Atlanta’s Kahran and Regis Bethencourt are the owners of CreativeSoul Photography. The pair gained recognition last year with their AfroArt series. The collection, which showcases the natural hair of young girls in period-piece clothing, was conceived as a way to inspire girls to love both their hair and themselves. The images went viral after celebrities like Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut, and Tia Mowry praised the collection on social media.
Now the couple has signed a six-figure book deal with St. Martin’s Press to continue the viral phenomenon in print.
We were thrilled to be able to showcase our work to the @bbcnews audience in the UK and around the world. They were gracious enough to come all the way from London to hang out with us in the studio and capture what we do. That day we were capturing the essence of the Harlem Renaissance era in our #afroart style. Video coming shortly. Special thanks to our sponsor @camillerosenaturals and to our models @2curlybrowngirls @alana.bryce and @diamond.powell ; @imlachanda for the amazing hair and @ekocreashunz for custom accessories/jewelry. Clothing: @raineyscloset #creativesoulphoto #bbcnews #delphianopencall @delphiangallery
Their website describes the project:
“The AfroArt series is a recognition and celebration of the versatility of black hair and its innate beauty. The purpose of this series is to illustrate the story of our royal past, celebrate the glory of the here and now, and even dare to forecast the future. With this series we aim to empower children of color to embrace their natural curls and the skin that they’re in.”
The book will be divided into three section: past, present, and future. The couple plans to search the US for models between the ages of 5 and 18. Publication is scheduled for 2019 and, though it isn’t yet available for presale, you can go to their website and subscribe to their newsletter to receive notifications about its release.
If you can’t wait that long for the Bethencourt’s new book, the couple has another photography book available called “A World Of Curls” with a similar theme of empowerment. For that project, the couple traveled around the world capturing young people and the beauty of their natural hair texture as well as the local culture, fashion, and environment of places they visited.
Cover Photo by ALYSSA POINTER via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution