"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
Sue Monk Kidd

Stories that matter

Joy embraces these words about her right now. It is so rad to see Joy step into more confidence each time we capture her and this creative portrait session we wanted to capture Change, Risk, & Joy in her personal story and for her biz as a brand ambassador with Monat (check her gorgeous curls…seriously!!). […]

Change, Risk, & Joy

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Jordan loves to read stories, create art, and watch educational videos. She is a beautiful woman preparing to begin her studies at Vassar College in the fall to student Sociology & Education. It is always a privilege to capture you during this huge milestone! Thank you BJ for inviting me to capture Jordan. We always […]

Congrats Jordan. Class of 2020

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Jasmine shared that what she most hoped to capture in our session was these 2 words; accomplishment & beauty. She embraces and embodies these words about herself. Her story thus far is one of true accomplishment & beauty! Her mentor through Foster Progress LaShawn reached out because she wanted to celebrate Jasmine with a Senior […]

Accomplishment & Beauty

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Congrats to Stephanie! 2020 brought something no one anticipated and the grads this year have learned so much about the uncertainty of our world & their resilience. Stephanie loves to draw and adores her dog named Elvis. I love including the real YOU during our sessions. Martha and Jim joined us for family session to […]

Congrats Stephanie. Class of 2020.

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“I want to influence those growing into the world. I want them to even be a better person than me and if I can do it through hair I will do it. “ -Shavonne Patterson Shavonne Patterson is a woman who immediately makes you welcomed into any space.  She lights up when she is working […]

“If can do it through hair I will do it”

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Y’all- I am so excited to review this new corner of the web that Hawa Images calls home! Thank you for being here! There is a new website, a new logo- but really it is so much more- there is a new focus on serving YOU! I’m excited for this online space and I am […]

What I’ve been working on

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Your creativity and the beauty of your right now allow us to hope, laugh, & hold our people tight. Thanks to everyone who donated to organizations making a difference in our world and invited me to capture you from a distance! 

At home portraits right now

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As Ms. Marion called the after school meeting  to order the young women began by grabbing an affirmation from the jar and then reading them outloud, “I don’t give up.” And the group answered, “Ashay.” “I stand strong.” And the group answered, “Ashay.” “I’m a boss.” And the group answered, “Ashay.” “I love myself.” And the […]

BeYOUtiful Empowerment Portraits

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When I first spoke with Rita Romero, the founder of Cardenas Institute her passion and knowledge spilled forth from her.  Her gifts and passion connect with deep needs in our world and it is clear she is exactly where she needs to be.  She shared some of personal story including her life in Peru informing her deep […]

Hope & Resilience: Cardenas Institute

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