Monday, September 25, 2017

Tell em Why You Mad (II?)

I try my hardest to avoid blasting people or putting up my life problems on social media. Especially on Facebook. But: As you know (If you're here) writing is my therapy and I have to get shit out with written words. But rather than put it on FB I decided to bring it to my online journal. Because here no one can hear me scream!
This is what I was going to post:

I was going to take the high road and not speak on this subject. But I’ve grown extremely tired of being the “bigger man.” Every now and then I think you all need to be reminded of how fucking Savage I can be! 

So last night I had a reoccurring conversation with someone who I love dearly. 
This woman has never been a fan of the fact that I am a photographer and is constantly trying to break me down. I don’t know if her intention was to get me to quit, but we ALL know that’s not gonna happen. 

According to this woman “Most” of what I Shoot is sexy, half naked and naked women. I know it’s not the truth but if that’s what she feels, so be it. What made this conversation worst though was the fact that for maybe the 5th time she mentioned “Most of what you shoot is sexy, half naked women. And I’m not the only one who thinks so” THAT’S the part that pissed me off. Not only is she wrong, but she’s proving to me that she is so weak minded that she is allowing the people around her to influence her opinion of what I am doing. If you don’t already know, one of my biggest pet peeves and a major turn off is a person who cannot or does not think for themselves. If you are the type to allow those around you to influence your opinion of someone else (especially someone who those around you do not even know as well as you do) then let me tell you about yourself. First and foremost to said woman, (and I KNOW you’re reading this) if you cannot see the artistry in my vision for my Shoots that’s ok, the fact that you are blind to anything other than what you deem “proper” has nothing to do with me. If all you can see is the “half naked and naked women” in such a wide range of what I shoot, then it is obvious that you’re insecurities have gotten a tight hold of you. Of course she wouldn’t tell me who else “felt this way” but I truly don’t care. What I will say is: for as long as I’ve known this woman I’ve met almost every one of her friends and family. I’ve shook hands with you, broke bread with you, spent time with you, been an equal part of your family. I don’t know which of you has a problem with what I do, and not only does it not matter, but if it’s something that you can speak to the woman I’m speaking of behind my back, it should have been something you can say to my face. I’ve made myself VERY approachable. But apparently you’re all a bunch of fucking pussies and couldn’t be man or woman enough to express what you feel to me. And to you I also say, if you cannot see the artistry in what I do, fuck You and eat a whole bag of dicks! If you are reading this and feel it is aimed toward you, then it TOTALLY is! 100%! And I can’t tell you how much I hope you are offended. Maybe your taking offense will result in you contacting me directly. Also, if you can’t be man or woman enough to speak to me directly, I invite you to unfollow me if you feel what I’m doing is not to your liking. Hoe asses!! 

So I’ll leave you with this almost 2 minute video showcasing everything on my Business Instagram. Where I hope you will note that of the 254 posts only a small handful are of any woman “half naked or naked” and of those all not “most” are done in good taste, although I don’t believe that you have good taste or the ability to identify it when you see it. 
So here you are, I hope you enjoy, and if you don’t like this please remember to unfollow and choke on a bag of dicks!

^^Tell me where you spot the Naked ladies^^

Stay Up, and Stay Tuned!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Words Matter & Support is Free

Remember John Singleton's movie 'Boyz N the Hood?' (if you didn't see it, it's on you I'm not breaking shit down for you) 
Remember one of the early scenes in the movie where Doughboy's mom is telling him "You ain't Shit, and you ain't never gone be shit" calling him a "Fat Fuck" and carrying on as if he wasn't even her child? 
 I often find myself wondering (when I watch that movie) how different DoughBoys life would have turned out had his mom just been a little more patient with him and nurtured him like she did his brother Ricky. Would he have taken on a "thug life?" Or would he have sharpened up and walked a straight line? 

Well this post is not a movie review but the movie is a great helping guideline for what I want to discuss. 

I've been thinking a lot lately about how important words are. Especially words from the people closest to us. Because, let's be honest, those are the words that matter the most. On the playground when dealing with bullies or kids that would tease us, we were taught to respond with "Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Oh how wrong they were. Yeah, it's true, words will never hurt you.... Physically! But words can be a Mother Fucker! I defy any adult reading this to tell me they've never been hurt by what a loved one said to them. 

So I started thinking, it's very important that we are more patient with children. It's very important that we nurture them, encourage them and support their dreams. And the more I thought about it the more I realized that we need to carry on that same mindset (obviously not as sensitive) with adults. Words Do matter. 
Think about your life, tell me: Do you love your job? Let's say you don't; how hard is it for you to get up out of your bed each morning? You dread the idea of your alarm going off so early, you having to get dressed, commute to work, usually with strangers you can't stand to get to a job you don't like to work with people who annoy you. Am I right? 
How great would it be to have someone at your side telling you "Hey, it's just work, be positive, you'll be great, and you look amazing today." Sounds farfetched doesn't it? But is it really? Why does that have to be something out of the norm? I mean don't get me wrong, I'm the spokesman for: "life is not a fairytale, ain't nobody got time for all that shit, suck it up and get to it!" Not realizing that I've been callused because that's how it was for most of us growing up. 
Our parents may not have been as harsh as Doughboys mother, calling us names and putting us down, but how often where they more nurturing and encouraged us to reach for the sky passed a certain age? I'm willing to bet not many. 

The underlining reason for this post is: in thinking of all this I find myself thinking about myself and my dreams. I can't lie and say that I don't have support from certain people, I might even say many people. But as far as the people closest to me, I can count on one hand the ones who make me feel they believe in me. In fact my brother Rudy is probably the only one (as close as he is) that makes me feel like one day I'll make a career out of my passion.

I remember a time I'd asked my father for a few bucks because I was going to shoot a video for a friend of mine. In his typical fashion he lashed out at me and told me "I'm always hearing you talk about videos and photo shoots, but you never have money!" Implying that I'm wasting my time with a hobby. I'm sure he didn't mean it to be discouraging or mean, but those words hurt me. I also remember a time when someone asked my mom, an earshot away from me "Oh, he's a photographer?" To which my mom replied "Well, that's what he says!" Shit! 
My mom has always been my best friend so I got over that quick, however those words really hurt!! 

Now this post is not meant to express resentment for my parents, because I know them both very well and I know they only want the best for me, plus I don't resent them. And let's be honest anyone with foreign parents knows the deal. Nor is this post intended to make you feel bad for me, because trust me, I don't need your pity. But I am saying that to say as parents we need to be more nurturing. Not only when our children are babies, but throughout life. Again I'm not saying I need my back to be rubbed while you ask me "who's my baby" (Gross, get out of here) but just because we don't get star stickers next to our name charts anymore, doesn't mean that positive reinforcement isn't appreciated. 

We have to be careful of telling our loved ones "You ain't shit, and you never gone be shit!" Because even if you try to sugar coat it, those words do hurt. Think of how your words effect the ones you love. Think of how they choose to carry those words. Think of how long they will carry them. Also think about where your words are coming from. Are you taking your own frustrations out on others? 
It's true, I'm only responsible for what I say, not what you take from it, but how often does someone say something and you read deeper into it? Think about what you're saying and what's being taken. A simple "Ehh, whatever" (given the context of course) could be taken for "You're not good enough." 
As people we like to carry on with a facade of being strong, and for the most part, I know we are, however it doesn't mean that we can't use a little boost of confidence through words of encouragement. I mean, what could it hurt, right? Support is free! 

Stay Up and Stay Tuned 

Friday, April 21, 2017

(Whackness) Life Gets Hard...

...But I aint complaining!

What's the word!?
If you know me then you know my motto is: "Life is Good." And really there's no reason for me to believe any different at the moment. However, I probably wouldn't be writing any of this if everything was peachy, right?

So what's new? Well a lot! I have to update the blog dedicated to my daughter cause a lot has happened in that regard as well. As for me? Well my problems aren't the greatest, but they are mine and so they feel like they are lol.
For starters, March was a super duper whack month. I rather not go into detail as to why, but things changed a bit. And it seems that it's not so much the whackness that has affected me but more so the bounce back. My job title at work change a bit and it came with way better hours! I'm no longer working a 4pm-12am shift and having to wait 3-4 hours for parking when I get home. Rather, I'm working a 9-5 like everyone else, but all good things come with some bad. For the security of my job, I won't put things about people on the internet, just know that all co workers aren't workers! Lol.

There's also the fact that I lost my best friend. Not like they died, but apparent;y we can't be friends anymore. Again, don't want to go into details but.... Whackness!
And to top it all off, it seems like I'm well on my way to being the one thing I prayed the hardest not to become, a weekend dad! Seems like my daughter will soon be a resident of Pennsylvania. A state that I am sure is God's punishment to the United States. And honestly, I'd move with her but I can't see myself commuting 5-6 hours out of my day. I'm sure ther'll be quite enough of that on the weekends.

But the sun always shines through the rain, it hasn't been all bad. One of my best friends from High School got married in Miami late last month. It was so beautiful to watch him exchange vows with the woman he loves and I was beyond honored to have been witness to such beauty and greatness.

And for the first time in a long time, my photography seems to be moving at a steady pace. I'cw had a photo shoot every weekend in the month of April and with a little luck and a lot of planning, I'm hoping to finish off the month the same way.

I don't even know If I've mentioned on the blog that I got a new car in July. It's cost me a pretty penny thus far and she's the reason I am currently devastatingly broke, but I love her and I hope I get to keep her for a very long time to come. She's a silver 1999 BMW 540i and I named her Sade. (All my cars will go on to be named after beautiful influential black women!) Pam Grier the Bimmer is gone, but hopefully one day in the future I can be reunited with her and treat her like I wanted to the first time around.

Other than all that, what can I say? Like the sun shining through the rain in April, "Life is Good" remains through the whackness.

Stay Up, and Stay Tuned.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Stay Woke

What's going on Bull Penners?

I don't wanna over write for this one so lets just get right into it.
For the longest time I've been telling myself that I'm getting off of FaceBook and gonna slowly wean myself off of social media all together. I've made absolutely no progress with either, but whatever.

That's not the point anyway. The point is the new trend that seems to be taking social media by storm is being "Woke" (Awoken/Enlightened by truth.)
If you are fortunate enough to not have encountered these people while scrolling through the screens of you social media app of choice, allow me to break it down for you.

Who are these people who are "Woke?" I'll tell you. A person who is woke, is a person who has found truth behind the curtains of lies that we as a people have been fed for the last lifetime. Lies fed to us by our government, food industries, Music Industries, or whatever industry. Basically, any person who has had the vial removed from their eyes, and is now realizing all the things that have been hidden from us forever and are now choosing to take their own path in life are considered to be woke.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. If you know me, then you know I am all for education of all kinds. And what better education than the one you receive when you do research, find out things that are beneficial to you and your community?! So my problem is not with the people in this era of enlightenment. In fact, I'm proud of those who are finally waking up and seeing the true colors of the world, be they dim as they may be.
Rather, my problem is the air of superiority that comes with this education. It would seem that these people have found the holy grail, and now have been granted some sort of permission to look down and everyone else who has yet to learn what they know. But the one thing they don't realize, the one thing they still haven't learned is: ALL These things that you're just now learning has been in existence since forever. Somewhere there was a guy in the 50's and 60's who discovered all these things, he just didn't have a computer and facebook to spread his message. However, I'm sure he didn't walk around with his chest out feeling as if he was better than everyone simply because he learned new things. There's a good chance he did what you all should be doing. Sharing the knowledge, in a non condescending manner.

Humble your fucking selves. It comes from all different angles. Some people are JUST NOW finding out about the corruptions in politics: and they go on Facebook and rant about how everyone is so stupid because they don't realize this or they don't know that. How about rather than making yourself out to be some sort of scholar you take the time to instead educate others on what you've learned.
Like I said earlier, I'm all for education in all forms. What I am not a fan of is this attitude, the superiority complex. We will never rise up as a people if we are not willing to help each other out, if we are not willing to teach those that come after us.

If you've learned anything, share it. Or don't if you feel you don't want to, but don't be a douchebag and make other people feel less than you are because of it.

Too often people are scared to bring people with them to the top, for fear that it may knock them off. If you are a valued player in any game then you shouldn't be scared to share that spotlight.

That's all I wanted to say about that!

Stay Up and Stay Woke!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eno Bull Photography Website!

Bull Penners!! 
The ones that are still around at least lol. 

Seems like I only use this blog when I have an announcement to make these days. I hope you all understand the absence. I've simply been living life with very little desire to document much other than the posts on my InstaGram and Facebook pages. 

But as I said: announcements. One of the things on my 5 year Plan has come to fruition. Finally after years of photography, I've finally put together a website to showcase my work. 
It took some time because I'm not very tech savvy and I wanted it done right. I'm well aware of all the sites you can visit that are easy to use so that you can create your own website. But I didn't want any of that. I wanted a person who is well versed in the field of web design to take my ideas and bring them into reality. 
So I sourced my boy Havi! The dude is nasty with anything computer related. 

Prior to coming to him all I had was a photography blog (Tumblr) and while I purchased a domain name and the whole 9, well let's be honest a blog is not necessarily a website, at least not the way I wanted it. 

So I linked with my boy, gave him a few references to use as a blueprint for what I wanted and within a few weeks it was done. He's just like me in the sense that all he needs is a basic idea to run with and then he spread the wings of his creativity. 

When I sat down with him to see the final product it was more beautiful than I envisioned. 
I am a huge fan of simplicity. And simplicity is what I got with the layout of my site. 
A few tabs to showcase my work, my bio and of course a contact page. 

My Portfolio which showcases my somewhat different styles of shooting: Lifestyle, Editorial, Portraits, and Fashion.  
All with my favorites of the style highlighted in the folders. 

About which is simply a short bio of myself with a little bit of history, the self explanatory Contact page. We even incorporated my aforementioned Blog which I love because it allows me to post images without having to follow any rules. Rules that I set myself of course but still rules. 

So on the blog section I like to break down the details of the shoot. Who I worked with, what it felt like that day while shooting, etc. etc. and I put up about 6-8 edits from that shoot. Whereas on the site in the portfolios I only post one image from the shoot so as to keep it clean. 

I created a new logo to accompany the site and it sits quietly on the top right hand corner. Sort of like cuff links it's the perfect accent without being too loud and overbearing. 

All in all, I am beyond excited with the results. Havi did a phenomenal job and I feel as if this is one step closer to achieving my goals of being a full time photographer. 

So if and when you get a chance, be sure to swing by. Let me know what you think and book your next shoot with me via the contacts page!! Lol

Stay Up and Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

20 Years

The other day a co worker (an older lady) said something along the lines of: you have to be at a job for at least 20 years.... I literally cringed!!

Now first and foremost allow me to say that I truly respect anyone who can hold a job that long. Lord knows my mother is one of those people. It is extremely admirable and it shows a level of commitment if not content to something. And that speaks volumes to ones character.
However, 20 years of my life is something that I am NOT willing to give to even the idea of employment to someone/anyone else.

 I know myself too well, the longest I've ever been able to keep a job was almost 2 years and I threatened to quit that job every single Monday that I worked there. Thank God for Zairah for keeping me there.

And it's not that I'm above work, it's not that I wanna be a deadbeat bum. Nah, it nothing like that. The reality of it is, I'm an artist at heart. Creativity is what drives me. I have an entrepreneurial spirit and I so desire to work for myself. Make money off my passions whatever they may be.
I wasn't born to work 40 hours a week behind a desk at a job that I hate. In fact none of us were. But some of us can deal with it (those who have given their job 20 years) better than others.

We live in an era where you can almost make money of off anything. And while that may not be something to hang your hat on, I know I'd rather 5 short years of success on my own than a life time of employment to anyone else.

Again this is not an insult to anyone who has had their job for 20, 30, 40 years, in fact I commend you! Further more it's refreshing to know that, that kind of job security still exists. Much respect to all of you.

As for those of you who are like me; those of you who are creative and can't be tied down to anything that doesn't set you free. The ones who have leaped and taken the chance to make it on your own much respect to you as well. I wish you all the luck in all your endeavors.

Stay up and Stay Tuned!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Beginnings

Bull Penners!!

*Listens to echos* lol

I can't imagine there's many of you left . And I don't blame those of you who have stepped away. The neglect I've treated my blog with is surely enough to drive me away as well. Lol.

But trust me folks, I am still blogging. However these days the posts aren't having the best luck leaving the note pad in my phone and finding their ways on to the pages of this blog.

However, I do have a few topics I want to share with you and I plan to throughout the course of the next couple of weeks. Needless to say, life has become a little more full than it has been in many years. I'm a dad now above all else (But I won't bore you with stories of fatherhood just yet because that's what FFZ is for) and I work an evening shift. In fact I'm blogging from work now. And I cannot tell you how strange it feels to be typing on an actual keyboard in front of a computer screen! Lol.

And I'm siure my supervisor is 10 feet behind me thinking "WTF is this nigga not working!?" Lmao. But it's almost 11pm. And 11pm is "Mentally clock out and Pretend to work" hour!

Anyway, I wanted to give ya a mini topic that has been on my mind for the passed couple of months. That topic ois progression.
One thing I NEVER do is make a New Year resolution. Mainly it's because I'm a proud under achiever. But it's also because I feel you shouldn't have to wait for the new year to arrive to start making changes. I mean, think about it, its October and you think to yourself "Come January, I'm gonna...." and then you die in November. Lord forbid of course, but you get my drift. However, I've always understood the concept. Understanding it didn't mean I was gonna do it though. Altough I did realize that my life needed a few changes for the better. So one thing I did do a few months ago, for the first time was write out a '5 Year plan.' Lol.

I laugh because as I'm writing this I'm realizing how much I've grown... I mean I JUST mentioned being an under achiever, and believe me I still am, but I see nopw that I can be an under achieber and still strive for something. In my case, the something in question is a better life for me and my family.

So I wrote out the 5 year plan. I'd heard people mention having one before and other suggesting that I should make one too and I never did because..... Again, under achiever. Lol
But one thing I know well about myself is: I do things when III want to do them, not when someone else tells me I should or suggests I should.
So, to be honest, I dodn't even remember when I worte the list out, but believe me when I tell you, having a goal(s) (especially written ones) really makes you want to achieve em. I hate cliches, but it's true. I mean shit, even Hov said it on "Anything" --"Set goals and you can achieve em." That nigga wasn't lying! Lol.

I put eight things on the list, and without even puttin forth much effort I accomplished two of them within the first 2 or 3 months. By month 6 I had crossed another off the list and just today I had a conversation with a friend who shares a similar interest and has a similar plan and just like that: the 4th thing is sure to be crossed off the list. I don't want to count my chickens early so I won't I'm only saying all of that to say that I am making slow progress, but I'm making progress nonetheless.

You'r probably wondering what the things on the list are, but another thing I've learned is to speak less and do more. Less announcement and more moves I believe is what Fabolous said! Lol.
Safe to say I've still been listenig to too much Hip-Hop.
No but seriously, I've felt myself accomplishing more in this passed year than I have in the passed 10. I know a big portion of it is the fact that I have a daughter now. I am the head of a family and that is thee most important factor of my life. Providing for them comes second to none.

I've also managed to start falling in love all over again.... With photography. Most may not know but I had a prime Lens on my primary camera that broke in December of last year. Due to financial issues and something always "Coming up" it took me an entire year to get it back but I got it back and I'm rolling again! I also bought a second hand 35mm film camera. A Canon AE-1 Program. I am now embarking on the same journey just taking a different route and the excitement I'm feeling is unmatched.

When its all said and done its safe to say that right now: Life is good. I'm enjoying every bit of my slow progress, I can't wait to knock more things off my list, add more, and just enjoy the ride!

For those of you who are still here with me, Thank You! I will have more topics to share and discuss in the upcoming weeks and months. For those of you who are done here, sorry.. Lol. But I'm still here and will be here for a while longer.

Stay Up and Stay Tuned