#ShowMeYourTribe is a hashtag my friends and I use when we share group pics of ourselves on social media. We absolutely love photoshoots. Why? We love fashion and how we dress says a lot about our personalities. For example, my style, @Africancocktail, can be described as a pricey bargain shopper - a true amalgamation of high and low end pieces. I’m usually the one wearing a $4 Primark top with $300 Tom Ford glasses. My friend Randell is daring in everything she does and when you see her Instagram, @Zuleka1847, you totally get that vibe right from the first photograph. She meshes gorgeous long flowing African print skirts with off the shoulder crop tops! Patience, @tinyhipster_ on the other hand is the sophisticated hippie. She is the one who will have the baby doll dress on and throw a t-shirt, some heels and socks on and then slay the look with a tad bit of sass and flirtiness!
These ladies all have a unique perspective in how they choose to express themselves, which is why we enjoy taking the time to shoot these looks together! Shooting together is also a way we get to spend time encouraging each other and laughing at our exes! Planning these sessions with two other ladies can be a logistical nightmare if we don’t adequately communicate.
1. The plan always starts with a concept. A concept can be born from travel gifts (as our African prints shoot) to Instagram fails (our attempt as besting a neutrals shoot that we had seen on social media) to our shared love of a specific trend (ripped jeans).
2. Find a location that compliments the concept. For our African shoot, we wanted to have the An African City vibe. We love this show and how fabulous the ladies in this series are depicted and we wanted to shoot our own version of an African city - but in Boston, not Abuja or Accra!
3. We determine who will take photographs: we shoot using an iphone 7 and a Canon. As we begin shooting, we usually determine who will be shooting using which device and when. This allows us to have multiple angles and backgrounds guaranteeing at least one money shot!
4. Someone has to be unafraid to get strangers to take your pictures! Many of our shoots have involved many strangers who saw our struggle to shoot each other and decided to help us out. Yes people, kind hearted strangers do exist! We have always had strangers shoot our group shots. It gets us meeting the locals and also stepping outside of ourselves and performing an act of #fearlessness.
So readers, it’s now your turn #ShowMeYourTribe. Use that hashtag and #TheFearlesself for a feature on our Instagram and Facebook accounts!
Three women going through life.