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Fwee 365 - A year in review

When I started Fwee 365 I didn’t think it would end up being this difficult maintaining taking a picture each day. But I found it to be fun sometimes while other times it was hard to figure out something to take a picture of. Some people took pictures of themselves but I wanted the camera to be my eyes. I did not want to have a photo of me at all during the project to show the world how I see things and the things that have happened to me that day whether it be a holiday get together or just hanging out watching television and eating.  I ended up using three different types of cameras, my Canon 50D, My Verizon Voyager phone and my Canon Powershot S2 IS.  Because of my camera being stolen in September I am missing three photos but pictures were STILL taken on those days. This will be a round of all the things that have happened and that I have learned this year.

I started off the year with buying studio lights to help me with my photography business. I also applied on a job on myspace to a place called M3Mobile to do event photography. I had never done event photography before so this would be a new step for me. I always want to jump into a different photography career and see where that takes me and this was the perfect opportunity. I also spent the year collecting old junk and old cameras for use of my studio photography. All around the world however the USA celebrated the Inauguration of the 43rd president Barak Obama.

With a new job and new studio lights I began to advertise for clients. I got my first one with a man named Akira thanks to my friend Danny. The shoot went well and I felt happy I got paid for my first shoot.  This led me to think of different ideas for shoots. When I did a shoot with a man named Joey he helped me realize I was over editing and those led me calm down and fully appreciate the raw photography and find my own special niche in the photography world. But this led me to getting some of the wrong clients that would not pay me when I completed a job.  I also met someone new in my life that helped me appreciate New York City more and led me see all the underground wonders it had.

This past year also let me reconnect with my relatives from my father’s side of the family. I felt immediate bonds with them and shot my first wedding. My brother also has a change of his own life by having a Mohawk. I also used the money I made from the wedding and bought a 1TB hard drive to back up all my work. This led me to believe if anything ever happened to my laptop my work would be safe. It should have been my camera that ought to have been worried about.

Unlike previous years I ended up attending more parties as result from events I shot or invites from friends. These parties allowed me to reconnect with childhood friends. It helped me see where I thought I should have been when I was younger and at my very young age in elementary school I had an interest in photography. This confirmed that I was on the right path on my life doing the thing I loved the most.

Things then started going downhill. Bills weren’t paid which caused us to have no television, no phone and no internet. Without a phone or internet it was hard getting work out there but I continued to ask friends to help out my portfolio and shoot with me. My mother though became Vice president of Sterns Park, the place where we lived. My brother however was devastated with the lost of his idol Michael Jackson.

Things weren’t bad for long because my cousins from Florida came to visit and with them bought a fresh air of joy. With them visiting I got to do things I normally didn’t do when I visited the city. I got to see a Broadway play, go to a museum, and travel around the city just for fun. With them here it made me look back into my childhood and I did some real cleaning and threw away a lot of junk while preserving the items that hold so many memories to me. I also then looked forward to the future with all the jobs I had lining up and created a vision board because my brother had gotten me into the secret. Twitter was becoming popular at the time so I joined that as well to help put myself out there more.

I had so much optimism that I did a special month shoot with discounted prices. I got tons more clientele and more recognition. I became friends with one of the models that I shot and he helped teach me about the modeling and fashion world which I now want to be a part of. I also at them time got “laid off” from M3Mobile but I still tried to keep positive. A “friend” said he could get me a job I just had to pay insurance fees and would bring me to meet his friend to get me a great photography job. I agreed to everything which became the biggest mistake in my life. I was scammed and the second I got out of the car this guy drove off with all my camera equipment in his car. I tracked him down however but he had already stolen my equipment. From then on it became a huge hassle to get my equipment back.

With my camera gone and with me being broke I fell into a huge depression and I started to drink. My family did not make things easy and it led me to drink more to drown out their voices. I felt I was going down a destructive path but I continued to try and be positive. So I bought a book. Not just any book but I got Kathy Griffin’s recent book. The first couple pages made me laugh and despite my money troubles I still bought it and It helped me get out of my depression a little bit.

At this point instead of using my camera on my phone I started using my old Canon powershot which I used to use all the time in high school. I continued to try and be positive about my life despite my Camera which was my only source of income to be missing. I tried applying to different places but at the time no one was hiring. I then set a goal for my birthday and made sure I had a blast with my friends. I was single though in a large group of friends that were couples but I really did not care at that point. I just wanted to have fun. More cousins visited and like in the summer brought a new fresh air of joy. I also did something I always wanted to do with friends is just go to a television party. My friend Scott supplied that with his weekly Glee parties which I sadly only went once.

With the year almost done I got a surprise back. My Camera was returned to me and I was ecstatic. I quickly planned shoots to do for the end of the year and applied and got a job doing events for another company. I also got my own cell phone contract and got my own website domain. At this point in my life I felt partly alone. I was always the third wheel or fifth wheel when going out with friends. I never really had a relationship before and I felt I was ready to start something with someone. Or at least find someone to help me get on that journey.


Last year started with a party and it ended with a party a big blast. I felt that small get together on Jan 1st 2009 was how I felt at the beginning of the year which was small, a bit childish, and lost. The Large party on Dec 31st 2009 is where I believe I am now which is older, fun, outgoing, and more assertive. I will make 2010 the best year of my life. I’ve gotten drunk, got my camera stolen, lived with no heat, hot water, Television, internet, or phone. But I still trekked on. I did new things in 2009 I never did before, I opened up more and I am ready to take on any challenge the New Year will bring.  Allons-y 2010!

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Fwee celes the new year

December 28, 2009

I went to Jamaica Ave and got my new id and bought a new shirt.

December 29, 2009

December 30, 2009

I went to the city to pick up my photo cards and ID badge from joonbug and did some shopping around.

December 31, 2009

I left early but all the barricades made me get there a bit later than i was suppose to go. But i got there and worked immediately and had a blast.
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Fwee celebrates christmas

December 21, 2009

December 22, 2009

December 23, 2009

We went out to Dave and Busters to celebrate Manny’s birthday. But when I got to the door they wouldn’t let me in because my Permit had expired. Lucky the guy let me in and we all had a blast. I ended up getting a carebear from the tickets I won.

December 24, 2009

We could not find a place to eat each place had it’s kitchen closing 10 minutes after we arrived. Finally we decided to go to a diner and then ate some food. I ended up getting drunk from one drink.

December 25, 2009

I didn’t get much but the best of the night happened at my grandparents place. My little cousins had a dance competition beating Andrew and we played hide and seek.

December 26, 2009

December 27, 2009

I went over shareese’s house to play my new video game. Sadly my wii is busted or something. One of the wires to the tv was stepped on and crushed it a bit. But we still got to play New Super Mario Bros. Wii. We had a blast. Surprisingly Manny was very good and we kept going into the bubbles to catch up to him and not die.

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Fwee Surprises someone

December 14, 2009

December 15, 2009

I Met up with Craig in the city and we walked to times square. He didn't know what I had planned so once we got close i told him and he was excited. We went to ICP since they were having a fashion expo. Then since he told me he likes Cheesecake, I took him to Junior's in Times square and had amazing Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake.

December 16, 2009

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December 20, 2009

I went to the city for a job interview. I got the Job shooting and event on NYE in NYC. Then i went and hung out with Scott as he did his Christmas Shopping. Then we went to a bar and saw a show.
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Fwee gets his Camera back

December 07, 2009 I finally got my camera back today. I called the DA and he said that the cops should have the request in. So I called to cops and they did and told me to come by the station to pick up a paper so I can get my stuff at another location. But just my luck they didn’t move my Camera so I got to take it home that day. My mom and me then went and got ice cream to celebrate December 08, 2009 Without any tv I’ve been watching my HIMYM dvds all day December 09, 2009 I did my first shoot since getting my cam back December 10, 2009 December 11, 2009 I surprised the family by putting up the Christmas tree all by myself. But they didn’t really care. December 12, 2009 I was supposed to go to Scott’s party but Jeremy got drunk early with his dad and couldn’t take me. While I was waiting I did a shoot. December 13, 2009 I got a text from Shareese asking if I wanted to go see puppies. So I was excited and went but we had to hit some shops first. It was raining too hard that we didn’t get to see the puppies but we did watch a lot of wedding shows like we usually do.
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Fwee celebrates Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2009

November 24, 2009

November 25, 2009

My Cousins came by from Florida so Andrew and I went with them to the city to show our younger cousins FAO Swartz. Then we went to china town and got them to try a Roasted pork bun.

November 26, 2009

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November 28, 2009

November 29, 2009

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Fwee celebrates his birthday

November 16, 2009

November 17, 2009

Today john and me went to the movies to see 2012 but it was sold out. So we tried to find another movie theater since the tickets would be free. Instead of wasting the day we decided to go see Paranormal Activity and it was horrible.

November 18, 2009

November 19, 2009

November 20, 2009

Since it was my birthday I got cards and Shareese decided to take me with her to the mall to get some things for Manny to wear plus presents for me. We were at the mall to long that we missed our Train. then we almost missed our other one. We met up with Colleen at the station and walked to Therapy. Anie then met up with us there and we hung out for a while. Shareese got me a drink which was kinda sweet. Then Scott, John and his bf came. Manny then grabbed me and get me a strong drink. I still have no idea what was in it. As i nursed my two drinks, Manny, Shareese and Anie left to get some pizza. The rest of us got a booth and hung out for a while.

November 21, 2009

I got drunk and we decided to get me some water and food at a place nearby. As we ate we decided it was too late to go to the club since it was almost 2am and the next train after the 2:44 was at 4:44. Scott, John, and his bf left while the rest of us took a cab to the train station. While waiting on the train we saw a bunch of people from the high school.

November 22, 2009

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November 9, 2009

November 10, 2009

Shareese stopped by to fix up her ipod and add music

November 11, 2009

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November 14, 2009

I think i got drunk.

November 15, 2009

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Fwee Finds out the Police found his Camera

November 2, 2009

November 3, 2009

I went to the city today to do a focus group and ended up getting paid. I then Met up with my friend Nick and had some drinks and nachos. Then we went to his friends place and drank some more and watched the election. We then went to a bar for more drinks.

November 4, 2009

I waited a bit and ended up watching a drag show. It was interesting. I then left because the trains were coming in later.

November 5, 2009

I got a call from the Detective telling me that they found some of my equipment. They asked me to come in tomorrow to identify it.

November 6, 2009

I went to the police to check out my equipment Lucky for me the camera was one of the things i got back. I was so happy. I just wish i got to take it home that day. But the Detective put in a request for the ADA that I can take it home soon.

November 7, 2009

November 8, 2009
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