From the moment Jade Lilly stepped foot inside of our studios we knew we were in the presence of a revolutionary. I’ll never forget the way she opened the doors to the photography studio, took a deep breath and smiled at her surroundings. “Is it okay if I burn sage in here?” she asked, as she slipped off her shoes and began to prepare for her session. With this same subtlety and confidence Jade Lilly, also known as @ShootMeJade, dives into all her creative projects. She opens the door to the unknown and innately produces what can only be described as Black-Girl Magic.

Lilly is a creative force to be reckoned with. She goes out into the elements to capture her shots, and while she’s out there nothing else matters but the vision she has in her head. She is not afraid to push the envelope and create art that is controversial, impactful and important for the world to see.

But it’s not always easy to do this.

One of her most recent works features one of her goddesses breastfeeding a baby in public in a popular Miami borough. The model bares a naked chest adorned with beautiful seashells and copper jewelry as she raises her hand up to the sky exposing her unshaved underarms; a full declaration of freedom and independence. The caption that accompanied this post tells the story of the struggle behind creating this image. The shaming they experienced from local law enforcement and the blatant discrimination shown against them. Public breast-feeding has been legal in Florida for almost 20 years, and the way Lilly and her crew were treated is a perfect example of how current societal norms do not have room for forward-thinking artists nor a real appetite for progress. Changing this old-school mentality and stale current is Jade Lilly’s main agenda.

It is safe to say that Jade is not afraid of what people will say or think about her images and she unapologetically starts a conversation with her viewers through her portraits. Her greatest strength is her vision. She has such a soft way of giving such a bold opinion. While the females she portrays are anything but delicate, there is a definitive stillness and quiet that overcomes you when you stare at her work. It’s as if you are waiting for the photograph to speak to you and tell you its story.

Jade Lilly is currently one of the founders of The Goddess Collective along with Gianna Auset, Jasmine Azor, Dyna Edyne and Iyanna James. Their group is comprised of women dedicated to cultural change and social causes that need to happen in order to achieve justice and equality for all women. They have created a platform to give themselves, and in turn, all women a strong voice and an avenue to nurture their passions and themselves.

At HGAB Studios we aim to nurture and encourage every type of creative. Inspired by artists like Jade Lilly, creative freedom is at the root of everything we do and we would like to invite you to explore your own creative boundaries. Visit the rest our page to discover other Creators we have highlighted in the past, as well as artist workspaces and photo, video and podcast studios available for your next creative project.
Lilly is a creative force to be reckoned with. She goes out into the elements to capture her shots, and while she’s out there nothing else matters but the vision she has in her head. She is not afraid to push the envelope and create art that is controversial, impactful and important for the world to see.

But it’s not always easy to do this.

One of her most recent works features one of her goddesses breastfeeding a baby in public in a popular Miami borough. The model bares a naked chest adorned with beautiful seashells and bronze jewelry as she raises her hand up to the sky exposing her unshaved underarms; a full declaration of freedom and independence. The caption that accompanied this post (written by Lilly herself) tells the story of the struggle behind creating this image. The shaming they experienced from local law enforcement and the blatant discrimination shown against them. Public breast-feeding has been legal in Florida for almost 20 years, and the way Lilly and her crew were treated is a perfect example of how current societal norms do not have room for forward-thinking artists nor a real appetite for progress. Changing this old-school mentality and stale current is Jade Lilly’s main agenda.

It is safe to say that Jade is not afraid of what people will say or think about her images and she unapologetically starts a conversation with her viewers through her portraits. Her greatest strength is her vision. She has such a soft way of giving such a bold opinion. While the females she portrays are anything but delicate, there is a definitive stillness and quiet that overcomes you when you stare at her work. It’s as if you are waiting for the photograph to speak to you and tell you its story.

Jade Lilly is currently one of the founders of The Goddess Collective along with Gianna Auset and Jasmine Nichole. Their group is comprised of women dedicated to cultural change and social causes that need to happen in order to achieve justice and equality for all women. They have created a platform to give themselves, and in turn, all women a strong voice and an avenue to nurture their passions and themselves.

At HGAB Studios we aim to nurture and encourage every type of creative. Inspired by artists like Jade Lilly, creative freedom is at the root of everything we do and we would like to invite you to explore your own creative boundaries. Visit the rest our page to discover other Creators we have highlighted in the past, as well as artist workspaces and photo, video and podcast studios available for your next creative project.