Creative Portraits – Cornrows

Creative Portraits

Creative Portraits are a great way to express your unique individuality through makeup, wardrobe or a combination of both!

Jojo, a good friend and sometimes muse got the itch to shoot and always comes with an idea! This time she suggested doing something with cornrows. I did some research and found a bunch of inspiration including the following from Wikipedia:

“Cornrows are a traditional African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp”
“Depictions of women with cornrows have been found in Stone Age paintings in the Tassili Plateau of the Sahara, and have been dated as far back as 3000 B.C.”
“This tradition of female styling in cornrows has remained popular throughout Africa.”

With this I had enough to envision what I wanted to use for lighting. Jojo enlisted friend Dee Styles to help with makeup and we met at my studio to shoot and captured another unique set using a 2 light setup.

We always strive to create something different when we do these stylized, creative portraits. The result is below after about 15-20 minutes to retouch each image in Photoshop.

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