One of the best benefits of being a photographer is getting to meet fascinating people from all walks of life. I especially have a soft spot for entrepreneurs or people with very diverse professions/hobbies. Crystal Endsley, or as we like to call her, Dr. Crystal or the Good Docta, is definitely one of a kind. I first knew her as a bad-ass spoken word artist, then later learned she is also a working professor w/ a Ph.D. She is quite literally, a hot teacher. Personally, she’s one of the nicest, funniest most enthusiastic people I’ve ever met. Rina and I had a BLAST doing her photoshoot, where we captured a variety of looks for her to use in her teaching, spoken word and activist collateral. She was also the very first session we did in our new studio/office!
- Hair, makeup and styling | Rina Parrilla Garcia
- Photography | Ciesther dela Cruz
[From crystalleigh.com] Crystal Leigh Endsley, is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Africana Studies at Hamilton College. Previously she was an Instructor in the Women’s Studies Department at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania where she also served as Interim Assistant Director for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. Endsley completed her graduate studies at Penn State’s main campus where she earned a dual Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Curriculum & Instruction…in addition to her academic career, she is internationally recognized as a spoken word artist, activist, and actor, performing and presenting workshops and lectures both in the United States and abroad.