Alopecian Goddess | An inspiring story about Bekah & Tori | Philadelphia engagement session
August 31, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories 0 Comments

From the first moment I met Bekah, it was impossible to ignore the energy she radiated with, her words of love and inviting spirit made me feel right at home. When she shared her story, not only was I deeply moved, I was completely sold on working with her. I’d like to think that Our culture is getting better at incorporating all sorts of beauty. From the Insta ads to store billboards, it’s sufficient to say capitalism is somewhat catching on. However, some times, being different is not all that easy. When my mom lost all her hair to cancer, it was like she carried an outsiders cloak, the occasional stare downs and feelings of being different. More to this, I can only imagine how many other people go through stuff like this. But that’s one of the reasons, Bekah’s passion and life goal is about making every woman regardless of age feel beautiful. She’s got a salon in Bristol, PA where she’s gradually making this vision come to life and not even alopecia can stop her. Thanks so much, Bekah for having me as part of your wedding family, LOVE YOU A TON.  

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A black tie affair with vibrant cultural feels | Wedding at Brandywine Manor | Rick & Paola
August 20, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories 0 Comments

Rick & Paola’s wedding was a black-tie event, with a monochromatic color palette, yet infused with the vibrancy brought about by the rich blends of cultures from both families. Not long ago, I shared a blog post about the experience I had at Rick & Paola’s engagement session, how they lived in the moment and cherished every second. With that in mind, my anticipation for their wedding was high and friend I must tell you, they definitely blew my expectations out the window. Not only did the wedding party & couple have dance moves better than Jagger’s, they knew what it meant to party. They cried, laughed, loved & slayed together. And when they all got in formation for the one formal group photo which mind you, we only had 5 minutes to create, it was hard to ignore The Godfather vibes in the air. More to this their day was filled with Mexican chants, great food, and high emotions. For their design, they opted for a black-tie affair. With simple yet beautiful centerpieces of elevated baby’s breath and a wall of roses for their sweetheart table backdrop. In addition to this, they had a floral arch at cocktail hour […]

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Modern 70’s bridal inspiration
July 1, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories 0 Comments

Modern 70’s Wedding Dream with a Wild Floral Handbag As I was thinking about the essence of summer – the joyfulness you feel when the summer air comes to a peak, the pure satisfaction of an ice cold fizzy drink, and the radiance that the sun gives off – I began to dream up a shoot that would embody the freedom that summer seems to provide. Inspired by the colorful murals at Asbury Park, a small but bustling beach town, I pulled in tones of teal blue, bright oranges, yellows, and pinks. Florals that felt wild and free, with 70s touches, brought the shoot to life. This styled shoot was, ultimately, an experiment in capturing that feeling of summer we always want to hold on to. Then, the magic happened – and the idea of a floral bridal handbag was born. For the most carefree summer bride, a floral bouquet that can double as a handbag stands as a reminder that you can be creative in any way you’d like. It’s a symbol of independence and being able to stand on your own, with everything that you may need at your fingertips. It’s a creative gesture, with the wild beauty […]

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Devon Yard Wedding Inspiration
June 24, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories 0 Comments

How To Modernize Your Blush And Gold Summer Wedding   A short while ago I had the opportunity of working with some very talented creatives in the Philadelphia area. It was a collaborative shoot with some other incredible photographers. With this shoot, we wanted to evoke a painterly vibe using colors, flowers, fabrics and zero greens. The idea was to create a modern painterly bridal inspiration using painted palms and baby’s breath to create a blush palette of textures. For the ceremony, they used sheer fabric which draped from the inside of the alter structure, this served the purpose of creating delicate paint-like strokes. The arch was also beautified with asymmetrical floral arrangements created by unconventionally using pink baby’s breath and pink palms. Link to Wedding chicks feature  

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Florals, friends & Passion – 3 personal growth takeaways from Design Sanctuary – Rosewood Farms
May 9, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories 0 Comments

We Dance – Steffany Gretzinger – Song to listen to while reading Have you ever felt like everyone else was moving forward but you? That’s how I felt for the greater part of last year. Whenever I would scroll through my Instagram feed, it was nothing but wanderlust locations and dreamy details. But this year, I made the decision to be intentional about who & what I surrounded myself with. As the old saying goes – If you surround yourself with the cool people you become cool and if you surround yourself with knuckleheads… well you get the point. So to execute my plan, I decided to be part of one of the top floral workshops in the country, Design Sanctuary, organized by Susan & Shannon. Two wedding LEGENDS here in Philadelphia who for years have run very successful businesses while empowering young creatives like myself. And I must say it is at the top of my list for 2019 highlights, I met some of the coolest designers, florist, and photographers. It was nothing short of laughs, love, and creativity. EAT, PLAY, LOVE Feed your mind, body & soul with the right food. Get information on perfecting your craft, then […]

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A Lesson from Beyonce’s Homecoming film | Bridal Inspo

Last night while selecting photos from a recent shoot I did, I had Beyonce’s movie Homecoming playing in the background, and guys let’s just pause for a moment because it was nothing short of PERFECTION. Not only was I inspired by the level of excellence a human could put into their craft, but I also realized multitasking is a myth cause after two hours of culling, I had only selected 3 photos LOL. “You can’t be what you can’t see” As I spent 90% of the time watching and 10% working, this was one of the quotes from the movie which made such a deep impression on me. If you watched her film on Netflix or her 2018 Coachella performance, it becomes evidently clear that a core theme she seeks to convey in her art is REPRESENTATION. And I know I’ll sound like a broken record but I think this is very important. Personally, as I progress in my photo journey, I’d like to create work that’s more inclusive. I’d like to get to that stage where people feel SEEN in my work and where no one thinks they’re “Not enough”. Because no matter your race, size, age or status, […]

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6 tips to slaying in pictures
April 15, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories 0 Comments

The tricky thing about creating a guide to looking your best in photos is that everyone’s unique and what works for one person might not for another, nevertheless here are a few fundamentals which I believe everyone could find essential. More to this I created this guide specifically for guys but again, I think these basic principles apply to everyone. Side note, don’t worry ladies, I’ve got something in the works for you. Compilation of posing videos CONFIDENCE is everything * I often hear people say things like “I’m not photogenic” but I believe that what makes you photogenic is your uniqueness. Do you realize that there is not you, there has never been another you and there will NEVER be another YOU. SMIZE like Tyra * I got this one from America’s next top model, Tyra Banks always says “smile with your eyes” Show some CHIN * The underlining idea here is emphasizing your jawline, but this works differently for everyone. For some a slight 45 degree angle and for others chin forward and down. Work that POSTURE * No slouching friends Gotta get them angles * Standing at a slight angle to the camera always looks more flattering […]

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Fun Fishtown family Photoshoot | Philadelphia
April 6, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories, wedding 0 Comments

I’ll never think of myself as a “self-made person” and this family is the reason why. I still remember that warm summer drive on Roosevelt Boulevard, I was done work and Tanya was driving me home. At that time, I was 19 years old going through one of the roughest periods of my life, that’s a story for another day but let’s just say, forces beyond my control had sent me skidding off the rails. Burdened by some heavy family & emotional issues, I sat in the passenger’s seat speechless. In all honesty, I was at my wit’s end but then randomly, Tanya looked at me and said “ Everything will be ok”, a river of tears came rushing down my cheeks and I felt a lot better. This is just one of the millions of heart-lifting experiences I’ve had with them, in all honesty, time would not permit to tell of all the good they’ve done. If you go to their church community, about every person sings their praises and like beacons of light, they illuminate the paths of many. When we went to Fishtown my goal was to tell their story in a way which represented them. Vincent […]

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Colors, Pizza & Bubbly personalities | Philly Lifestyle session
April 3, 2019 by Afrik Armando in Stories, wedding 0 Comments

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 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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