The Story Behind the Portrait #4

How One Connection Can Lead to the Next

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Last week I wrote about meeting Allison and this week I want to share how that connection led to another collaboration (if you missed last week's post, you can find it here).

Last summer, I received an email from Tanisha Ford. She needed new portraits, specifically for her website. She and Allison are friends and Allison had recommended me. We spoke at length about her brand and her work as a professor, writer, and commentator. She was also putting the final touches on her second book. We brainstormed an editorial shoot, featuring various Harlem locations.

We planned the shoot on what turned out to be the hottest day of the summer. But Tanisha was not phased by the heat. She was fearless in front of the camera, unafraid to dance and strike poses on busy Harlem streets. I felt really energized by her boldness, the setting, and the late afternoon light. We both felt in flow, magic had set in.

A few months later, I received an email from a book publisher requesting to license a photo. Asking after the title, I found out that this random request was actually from Tanisha's publisher, asking permission to use one of the images from our shoot for the cover of her book! To know that our collaboration had unexpectedly resulted in the cover was such a surprise and honor. I can't tell you how thrilled I am! And I also feel so grateful to Allison and my chance meeting with her. It goes to show the power of connection.

Below I added a few more photos from the shoot that are personal favorites. Also, check out Tanisha's website to see more photos of our session together.