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BIPOC photographers need to take advantage of seasonal opportunities

A toast to the seasonal BIPOC photographers out there who grind during the holidays and are taking advantage of all the opportunities to get their bags in order!

While it is entirely okay to take a break during the holiday seasons, there are almost too many opportunities for BIPOC photographers to shine and prove their creative skills.

Granted. Christmas this year may not be what we expected. Social distancing and COVID-19 have overruled every single event. Keeping up with family members, and loved ones are more challenging than before.

But thankfully this year has also opened our minds and our hearts. We have the experience, at first sight, the works of the most creative minds out there. People who, amidst all the chaos and uncertainty, brought different perspectives and new stories — BIPOC creatives.

And, now that we can’t count on the usual Christmas dinner to share the love, perhaps it’s time to let these BIPOC photographers bring some color to the holidays.

Who is going to shoot those Christmas cards if not them anyway?

Camila Javier (She/Her)

Camila is the mastermind behind the #girlswithpanties project. Thus her priorities are portraying women and femme minorities.

She is an expert in providing “safe space for women of color” during photo shoots. And, her creative approach effectively depicts intimacy, creating a powerful connection, between the viewer and the subject.

Undeniably better than a Facetime call, and perfect as a social distance celebration that brings your loved ones closer.

Alvin Kean Wong (He/Him)

Born and raised in Singapour, Alvin started his photographic journey as the means to explore, understand, and travel through the world.

He started when he was only 8-years-old and his eye and professional career have only grown ever since. He has brought his authentic eye to the fashion scene, the BIPOC creative has worked with clients including Vogue, Elle, Glamour, etc.

Although he focuses on fashion photography, he also has experience with portraits and film. Thus, allowing Alvin to deliver interesting and unique work.

Katytarika Bartel (They/Them)

Katytarika offers a variety of services for women, femmes, gender-nonconforming LGBTQIA, and people of color.

What is unique about Katytarika is that they set a studio with detailed production to create thoughtful and emotional environments. This is especially engaging for audiences, creating an emotional relationship with BIPOC subjects.

Photo by @bykatytarika

Besides focusing on the LGBTQIA community and people of color, Katytarika to those with financial struggles.

Julia Foo (She/her)

Based in New York, Julia is also a portrait photographer who focuses on depicting individuality and pride.

Her main focus is the self-expression of her BIPOC subjects and uses it to create a direct message to the viewer.

Roderick Jackson (He/him)

Roderick is a lifestyle photographer who focuses on lifestyle photography, particularly proficient with portraits. Plus, the BIPOC has worked in music videos with hip-hop and rap musicians.

Roderick gained recognition for his aesthetics, layering multiple videos on top of each other and accomplishing a complex color gradient.

BIPOCs take the perfect photo for the perfect season

So why them?

Now that things have changed so rapidly and the new normal is not quite as exciting as the old, let’s get interestingly creative with those Christmas memories.

We all know that moms love to have every single moment recorded on camera. And although this year may not be one to forget, lets make it worth it by supporting more BIPOC photographers that are to bring new and authentic views to all those old traditions.

After all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Showing some love and support. These BIPOC photographers are constantly finding seasonal opportunities and will bring some joy to your Holidays.