4 years ago, I never thought I'd attend an art school. Although the decision wasn't easy, I had the desire to fulfill my passion. I am now proud to say that I'm a graduate with a BFA. So excited for this continuous journey and for what's to come. - Another milestone: Class of 2016
I'm so thankful to have one of my photographs Crowning Glory featured on "Best Of" for Vogue Italia: PhotoVogue.
Halfway to the finish line...
This was by far one of my hardest semesters & to be honest I was never really prepared to start to begin with. Throughout the majority of the semester, I found myself stressed out to the point where I had no motivation to do anything. I even found myself questioning my love for photography (yikes). I can't pinpoint what it was but I just know I was over everything, senioritas? eeek.
Thinking about graduation made me evaluate my whole life. I realized It made no sense to slack my final year & I came way to far to jeopardize my future. This whole realization happening within the last 3 weeks of the semester (noice, I know). But I did indeed manage to get through it; & now that I think of it, I probably should have waited with this blog post until I received my academic grades #prayforme !
The most important part of the the school year are Review Boards. Some of you may know I attend an art school, majoring in Photography if it wasn't obvious. Every year at the end of the semester all majors have Review Boards, everyones "favorite day". For the photography department, we prepare to show our best 15-20 prints from the entire semester, get critiqued by reviewers/ guest critic, and get slaughtered (depending on your work, eeek). Well, to wrap this up, my review board went great and I feel so relieved to have it done & over with.
Below is work from my Review Board, & I can honestly say this is the first body of work that I'm proud of. I also plan to continue this project throughout my final semester. There are way more images that were not shown for the sake of my chosen arrangements but I plan on adding the rest to my online portfolio.
Short summary of series: Nappturality
Because of past history it’s ingrained in us what our hair should look like and we tend not to think of the political implications of our style. We’re continually caught in the middle of conforming to society but at the same time trying to embrace our textures. Before slavery our hair/ hairstyles was a way for us to represent our identity and culture. Experimenting with different modes of photography, appropriated images and digital imaging, I’m interested in making photographs that explore the complex history of African American hair and its legacy for current expressions of identity.
Digitals from this series below
Click here: Work In Progress
May 24th 2015, a lovely spring day and classic venue location made for the perfect combination for Marie-France, owner of Kadokele, and Walens' wedding at The Connor's Center Estate in Dover, Massachusetts. The couple both got ready inside the estate and then met outside for a first look and portraits. The groom's reaction was priceless, she was indeed out of this world stunning. Their indoor ceremony was then held in the Chapel of St. Ignatius with a large centered window surrounded by beautiful trees, ideal view for Marie-France and Walens to exchange their vows.
After the ceremony, the bride, groom their families and wedding party headed to the Front Circle and Lower Garden for some photos amidst the vibrant trees and beautiful arches before heading to the last few minutes of cocktail hour. Their reception also held in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, was altered with long rows of tables, filled with plant center pieces and coral as a pop of color. Marie-France, Walens and their guest celebrated into the night hours surrounded by a warm, elegant atmosphere.
Again congratulations, Marie-France and Walens, your wedding day was beautiful and I had a great time being part of your special day!
In observing how more African American women are embracing their natural hair, I decided to photograph the different stages. It was important to acknowledge the act of maintaining natural hair, honoring the different textures and to show representations that are connected. Most African American women have had their hair chemically processed at least once in their lifetime and the decision to return natural requires a few stages.This is a side of something that some people are not aware of unless they personally experience it. I want these photographs to bring others who are not aware through my point of view.
So recently, spring semester of my junior year started almost 3 weeks ago & let's just say I technically never really started. Huh? right, as crazy as it sounds the east coast has been having blizzards almost every week, & of course classes been cancelled back to back to back. I must say I can't complain, but with my previous semester being stressful, these extra days off have been a relief. Although I was ready to start this semester fresh and focused, I've been feeling all over the place because of these inconsistent weeks.
Out of all these weeks, today I felt motivated to photograph. These are a few rough edits but I'm excited about what's to come, it may even be a start to a new project and I look forward to expanding.
2014 was a quite stressful year to be honest. The constant battle to balance school, work and CBA was a handful. Through it all, I was still able to accomplish a few goals and an unexpected one at that. Here are some goals that I've completed off my list these past couple of years. I strive to work harder & stay focus to achieve more for 2015.
1.) Launching My Website
One of my main goals for 2014 was to create my online portfolio/website. Since this was my first, I wanted simplicity. This process took a lot of debating on what layout to use, narrowing down images for my portfolio and the range of content I would share. With all the prepping I launched my first website. That special day happened on June 24th, 2014. This was an exciting day for me and I was happy hearing all the positive feedback.
2.) New Business Cards
For so long I had temporary business cards to get started but I never really liked them. I decided to invest in high quality cards that I loved and could also be an "on the go" mini portfolio.
3.) Getting A Feature
This feature in Issue 9 of Art Hive Magazine for Art, Culture, Design & Entertainment was quite unexpected. When I found out I was super excited, although it was a small feature I took it as a little taste of what is possible & what the bigger picture could be if I continue to work harder.
4.) Becoming A YoungArts Alumni
As most people know I was selected as an YoungArts Finalist in Visual Arts back in 2012. I got to participate at YoungArts Week in Miami and later became an Alumni. This was the main reason why I decided to continue on this career path and I will never forget it. To be recognized of exceptional artistic achievement was a life changer. This organization/experience gave me hope, confidence in my work and inspiration.
5.) RAW Artist
I was selected as a Raw Artist over the summer. I decided that I would wait to have my showcase when I have a cohesive body of work that I'm proud of, so stay tuned, hoping 2015 is that time!
Goals for 2015
This list will definitely increase but so far here are a few goals I have in mind!
- Rebrand as far as logo design, color scheme & website adjustments
- Blog at least 3 times a month
- Photograph a wedding √
- Receive a few more features
- Collaborate with other artist
- Create marketing materials
- Stay consistent with everything I do
Hope you enjoyed this blog post! Feel free to comment below a few of your goals that you plan to accomplish, I would love to hear them!
I know this blog post is long over due, so lets rewind a couple weeks back to August. I really enjoyed photographing this lovely family. Right off the bat I was intrigued with their interaction, so I loved that I was able to capture a variety of special moments. They were great & I can't wait to share more images from this session; look out they will be up soon !
Over a month ago, I had an idea to run my first giveaway. As a way to kick start the launch of my new website, I decided a free Mini Session would be perfect. I wanted to give that lucky someone a chance to recieve a piece of my Artistry. After all the entries, the winner was chosen at random by Raffle-Copter.
Again congratulations to the winner Cassandra B. & thanks again to those who participated in this Giveaway!
Today, I had such a great time photographing this beauty! From the lovely smile, great personality & beautiful curls, the weather was perfect for her session. I was actually surprised, after the cold non-summer weather yesterday. It indeed was our lucky day & I'm so excited to share the rest of these images!
Stay tuned for the update,
More Images from this session…
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Hey everyone, welcome to my very first blog post! I'm very excited to share this journey with you all. Starting off with some background info, CB (Cidjy Bossuet) Artistry represents me and my artistry, ranging from Photography to Mixed Media. I see myself as more of an Visual Artist using Photography as one of my mediums, also branching out and offering my artistry services to those interested.
Throughout my years of high school it was a constant battle deciding on my career path. Thinking I would be in the health career, I attended a college preparatory high school for students exploring careers in the health field & was later selected as a Bicentennial Scholar. Deep down, my passion had always been the arts. I was stuck in doubt of not making a living for myself if I were to have a career in the arts. It was not until my senior year of high school where my journey nearly began. During my spare time, I always found myself either photographing my surrounds or recreating my images with the help of Photoshop. In result, I was selected as a YoungArts Finalist in Visual Arts, by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, in January 2012. I was flown out to Miami along with other Finalist to participate in YoungArts Week. During the course of the week I got to meet other talented artist from all around the world in other disciplines. I worked with distinguished master teachers and showcased my work at the Miami Arts Museum. This opportunity and life changing experience was an eye opener, it was my answer had been searching for throughout my years of high school, I realized I had to pursue my God given talents. Being named a YoungArts Alumni along with some previous Notable YoungArts Alumni's such as Kerry Washington, Nicki Minaj, Hernan Bas and Vanessa Williams was a true inspiration.
Following my passion, I decided to attend art school. I'm currently majoring in photography with the end results of obtaining a BFA.
I will be using this blog to post updated work of clients, personal work and possible promotions. Lets work! Please feel free to contact me anytime about a photo session, my rates or any other questions!