My first engagement session of the year and this one probably the most special.
Damon and Reiko are my favorite couple for so many reasons. For one, Damon is in the service and somehow was blessed enough to be stationed just a mere three hours away from his beautiful girlfriend. Reiko is a professional model who is known for her provocative poses and proof that when it comes to “size”, the industry isn’t all about the size zeros. How did I meet this gorgeous couple? Reiko flew me down to Florida for her birthday and there we discussed their plans for Chicago and how they wanted to squeeze a shoot in with me before they left. Once I stood in the room with them both again, I realized what made them so special in my eyes. They were a power couple.
What do I mean when I say power couple.. Okay, do you remember “My Good Thang“, by Pretty Willie? I know, throwback right! This is that song personified. They are equal strength, equal hard work, equal independence. I can’t stress enough how over the time I’ve known them, I’ve been beyond impressed. To me, they are like king and queen. There’s no “president and first lady” because they’re both of equal hard work and devotion to both their crafts and one another.
Personally, I always try to refrain from saying things like this, but at this moment, I personally can’t help it. This is what every couple out there should be striving for. The kind of relationship where you can love one another just as much as you can love yourself is a remarkable, inspirational, beautiful phenomenon that radiated off of Damon and Reiko even long after they left the session. This is a couple that games together, gets decked out together, vacations together, cries together, wakes up to alarms together… You do it, they’re capable. They even have matching phones!
So when it came to shooting, we agreed that the style would be a unique one. It had to portray everything from their “Us against the world” attitude to their royal respect for one another. While Reiko was used to being in front of the camera, Damon had originally came off as a bit camera shy but after a few photos were taken, he was completely immersed in the passion of his girlfriend and had become more than comfortable in front of the camera. We even got him to laugh a lot!
It cannot go without saying that the lovely dress that Reiko is wearing is actually from one of my favorite Florida based stores Ravens And Rockers. (They have an online store that I spend far too much time on staring at.)
After the shoot, to show my appreciation for them being so amazing, I jumped into a few pictures and I don’t know.. I think they like me!
But what have you been up to Jasemine?!
Well, as this blog is being written, I’m on a bus to Lansing to shoot my first drag queen photoshoot with the fabulous St. Lucia and a photoshoot with my tattoo artist and her gorgeous son Javier. Lots and lots coming to JDcom in terms of content. Personally, after Anime Central, I thought I was done and dead for a while but while I haven’t been shooting too much, I’ve been working a lot on behind the scenes stuff!
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Until then, this photographing, mohawk-having, fashion-loving, woman is outtie!