The beautiful simplicity of now | Home Lifestyle session | Rick + Paola
March 11, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories 2 Comments

Song to listen to while reading; Agnes Abel – September song We live in one of the most beautiful time periods in human history. Now, with a single finger tap, a world of possibilities is opened up, however, this rose also has its thorns, more and more we tend to live very curated lives which miss the whole essence of existence. Emphasis is placed on appearance rather than functionality. It’s all about the “instagramable” photo. And of course, it’ll be remiss of me to preach against this, for I specialize in making your memories look great but at the same time, what’s important is that I capture the soul of your day. When we started talking about our pre-wedding/lifestyle shoot with Rick & Paola, they didn’t just want “pretty photos” they wanted photos which told their story. Two young friends who fell deeply in love while working at Rouge Restaurant, currently in pursuit of their grande life dreams and love spending time cooking and watching Friends at their fun downtown space with a killer of the city. I must also tell you about the specialty snack Rick made which left an impression on my taste buds, they called it Chippies, […]

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3 Benefits to good posture
February 27, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories 0 Comments

One of the most memorable things about my childhood was growing up with a benevolent dictator in the house. My mom gave us no breathing room, “ Don’t eat with your mouth open, don’t chew gum, don’t talk when adults are talking, flush after yourself, Wash your hands “ etc. Like an annoying prophet, she established the never-ending commandments and if you dared disobey, not only would you get a good spanking, she’d nag your ears off. The main thing her and I always had issues with was posture, I can’t even remember how many times she told me to stop slouching, and sit up. As annoying as those reminders were, they’ve served me well through the years. I recently read an article which went into depth on this topic, but here are three of my favorite benefits which I’ve personally experienced; * Improved Mood * Improved memory and learning * Makes you look more confident and powerful And a bonus when it comes to taking pictures is it makes you look taller & slimmer, “Some poor posture positions cause your belly to protrude, giving you a “beer belly” profile. And slumping over makes you appear shorter than you are. […]

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Love & Wild Flowers – New York Wedding – Liliya + Joseph
February 26, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories, wedding 0 Comments

I stood there puzzled behind the lens of my camera, wasn’t sure why but I couldn’t stop the tears from rolling down, more to this, it seemed as though with every teardrop, a burden was lifted. That specific week had been a really difficult one but what I thought would be another long wedding day, turned into one of the most memorable moments of my life. When I signed up for Liliya & Joseph’s wedding, I was excited for the opportunity to document yet another incredible love story. When we talked over the phone, they sounded genuine and kind. But that summer had been packed with weddings and events of all sorts, I’d had encounters with people of different characters, some kind and some very challenging to work with. So when their wedding came around, in all honesty, though grateful I was feeling a little exhausted. In all the beautiful chaos I’d lost focus. There’s only so much I can tell you about Liliya & Joseph considering I’ve only known them for so long but at their wedding, one thing was evidently clear, these two knew how to express divine love. From the best man & maid of honor to […]

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New York Shoot | Second day shoot | Tayeesa + Andrew

When I asked Tayeesa if she had any advice to future brides, she was so excited to share lots of the things she’d learned while planning her own wedding. Here are some of the insightful tips she gave me; DIY’s take longer than you think I didn’t expect all our DIY’s to take so long. I’d highly recommend starting all your DIY projects early so the week before your wedding isn’t chaos. There are lots of little details that make a DIY project work and that’s why a year before the wedding is NOT too early to start your projects. Invest in your photographer and videographer. The wedding day goes by in a flash, so you’ll want to Invest in someone that’ll capture all the little moments and emotions of the day. Don’t settle for a good deal, look for heart, passion, and style. Think about your photos years from now. It’s not about trendy edits but preserving memories. Go for something classic and timeless. Don’t go in debt for your wedding day. I guarantee you your guests will not remember or even notice if your centerpieces are the most expensive garden roses or filled in with carnations. Life goes […]

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Old City Philadelphia | Engagement Session | Dan + Sam
January 23, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 0 Comments

The BIG day for the Eagles (Philadelphia’s football team) was right around the corner and the city was buzzing with high anticipation for their Super Bowl 52 game. With all of that going on, Samantha had no inclination that Dan was getting ready to pop the question. They had made plans to meet his sister, Leah, out for drinks. But as they walked to Race Street Cafe, they got a phone call from her and apparently, she needed help with a flat tire (wink wink). Dan led the way past the bar, down 2nd street and wanted to cut down Elfreth’s Alley (the nations oldest street) to get to the car quicker. While Samantha, not knowing what was next to come, wanted to read the signs offering information about the street, Dan eagerly pulled her to keep on walking. But as they walked down, she noticed a person walking towards them who looked a lot like Leah. And as the question “Dan, is that your sister” was coming out of her mouth, Dan stopped, pulled her arm around and got down on one knee with the ring in his hand asking her to marry him. Of course, she said Yes! […]

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one tip to dealing with Low self esteem
January 16, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories, wedding 0 Comments

It won’t be a hyperbole if I dubbed my high school days “The weird ages”, being in an almost all white Canadian high school, not only did I feel ugly, for some odd reason I thought straightening my dark curly hair would make me look better but it didn’t. I was the scorekeeper for the basketball games, the bench warmer for volleyball and I bet if we had a football team I would’ve been the water boy. In retrospect, there’re many things I could identify as key causes for those stinking thoughts but nevertheless, I’d like to think of myself now as “ugly duckling turned handsome swan” 😀 I’m no advocate for excessive narcism or becoming an imposter but you can’t truly love someone else, till you’ve learned how to love and appreciate yourself. More to this, how you perceive yourself tends to be how you perceive others, and our image of self is often reflected back to us, so with this in mind the importance of having a proper self-image becomes imperative. I’d be lying if I said this was an overnight process for me, far from that, it took years of learning and understanding my value as a […]

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Blush Chic Wedding | Erie Wedding | Villy +Esfir

When in pursuit of one's dreams and aspirations, set backs, roadblocks and dead ends are to be expected. These are the necessary catalysts to awaken the ingenious that lies within. Like someone rightly said; Success is often disguised as seeming failure.

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Modern Family | Fall family mini session
December 18, 2018 by Afrik Armando in Family, Stories 0 Comments

When in pursuit of one's dreams and aspirations, set backs, roadblocks and dead ends are to be expected. These are the necessary catalysts to awaken the ingenious that lies within. Like someone rightly said; Success is often disguised as seeming failure.

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A Romantic Soirée | New York Bridal Inspiration

When in pursuit of one's dreams and aspirations, set backs, roadblocks and dead ends are to be expected. These are the necessary catalysts to awaken the ingenious that lies within. Like someone rightly said; Success is often disguised as seeming failure.

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New York Wedding | David + Natalia
December 12, 2018 by Afrik Armando in Stories, wedding 0 Comments

With every new day, I’m becoming more aware of the essential role friends play in my life. David is one of those friends who’ve stuck closer than a brother. When I started doing weddings in New York 3 years ago not only did he wholeheartedly offer up his room for me, he made it his duty to keep me entertained during my stay. I could go on and on about our long bro talks, sauna nights and killer breakfasts. But I’ll tell you, he’s one of the most fascinating people I know. It wasn’t long till I got to meet Nataliya afterward and was won over by her kind & genuine personality. It was truly an honor to document the start of their legacy and I’m really looking forward to growing together. David + NataliaNew York

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