  Convention 2012. I used to hold a mop for a living. Just thought I would share.

This may sound backward but Don’t Take the Money!

“If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing.” - Bill Cunningham

I often talk about freedom. All of my thoughts can be summed up in one statement from Bob Dylan.

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

This quote means a lot to me. The ability to wake up and do what I want to do is awesome. Few people understand this kind of freedom. You can’t get this working a 9-5 job. Even if you truly love your job, there is still a boss there to tell you what to do.

This morning I woke up at 7am. I surfed the web, updated my website, went to Panera Bread for brunch, read some pages out of a book, and spent about 40 minutes drawing a man putting up letters on the Hippodrome theater marquee. I did all of this while most people are in a cubicle hating life.

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“The camera doesn’t lie, it doesn’t tell the truth either.” – Me

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I was having a conversation with a friend about me not eating meat. We started to talk about sushi and shellfish. For some strange reason a tiger shrimp came to my mind. I think it was a memory from a show that I was watching the other day. The show was Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. This episode was about Japanese culture and cuisine.

If you look closely at the bottom half of the page you can see my dream photography studio. I had a dream about my new space. It was stuck in my mind so I decided to draw it. It was a large space with a lot of windows. It reminds me of a warehouse.

“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ” ― Richard Avedon

Purchasing Google ad-words is waste of money. You will get better results spending your money on SEO For 2012: Search Engine Optimization Secrets

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My website is on page one of Google when you search for Baltimore photographer. It is number two on the list. The number one spot is held by a website who’s URL is literally Baltimorephotographer.com.

It is hard to compete with that but I will find a way to get to the number one spot.

There was a time when you could not find my website on Google at all. My site was on page twenty or something. I don’t think anyone digs that deep into Google.

The point is that learning about SEO works. There is no shortcut. Raising your site in the Google search results takes time.

Most small business do not optimize their websites for better Google traffic. This means that you will be found on Google more often than your competitors.

Don’t get got by Google Ad-words.

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5 Page spread in Sheen Magazine. My first print publication.
Sheen magazine is showcasing images from The Coiffure Project.
Firsts are always a cause for celebration but this is still the beginning. Still more work to be done!

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I don’t really care about them closing because I rarely bought from them. Their products were overpriced and the customer service was terrible.
However, I got a great deal on a very large computer monitor when they were shutting down.

I read a really great article on FastCompany.com today discussing all of the things wrong with Best Buy. More specifically Best Buy branding. It also addressed issues of committee decision making and why it does not work. You can read it here. Let me know what you think.

Best Buy Branding Mistakes.

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I ordered this print from Kinkos about two weeks ago. I totally forgot about it. I got a phone call today saying it was ready.

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