Model Monday: Your Legacy

Martin Luther King Jr. On the date of this post, two historical events are celebrated; the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and the 57th Inauguration, and the second by President Obama. Dr. King left us his legacy, both good and bad, and for the large part we choose to remember and hold on to the good. President Obama will leave his legacy, and like Presidents Reagan and Clinton before him, his legacy can be a mostly positive one, or it can be a somewhat negative one like Presidents Nixon and Hoover.

Obama Oath

As Photographers and Models, what is OUR legacy within the industry? What are we known for now, what will we be known for in the future. Tyra Banks was known, not just for her "curves" but for her killer walk. Annie Leibovitz is known not only for her lighting and being able to shoot some of the top personalities of her time, but she is also known for putting on a PRODUCTION! I love viewing her behind the scenes videos to see the result of the planning that goes into one of her shoots.


Legacy is an important part of your success. One of the better actors in Hollywood today, Matthew McConaughey was one of the stars in the movie 'A Time to Kill.' His performance, especially at that time of his career, was amazing! Yet he fell into the "hole" of romantic comedies, and stayed there for a long time. And while his is now back to other movie genres, that hole might be almost impossible to get out of, a la Cuba Gooding Jr. I have seen photographers struggle, because their legacy is that of being a "booty" photographer, or a "hotel" photographer. They have never evolved to the position of being better than what they are known for.

Micquetta Flournoy in A Beautiful Piece by Harmony. Leighton DaCosta

What are YOU known for? What is your legacy? Are you the go to model that has 101 different poses and expressions and give them in 5 minutes? Are you the model that has the reputation for being a men's magazine model, even though you may want to do fashion? Are you the model that is routinely called to do hair shows and runway shows? What is your legacy? When developing portfolios, consider not only the project in hand, but also the next project as well. There are those models who can literally shoot ANYTHING, but most people are best with specialties. Find yours, and create your own legacy.

Miquetta Flournoy models Chabri


Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!