A Black State of Mind is a renaissance collective dedicated to capturing real life experiences through photography, videography, poetry, and music founded by Kaela Mitchell. It highlights the individuality and uniqueness of a person by capturing their essence in the environment where one can reveal their true self — in their everyday lifestyle. Mitchell believes that everyone should be captured as a reflection and true representation of who they are. As an artist, she strives to create everything as a reflection of herself as well.
Not everyone looks like the people in the magazines. As a company devoted to present the beauty of life in its truest sense, A Black State of Mind is committed to capture positive images from the people we see every day. A Black State of Mind is the embodiment of revealing ones true nature to love themselves and gives one the courage to be who they are unapologetically. As a result, the individual will inspire those around them, which will give a domino-effect to help mankind — the preservation of self-love. Once you love who you are, nothing in this world can deter you from your true purpose.
She was born as Kaela Mitchell, in the District of Columbia, on April 4, 1995. A middle child of four siblings, two brothers and two sisters, she also seemed to be the odd ball out. Ostracized for her afrocentricity from her family, and other times for her darkness, Kaela began to study the struggles of her people, reading the Miseducation of the Negro in second grade. Though her isolation was caused via differences within her household, most of her character building was gained through her many places of residence, for her mother moved very frequently. She also lived with her grandparents, her aunts, and father. Also resulting in her attending 14 different schools before graduating from School Without Walls High School in 2013.
In 2008, Kaela's interest in photography peaked first as an editor, using softwares such as Photoscape, editing shots taken of herself with a self-timer. Eventually, Kaela received her first DSLR in 2011, going full force and documenting Occupy DC, shooting her friends, and shadowing her aunt during photo shoots. Once admitted into Virginia Commonwealth University, though a psychology major, Kaela would spend most of her time recruiting models on campus, shooting, and editing in the media center. She even had the opportunity to shoot Miss Maryland USA, and ANTM Cycle 22 runner-up Mame Adeji. Due to financial difficulties, Kaela had to leave school, return home to DC, and eventually relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. She shortly began working with the lead photographer at Long Shots photography, which led her photos to become published online. While still trying to familiarize herself with Atlanta, she jumped right into the art scene, shooting her first event, Markus Prime's meet and greet at City of Ink. Everything began heavily developing from there, shooting the behind the scenes footage for the OG Graffiti artist exhibit at Mason Fine Art Gallery to shooting behind the scenes of Atlanta photographer Artemus Jenkins as he produced his project Spectrum. She made her first debut as a featured artist at the Roots art show in October 2015, and sold her first piece at Atlanta Renaissance in February 2016. In the meantime, Kaela has dynamically been piecing together her project For the Love of the Black Man ever since the purchase of her first film camera in June of 2015.
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