Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving fit for a Queen

One thing for sure about Angela Bassett; she is a thankful person. She's a woman who, during the My Black is Beautiful panel discussion back in 2008 proclaimed, "My Black is Grateful." It's one of the reasons why when receiving an award Angela, in all her humility, is the first to mention her fellow nominees or her co-stars that she worked with during filming. As gracious as Angela is, the Thanksgiving holiday must be especially meaningful.

This year Angela and Courtney are sending out holiday cards and called up one of their good friends Matthew Jordan Smith, who happens to be a celebrity photographer, to photograph them for the occasion. Matthew even graced us with a blog about the all day shoot:

Photo by: Matthew Jordan Smith
Bringing ideas to life can be a challenge but it is also a lot of fun. A month ago I got a call from two good friends who wanted me to photograph them for a holiday card. They had no idea of what they wanted and asked if I had any cool idea's. I jumped at the opportunity and my girlfriend and I talked about ideas. After we decided on the idea to present she put a pdf presentation together to send them and they loved it right away.

My friends are Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney Vance and my idea was to bring old famous paintings to life but with a modern twist. I told them my idea would take a full day of shooting and after working through our schedule we finally made it happen today. The day started by shooting at my place at 8:30 a.m. and working until noon, then the entire crew changed locations and went to their house and worked until 8:00 p.m. this evening. It was a very long day but an extremely fun day for everyone involved. I am so excited about the images I can't wait to edit. That said it's time for me to start the editing process now.

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Photo by: Terrell Mullin
Photo by: Terrell Mullin
Terrell Mullin, was Angela's make up artist for the shoot and he found time to tweet this last night:
@Kalefe: On set with the stunning Angela Bassett ,,, can u say Drop Dead Gorgeous !!!!

This Thanksgiving, remember Angela is coming back with a vengeance in 2011 (two films and a series strong). So when someone asks you what you're thankful for, turn to them and say, "the Queen is back." Happy Thanksgiving, BassettHounds!

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