DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: #wocbeauty ft. Jessenia Preciado

This photo series is dedicated to highlighting women of color as the main characters of my themes. Oftentimes, the beauty we see in front of the lens do not truly reflect the diversity we see in the real world. This project is meant to introduce and normalize new meanings of what it means to be captured on camera as a woman. And how do you normalize beauty of women of color? You bring in new situations, new themes.

Each theme varies – some tell a story or while others provoke you to think critically. The rest are left for you to simply appreciate visually. Many thanks to my female friends of color. #wocbeauty

Theme: New York Times Ft. Jessenia Preciado

New York has been known as one of the greatest cities in the world as well as being one of my personal favorite locations for sightseeing. For this project, I wanted to focus on the timeless aesthetics of the urban scenery.

My model’s androgynous attire is inspired by the musical icon, Frank Sinatra, whose song, “New York New York,” is known to be a classic. Context from the Great Depression, a historical downturn in American history, significantly contributed to the tone and visuals of these photographs.

Project type: Photo shoot

Program: Adobe Photoshop CS6

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T5 SLR

Project status: Complete

Work time: 20+ Hours

Location: New York, NY

Styling and photography by Jessica Nguyen


STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Sweater and Shorts Weather


My favorite things to do during the autumn season include admiring the changing, vibrant colors in leaves, devouring slices of delicious pumpkin pie and, of course, wearing warm, loose-knit sweaters. I have yet to meet anyone who does not own at least one or two sweaters in their closet. What I love about sweaters is that I can wear as many layers as I want with them and still look effortlessly stylish and prepared for the incoming cold. READ MORE HERE.