Portfolios and Perspectives Style Shoot Workshop in Review

Portfolios and perspectives in Review

Styled Shoot Workshop Based in Atlanta, Georgia 


A dream realized one that came through it was a cold winter day in January one day after a major extreme winter weather storm and we were blessed with an appointment with the dream Coach Tiara LaShae Johnson we met we talked and upon leaving the session she assisted me in pulling out some dreams and aspirations. During our session she assisted me in creating deadlines for my goals. Starting with what I plan to do in the next seven days, then on the next 2weeks followed by 30 day deadline and last but not least 3 month goal.


The three month deadline was to host for the second time our Portfolio and Perspective Event Design Workshop this event is created for up-and-coming designers and photographers looking to build a solid portfolio to showcase their talents while getting the professional images of their work from a variety of perspectives. After months of planning venue shopping marketing for the event looking for vendors sponsors the day finally came and we were able To bring an intimate group of designers together to showcase their talents. Ajs Catering Atlanta provided a beautiful spread of delicious bites. Special guest speaker Kara Norman provided a Mimosa bar with all the fancy Fixin’s



A great morning of high-energy custom designs and dynamic speakers.


Kara Norman – Empower Her Inc., 


Tiara LaRae Johnson – The Dream Coach


Inside look of workshop DSC_6867

A little line dancing to get the blood and creativity flowing – Electric Slide All time Classic



The happenings around the room 


So we are happy to report that our dreams that cold winter day in January or realize and it’s time for us to continue to put in the work and keep setting the bar for ourselves we want to thank each and every individual that participated in assisted in anyway possible we appreciate your love and support. Now let’s continue to build together!

With Love,


Thank you all to our supporters!!! Connect with our Friends Below!


Kara Norman – Empower Her Inc. 

Tiara LaShae Johnson – The Dream Coach

Tahir White – Tasha and Tahir You Tube Channel

Bryant Andrews – Sky Love Images 

Krista  – Krista’s Event Koncepts

Shelia Hamler- Shelia’s Simply Elegant Events

Anthony James – Aj’s Catering Atlanta

Jasmine Townsend- B Exquisite Events

Krystal Cain- Kontour Event Management

Portfolios & Perspective is a Style Shoot workshop based in Atlanta, Georgia created to assist up and coming event planners(designers) and event targeted photographers with interactive workshop to build the portfolios they need to display their talents to their potential clients. Designers are colloborating with industry professionals to put together a style shoot to show their style and creative idea for social events. Photographers are capturing the work of creatives to showcase their style giving a variety of perspectives for the designers.  This workshop also allows you to get the necessary professional images to be displayed on your website and across your social media platforms. 



How Are You Building Your Portfolio?

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I am excited to be a guest speaker at Kustom Kreation Photography & Celebration Décor’s Portfolio & Perspective event this weekend!  It is an opportunity for event designers and planners to come be inspired, create beautiful styled shoots and have them professionally photographed.

The host Elisha Akram is a divinely talented Atlanta based photographer who has helped hundreds of brands create stunning portfolios and branding images.  She has definitely polished up my portfolio!  My branding Empower Hour photo and new headshots for this blog were taken and designed by her – isn’t she fabulous!


It will be a fun day of flowing in your creative gifts, connecting with those who love the elements of a magnificent event and having your work photographed by different photographers.  It is also nice to see the different perspectives that are captured through the different lenses as well as the tables that are created by the different event planners.


I’m excited to be a part of this creative day and to help empower the attendees to remember to make their self-care a priority when they are pouring into others.  We are constantly evolving and changing and it is good to constantly check in with yourself and your brand.  We can get caught up in social media and what others are doing or get so busy and worn down that we forget our own creative spirit and our why.


Praying for a blessed event and that God will also help me build my own portfolio to speak more and empower others with my story, journey and wisdom!  I am also excited to style the Mimosa Bar at the event to remind the attendees to celebrate and to take time to toast their gifts and every aspect of their journey.  I created Empower Her, Inc. to combine my love of event planning and my desire to empower women and girls through amazing events. So fun to get back into the things that I love after taking time out to take care of myself and my family.


Cheers to tapping into the creativity that flows from God and to building polished and beautiful portfolios!


By Kara Norman- Empower Her, Inc.


Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty – Surf & Turf

Happy Tuesday Folks its time for Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty! This week she brings you Surf and Turf. For you, meat and seafood lovers this combination recipe are for you. As always first things first is we have to gather the needed ingredients.Surf & Turf3

This recipe by Taste of Home requires the following:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 lobster tails (8 to 10 ounces each)
  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks (4 ounces each)
  • 4 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper

DIRECTIONS – Recipe Taken from Taste of Home

In a small skillet, saute garlic in 2 teaspoons oil until tender; remove from the heat. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, green onions, thyme, lemon peel, salt, pepper, cayenne and reserved garlic. Set aside 1/2 cup for crumb topping.

Add softened butter to remaining herb mixture; mix well. Shape into a 1-in.-thick log; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

For crumb topping, combine the bread crumbs, melted butter and reserved herb mixture; set aside.Surf & Turf4

Split lobster tails in half lengthwise. With cut side up and using scissors, cut along the edge of shell to loosen the cartilage covering the tail meat from the shell; remove and discard cartilage.

Place lobster tails on a baking sheet; top with reserved crumb topping. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until meat is firm and opaque and crumbs are golden brown.

Meanwhile, sprinkle steaks with coarse pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook steaks in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).

Unwrap herb butter; cut four 1/4-in.-slices from log. Place one slice on each steak. Serve with lobster. Rewrap remaining butter; refrigerate for 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 4 servings.

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Prom Seasons… A Distant Memory

The year was 2007 and just the fall of the previous year we had picked up our camera and we were ready to take on the world and capture everything in it… So as time went on and opportunities presented themselves to us we were happy to oblige. Prom Season on any giving year begins in March and goes through May.

We were contacted by the parents in order to capture images of their son and his date on their way to senior prom. So delighted that we were able to offer our mobile studio services to this client. We arrive at the home in which it was a Pre Prom Party going on complete with all the family and food and the energy was super high. We set up in the living room with our standard gray backdrop and we had a white column that stood to about your thigh area.  As we placed the couple in a position we begin to capture images of this memorable occasion. I’ve just recently come by this memory of the past with my humble beginnings. I’m Thankful and Grateful for the journey and experiences that I’ve had to capture the many couples, family, and friends during their seasons of celebrations. It thrills me to connect with so many people and be apart of their life memories. Just like that its a memory at a distant.

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This distant memory is now eleven years ago. I pray these two individuals went on to pursue their passion and dreams and are living a success and properous life.

Kustom Kreation Photography 2007

Nothing to give and that’s okay

So I am fighting either allergies or a cold and as if that is not enough several other areas of my life are going bonkers.  I realized I missed my first deadline for this post over the weekend and have been scrambling to come up with something empowering to say. All I found were crickets and tumbleweeds! I realize that right now the sickness and obstacles are here and all I can do is rest.

So this week I’m giving you permission to take off the super hero capes and just take care of yourself in any areas that needs healing or rest. I came across this statement below and I thought it was perfect for this week!

Cheers to empty cups that need to be filled!


“When you cup is full this is the perfect poem to move forward!”

Still I Rise- Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

by Maya Angelou

By Kara Norman- Empower Her, Inc.


Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Jerk Cornish Hen

A little jerk in your life… well Jerk Cornish Hen that is.. This week food ideas from Smarty Marty is a deliciously prepared Jerk Cornish Hen… So before we get started we need to gather the following ingredients:

1 large bunch scallions, roughly chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, quartered and seeded
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Scotch bonnet chile pepper, stemmed (remove seeds to tame heat)
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 Cornish game hens (1 1/2 to 2 pounds each), cut in half
  • Freshly ground pepper29744758_2220371371307133_353783907184025565_o
  • Combine the scallions, bell pepper, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, thyme, allspice, ginger, brown sugar, chile pepper and 1 tablespoon salt in a food processor; pulse to make a thick sauce. Refrigerate 1/4 cup for serving.

    Season the hens all over with salt and pepper; poke a few holes into the bone side. Rub 1 cup of the jerk sauce all over the hens in a large bowl or pan. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

    Preheat a grill to medium; prepare for direct and indirect grilling: On a charcoal grill, bank the coals on one side. For a gas grill, turn off one of the burners after preheating. Remove the hens from the marinade, letting any excess drip off; place skin-side up on the cooler side of the grill (position the legs closer to the fire). Cover and cook until the hens are golden brown, about 15 minutes.

    Baste the hens with any extra jerk sauce, then turn them over to the direct-heat side of the grill; cook, uncovered, until the skin is dark brown and the meat is cooked through but still moist, 5 to 10 more minutes. (A thermometer inserted into the thickest part should read 160 degrees.) Set the hens aside for 5 minutes, then serve with the reserved jerk sauce.


  • Food Preparation and Styling By Smarty Marty

    Recipe By: /www.foodnetwork.com