Rowena Husbands is one of the most sought-after celebrity photographers in the business. She has a celebrity clientele that boasts a black book of names only a star-struck fan would dream of having. Her work has adorned the pages of The Dolce & Gabana Music Book, Def Jam Recordings 25 yrs Anniversary Book, The New York Beacon, Vibe, The Source, Ebony, Jet, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Essence and People Magazines just to name a few.
Her lens is her work of art so to speak and through it, she captures some of today’s most influential figures in the world of entertainment and film. She is the official photographer for Core Media Group’s American Idol Live Tour, Vh1’s hit reality show Love & Hip Hop, The New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) annual Designing Women, and Muse Awards, African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME).
Rowena was featured in the Huffington Post, Global Communicator, appeared on Centric TV’s BEING Mona Scott-Young, and The For Colored Girls 200 Inspirational Women photo series with Ntozake Shange.
Rowena is the founder of Blinkofaneyephotographyonline.com an online photo archive site that allows viewers access to some of their favorite celebrity pictures for an affordable price.
With all that said, Rowena still finds time to lend her talent and support mentoring high school kids for Disney/WABC with Sade Baderinwa’s “Get Reel With Your Dreams”, “The Girls Harlem Figure Skaters” and “Girl Be Heard”.
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1. When did you realize you had an eye for photography?
It started out as a hobby. I just wanted to take pictures of my daughter Tralynn when she was about 2yrs old. I worked for Canon USA in the Video department, and I asked them if I could borrow some of their camera equipment. At first, I didn’t know what I was doing: my photos came out horrible, but I kept on taking pictures of my daughter. I’m sure if she were older at the time she would have been over me dressing her up to take pictures.
One day (after many photo-shoots with my daughter) I happened to show a friend of mine, Robin Dunn who is a well-known choreographer, some of my photos and she said I had a great eye. I was shocked. I went from taking pictures of my daughter to taking photos for some of her clients who needed head-shots. So, I guess that is when I realized I had an eye for photography.
2. You’ve been a celebrity photographer for decades. What has been your favorite project to date?
My favorite project use to be Alicia Keys’ Teenage Love Affair music video directed by Chris Robinson in 2008. But, I recently shot the stills for a short film The Counter 1960, about the 1960 sit-in. This project was the most difficult to get through without crying because of the content: the scenes stirred up so many emotions. The Director, Twinkie Byrd, allowed me the freedom to tell her story visually.
3. When you’re not behind the lens, how do you spend your time?
I love spending time with my daughter Tralynn whenever I can. As well as my mother who is very ill and whom I’ve been caring for the past two years. It has been a bit challenging, but I’m grateful that she is still here.
4. You’ve been given a budget for one of two projects; a coffee table book chronicling your best work or an NYC gallery displaying your work for a week. Which would you choose, and why?
Oh boy! Do I have to choose? I am torn on this question. I would tie in my coffee table book along with my NYC gallery. I’m working on the two right now because for years people have been asking me when I was going to do my book and gallery show. It takes money so raising the budget has been my biggest issue, but recently I’ve been blessed to meet some people who believe in me and want to see my work presented to the masses and are willing to invest in my project.
5. iPhone camera or Android camera?
I used to have an Android, but now I have the iPhone which I don’t like. The only reason why I switched to the iPhone was for the FaceTime feature because I travel out of the country and I can FaceTime with my mom and my client BB Thomaz, who is based in Germany.