THE REAL LIFE SMILEY feat. NINA MDWABA

IMG_6276When I shoot street portraits I always find myself asking my subjects to smile which I consider ‘’cheating’’, but on the day that I met Nina and her adorable sister it was so unscripted that I took home more than 14 shots of her fixing her hair. The funny thing is I was shooting her sister I when I spotted her beaming and ‘’braidstorming’’ right there on the pavement.

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SO. STRIPED. OUT.

IMG_5276 Thanks to my girlfriend’s first year in law school she hates any kind of stripe on a suit, be it a pin stripe or chalk stripe she is not having it. With that in mind I knew I had the task of turning a special someone when I picked up this three button pin striped suit from Aquascutum. I have a love/hate relationship with pinstriped suits, I hate it because I seldom see it being pulled off properly and I love it because nothing says you know your way around patterns and fit more than scoring the perfect pinstriped suit.

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A.Q.U.A.S.C.U.T.U.M

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First of all let me put it out that this not a brand placement for Aquascutum. This is my second three buttoned jacket from Uk based luxury brand Aquascutum, and I can officially say this brand has locked my heart in. In the surge of ‘’EVERYTHING BESPOKE’’ it is assumed that ready to wear garments are not even capable of hitting the mark without a trillion flaws in comparison to their bespoke peers.

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REAL LIFE SMILEY BY ALLEN A. COLEMAN

IMG_7659About three years ago, I shot a friend smiling her brains out whilst we were out having lunch. initially I thought nothing of the shot until I got home and couldn’t stop smiling at the photo smiling back at me. On the strength on that photo I started shooting smiling portraits of people I profiled for my street style photography. Six months went by and I had a couple of favorites out of the lot I had shot, this photo went on to become the first of my REAL LIFE SMILEY blog series.

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GREEN. HABIT.

menswear photographyYes, I made space for another green tie in my wardrobe and I am so proud of myself. To be utterly honest I don’t think any man should put a ceiling on how many neck ties they own let alone the ones in their favorite color. I recently picked up this grant Thomas tie with so much ease, in the course I found out that buying items on the strength of quality and aesthetics less the fuss about the label really goes a long way.

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LE SARTORIAL

sartorial With the internet and its 2 million style bloggers there is a lot to pick inspiration from, but one thing I always maintain is not get distracted from your ‘’comfortables’’. There are certain items that I wish I could pull off, and even though it makes me tingle with frustration I never stray from my clothes that work for me. I might never walk the streets in short-shorts but I definitely know how to work a medium length shorts and a blazer. I love wearing shorts, aside from the excuse to show some skin, I love it how it tones down a jacket for the perfect weekend rendezvous.

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