In the mood for Love | Ilona + Yuriy | Couple Shoot
February 5, 2018 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 0 Comments

As I sit here reminiscing about my friendship with Yuriy and Ilona, I can hardly find the words to express my thoughts towards them. Normally when your best friend gets married, you might as well start looking for a replacement but oddly I think since their wedding in October, my love for them has grown much deeper. Often times they invite me for home cooked dinner, movie nights and long night chats. I think I’m becoming such a regular visitor that even their bunny, Olive now knows my smell, and runs up to me whenever he’s let out to play. So this blog post is just a celebration of friendship. There are lots of really incredible people around us, and the more we recognize the best in others, the more our eyes are opened to see the gold in them. Thank you, Yuriy and Ilona for letting me document and photograph your love story. I’m looking forward to the many years ahead, the anniversaries, children birthday parties, graduations and all of such. Yuriy & IlonaBuffalo New York

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My love for you | Nick+Nataliya
January 25, 2018 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, 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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The Lavender Moment | Alex + Natalya | Wedding
January 16, 2018 by Afrik Armando in People, Stories 0 Comments

It’s the day Natalya’s most anticipated and words don’t even come close to express the euphoria she feels inside. However, this joy she’s experiencing has a sharp unpleasant side to it. It’s a bittersweet hour. Though she’ll be forever united with the love of her life, her friends and family will have to kiss her goodbye. It’s time for the bird to leave the nest to a new home many miles away. It’s the brides lavender moment, femininity all grown up. Her bridesmaids help put on her wedding dress and mother fits in the pearl white veil. Her father takes a look at her for the first time and can barely hold in his tears. Never had he seen his little girl so well refined, graced and elegant. Every couple’s story is so different and so beautiful. Though the wedding day usually flies by, it’s these moments which last forever. This is the reason I truly value every single couple who bestows on me the great responsibility to document and save these memories for generations to come. Natalya and Alex were so kind to me, not only did they give me creative freedom to explore the different ideas we had, […]

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Red& Bold | Nadiya+David | Lifestyle Photoshoot
January 3, 2018 by Afrik Armando in Family, Stories 0 Comments

From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to begin this year by thanking every one of you. 2017 was a remarkable year of growth but none of it would’ve been possible without you. Your incredible personalities and jolly spirits made the year. I’m truly honored that you’ve graced me with this opportunity of documenting and telling your stories. Words cannot describe the thrill I feel in my soul when I see eyes light up and hear words like “you mean I look that good in real life?” 2018 is just starting off and this year we’re going to be BOLDER THAN WE’VE EVER BEEN BEFORE. We’ll be bold about our dreams, bold about our love and bold about how beautiful we are. For true beauty is passion, heart, and kindness. We’ll write our story and make it unforgettable. We’ll live out loud and spend our days with absolutely no regrets. Thank you, David and Nadiya, for the incredible time we spent in New York, thank you for having such an adventurous, red and bold love. David and NadiyaNew York

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Love which stills | Kate + Bryant | Engagement Photoshoot
December 5, 2017 by Afrik Armando in City, Engagement, Stories 0 Comments

                        Busy streets with fast-paced cars and rushing pedestrians, everyone making haste to their next destination but suddenly, in a moment of time the storm is stilled, the love of two has caused a great calm. My morning was fogged with activities and to make matters worse I overslept, causing a chaotic pile of undone tasks. Prior to my photoshoot with Kate and Bryant, I’d made an action plan with sketches, image inspirations, and favorable locations. However, going into the session I wasn’t sure what to expect especially since the morning hadn’t quite unfolded as planned. We decided to start out our shoot next to a cafe called United by Blue in old city and it was then that the fog cleared up. A spontaneous joy and chemistry, so unique and desirable. And I think this is exactly what makes Kate and Bryant so different, two very spontaneous souls who relish every moment spent together. Carefree, childlike hearts and full of an unspeakable amount of joy. They’re never afraid to try new things or explore uncharted territory. Thank you for letting me into your world and I look forward […]

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Cageless Birds 2 | Kat + Serge | After wedding Shoot
October 17, 2017 by Afrik Armando in Stories, wedding 1 Comment

The best phrase I can use to describe this shoot is ” Lost in Loveland”. Firstly, I can’t thank Kat & Serge enough, not only did they agree to do a second-day shoot, they also agreed to wake up at 5 am in the morning to catch the golden hour. And I tell you magic happened that morning. Isn’t this a lot like life, when you do crazy things and take bold steps the universe always beautifully responds in your favor. When I took a second look at these photos after our shoot, I was lost in Loveland, it’s one thing to see them on your camera screen and another thing to see them on a large computer screen. And a little tip for using smoke bombs; try waiting for angular lighting (usually in the morning or towards the evening) this creates a very dramatic scene especially if you use it in a woodsy area, you actually get to see the rays of light going through the smoke. Thanks a million for reading this far and please comment below so I can know you stopped by :). You’re amazing Kat & SergeCore Creek Park

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Beautiful Souls | Nick + Nataliya | Engagement Shoot
October 10, 2017 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 0 Comments

Time is a very beautiful thing. I remember a few years ago when Nataliya and I went on a photoshoot. We were co-workers and She was the only one crazy enough to let me take pictures of her. It was one of my first photoshoots with a human person and not only were my nerves eating me alive, I didn’t have a clue about what I was doing. But Nataliya as gracious as she was, kept talking me up. And through the years, she hasn’t stopped. Always encouraging me and saying things like “Bro, you’re my favorite photographer, when I have my wedding, you’ll take the photos”. Funny enough, it wasn’t a while till Nick showed up. You didn’t need to be a love guru to tell that she was in love, for every single time the name Nick was mentioned, she lit up like a Christmas tree. Thank you Nataliya for the bringing me lunch at work, thank you for covering up my mistakes and most importantly, thank you for being a great friend. Congratulations Nick and Nataliya, I can’t wait for your wedding. . . Nick & NataliyaPrinceton University

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Wish upon the heart | David + Anna | Wedding Photos
October 4, 2017 by Afrik Armando in Stories, wedding 2 Comments

“When you wish upon a star, it doesn’t matter who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you” Sometimes it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the grandness of our dreams which lay deep within the chambers of our hearts but I think the quote above epitomizes in words how our beautiful universe works, it all starts with a desire. As dream chasers with bountiful visions & endless passions, we’ve got the responsibility to nurture & strengthen our ambitions. This is what David and Anna did as they tied the knot on that warm summer day in the month of July. As we walked the street of Skaneateles, cheers, & applauds floated everywhere, pedestrians made way for the newlyweds and the golden sun rays light them up for perfect wedding portraits. I’m beyond blessed to be honored with the task of documenting the start of their ambitions and I’m thrilled considering the fact that generations to come will not only see pretty wedding photos but a story, a story of two dream chasers who took their wish upon a heart and made it a reality. Thank you, David and Anna. Second Shooter // Anita Savich Hair // Julia Shelestovsky Photoshoot […]

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Veiled Beauty | David + Nadiya | New York City Anniversary Session
September 21, 2017 by Afrik Armando in Stories, wedding 0 Comments

I have to admit, when I got invited to New York City by David and Nadiya Novik for an anniversary session, I felt beyond intimidated. My few visits to New York had left me with an overwhelming sour taste for the city. Invisible was I to the many who bumped into me but a lucrative client to all the street musicians who’d pull my hand in an attempt to sell me their mixtape. So New York to me was a no no, too many unconcerned pedestrians, cab drivers who wouldn’t care if they knocked you dead and the unbearable traffic. But all this changed when I spent the day with David and Nadiya. Their love was in such perfect harmony with the city. They knew just the right places to go to and each time we would stop to take a picture, the crowds would watch in wonder. Then they told me about their countless adventures in the city, the date nights, the park walks and ice cream strolls. I began seeing a different side of the city, a tender side which had been covered by the hustle and bustle of time square. I had made a judgment too quickly. It […]

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Rain or shine | Ilona+Yuriy | Enagagement Photoshoot

“A place is only as magical as the memories that take place there. That’s what Devil’s Hole at Niagara Falls is for us and it was only fitting that the place we hold so many memories in, would also be the place to document a turning point in our lives. There were times we were trapped in the rain, while the waters raged around us. On the sunny days we spent here, we sweat through the heat to get to the cooling waters. Through these sunny & rainy days spent at the gorge, I see a reflection of our relationship. We can’t control the weather, but we can change our response. And our response, both in our adventures at the gorge and in our lives, was to huddle closely in the stormy times and walk together with free reign when the days were bright.” – Ilona Belous   Ilona & YuriyNiagara Falls

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