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Check Out Zuri Kwame’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zuri Kwame.

Hi Zuri, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Well, I first started taking photos back in 2014 when I first came to California at car meets my brother took me too then two years later, I finally got a camera and started photographing my friends I hung out with at lbcc (Long Beach city college), after that I started progressing year after year, my first video was with my bro cliqvo in some random alley on the north side of Long Beach and my first photos that really got me buzzin was of my homegirls Dekari and Dezure. Now over the years past, my work has gotten incredibly better as it is supposed to but I’m in shock sometimes with the editing creativity I’m making and the newer people I’m shooting videos for its really exciting.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This road has not been smooth at all. I was in a four years high school sweetheart toxic relationship while starting off my photography career and I really didn’t have time to focus on my craft as much also I didn’t have a car to get around; I used to take the blue line, the green line, the purple and red line everywhere regardless if it was a paid shoot or not I put the time in, sometimes I got stranded cause I miss the bus or train back home and had to call my dad or I just thuggery it out at the bus stop till 6 am. I’ve gotten robbed before going to shoot a baby shower in LA, I’ve been finessed out of content before; I’ve got many more stories but to say the least the road ain’t been smooth.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I mostly shoot portrait photography and car photography. I shoot dope run and gun videos for a lot of LA artist but I mostly specialize in portrait photography or men and women regardless of the background I just love to shoot portrait wide open with the sun glares hitting with a nice warm contrast. One thing I can say I’m proud of is where I am right now and where I’m going from. I came from Being in an abusive household down south then being homeless my whole 11th-grade year of high school, me being heartbroken so many times from family and friends I can’t even count, Now look at me doing bigger and better things then what the people Who tried to put me down are.

One thing that sets me apart is the fact that I’m down to earth and have a warm welcoming vibe and humble and I put the art first before anything.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My ex: Semone – for making me realize the good and bad of making change so that I can do reach my potential and stop using excuses.

My bro Cliqvo – for helping shoot my first videos and help me better my videos and putting me around different people and artist

Dekari and Dezure – for being my muses anytime since 2017 and helping me get to where I am.

Ye‘’Anna – helping me brand myself different and putting me around different people and artists to adapt too also showing me new skills to use in the field.

This couple of forgot their names – always watched and gave me great wisdom to better in life and with career since 2015 when I used to clean shoes at Lakewood mall till now.

BOOTYHUSTLERS Speed Team – for believing in me, supporting me and helping me reach my goals in short film and teamwork assistance.

Zhamir Pascual – the one and only editor who got the videos to a whole new level which brought in better and new clientele, couldn’t do it without him.

And all the other people I’ve worked with I can’t name off the top of my head for always supporting me and my career since I started in 2015.

Pricing:

  • Photos- $300 includes 10% of photos edited
  • Videos – $800+ includes VFX all 4K-6k quality

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@zurikwame

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