Meet the Photographers

Dawnie Marie
Instagram: @dawniemarie
Website: takenbydawniemarie.com
Blog Post: Control

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Dawnie Marie was born & raised in the city of New Orleans, which provides most of the backdrops for her art. She has many a side hustle but photography happens to be her favorite. It is her way to see the beauty in all things in this world.

Malik Bartholomew
Instagram: @Phrozen_Photography
Blog Post: “We Are Family”unnamed-1.jpg

Malik Bartholomew is a New Orleans native and emerging photographer behind the images of Phrozen Photography. Malik’s brand of photography is inspired by his passion for his beloved city. As a historian and researcher, his work is deeply imbedded in celebrating the culture and capturing the unique visual images of the city of New Orleans and its African Diasporic culture & experiences.

Kobby Waiyaki
Instagram:
@kobbywaiyaki
Blog Post: “Live and Die in Afrika

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KOBBY: My name is Kobby waiyaki. I am based in Nairobi ,Kenya.

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Lou Dorsey & Burnell Palmer
Twitter (Lou): @shotbydollaz
Blog Posts: “I Am Not My Hair” | “Back In The Day”

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 LOU: I’m Lou Dorsey, a 17 year old teen from Nola. I was introduced to photography a few months ago and I’m loving it; I think this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Aubrey Edwards (photographer) is like my mentor or a second mom she has been teaching me all she knows about photography and guiding me down the right path in life. I’m very thankful for her and everyone else that sees something in me and supports me. I love exploring New Orleans people say it’s a small city but I haven’t seen it all yet, so exploring is what I do on my free time. When I’m not exploring I’m either being creative or thinking about my next move. I like to keep myself occupied I’m always moving and doing cool stuff. I’ve been working with Claire Bangser the brains behind a cool blog Nolabeings.com you can check out some of the post I’ve done on there. I’m currently working on a website…
BERNELL: My name is Burnell Palmer. I am apart of the city that no one can see, the part of city that is overlooked. I’m a 17 year old black male born and raised in Nola. I was introduced to basketball at a young age but I found a common interest in photography about a year ago. The meaning behind my photographs are more than what you see. I love to catch the hard working and underprivileged people the world looks down on. People always told me I was weird for being myself, something a lot of people aren’t doing nowadays. I’m grateful for everyone that has a positive impact in my life, without them I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I hope to have my photos viewed by the world and think deeper than the picture. You can checkout my Instagram: @Nellyyphotography
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Gus Bennett
Blog Post: Mama Afrika

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Patrick Melon
Blog Posts: Street Style Features
Say It Loud… You Must Learn

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Website: PatrickMelon.tumblr.com/
Instagram: @Melontao

Patrick Melon is a native of New Orleans that uses his camera to explore his own connections to the city he calls home. An avid maker of portraits and seeker of stories, Melon follows his camera as it fuels interactions between the people that create the culture of the crescent. A graduate of LSU with a BFA in photography and a minor in African and African-American Studies, Melon relies heavily on his understanding of to the Black American experience to create meaningful images in and around the streets of New Orleans and wherever else his travels take him.

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danielle c. miles
Blog Posts:
Its a Man’s World | Ambidextrous
Brown Skin Lady | Little Girl Blue

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I aspire to create works that leave a lucid legacy of interpretation that obligates the observer to remember that art is a freedom and depth of life that manifests when truth is fearlessly embraced.

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Blaze Like Fyre,  Creative Itch Media Group
Blog Posts: 
Launch Party Recap!
No Church in the Wild | Creator

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Website: TheCreativeItchMediaGroup.com
Facebook: CreativeItchMediaGroup
IG: @BlazeLikeFyre // @CreativeItchMedia

LaToya ‘Blaze Like Fyre’ Edwards, is a Photographer + Videographer + Digital Media Designer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Recollections of receiving cameras as gifts as a child, Photography had been in Blaze’s life before ever being called a “Photographer”, however her interest grew while on assignment for her job as an Entertainment writer, where typically she would photograph the events she attended.  Photography was the catalyst for the exploration of different creative avenues, such as Digital Media Design: websites, logos, and other graphics, as well as Videography.  Her style of Photography from her peers has been described as “documentary”, however as Blaze professes, “I just shoot what I see.” Blaze studied Mass Communications at Texas Southern University’s Tavis Smiley School of Communications.  “I am not making a living doing what I studied in school, however what I learned away from the class has become my business.  I will say this though, in 2013 when I began Creative Itch Media Group, I did so using the experience I had gathered from working in marketing and promotions, radio, print, and a record label.  It was because I had experience the different dynamics that my mission became evident and my purpose clear, work with Artists to help them manifest their dreams, while simultaneously manifesting my own.  I get paid to do that, and that is sweet!”

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Asia-Vinae  “Preach” Palmer
Blog Posts: Mama Says | i

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Instagram: @PreachThePoet
Twitter: @PreachThePoet 

Asia-Vinae has always been a visual and spoken word artist but never considered herself a photographer until modeling with New Orleans’ photographer, Gus Bennett. After background shooting for him, he encouraged her to get a camera. Since then, she has been practicing with event photos, private shoots, and nature shots. She considers herself a multimedia artist and wishes to pursue as much as her hands are willing to tackle. Just as some things give her the urge to write or paint, she is drawn to the lens and she is always ready to learn something new.

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