In February of 2016, I worked with a group of ladies for the launching of Patty Maxine's website. It was my first full production photoshoot that consisted of a stylist, makeup artist, models, and the designer on set. This is where my relationship with stylist Akilah Whitaker began. I was eager to start back up my natural hair series and Akilah had great ideas to contribute to my concept. From Natural Politics, our creative relationship took off. I have always admired photographers like Annie Leibovitz who has produced beautiful portraits, but has a dream team behind her work. It can be a challenge working with others when everyone has a different skill, yet this is what makes the final product worth wild . Akilah's Bachelors in Business from the University of North Texas has definitely come in handy when she has brought new clients to the table. She has influenced me in my professionalism and work ethic enormously. I am grateful to have worked on so many great project and to have met so many great young women and men along the way. It is a blessing to be able to do what you love and learn new things along the way.