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New Year, New Me?

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I won’t sit here and pretend like this will be the year that I miraculously turn into a whole new person. Nah, fam. That would be a lie. Truth be told, I’m taking the same ole me into 2018. I’ll just make a few minor adjustments to ensure that at the end of the year I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished.

A Challenge to Myself

This year, I’m challenging myself to do more of the things that make me happy and less of the things that make me want to light my body on fire and jump into a pool of kerosene.

As far as I know, I’m not guaranteed a tomorrow (If anyone knows differently, please holla at your girl!). If this is true, then I don’t want to waste my todays doing things that don’t genuinely make me happy (e.g sitting at a desk for 9-10 hours of my day). I. Just. Can’t. Live. That. Life. Anymore.

In 2017, I was being led by my fears: fears of tomorrow, fears of taking risks, fears of failure, fears of what others may think, etc.). What I’ve learned is that, living in constant fear of things that may never materialize, is not living at all!

So how about we make this the year we step out on faith. Let’s make this the year we stop taking no for an answer. Let’s make this the year we get our Will Smith on and pursue happiness until we set our souls on fire! Who’s with me!?

2018 Goals

I have a ton of things that I’d like to accomplish this year, but if I’m being realistic, I’ll only be able to take on a few. Listed below are the goals that I will be focusing on throughout the year:

  1. Become a full time freelance photographer
    • Develop my people photography skills
  2. Grow as a micro influencer and secure more collaborations with beauty and lifestyle brands for Pieces of Onye
    1. Revive this blog!
  3. Volunteer

Seems doable, right?! I definitely think so! Part of the reason why I’m writing this blog post is so that I’m held accountable for these goals. This time next year, I want to feel proud of what I’ve accomplished and I want to sit back and say, “Damn Onye, you lived your best life in 2018!”

What are some of your goals for the new year?


I’m Not A Photographer But…

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This week, I had an opportunity to snap a few photos of my buddy Ry-Ry, in the mean streets of Downtown Los Angeles. He’s starting a pretty dope clothing line called Strongin and from what I’ve seen so far, it’ going to be amazing!

Here are a few of the shots from our shoot.

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Photography What To Wear

Plaid is the New Black

I own an abnormal number of plaid shirts. I don’t know how or when it happened, but one day I looked up and there were checkered boxes EVERYWHERE.

One of the best things about plaid shirts is that they pair beautifully with almost everything. Yes, even dresses!








Reveling in My Passion for Photography


I own a Canon camera and I enjoy taking pictures. So, TECHNICALLY, that makes me a photographer (Who gon check me boo?)! Although I’ve spent a considerable amount of money on my gear, photography still remains a hobby for me (a very expensive one!).

Now, I’m no expert. Not even by a long shot. But, the great thing about having a hobby is that, you don’t necessarily have to be great. You just have to enjoy yourself. Check!


What’s in my camera bag?

I currently have a Canon t2i, three lenses (kit, prime, wide angle) and studio lights. Whereas my friends call it a crazy obsession, I refer to it as an unrestricted display of passion.

Anywho, here are some photos that I’ve recently snapped, which can all be found on the Gram. Enjoy!








Best Editing Apps for Instagram Photos

The key to creating an epic Instagram photo is finding the perfect app. Once you’ve done that, you’re half way to achieving Instagram fame or, at the very least, double-digit likes!

As of today, there isn’t really an all-in-one app that gets the job done in one fell swoop. However, there are a number of apps, with unique features, that can create dynamic images for free or for a nominal price. I’ve detailed some of my current favorites below:


I came across Camera+ a few months ago and fell in love instantly. It has so many different editing options like filters, crops, frames and you name it! However, what sets this particular app apart from its competition is one “scene” called Clarity. This feature adds so much depth and funkiness to photos in just one click. It’s almost like having a built-in photoshop app on your phone. This one’s definitely a must-have!




A colleague told me about Snapsneed a few weeks ago and it has quickly become my all-time favorite editing app. I won’t say much about this one, as I’ll allow the images below to speak for themselves. However, what I will say is that your Instagram followers will thank you, in the form of double-clicks, when you edit your photos using Snapsneed.

One word of caution: It can be very easy to overuse the filters (especially “HDR”), thus creating a grossly unrealistic image. Amazing still, but unrealistic. So my advice is to take it easy. A little goes a long way with this app.




This app doesn’t pull out any special tricks or over the top features to wow its users. It just does what it does, REALLY well. The available filters help to give photos a retro and somewhat ghostly vibe (depending on which ones you select). In just a few clicks, you can create extremely sharp and visually stimulating images to share with your Instagram fam!




I’ve had Studio downloaded on my phone for the longest time. However, I only recently decided to dust off the cobwebs and give it a try. It was the best decision I could have made. I was instantly smacked in the face by it’s amazingness. It does, for your photos, what Photoshop does, minus all of the frustration and time commitment!

How does Studio do it? Well, it has preset “layers” that you can use over your photos to add filters or creative messaging that says whatever the heck you’d like for it to say. This app came in handy for me during the holiday season. It’s a really great app and it creates such clean designs, making it perfect for both personal and professional use.




After light is a pretty basic app. So why is it on the list? Although it doesn’t do anything too fancy, it does have a plethora of filter options.

If you’re looking for a quick way to amp up your photos with very little thought investment, this is a great one to use.



And that’s all she wrote! Did your favorite photo editing app make the list?