Blog en-us ( Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:35:00 GMT Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:35:00 GMT Blog 120 80 SAAB 3rd Annual Black Male Summit (Virginia Tech) For the second year in a row, I had the pleasure of taking photos of young Black men on Virginia Tech's campus that are working towards the goal of strengthening the African-American community. The men of the Student African American Brotherhood are preparing for their 3rd Annual Black Male Summit here at Virginia Tech. It's a day-long event where the brothers of SAAB will have a variety of workshops and panels dedicated to the professional and educational advancement of the Black men on campus. All of the details are below!


Student African American Brotherhood

The 3rd Annual Black Male Summit

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bowman Room, The Jamerson Athletic Center

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Theme: Leadership Through Adversity

Business Attire

Lunch will be provided. 


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( African American Black men SAAB Virginia Tech Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:34:18 GMT
Pretty Nasty Stroll-Off 2015 (Virginia Tech) On February 7, 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the Pretty Nasty Stroll-Off, which was hosted by the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Virginia Tech. Eight out of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations competed in the stroll-off with the winning groups being Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from Virginia Tech and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. from Hampton University.


I always love shooting NPHC events. As a member of an NPHC organization, I always try to give back to that community by providing images that are representative of the various aspects of the culture. It was a great event and I had a phenomenal time being in the atmosphere and having the opportunity to capture it.


If you were in attendance, what did you enjoy most about the event? Let me know in the comments!


Click on the photos below to view the gallery.





( Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:27:24 GMT
Ashleigh and Jarvis Engagement Shoot Hello!


Welcome back to the blog! I know I haven’t written an entry in QUITE a while (grad school got pretty serious for a second), but I’m happy to be back at it.


I started 2015 by shooting engagement photos for Ashleigh and Jarvis, two individuals I’ve known since my time at Tennessee State University. I always enjoy shooting people I know and this time was no different.


We shot the photos at the Capella Hotel in Washington, D.C. I must say that I was floored with how beautiful the hotel was. It provided the perfect backdrop for this classically-themed photo shoot. The staff was gracious and treated us very well during our time there.  We also shot some photos in the surrounding areas within Georgetown.


I was very happy with the way the photos turned out. I always strive to make my engagement photos give viewers an idea of personality of the featured couple. You can really tell that these two love each other. That and they’re goofy as hell.


If you like these you’re in search of engagement or wedding photos, I certainly hope you’ll consider my services.








( engagements love weddings Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:50:39 GMT
Total Body Finesse Recently I had the opportunity to take photos of one of my best friends, Thea Boatswain. This was a new experience for me, as I had not taken fitness photos before. She's strong and stuff.

If you're in need of a trainer and you live in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, hit her up!


Total Body Finesse

Phone: 678.744.3606

Offering online personal and group training, in-home personal training, group classes, and meal planning. Payment plans are available and students, military personnel, and seniors are eligible for discounts. 

Click on the photos to visit the gallery.





( Fitness New Experiences Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:08:49 GMT
The Studio Xperience So after I finished shooting the Moore Wedding, I had to head back to Blacksburg. From Nashville, it's about a 6-hour ride. The midpoint between my starting and ending point is Knoxville, TN. One of my favorite couples, Leon and Monique, live there. Of course I had to stop by and see how they were doing.

On the way there, I called Leon and let him know that I'd be stopping through. He told me that he and Mo were at an event called "The Studio Xperience". Leon's church was having service in a nightclub. Yes, you read that correctly. There was a church service being held in a nightclub. Needless to say, I initially thought it was a bit bizarre. He told me I should come by. Of course I had to oblige. 

Upon my arrival, I heard echoes of live music all the way in the parking lot. When we walked into the building, I was greeted to a live concert. There were people hopping around. The band was hype. It was just a good time. The stigma of your typical club setting completely left my mind after I saw a church service being held in one. 

Shout out to Pastor Perry and Word of Life Ministries, where, "It's about souls and not about clothes."

Check out some of the photos below. Click on one to visit the gallery.






( Church Knoxville, TN Photography Travel Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:38:42 GMT
HELLO! I'M BACK! (Coming attractions and big changes!) Greetings!


I’m back! (Hopefully you care. :) 


Summer was…much needed.  I learned a lot. Mainly about myself and my life. Now it’s back to that Ph.D. grind.


I didn’t touch my camera at all until last weekend. I know that might be surprising, but I needed a break. I started getting gigs right when I announced that I’d be leaving the DMV shortly. Now I’m back at it like I never left. I have some great stuff coming down the pipeline, so be on the lookout.


You may have noticed that is no more (metaphorically speaking). The web address is now Silas.Photography. Yes. You can type in http://Silas.Photography and it will take you to my website. There are a few reasons I changed the address. I like being innovative with how I approach my photography; that includes everything from how I promote it to how I shoot. This is a much easier way for people to remember both my brand and the website address. Plus, how could I POSSIBLY resist “.photography” at the end of the name? It’s just perfect. Update those bookmarks. The address will still work for the time being; it will expire next July.


I’m excited to be back. Let’s get to work. Get in contact with me if you desire my services. I DO travel. 


I look forward to chatting with you.

( New Web Address Photography Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:25:01 GMT
The Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moore On May 31, I had the pleasure of shooting Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moore’s wedding in Nashville, TN. Nashville is a second (or third, or fourth) home to me, so I felt very comfortable going back to my old stomping grounds to capture this couple’s special day.

Weddings in particular are very special to me because while I’m not a part of the event, I get to capture the euphoria of two loved ones becoming a single entity. Seeing people laugh, cry, and provide hopeful words of encouragement are not only great to document through my photography, but they are also very meaningful moments that I feel fortunate to witness.

The wedding was very beautiful and I enjoyed every moment of shooting it.

Thanks for viewing.














( Love Weddings Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:20:49 GMT
Favorite Images from Graduation Shoots On Sunday, I had my last graduation shoot for the Class of 2014 at Virginia Tech. I was fortunate enough to document a very special time in life for 4 graduates. Here are my favorite shots from each session. Keep me in mind if you like what you see!





( Virginia Tech graduation photos Mon, 26 May 2014 22:44:43 GMT
Copyright Infringement (Cropping Photos) I know I typically only use my blog to write about the different shoots I do, but I want to take the time out to discuss an issue that is becoming more and more prevalent in regard to my photography. This isn’t a blog entry written in malice, but more so in an attempt to educate my clients and visitors.


I really enjoy shooting images at Virginia Tech. I do some events for pay, but oftentimes I shoot just because I feel that some things should be documented. Whenever I post an album online, it serves several purposes. I want people to be able to experience the joy of seeing themselves captured in the moment during an event. I also want people that weren’t at the event to be able to see the highlights from an interesting point of view. Lastly, I post photos as a form of promotion. I don’t pay for any of my advertising; I utilize social networks to get the word out to potential clients. At the bottom of all of my photos, I include a very small, nonintrusive watermark that displays a copyright notice, the entity that shot it (Silas Photography), and my website. When people crop this information off of a photo, it destroys the ORIGINAL composition of the photo, removes my contact information, and removes a layer of protection from copyright infringement.


When a photo is created, it is automatically copyrighted to the individual that created it. Whenever someone on Facebook crops my information off of a photo, they are essentially breaking the law. I don’t want to be “that guy” and complain about this, but it is disheartening when someone removes your signature from something that you worked incredibly hard on. It’s the equivalent from removing an artist’s signature from a painting.


Photography is something that I care very deeply about. Taking photos and sharing them with people is something that gives me immense joy. It allows me to document a moment in time in someone’s life; bearing this in mind, I try to keep my rates low for my clients. I can’t do that unless people stop removing the information from my photographs. Without my watermark, I would have to pay additional money to get the word out about my services.  Taking my digital signature and copyright notice off of a photo is very disrespectful. I put a lot of my images on my website and Facebook for free, so I do not believe it is unreasonable to leave my photos exactly as I posted them.


I will be taking more preventative measures to prevent copyright infringement on my photos. Prior to now, whenever I posted photos, I only requested that people did not remove my contact information. Moving forward, if you would like a copy of a photo featured on my website, please contact me and we can go from there.


Thank you for reading! 

( Business Copyright Infringement Virginia Tech Tue, 13 May 2014 21:58:15 GMT
Alpha Phi Alpha 2nd Annual Greek Unity Stroll-Off On May 3, the Theta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. held their 2nd Annual Greek Unity Stroll-Off. Members of the NPHC took PHC organizations under their wings and taught them various party hops for this event. The stroll-off was held to raise money for the March of Dimes, one of the Alphas’ initiatives. They were able to raise well over $1000 through their philanthropy efforts.


The men and women of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Inc. took home 1st place for both the male and female categories. All of the organizations put on a phenomenal show.


When you look at the gallery, you’ll notice I have quite a few photos from this event. The crazy part is I only posted roughly 10% of what I shot that day. It took me a long time to get around to editing these due to school obligations.


Were you at the event? What did you think? Leave comments!


Click on the photos to view the full gallery.


All of the photos are downloadable, so if you want to use one for social media, feel free. I only ask that you do not remove my watermark from the photo. I support all of the organizations I take photos of at Virginia Tech, so please support me by publicizing my work. Thank you for understanding!




( Divine 9 NPHC Virginia Tech Mon, 12 May 2014 17:22:26 GMT
Graduation Photos So it's about that time! If you're graduating this year, get in contact with me to secure a time and date for your graduation photos, The best way to accomplish this is to click on the "Contact" link at the very top of the page. Shoot me an email and we'll go from there. I won't be posting my rates on my website, so please contact me with any questions.

Below are a few of my frat brother's graduation photos. Click on the images to see the entire gallery.


( Virginia Tech graduation photos Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:00:48 GMT
...WTF is this? So last Saturday morning, I was taking photos of one of my frat brothers at Virginia Tech’s duck pond. After covering my favorite areas to take photos, we decided to look elsewhere to wrap up the shoot. While we were walking and chatting, we noticed this strange-looking animal. It looked like a duck made love to a turkey and had an offspring, then that mutant bird-animal had went and had a secret lovechild with a chicken.  


It was much larger than the other ducks (and geese) on the pond. It waddled with authority. It wagged it’s tail occasionally, which was strange to say the least. It also had this weird red…thing going across its face. It reminded me of something you’d see on a turkey. The cow-colored demonbird had menacing yellow eyes with a blank stare to match.


My frat brother and I sat and had a discussion about what we were looking at. The Satanbird must have heard us talking about it, because it fearlessly walked over to us. I made an executive decision and decided that we were done taking photos for the day. As I was leaving, I took one last look at the animal; this time, the hairs on its head were raised. It had like a wild mohawk. I shuddered and hurriedly walked out of the beast’s path while I was on the way back to my truck.


DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS IS? I know it’s a duck…or at least I think it is. But it was strange.


Leave your thoughts! 


( Virginia Tech animals random Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:06:40 GMT
Phi Beta Sigma (Mu Nu) - Jamal Duke Cookout The second time I came to Blacksburg to check out my new apartment, the Mu Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma happened to be holding their Jamal Duke Cookout, which is an event held in remembrance of a fallen brother that attended Virginia Tech. I didn't know anyone here at the time, but it was a fun and comfortable environment to change that. This year wasn't any different. Students came out to support the event, which had a good turnout and plenty of food. If you're in the area but didn't have an opportunity to go to the event, check out the gallery.




( Greek Life NPHC Virginia Tech Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:10:17 GMT
NEW DOCUMENTARY/PHOTO PROJECT: "Beyond Locs" So at the top of the year I said I wanted to expand my repertoire in terms of being able to utilize different visual mediums. Shortly after I made that post, I was contacted by my friend Quay Anthony about a potential documentary he wanted to put together. After describing it to me at length, he didn’t even have to ask me if I was interested. We spent the next several months hashing out details. Finally, here we are: the first ever video that will be posted on It most certainly will not be the last.


I don’t really want to tell you about the documentary at length because you wouldn’t have a reason to watch it! However, I will say that this project revolves around the theme of change. It also has a full gallery of photos that documents the entire process.


I can’t take any credit for the premise, vision, or anything of that nature; this is genuinely Quay’s brainchild. When we initially started talking about this project, I told him that I had never done video editing but I wanted to learn. He still trusted me enough to oversee his documentary. I am very grateful to him for trusting in my abilities enough to let me oversee his vision.


To everyone that took part in this, THANK YOU! This experience genuinely meant the world to me. I especially want to thank G. Maame Poku. With minimal instruction, she was able to successfully record this project in its entirety.


Watch the documentary, look at the photos, and leave thoughts!


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Click here visit the gallery.


Beyond Locs





( Change Documentary Hair Natural Hair Photo Project Project Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:30:36 GMT
Influential Black Alumni Awards Brunch I had the opportunity to take photos at the Influential Black Alumni Awards Brunch during the Black Alumni Reunion at Virginia Tech. While I did not attend this institution for undergrad (shout-out to Tennessee State!!!), it was very humbling and rewarding to witness alumni of Virginia Tech interact and tell their stories of years passed. I got to mingle with some very positive and influential individuals that day. Prayerfully I'll get the same opportunity next year.


Click on the photos below to see the gallery. If you like what you see, like my Facebook page!




( Black Alumni Reunion Virginia Tech Sun, 06 Apr 2014 01:08:36 GMT
#ThrowbackThursday: Homeless New York.

( #ThrowbackThursday New York Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:37:24 GMT
Q&A Catering: Washington, D.C. During my spring break, I had the opportunity to dine with Q&A Catering, based out of Washington, D.C. This company, run by Quay Dorsey and Ayael Delbe, takes a different approach than many of the catering organizations that I have run across previously. They do not have a set menu of dishes they offer; instead, they create their menu based on the preferences of the customer. From the meal I had, I am fairly confident that they can literally make any type of food, or get incredibly close at the very least.


I don’t take photos of food to often, so this was a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone. Hopefully this will lead into me doing some more food-based albums.


If you live in Washington, D.C. and are in need of two more than capable individuals to cater your event, get in contact with Q&A. Their email address is: Tell ‘em Silas sent you!


( Food Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:00:00 GMT
FMDS Designer Showcase On March 22, I had the opportunity to attend the Fashion Merchandising and Design Society's Designer Showcase at Virginia Tech. This event was held in Squires' Perspective Art Gallery. This was an opportunity for FMDS to show off the various pieces they have been working on in preparation for their upcoming fashion show, which is April 30, 2014 in Virginia Tech's Commonwealth Ballroom. This event also doubled as a networking opportunity for the student designers. Attendees were provided with the opportunity to see entire fashion collections that the organization had been working on. Visitors from all over the New River Valley area were in attendance.


If you would like to see the rest of the photos, click on one of the images below.


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( Fashion Student Organizations Virginia Tech Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:00:47 GMT
#ThrowbackThursday: Blindness  

I'm blind. The end.

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( #ThrowbackThursday Glasses Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Alpha Ball 2014: Labyrinth  

Virginia Tech’s Black Alumni Reunion took place last weekend. Friday was the  Overton R. Johnson Stepshow. Saturday was full of events, including art shows, networking luncheons, and happy hours. I was literally all over campus shooting things. One of the events I had the opportunity to take photos for was the Alpha Ball, which was hosted by the Theta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This is a joint chapter with split membership between members located at both Virginia Tech and Radford University.


The first time I came to Virginia Tech in March 2013, it was the weekend of the Alpha Ball. Everyone told me to stay so I could experience it. I didn’t end up staying because I figured I wasn’t missing anything big. Boy, was I wrong. The Alpha Ball is one of the flagship events in the black community. Everybody comes out for this event, even older individuals that you wouldn’t expect to see out at a fraternity party.


This event was literally a movie. The venue had three different rooms, each with their own DJ spinning tunes. Everyone came out in their Sunday’s best. I honestly haven’t seen anything like it since I’ve been in Blacksburg. It was a phenomenal time, both as a photographer and a partygoer.


Theta Iota is a group of standup guys. I would like to sincerely thank them for allowing me to document this event. It was a great time. The chapter is very easy to work with. I don’t typically shoot parties, but this is one that I would shoot again without hesitation.


These photos are a departure from what I usually do. You're gonna see some weird-looking ones. And some out-of-focus ones. But I still feel like those photos captured the essence of the night. Let me know if I succeeded in my endeavor.


If you would like to use some of these photos, I don't mind at all. I only ask that you do not remove my watermark.


If you did not have an opportunity to make it to the event, I pray that these photos will serve as a suitable substitute. Click on the photos below to see the gallery. 


Did you go to this event? What did you think? How was your experience? LEAVE COMMENTS ON THIS BLOG! I would thoroughly appreciate it. 




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( Alpha Ball Black Alumni Reunion Divine 9 Greek Life NPHC Party Virginia Tech Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:31:41 GMT