St. Louis photographer on a challenge to refocus stereotypes of Black males –

ST. LOUIS ( — A photographer is hoping she will be able to lend a hand trade the narrative about Black males via her images.

Naisha Bailey-Johnson normally images newborns and households for her trade, YoSnap Photo Booth and Photography in St. Louis. After seeing the entire civil unrest, she determined to start out the ‘Black Fatherhood Venture’ to switch the narrative about Black males. 

“I have been scrolling on social media and all that I noticed used to be detrimental photographs of Black males, specifically prison photographs, mug photographs,” mentioned Bailey-Johnson. “I believe there’s a factor that Black males aren’t affectionate. To peer those males kiss their youngsters, hug their sons, kiss them at the brow, that’s essential for folks to peer so you’ll be able to get a unique viewpoint about our neighborhood.”

Thus far, she has photographed seven fathers with their youngsters, charging most effective $8.46 to honor George Floyd.

Joshua Johnson and his five-year-old daughter, Kori, used to be one of her first photograph shoots. 

“We all know there are heaps of dads who’re doing the whole lot they want to do to handle their youngsters, they have got those superb relationships,” mentioned Johnson. “We wish folks to understand dads and Black fathers are provide of their youngsters’s lives and they’re willingly doing this stuff and playing them simply up to mothers are.

Bailey-Johnson hopes to {photograph} a complete of 20 fathers by means of July 13. Her dream is to ultimately have a gallery for the general public to view the images. 

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