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Happy Creativity Thursday: Celebrating Photographer Kofi Handon

Photo Credit: TRUE:xpressionz
Photo Credit: TRUE:xpressionz

Happy Creativity Thursday!

I started February with an artist date to the National Museum of African Art’s Earth Matters celebration and exhibition. It was just what I needed to open my creative heart: spoken word, live DJs spinning groovy music, body art performers, African dancing and drumming, live bands performing incredible music, and an opportunity to be photographed by Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography.

Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography
Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography

After I had my photograph taken, I spoke briefly with Kofi about his work. As I listened, I was struck by his humility, kindness, and soulful creative energy. The next day, I visited his web site to learn more about him and discovered the beauty of his photography. I also learned he is a fellow Howardite. So I decided to reach out to him for an interview. Read on to learn why I am celebrating him today and be sure to visit Loves Life Photography online, Facebook, and Twitter.

Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography
Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography

Q: Thanks Kofi for agreeing to do an interview with me today. I am a huge fan of your photography. Let’s start with a six-word memoir that describes your passions.

KH: Life. Love. Legacy. Beauty. Art. Everlasting.

Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography
Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography

Q: What is your definition of creativity?

KH: Creativity is allowing yourself to develop or mold your inner artistry naturally.

Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography
Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography

Q: What do you want people to gain from your photography?

KH: I want people to look at my photographs and remember that given the weight of day-to-day struggles, they should seize moments where the load of life is lightened by smiles, laughter, hidden message, and love.

Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography
Photo Credit: Kofi Handon, Founder and President of Loves Life Photography

Q: What lessons have you learned from being creative and a photographer?

KH: I have learned five key lessons.

  • There is beauty in everything.
  • There is no limit to what you can create and do if your heart is in it.
  • There is always something new to learn. The craft of photography doesn’t stop. It will continue to evolve.
  • It’s important to network and partner with others.
  • Stay true to who you are.
Photo Credit: TRUE:xpressionz
Photo Credit: TRUE:xpressionz

Q: What were your top four creative moments in 2013?

KH: I traveled to France, Spain, and Morocco, and chronicled my journey through photographs featuring the various cultures, food, people, and places I visited in January and February 2013. I also shared the photographs with my Facebook community. Shooting the sunset in Essaouira, Morocco was one of my favorite moments.

Traveling to New York City with the Andinkra Group to shoot political activist and artist, Femi Kuti was a great moment!

Another moment was covering Sweet Honey in the Rock at The Howard Theatre while First Lady Michelle Obama was there. I spoke to Mrs. Obama’s assistant and told her I would put together some framed and signed action shots for her since she follows the group and that was one member’s last show in D.C. before retiring.

In November 2013, I did a photo shoot for Maimouna Youssef, a Grammy-nominated  singer, emcee, songwriter and poet. I spent eight hours using and learning all of my equipment.

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Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: Headed Back to White House for #WHSocial French Welcoming Ceremony

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Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Great News! This morning, I’m headed back to the White House to attend the French Welcoming Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande.

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During the Ceremony, President and Mrs. Obama will welcome President Hollande on the South Lawn. I’ll be there covering the event with an amazing group of social media leaders. Follow me as @anandaleeke on Instagram and Twitter and use the #whsocial hashtag to track the conversation and see photos between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. EST. The Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.

I’ll also be participating in the #WHSocial panel discussion with White House officials from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Old Executive Office Building. The discussion will be live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov.

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Happy #YogaMonday: My Yoga Focus for February

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Happy #YogaMonday!

What are you focusing on during your yoga practice this month?

My February yoga focus is on developing a deeper understanding of the inner Shakti energy (chi, prana or creative life force or power inside you and all things in the universe) that opens the door to meditation and spiritual evolution. Click on the link to listen to today’s podcast (5 minutes) that shares how the February issue of Yoga Journal sparked my focus. http://voicebo.com/xnZQBR

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Happy Creativity Thursday: Open Your Creative Heart with Artist Dates & Special Creativity Coaching Discount

Happy Creativity Thursday!

February is a great time to open your creative heart with artist dates. Artist dates are scheduled play dates that you commit to on a regular basis (weekly or monthly). These special moments can jumpstart your imagination and inspire your creative juices. They can also help you explore your own creativity and witness the creativity of others and Mother Nature. I learned about artist dates while reading Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist Way in the 1990s.
Photo Credit: National Museum of African Art
Photo Credit: National Museum of African Art
Each month, I schedule several artist dates. I started this month with an artist date to the National Museum of African Art’s Earth Matters celebration and exhibition on February 1. It was just what I needed: spoken word, live DJs spinning groovy music (yes I love the word groovy!), photographers taking photos (will blog about my own experience next week), body art performers, African dancing and drumming, live bands performing incredible music, and a documentary film about Kenyan feminist and human rights activist, Wangari Maatthai.
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What artist dates have you gone on this year?
What type of artist dates are you planning this month?
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Opening Your Creative Heart Coaching Special Discount:

From February 1 to March 31, I am offering a special discount package on my creativity coaching services. See details below.

My Creativity Coaching Practice: Click here to read more about my approach and background as a creativity coach.

Discount Period: The creativity coaching packages must be purchased via PayPal by March 31, 2014. They must be used by July 31, 2014.

Fees and Services:

1) 1 one-hour session with 2 email follow ups – $99.95 (original price – $139.95)

2) 3 one-hour sessions with 4 email follow ups – $359.95 (original price – $389.95)

3) 6 one-hour sessions with 7 email follow ups – $769.95 (original price – $799.95)

4) 9 one-hour sessions with 10 email follow ups – $1,169.99 (original price – $1,199.99)

5) 12 one-hour sessions with 13 email follow ups – $1,569.95 (original price – $1599.95)

Contact Information: If you are interested in one or more of the packages, please send me an email at kiamshaleeke@yahoo.com to schedule a free 20-minute consultation call (available via telephone, Skype, and Google Hangout).

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Happy Yoga Monday: Yoga Treats from the Sackler Gallery ‘ #artofyoga

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Happy Yoga Monday!

What are your favorite yoga treats?
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Last week, I won a fantastic bag of yoga treats from the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery. The giveaway was held as a part of the “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” exhibition and sponsored by Whole Foods Market. My yoga teacher and mentor, Debra Mishalove, founder of Flow Yoga Center, selected the yoga treats.
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They included a Gaiam Metro bag (I’ve been craving one of these bags since early last year), Sesame Oil (just what my skin needed), the latest issue of ORIGINS magazine (yummy reading for February), dried white sage smudge sticks (perfect for cleansing my “chakra castle” home), Nag Champa incense (adore it… great for my morning and evening yoga/reiki practices), raw almonds and cashews (lovely winter snacks), a Whole Foods bag (something to carry my groceries in), Mineral Fusion Nail Polish (my niece Jordan claimed the polish), and a $100 Whole Foods gift card (awesome…. since I love to drop by on Saturday mornings after my Kundalini yoga class for oatmeal and green tea).

Many thanks to the Sackler Gallery and Whole Foods!