An Atlanta-based portrait studio is celebrating blackness with unique photos featuring beautiful hair and fashion. As if that wasn’t enough, a beautiful black married couple are running the business together. Read the full story from Tremain Prioleau at Kulture Hub below.
CreativeSoul Photography is a portrait photography studio based in Atlanta, dedicated to capturing Black beauty in its essence. The studio was founded by married couple Regis and Kahran Bethencourt.
Representation through images is the most accessible way to engulf ourselves in aspects of culture. And, when it comes to how Black people are portrayed, a tradition of systemic racism has bled into the fabrics of Black images.
However, this centuries-old tradition is slowly being broken thanks to the efforts of Black creatives like those at CreativeSoul Photography. This Atlanta portrait photography studio is redefining Black beauty standards.
Who is behind CreativeSoul Photography?
Regis and Kahran are the husband-and-wife duo that run CreativeSoul Photography — a portrait photography studio in Atlanta.
They met at an online graphics designer’s forum and went on photography dates where they would take pictures of each other.
Regis eventually went on to study photography and Kahran began to learn right by his side. The rest is history.
This co-education blossomed into the Atlanta portrait photography studio that they own today. It has resulted in over 10 years of work capturing the beautiful and natural essence of Black people.
Redefining hair standards for kids
For many Black kids around the world, their natural hair is frowned upon and seen as a negative physical trait.
But, this socialization extends far beyond childhood. Many adult Black men and women are also discriminated against in the workplace for wearing natural hairstyles.
The CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair) Actpassed in California in 2020.
The act prohibited discrimination based on hairstyle and texture for the first time in the country. It marked a landmark victory for people just trying to wear what they were given at birth.
Still, the duo at CreativeSoul Photography experienced the effect of this discrimination in their own work.
Kids looking to break into fashion would send photos of themselves to the studio with their natural hair, but then they would show up to the studio looking entirely different.
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