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Happy New Year!

I am hoping that 2016 is a prosperous time full of the best things for you. Looking back at 2015 I am amazed by how much this page has grown, how many new people are following and taking a moment to click on a like button or share my posts. It was a busy year for my photography venture. I learned a tremendous amount about the business side of things. I expanded my network of contacts in the business. I think the quality of my work, as a photographer, retoucher, set builder and business man has improved. I am very pleased with the number of publications that chose to include the product of many hours of hard work. Not all of that work was mine. I was very fortunate to find truly talented people to work with.

I think it is an unfortunate thing in this business that people often don’t get credit for their hard work. I have been very adamant with every shoot that everyone involved be recognized for their part. Moving ahead I want to continue that practice and encourage it among other photographers, stylists, models, makeup artists, hair stylists, designers, etc.

I also intend to practice what I preach. I realized that I made a post on Instagram yesterday with the top 9 images from 2015 and did not give credit to everyone in the images so I took it down. It is not fair to all those people that worked with and for me to create these images. I certainly could not have done any of this on my own. If you are a casual viewer you are the ones that we work so hard to please. Thank you for your support last year and in all that is to come.

The following list of names are the ones the I am so grateful to for helping me bring the images to life. Other than the first name they are in no particular order. I start this list with the most important name. Without her there would be no Go ForWard Photography.

Wendy Ward
Peacock Blue Design Studio
Andrea D. Wynn – Stylist
Jessie Campbell MUA
Tamara Barnett/ Tennille
Hannah Elvington
Katlin Sumners- Model and Makeup
Rebecca Shelton Modeling
LuxBot Lächeln
YvonneEmilie
Juelles Chester
Melanie Blankenship
Allister Greenbrier
Olivia Nicole
Sarah Moore
Sara Nicole Model
Kenyatta Ali
Nori Zay
Deborah Finleon / DJF Appraisal Services, LLC
Velma Rose
KMKDesigns
Verillas
Ayyawear
Terry Tocci Designs
Andre Wallace (www.voodooboi.wix.com/vbstyling)

Special thanks to the magazines that published our images in 2015:
ELEGANT Magazine
Kirameki Mag
VEUX Magazine
Giuseppina Magazine
Obscurae Magazine
JCK Magazine
Cynical Fashion Magazine
Dreamingless Magazine
Surreal Beauty Magazine
Editorial

Dreamingless Magazine’s November Issue, OH SO PINK! is out now. It features images from our “Il Diamante Rosa” editorial.

Headpieces Peacock Blue Design Studio
Makeup Artist: Jessie Campbell, MUA
Hair Stylist: Wendy Ward
Model: Becca Shelton

PRINT http://bit.ly/1I3uiWn
DIGITAL http://bit.ly/1JsCpLS

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A sneak preview.

I had the pleasure of spending a day photographing five lovely ladies from the D.C. area. Each of them brought something different to the table, and it was a great experience to work with all of them. Other obligations have prevented me from working on the majority of the images from that day but I was very anxious to see how there were going to turn out. I took some time out from everything else going on to put together this one image to tease with. Now I can’t wait to get the rest done! Sadly it will still be a while but if this one is any indication the rest will be worth the wait.

My incredible team for the day consisted of amazingly talented and lovely Jessie Campbell (jcampbellmua.com) working her makeup magic. The wonderful Wendy Ward wrangled hair to perfection. The day would have been nothing without Andrea D. Wynn (facebook.com/Andrea-D-Wynn-Stylist) flawlessly styling the shoot. The colorful creations of Peacock Blue Design Studio (peacock-blue.com) are always delectable and on this day it was no exception. Her floral headpieces were each meticulously hand-crafted. All of the ladies were exceptional. This image features Sara Nicole (facebook.com/saranicolemodel) and I could not be more pleased with the results.

Sara Nicole sneak preview

Another image from “Le Jardin des Hespérides” for Obscurae Magazine, Issue 15.

Another image from the “Le Jardin des Hespérides” photo story that was just published in Obscurae Magazine!

Photographer/Set Designer: Michael D. Ward / Go ForWard Photography
Makeup Artist: Jessie Campbell MUA
Wardrobe Stylist/Headpieces: Peacock Blue Design Studio
Model: YvonneEmilie
Hair Stylist: Wendy Ward

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“Le Jardin des Hespérides” for Obscurae Magazine, issue 15.

I am very pleased to share the first image from my editorial feature, “Le Jardin des Hespérides” for Obscurae Magazine. The outstanding team that created this image:

Photographer/Set Designer: Michael D. Ward / Go ForWard Photography
Makeup Artist: Jessie Campbell MUA
Wardrobe Stylist/Headpieces: Peacock Blue Design Studio
Model: Becca Shelton
Hair Stylist: Wendy Ward

(more images will be coming soon)

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Weekly Showcase #63

Jointhebreed.com selected an image from our recent editorial feature, “Il Diamante Rosa” for their Weekly Showcase #63. It is always an honor and privilege to see my work there along with so many other talented photographers. You can see the rest of the showcase here: http://jointhebreed.com/news-events/weekly-showcase-63/

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Headpieces & Wardrobe Styling: Peacock Blue Design Studio
Makeup Artist: Jessie Campbell
Hair Stylist: Wendy Ward
Model: Becca Shelton

Front Page News!

I woke up this morning to get back to editing images for my next magazine submission and found that one of my pictures has been selected for the front page on @PurplePort Nice!

http://purpleport.com/front-page-images/

 

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MUA: Hannah Elvington
Model: Jana Kolarikova
Stylist/Accessories:Peacock Blue Design Studio
Gowns: Angel

This image was featured in the editorial “La Vie en Rouge” in Giuseppina Magazine V.5.

Peacock Blue Design Studio has the one of a kind Bella Donna headpiece for sale at http://www.peacock-blue.com/product/viva-divas-showgirl-headpiece-bella-donna/

Dark Beauty Magazine, Issue 35 preview.

Here is a link to the preview of our 10 page editorial featured in ISSUE 35 of Dark Beauty Magazine. You can buy and download the full issue for only $4.99!
Many, many thanks to Peacock Blue Design Studio, Katlin Sumners- Model and Makeup, and actor/model Adrian Nanney for making these images possible.

Feature in Dark Beauty Magazine!

We are very excited to have a new editorial featured in the 4th anniversary issue of Dark Beauty Magazine. Click the link below for a free preview or to purchase a digital copy of your very own to see the entire set. I am very proud of the team that worked so hard to create these images. I can’t wait to be able to share the results with you all.

 

Roller Derby!

I shoot more than just fashion and landscapes but this was my first time photographing a roller derby bout. I am both pleased with the results and happy to have had the opportunity. These ladies showed tremendous determination and spirit. I hope I captured a little bit of that to share.

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