Cozy home session | Quarantined Love | New York

Song to listen while you scroll through / Finneas – Let’s fall in love for the Night      

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Love Cloud | Philadelphia Engagement session | Kelly + Alex
April 14, 2020 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 0 Comments

Beautiful things happen when couples trust their creatives to make magic happen and to tell a story that fully expresses who they are. This engagement session summarises what it's like to float in a love cloud.

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The Williams’ | Sophisticated with a touch of playful | Philadelphia Engagement
January 27, 2020 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 0 Comments

With Julien & Danielle’s session, the story I sought to tell was that of two highly motivated young individuals on their journey of love and self-discovery. I remember the first time I FaceTimed Julien & Danielle, I was in the process of moving to my new place and had gone furniture shopping at Ikea. So for the day my office was the hot Ikea parking lot, we chatted briefly about the ideas they had in mind for their wedding but when they got to share their dreams and aspirations, I knew we had kindred spirits. At that point I was sold on working with them, more to this I was fascinated by their adventure stories from Jamaica to Thailand, with rigorous schedules like theirs I wondered how they had the time to travel and experience different cultures. For their session, my desire was to highlight their sophistication without ignoring their playful personalities. So we started their shoot at the Rodin Museum with formal outfits to suit the garden setting, then we moved on to Fishtown where I found the perfect playful mural by Dora Cuenca. I’m beyond excited for their wedding in October which will be designed by SaraRea Designs […]

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Wild hearts & Bohemian tunes | Lena & Clark | Philly Engagement shoot
September 30, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 0 Comments

While coming up with a concept for this lifestyle shoot, we wanted to do something completely different and this couple (Lena & Clark) had all the musical bohemian vibes one could as for. Seriously, this shoot had all the musical bohemian vibes and colors one could ever wish for. Lena & Clark (Well mostly Lena) have been longtime friends of mine and when they approached me for a shoot, I wanted to do something that had all the jazzy energy they embodied. So our concept was to create a playful roadside performance and from the images we got and I think we nailed it. Thanks so much, Lena & Clark for spending the day with me, and for dancing to the tunes of made-up music.

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Colors, Pizza & Bubbly personalities | Philly Lifestyle session

I’ll never forget the first day I met Ilya, I was at his parent’s house visiting his brother when he brought out a stack of kid books and asked me if I was interested in reading. That was strike one, after being bullied in high school, I knew for certain what the costs of hanging out with nerds were, so no “thank u, next.”. But it’s funny coz a few years later, I ended up traveling across the world with this little dweeb who’s now more than a brother to me. But I must say, the greatest perk of being close friends with Ilya came when he met Victoria, he was like a mosquito buzzing on a hot summer night. If it wasn’t Victoria this, it was Victoria that. He became a poet and she was the subject of all his poems. So when we went out to do this shoot, I was aiming for something that would fit their colorful friendship and bubbly personalities. I’m indeed beyond excited to be documenting the next chapter of their lives in June.

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The beautiful simplicity of now | Home Lifestyle session | Rick + Paola
March 11, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 1 Comment

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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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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La Vie avec toi | In home session
July 18, 2018 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 1 Comment

In this age of social media where we present curated versions of our lives, it’s getting more difficult to be authentic, but I love in home sessions because you really see what’s behind closed doors. And to be honest, I’m honored when people get vulnerable, I know we don’t always feel like smiling, we fight, we cry and we sometimes feel sad. But that’s ok because life is not about being perfect, it’s about the process, it’s about the journey and the stories we’ll be able to tell from our experiences. I’m truly grateful for these two, for opening their door and sharing a piece of their life with me. The laughs, the love, the boredom, and the berries, thanks friends.      

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Color of Love | Engagement Photoshoot | Vita+Benjamin
March 26, 2018 by Afrik Armando in Engagement, Stories 0 Comments

I know there are lots of self-made people here in the world but I’m not one of them and that’s because of friends like Vita. A few years ago while we were out on one of my first portrait session, I had the genius idea to get Vita into a puddle of water for a reflection shot. Lost with my head in the creative cloud, I didn’t take into consideration how chilly it was. Nonetheless, Vita trusting me did it anyway. Now that I have the honor of being her wedding photographer, she still wholeheartedly puts her trust in my creativity. This is why I’m not self-made cause friends like Vita have trusted me regardless of how ridiculously crazy some of my ideas are. Thanks Vita for lifting me up with your kind and encouraging words through the years and Benjamin, keep her laughing out loud. Vita and BenjaminKimmel Center

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