Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Still Do: Photographer Celebrates African American Marriage in the New Millennium

Upcoming Photo Book, "I Still Do" Provides Refreshing Celebration of African-American Marriage in the New Millennium
Recently, the national media has erupted with concern over the state of Black marriage in America. Gloomy statistics depict that the institution is rapidly declining and many are losing hope.

Inspired by loving images of President and First Lady Obama, photographer Kea Taylor responds to the crisis with her debut book, "I Still Do - A Celebration of African American Weddings." The beautifully presented coffee-table book shares a glimpse of the state of Black relationships from Taylor's unique perspective as a seasoned wedding photographer. With her lens and talent for capturing the spirit of her subjects, Taylor offers ample photographic evidence that Black couples are, indeed, still saying "I do."

Filled with a wide range of images from her nearly ten years as a professional observer, "I Still Do" takes the reader on a heartwarming journey allowing all to share in the excitement of wedding parties as they hurriedly prepare for their big "entrances," quiet moments of reflection from the brides-to-be, family and friends in full celebration, and couples' first, quiet moments as new life partners.

At just under 35 years old, dynamic photographer and entrepreneur, Kea Taylor, has a life story filled with experiences that dreams are made of. At the age of 25, Taylor quit her job in finance to grow Imagine Photography, which has quietly become one of the most prolific photography studios in the Washington, DC area. Known for her uncanny talent for capturing the spirit of her subjects, her work has been featured on the pages of Black Enterprise, British News and Observer, Ebony, Jet, The Source Magazine and other regional and national publications.

At just 5'3" you may have seen her petite frame photographing President Obama's Inaugural Ball, the NAACP Image Awards, rural education centers in Uganda or events for Spike Lee, ESPN or Nike. Imagine has served as the contracted photographer for AARP, BET, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, NAACP, Washington Convention and Sports Authority and various non-profit and government agencies.

A native of Washington, DC, Taylor graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dual degree in Urban Economic Policy and Business. After working for years in development finance (while doing photography on the side), Kea quit her job and used her talent for business to transform her passion for photography into a thriving enterprise. Originally a portrait and wedding studio, Imagine quickly became the official photographer of the Washington Nationals Stadium, the Washington Sports and Convention Center Authority, and designer of "The Soul of the City," a groundbreaking regional business and community guide.

Taylor is celebrating her tenth year in business with her new book, "I Still Do: A Celebration of African-American Weddings." A must-have for brides, married couples and singles alike--it even includes a glossary of African and African-American wedding traditions for those planning a culturally relevant ceremony.

Although the book will not officially be sold in stores until June 1, reserve your copy today on, and you'll help Kea send a message to national retailers that "I Still Do" belongs on the shelves of bookstore chains across the country.

Kea Taylor resides in Washington, DC with her loving husband and three stepsons and is always looking for meaningful stories to tell with her camera.

Visit the website for more information on upcoming book signings, discussions and celebrations of African-American marriage:


Melissa said...

This is beautiful! Can't wait for a copy!

I have always loved this idea as a person who grew up with many happily married Black couples surrounding me. Now, as a newly engaged Black woman, seeing these inspirational stories mean that much more.

Tracey said...

Congratulations Melissa!

Melissa said...

Thank you!