Dreams into Reality

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours
— Henry David Thoreau

                                                                         Picture by Marlon William (www.instagram.com/itsmarlonwilliam)

Rahjon Lane has done it again! If you remember his story from the "Breaking Thresholds" blog post back in March when the site first released, you will remember how he spoke on the passion and dedication he has shown to perfecting his craft. Since then he has made some major strides in his modeling career traveling out of state shooting with other well known photographers as well as being recognized by fashion bloggers and social media pages. About a week ago while I was at work he called me elated beacuse he had been granted an interverview for one of the modeling agencies based in North Carolinia. Ive never been directly involved with the process of helping a model get into an agency so immediately I called every professional I knew. Needless to say after a few quick conversations and spending hours on the phone with Rahjon, we got his portfolio organized and sent off to be printed. The day of the interview i don't know who was more nervous him or me and it seemed like time passed slower than normal and finally he texted me...saying he is now the newest member of 3BBM (3 Black Bird Management) . 

These are the moments that mean the most to me. Encountering people who are laser focused on seeing dreams turn into reality; doing whatever is needed to see it through. Its inspiring to me as an artist because it makes me realize more and more that we are in direct control of where our destinies end. Watching how passionately he speaks and seeing the energy that surrounds him not only on set but in his everyday life is alluring. He is literally getting better with time, unafraid of societies labels he isn't afraid to push the boundaries in his shoots wether it be themes, outfits etc. If he sees the potential in it he finds a way to make it work. To the people at 3BBM if you are fortunate enough to see this, you have casted a hidden gem with limitless potential. Rah I wish nothing but success to you and everything you put your name on shall be gold one day.

Welcome to

the Rah Lane

Love Conquers

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
Maya Angelou
My definition of family is just unconditional love. The people who rely on you and who love you, they are there, too.
— will arnett

When you look at me what do you see? A man who's a father, a husband, a provider. Do you see a transgender man or simply a man? The journey to living my truth has not been an easy road, however, my journey is not yet over! Society has told me I not worth living, my life has no value, I deserve and should die! At one point, I started to believe the negative words that were pointed towards me. Self esteem was decreasing, isolation was becoming more revelant and I was scared. With all the recent attacks, assults and unnecessary deaths against transgender men and women I was determined to get my life back and begin to live. I met my now wife 12 years ago, we were friends but I always had a special love for her. Our paths cross again in 2014. We dated and our love for one another quickly grew. I was afraid to tell her about my transitioning process but she could look at me and see my physical appearance had changed and I was not the same person from 12 years ago. Sandy is now SanJuan. My wife accepted me as I am. Her daughter, our daughter and their family accepted me as I am. My family has always been in my corner and stood behind me with every decision I've ever made. I'm one of the lucky one's who has the courage to live in my truth and be completely free! I will continue to share my story for those who are no longer with us, their voices will never be heard and for those who lack the courage, support and knowledge to Live In Their Truth! 
 

To my parents ,
I love you guys so much. Pops you are the epitome of what a king, a father, a husband and a bestfriend is suppose to be. Mommy you are the epitome of what a queen, a mother, a wife and a bestfriend is suppose to be. You know our family bond is unbreakable. Your love story is so inspiring that it gives people hope that they can also fall in love one day with their bestfriend. I look up to you'll in awe everyday knowing that I have a wonderful support system. I couldn't have asked for better parents. 
I love you guys to the moon nd back. 

I LOVE YOU MOMMY & POPS !!
-Shalayah

Perfectly Imperfectly

Body love is more than acceptance of self or the acceptance of the body. Body love is about self-worth in general. It's more than our physical appearance.
 - Mary Lambert 
When, I saw Azari's work I knew he was the perfect person to bring my vision to life. 
Perfectly IMPERFECT ! 
 
We all have that one flaw or imperfection that we try and cover up. For me it would be my scars.  1yr ago, I suffered from a severe skin breakout that left me bruised and scared both physically and emotionally. It left me covered from head to toe with dark spots and discoloration. I was a shamed, depressed and i suffered in silence. I was afraid to wear shorts or any type of clothing that would reveal my skin condition. Over time being able to regain my self confidence I overcame the emotional pain and all of my physical scars. I felt the courage to share my story through photography. 
 
I am a man
 
I am not my scars
 
I am perfectly IMPERFECT
      - Bernard

Wanderer

“No one knows what you have been through or what your pretty little eyes have seen, but I can reassure you ~ whatever you have conquered, it shines through your mind.” 
― Nikki Rowe

 

The inability to see beyond ourselves and the pressures of the world tend to confine us to spaces that are not conducive to our dreams. It is a marvel to have people who encourage our creativity and support our livelihood. To be free.....truly free and let creativity flow has to be one of the best feelings in the world. We get so wrapped up in our day to day lives we forget to let go and live. Through everything we are human at the end of the day and thats the most important thing to remember. 

My public face I represent something completely  opposite of how I feel on the inside. Problem solver, confident, and free spirited. Internally I am over critical of myself and my abilities and I doubt the physical features I posses. I constantly straddle the line of living for me for and doing things that please other people. It becomes very toxic after a while, thats why I'm thankful for the people who remind me of who I am and the talents I posses. To them it is a simple deed of friendship but to me it means the world. These moments are pieces of humanity that I hold on to forever. My goal is continue to live in my truth and inspire others to do the same. 

Photographer || Virtue The Artist

Assistant || Pac

Breaking Thresholds

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. "
-Joel A. Barker

Often times we encounter people who see the unparralelled potential in us. Potential that we either have yet to tap into or become too afraid to see. More times than not we place our dreams on hold wether it's because we can't convince ourselves to put the plans into action or use the excuse  "we don't know where to start", when we haven't taken the first step .  After many conversations I realized it was the same for Rahjon, so I immediately began  challenging him to break out of his comfort zone, the first half hour was rough but I could see as time passed his confidence grew.

After the first shoot he told me he loved the images and immediately came back to the studio, but something was different! In between the 2 week period of our shoots Rah had become a student of his crafts from creative ideas and poses to lighting he was prepared and the images reflected just that.  

"The more and more we've collaborated, not only was art created but a friendship has been built. Emotionally i've become at home and comfortable with everything we've created. I know for a fact that everything we've created and plan to create in the future will push me closer to where I want to be" - Rahjon  

Since our last shoot he has been staying busy collaborating with other photographers and even a celebrity stylist. He will be making noise on a major platform very soon, thanks to his eclectic fashion sense and eagerness to create he has no choice but to succeed. 

Instagram || @therahlane 

The RetroKidd

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I had been trying to set this shoot up for months, spotted him bartending at a local bar a while back and noticed his build & style... figured it would be dope collaboration. I made a post asking Instagram followers who I should work with next and coincidentally people mentioned his name. So I reached out, a few days later he drove 2 hours to shoot. He showed up suitcase in hand and a personality that could fill a room. Ja'Baris has future aspirations of becoming a model, stylist and designer I wanted to keep it simple while showcasing his unique style and diversity.