I had recently met Valentina about a week or so ago as I was doing the Jing and Ying photoshoot . After talking to Tina and learning she was from Nigeria , I asked if she’s interested in possibly doing a traditional shoot some day and here we were in Central Park . 
I’m not sure how personal I should be about the events in Valentina’s life that have brought her to the United States . But , unfortunately, Valentina had lost her grandmother and both parents and was adopted and moved to New York City . She’s 21 now and been in the country for about 7yrs , and studying to be an actress . 

The shoot was a lot of fun , as one of my favorite types of shoots is the traditional shoot . So we began the shoot in a quiet area just doing some shots peacefully , as we moved to a section of the park where a few of my friends were , the small shoot became almost paparazzi as my friends and other people in the park began shooting her as well , I’m sure she felt like a star . 

Some of my shots from the day . (Nigeria is now the 30th country of the 100 people from 100 countries project I am working on )

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Steve Edreff is a photographer who is currently located in New Jersey and normally works out of New York City. Currently Steve has holds New York City Media pass as well as being a contributor to Getty Images and Istock. With the media pass Steve has been a photographer on hand for most parades and media events throughout NYC. The his preference is doing photoshoots with different style dancers , he also has photoed at New York Cities fashion week , photoshoots with Mrs. New Jersey, New York, Vermont , and Pennsylvania. Along with the photography , he has created an independent magazine "Street Views" that includes dancers and traditional style photography.


  1. Exotic and beautiful woman! The shot with the close up (that is also your fav if I understood it right) is amazing! I think you should do your own photo exhibition. I mean you have so much dancers and gymnasts photos that can be a theme, or your 100 people portraits also can be a theme.

    1. She turned out to be very beautiful Model . I don’t think she realizes what she could do . I honestly didn’t see it till I pointed the camera at her , it was just meant to be a Nigerian Shoot . Next week we are doing again with a make up artist to do some tribal type designs . I am so excited .

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