One Thing I know from Lupita Nyong’o Cinderella Story: Tips from a Female Photographer

History was made AGAIN last night at the Oscars as 12 Years A Slave won best picture and our beloved Lupita Nyong’o lived her cinderella story.  EVERY little girl should have dreams but more importantly… believe they will come true. One thing I know for sure as a female photographer…

I’ll start will the beautiful quote from Lupita, “No matter where you are from… your dreams are valid.”

Lupita Nyong'o at the Academy Awards/Photo by Christopher Pok/Getty Images
Lupita Nyong’o at the Academy Awards/Photo by Christopher Pok/Getty Images















Many of you know that I’m an advocate for youths being their full potential.  We as parents and the community are not only responsible for feeding, clothing and putting a roof over their heads… but to nurture their dreams, explore their talents and give them the tools they need to make it happen.  My mom made A LOT of sacrifices  for me & my sister to travel & pursue our dream to sing because she BELIEVED and wanted to see her girls soar!  You see… when we become parents it’s NO LONGER all about us.  Unfortunately, a lot of kids aren’t surrounded with encouragement or someone pushing them to be great. Don’t get me wrong…  we have goals and careers as well but it shouldn’t  override taking care or managing our children’s development.

The Tip:  I said all of that to say this…  one’s mentally/attitude towards “living your dreams” is where is all begins.  No matter where you’re from…  you are ALREADY defeated if you don’t believe or even have a drive to achieve. The bad seed has been planted.  This why it’s so important to surround yourself and kids with positive energy, people that make things happen (like CEO’s & artists) and resources to help you get the job done.

I’m a dreamer and personally believe that everything I touch turns to gold.  And why??  My blessings do NOT include a trip to Hollywood, a new car or a new house… my blessings are intangible:  a sincere heart, love, faith, courtesy & respect for other people, humbleness, strategy, talent, work ethic and the list goes on!

This is not only a tip for photography but a tip for LIFE. 🙂


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