#30RhedeontDays – Day 30

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#30RhedeontDays takes you behind some of the best photos taken by Darryl D. Smith and Kali Rhe Rogers. Here is why the photo was chosen in their words:

There usually isn’t a limit to what I’ll shoot. Like Darryl, I usually don’t mind photographing anything. However, if I had to shoot one subject for the rest of my life and nothing more, it would probably be live music.

Concert/live music photography is my absolute favorite thing to shoot. I’m a reformed concert junkie, so transitioning from attendee to photographer was a no brainer. Being able to shoot a concert as it happens, whether in the pit or close by the stage, is something I can say I’ve truly grown to enjoy. Grammy-award winning MC Lupe Fiasco was one of the guys I was really lucky to be able to shoot pics of.

In 2009, Lupe Fiasco was the headlining musical act to perform at the Sprite Step-off in Raleigh, N.C. At the time, I was assigned to shoot the event for the Nubian Message, one of NC State University’s student media publications. I didn’t know until a day or two before the event that Lupe was scheduled to perform. At the time, shooting this was like beating Final Fantasy VII for some kids – a pretty big accomplishment.

My hard drive unfortunately crashed just months after this happened, so many of the photos from that performance as well as the rest of the event are most likely gone. However, I’m glad this one was one of the few that I was still able to grab.

– KRR

#30RhedeontDays – Day 29

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#30RhedeontDays takes you behind some of the best photos taken by Darryl D. Smith and Kali Rhe Rogers. Here is why the photo was chosen in their words:

This photo came merely by chance. We were taking pictures of Kenya, and the shoot was going really well. Toward the end of the shoot, we decided to do a random idea of Greek unity.

This photo has become pretty popular, and it was really just a random shot. The great things about randomness is that it sometimes breeds greatness.

– DDS

#AKA #ZPhiB #ZetaPhiBeta #AlphaKappaAlpha #GreekUnity #GreekLove

#30RhedeontDays – Day 28

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#30RhedeontDays takes you behind some of the best photos taken by Darryl D. Smith and Kali Rhe Rogers. Here is why the photo was chosen in their words:

There’s nothing like a cool, unique bridal shoot. This was at the Stockyards in Fort Worth and this couple was a lot of fun. This is one of my favorite photos, as it has her in a joyous mood.

It was a great shoot, and although recent, it is definitely something I would put in my portfolio.

#30RhedeontDays – Day 27

 

#30RhedeontDays takes you behind some of the best photos taken by Darryl D. Smith and Kali Rhe Rogers. Here is why the photo was chosen in their words:

When I was a student at North Carolina State University, I wound up immersing myself into the hip-hop scene in eastern NC. I’ve come across plenty of artists in the area, both students and non-students. One of the artists I’ve met and shot pictures of in the area was DescendentMC, a VA native and St. Augustine’s University grad, back in summer of 2010.

We went around different parts of the city for this shoot, including at Free Expression Tunnel on State’s campus. If you haven’t heard of the Free Expression Tunnel, it’s one of the more unique spots at NC State. The pedestrian tunnel is the longest on the campus and is well-known for the fact that anyone is allowed to decorate the walls with anything. This includes promoting parties, putting up posters, doing some graffiti art. You name it, it’s been done. This is also the location where the NC State cyphers has become a weekly tradition dating back to 2010.

I thought it would be ideal to have some shots done there. This photo was definitely one of my favorites from the shoot as well as from that summer. I do miss North Carolina from time to time; photos like these are a reminder of that.

– KRR

#30RhedeontDays – Day 26

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#30RhedeontDays takes you behind some of the best photos taken by Darryl D. Smith and Kali Rhe Rogers. Here is why the photo was chosen in their words:

It’s very rare to be present during someone’s engagement proposal, let alone be picked to shoot it. So when we were given the opportunity to shoot Chris’ engagement proposal, we were excited!

To get this shot, I was brainstorming like crazy. I wanted to find a shot that no one else would have, from an angle that no one else would have. Once Chris started walking towards Santoria, it hit me to get behind her and just shoot.

I captured the moment when Chris “knew it was real” and was all smiles. It’s one of their favorite photos, and I’m glad I was thinking on my feet in order to capture the shot!

– DDS