Nameless: Unknown boy standing still framed by unknown foot traffic

Nameless:  Unknown boy standing still framed by unknown foot traffic

At a festival while sitting on the curb I lowered my camera to see what I would capture. The result was this young boy standing still at a booth framed by foot traffic. You don’t have any idea what the people look like, where they are going, or what the boy is seeing or thinking.

Elmo Slippers and toy airplane today

Young African American boy with Elmo Slippers and toy airplane playing in chair

Today he is wearing Elmo slippers playing with a toy airplane. Before long he won’t believe that he ever wore those slippers and will be craving expensive sneakers and car keys instead. How time flies.

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Sleepy Head

image of young African american boy asleep in bed in pajamas with sunlight.

Everyday things like sleeping can make a nice portrait. Earlier in the day he was dressed in new pants, vest, and bow tie for Easter. I didn’t get to take his picture dressed up but I’m happy I got this one. I’ll get the dressy one another time.

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Maryland Portrait Photographer

Headed to the Chapel. Engagement Photography

Jameal and Doug, a wonderful young couple,  announced their engagement.  We met at a beautiful location in Maryland and took pictures.  Wishing them many years of happiness!

engaged couple posing outside

Engaged couple posing in front of waterworks

Night scene of engaged couple

Sillouette of engaged couple at night                               Lonnie Dawkins Photography on Facebook

Life before Backpacks. How did we get our stuff to school?

School Backpacks for carrying books

Before you know it the school bell will be ringing again. As summer comes to an end parents are frequenting stores readying their children for the coming year and making sure that they have the essential back to school item — the backpack.

It is making me think. I don’t recall ever having a backpack – grade school through college. In fact I don’t even remember having enough of anything to need a backpack! I know I had a big notebook with a zippered pouch inside for pencils and erasers and I had some books. Evidently I just stuck them under my arms and started walking. Later in middle school and high school we had to bring athletic shoes which we weren’t allowed to wear to class along with a pair of shorts, a T-shirt ,and a towel for gym class. We must have had a bag for that.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not knocking backpacks because it is a great convenience and kids today have a lot more to carry back and forth to school than I ever did. All students need backpacks today. Education is a lot more complex and there are more books and accessories needed in addition to supplies that schools no longer provide.

Power to the backpack! I just never had one or can remember how I managed without. What did we do before backpacks and when did they emerge on the scene as the must have item for school? And for those who are wondering…. yes, there was a time before backpacks.

This Baltimore barber is Knowledge!

This is the first in a new series about everyday people who I meet and think have interesting stories.

Today’s person is Charles and he is  a barber in Baltimore but his clients and friends all call him Knowledge.  Get to know him a little better by watching the short video we made where he talks about his passion for barbering.    I learned that there is a lot more to barbering than just cutting hair.

We also shot some pictures as you can see below and I think they came out pretty good.  Hope you agree.

If you are looking for a good barber, check out Knowledge.  He can be reached at 443-751-3062 or by email at

Commenmindz Barbershop & Oasis is located on Woodlawn Drive in Baltimore.               Lonnie Dawkins on Facebook

Baltimore barber Knowledge of Commen Mindz Barbershop & Oasis

Headshot of Baltimore Barber Knowledge

Baltimore Barber Knowledge in black and white headshot

Baltimore barber Knowledge with arms crossed in black and white