Yesterday I got an exciting email update from my friend Derek Blanks (d. Blanks). For those of you who aren’t in ‘the know’, d. Blanks is a celebrity and lifestyle photographer most widely known for his infamous ‘alter-ego photos’. Derek has photographed pretty much every major player in Black Hollywood (a good number of the minor players too – including me)! So naturally the ‘king of photography’ would be chosen by ESSENCE to capture the ‘queen of gold’…a sure sign that Miss Gabby has arrived on the A-list with a bang and a snap, crackle, pop! Now, I might be a bit biased since not only am I a friend of Derek’s, I’m a big ole sappy fan too!!
Oh, wait…I was so busy gushing over Derek that I neglected to say that celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson was on hand to add to the GLAM SQUAD. Gibson has worked with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Gabrielle Union, so there is no doubt she was in good hands. Did I mention that Gabby’s Mom and big sis got in on the action? Shame on me for forgetting that part.
What, you were expecting to see pictures??!! Not yet, you can check them out in the October and November issues of ESSENCE. However, the folks over there were kind enough to share some ‘behind the scenes’ footage, check out my boy d.Blanks at work – PHOTO SHOOT FOOTAGE