Do you prefer black-and-white or color photography?
I think there are moments where black-and-white is certainly called for. It has a timeless sort of look. All you see is that monochrome tonality, and you sort of feel the image because you know that fluff is gone.
What have you accomplished with your photography?
When I started wedding photography, I couldn’t name five Black wedding photographers. I couldn’t name five in New York or in general. Potential clients, especially non-Black clients, used to tell me I need to diversify. My portfolio wasn’t diverse enough. I bought into it, not for very long, but I bought into it. At one point, I just got frustrated with not being able to diversify my portfolio. I was chasing people who don’t care about me. … I started paying attention to people who did care about me and made them look amazing. I said that in 2010. I feel that I’ve accomplished that now, and I feel that there are so many talented photographers that have done that and continue to do that and feel the same way about it now that I did back then.
What is one passion project that you are hoping to pursue in the future?
[Photographing] Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.