I had the pleasure and honor of working with and interviewing one of Texas' power players....State Representative Dawnna Dukes. I got the idea of a story on her after hearing her speak at an MLK Day walk in 2012. Luckily for me my friends at InFluential Magazine loved the idea as well.
I can only imagine the road traveled by this beautiful, educated, successful woman who works here in Austin at the state capitol. Being a minority both by race and gender hasn't seemed to slow or hinder her in any way which is a great story in it's own.
Rather than re-write a wonderful story written by Laura Suarez at InFluential.....please read it for yourself here: Influential story on Dawnna Dukes (click on "click to read" to launch the magazine). Do yourself a favor and subscribe to InFluential to stay up on what's happening in Austin, as well as the other great stories they provide on health, wellness, fashion and the like.
I photographed Rep. Dukes on a busy day at her office in the fall of 2012. As limited as the time was, I was glad to grab a few of those corporate shots. We didn't get to complete her 2nd photo session until after the New Year. I had the help of a wonderful make up artist who's work I love: Lana Johnson of 987 Beauty here in Austin. When you need that SPECIAL make up for a night out, big event, wedding etc., check them out.
Our goal on the 2nd photo shoot was to showcase Rep Dukes in a more "Glamourous" light. Less Politician......ALL woman. I think we achieved our goal. She looked FABULOUS and I think our photos are the proof.
Much continued success to you Representative Dukes and thanks for allowing us to get inside of your world a little bit. :o)
Thanks to William Jackson and the staff at InFluential magazine for an excellent story and support of the idea.
Last but not least THANKS to the staff at Rep Dukes office in particular: John Julitz and Kia (don't have her last name)....who took a lot of phone calls and emails setting me up with the Representative.