Officially A College Grad? What

4 years ago, I never thought I'd attend an art school. Although the decision wasn't easy, I had the desire to fulfill my passion. I am now proud to say that I'm a graduate with a BFA. So excited for this continuous journey and for what's to come. - Another milestone: Class of 2016

Art School: Completing 1st Semester of Senior Year

Halfway to the finish line... 

This was by far one of my hardest semesters & to be honest I was never really prepared to start to begin with. Throughout the majority of the semester, I found myself stressed out to the point where I had no motivation to do anything. I even found myself questioning my love for photography (yikes). I can't pinpoint what it was but I just know I was over everything, senioritas? eeek. 

Thinking about graduation made me evaluate my whole life. I realized It made no sense to slack my final year & I came way to far to jeopardize my future. This whole realization happening within the last 3 weeks of the semester (noice, I know). But I did indeed manage to get through it; & now that I think of it, I probably should have waited with this blog post until I received my academic grades #prayforme ! 

I digress...... 

The most important part of the the school year are Review Boards. Some of you may know I attend an art school, majoring in Photography if it wasn't obvious. Every year at the end of the semester all majors have Review Boards, everyones "favorite day". For the photography department, we prepare to show our best 15-20 prints from the entire semester, get critiqued by reviewers/ guest critic, and get slaughtered (depending on your work, eeek). Well, to wrap this up, my review board went great and I feel so relieved to have it done & over with.

Below is work from my Review Board, & I can honestly say this is the first body of work that I'm proud of. I also plan to continue this project throughout my final semester. There are way more images that were not shown for the sake of my chosen arrangements but I plan on adding the rest to my online portfolio.

Short summary of series: Nappturality

Because of past history it’s ingrained in us what our hair should look like and we tend not to think of the political implications of our style. We’re continually caught in the middle of conforming to society but at the same time trying to embrace our textures. Before slavery our hair/ hairstyles was a way for us to represent our identity and culture. Experimenting with different modes of photography, appropriated images and digital imaging, I’m interested in making photographs that explore the complex history of African American hair and its legacy for current expressions of identity.

Digitals from this series below

Click here: Work In Progress

Update + Picatog Contest

... I know, I know... A blog post update 3 months later (lets be real, when have I ever posted regularly? lol)  ... Let's just say, I blame life!  But wait... I'm still working on my consistency! 


I digress... I have a few things I'm excited about and thought to share one! 

Last week, picAtog launched their site for daily photography contests. I entered the photo contest and submitted images to the portrait and wedding category. With the votes of family, friends, and the picAtog community, both images I submitted to portraits placed in the top 10 (rank 3 and 4). Now for the wedding category, I won 1st place, twice in a row & I'm super excited. Walking away with a nice stack of $43 haa (every dollar counts).

The more people enter, the more $ there is to win! Are you a photographer? Feel free to take a look at this awesome site & don't forget, SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT!  Fast cash, I must say!

www.picAtog.com

For more recent updates/ new work follow me on Instagram: ciciboss

Until then, stay tuned for the next blog post, I promise to make it soon! 

Work In Progress

Junior Projects

In observing how more African American women are embracing their natural hair, I decided to photograph the different stages. It was important to acknowledge the act of maintaining natural hair, honoring the different textures and to show representations that are connected. Most African American women have had their hair chemically processed at least once in their lifetime and the decision to return natural requires a few stages.This is a side of something that some people are not aware of unless they personally experience it. I want these photographs to bring others who are not aware through my point of view.    

What I've Been Up To….

So recently, spring semester of my junior year started almost 3 weeks ago & let's just say I technically never really started. Huh? right, as crazy as it sounds the east coast has been having blizzards almost every week, & of course classes been cancelled back to back to back. I must say I can't complain, but with my previous semester being stressful, these extra days off have been a relief. Although I was ready to start this semester fresh and focused, I've been feeling all over the place because of these inconsistent weeks. 

Out of all these weeks, today I felt motivated to photograph. These are a few rough edits but I'm excited about what's to come, it may even be a start to a new project and I look forward to expanding.

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My Top 5 Accomplishments & Goals for 2015

2014 was a quite stressful year to be honest. The constant battle to balance school, work and CBA was a handful. Through it all, I was still able to accomplish a few goals and an unexpected one at that. Here are some goals that I've completed off my list these past couple of years. I strive to work harder & stay focus to achieve more for 2015.

Accomplishments 

1.) Launching My Website

One of my main goals for 2014 was to create my online portfolio/website. Since this was my first, I wanted simplicity. This process took a lot of debating on what layout to use, narrowing down images for my portfolio and the range of content I would share. With all the prepping I launched my first website. That special day happened on June 24th, 2014. This was an exciting day for me and I was happy hearing all the positive feedback. 

2.) New Business Cards

For so long I had temporary business cards to get started but I never really liked them. I decided to invest in high quality cards that I loved and could also be an "on the go" mini portfolio.

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3.) Getting A Feature

This feature in Issue 9 of Art Hive Magazine for Art, Culture, Design & Entertainment was quite unexpected. When I found out I was super excited, although it was a small feature I took it as a little taste of what is possible & what the bigger picture could be if I continue to work harder. 

 

4.) Becoming A YoungArts Alumni

As most people know I was selected as an YoungArts Finalist in Visual Arts back in 2012. I got to participate at YoungArts Week in Miami and later became an Alumni. This was the main reason why I decided to continue on this career path and I will never forget it. To be recognized of exceptional artistic achievement was a life changer. This organization/experience gave me hope, confidence in my work and inspiration.

5.) RAW Artist

I was selected as a Raw Artist over the summer. I decided that I would wait to have my showcase when I have a cohesive body of work that I'm proud of, so stay tuned, hoping 2015 is that time! 

 

Goals for 2015

This list will definitely increase but so far here are a few goals I have in mind! 

  1. Rebrand as far as logo design, color scheme & website adjustments
  2. Blog at least 3 times a month 
  3. Photograph a wedding √
  4. Receive a few more features
  5. Collaborate with other artist
  6. Create marketing materials
  7. Stay consistent with everything I do

Hope you enjoyed this blog post! Feel free to comment below a few of your goals that you plan to accomplish, I would love to hear them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet The Johnson's

I know this blog post is long over due, so lets rewind a couple weeks back to August. I really enjoyed photographing this lovely family. Right off the bat I was intrigued with their interaction, so I loved that I was able to capture a variety of special moments. They were great & I can't wait to share more images from this session; look out they will be up soon !

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& The Winner Is...

Over a month ago, I had an idea to run my first giveaway. As a way to kick start the launch of my new website, I decided a free Mini Session would be perfect. I wanted to give that lucky someone a chance to recieve a piece of my Artistry. After all the entries, the winner was chosen at random by Raffle-Copter. 

Again congratulations to the winner Cassandra B. & thanks again to those who participated in this Giveaway!

Today, I had such a great time photographing this beauty! From the lovely smile, great personality & beautiful curls, the weather was perfect for her session. I was actually surprised, after the cold non-summer weather yesterday. It indeed was our lucky day & I'm so excited to share the rest of these images!

Stay tuned for the update,

Cidjy Bossuet

More Images from this session… 


End of Summer Sizzling Mini Session

THE TIME IS NOW HERE!!!

CB ARTISTRY & CANDICE JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY, PARTNERING UP TO OFFER A

...2014 LIMITED EDITION SIZZLING SUMMER MINI SESSION 

Summer time is almost coming to an end! While enjoying the beautiful, warm and sunny day, when would be a better time to get your professional photos taken outdoors? We are so excited to be offering for the first time, a Limited Edition Summer Mini Session deal to our community. This is a great deal you don't want to miss!

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE!

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Details

Summer Sizzling Mini Session include:

  • 35 Minute Session
  • 10 Digital Images
  • Print Release
  • Standard Retouching

Cost: $60 + (A non-refundable $20 booking deposit required to secure your spot)

DAY 1

Date: Friday, August 29th, 2014

Times:

  • 4:05pm- 4:35pm
  • 4:35pm- 5:05pm
  • 5:05pm-5:35pm
  • 5:35pm- 6:05pm
  • 6:05pm- 6:35pm
  • 6:35pm- 7:05pm 

Location: The Boston Public Garden

DAY 2

Date: Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Times: 

  • 8:05am- 8:35am
  • 8:35am- 9:05am
  • 9:05am- 9:35am
  • 9:35am- 10:05am

Location: The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

 

What Are You Waiting For? 

How to book 👉 click here to fill out Mini Session Questionnaire form then make deposit! 

Payment

Mini Session Payment

 

For any other questions please contact us at cbartistryy@gmail.com / candicejackson89@gmail.com 

My First Blog Post!

Hey everyone, welcome to my very first blog post! I'm very excited to share this journey with you all. Starting off with some background info, CB (Cidjy Bossuet) Artistry represents me and my artistry, ranging from Photography to Mixed Media. I see myself as more of an Visual Artist using Photography as one of my mediums, also branching out and offering my artistry services to those interested.

Throughout my years of high school it was a constant battle deciding on my career path. Thinking I would be in the health career, I attended a college preparatory high school for students exploring careers in the health field & was later selected as a Bicentennial Scholar. Deep down, my passion had always been the arts. I was stuck in doubt of not making a living for myself if I were to have a career in the arts. It was not until my senior year of high school where my journey nearly began. During my spare time, I always found myself either photographing my surrounds or recreating my images with the help of Photoshop. In result, I was selected as a YoungArts Finalist in Visual Arts, by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, in January 2012. I was flown out to Miami along with other Finalist to participate in YoungArts Week. During the course of the week I got to meet other talented artist from all around the world in other disciplines. I worked with distinguished master teachers and showcased my work at the Miami Arts Museum. This opportunity and life changing experience was an eye opener, it was my answer had been searching for throughout my years of high school, I realized I had to pursue my God given talents. Being named a YoungArts Alumni along with some previous Notable YoungArts Alumni's such as Kerry Washington, Nicki Minaj, Hernan Bas and Vanessa Williams was a true inspiration.

Following my passion, I decided to attend art school. I'm currently majoring in photography with the end results of obtaining a BFA.

 I will be using this blog to post updated work of clients, personal work and possible promotions. Lets work! Please feel free to contact me anytime about a photo session, my rates or any other questions! 

"No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”- C. JoyBell

"No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”- C. JoyBell