We Talking Treasures

Entrepreneurship can be a glamorous thing. Entrepreneurship can be a hard thing. Entrepreneurship in your face can be a trivial thing. Katrina Johnson knows very well how a child of a entrepreneur can lead to many feelings & emotions.

A graduate of South Carolina State University, Katrina has 25 years of experience in the field of Education but she has a life time of experiences as a Child of an Entrepreneur. To illustrate her life as a Business owner’s daughter, she wrote a book entitled “Turning Trash Into Treasure.” Her book has appeared on Amazon’s Best Top Seller’s list and a very good read for school age children. To be honest, it was a great read for me, as an adult. It was a small documentary of her parent’s

A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc., Johnson has launched her website (which is decorated in the colors of pink & green). I love .. love … LOVE the website. The website is a synposis of her life: Katrina Johnson’s Website. I highly recommend each person reading this blog to visit her site and patronize this new author. For those needing immediate access to, here is her contact information:

KJLegacy Reads, LLC.
(864)-659-7656
kjlegacyreads@gmail.com

I am extremely proud of my client and I look forward to more great things from her. Her love for people and genuine spirit will catapult her to greater heights. Congratulations Katrina.

Well, this is where I get off. Chat at you. Be ez … click clique.

Giving Back for the 32nd Harambee

To attend an HBCU (Historical Black College and University) is a learning experience. The pride and confidence most students receive is insurmountable! Graduates leave their institution of higher learning with nuggets often not received at other schools. They essentially enter into the world and make strides of excellence.

My client, Dr. Jacquetta M. Chatman, is a proud and successful graduate of Benedict College. After leaving Benedict, she went on to attain her Masters in Divergent Learning (Columbia College) and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (Nova Southeastern University). She has made tremendous impacts throughout these United States and Benedict College found it was the perfect time for their child to come back home.

For the 32nd Annual Harambee Festival, Dr. Chatman was asked to be the Keynote Speaker for the Black Intelligentsia Series Honor Inductions Program. How cool!!!! I think I was more excited to receive the call to document her speaking engagement than she was excited to be asked to return to her old stomping grounds. All I could think about was hearing of her story of being a college dropout, who returned to school, graduated, became a successful educator and entrepreneur along the way. When she took the stage at Antisdel Chapel, I almost forgot to start taking pictures because I was ready to hear her speech.

Eventually, I got it together and began to do the job I was hired to do. Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint me at all.

Wow. I had no idea she was going to sing to the people!!!! I have heard Dr. Chatman speak many times over the years but this one was a little more special. She was able to pour into her speech a summary of who she is and package it for the students to see she too had been where they sat. She spoke from experience that hard work, dedication and perseverance speaks volumes. Not only does it speaks volumes, it is recognized and makes you Keynote speaker at your alma mater.

I guess this is where I get off.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #clickclique #beEZpeace

I’ll Take a Slice of the SkeeWee

Life is interesting.  You can make a choice to walk to the mailbox or  you can run to see what the USPS left.  You can decide that you want to get up on time or you can decide to smack the snooze button one (or two) good time.  A few weeks ago, I had a chance to hang out with a group of ladies that chose to tie their eternal sisterhood to the first black Greek sorority and celebrate their 20 anniversary with a photo session.

In the spring of 1998, 39 young ladies at South Carolina State University were tapped to represent the latest inductees into the illustrious sisterhood called Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  The name of their line was called 39 I.V.I.E.S. (Innovative Visions in Everlasting Sisterhood).  On the day we gathered together, one could feel the love between those that entered into a sisterly bond that many will never understand.  Anything in life that is to go smoothly, requires some dedicated pre-work.  Even if the work is texting to ensure everyone shows up before the session starts …Beta Sigma 2018 Reunion-6

… or strapping on the shoes that will seperate you from all of the others who have walked on earth as an AKA …

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… or saying one last prayer …

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… or getting that initial selfie …

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… a lot happens before all minds are put together for the directions on what shall happen.

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We put our heads together and we Passed the Peas like they used to say!  First stop was the AKA Plot

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Next pause was to see what the remainder of the campus had in store for the ladies of ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA. Oh yes, IT’S A SERIOUS MATTER!Beta Sigma 2018 Reunion-32Beta Sigma 2018 Reunion-35Beta Sigma 2018 Reunion-36

Oh yeah, did I mention another selfie popped off … well 2 more (but who is counting) …Beta Sigma 2018 Reunion-49

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As we slowly moved to our last few spots, I felt iconic magic about to happen …

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And as we walked away, I felt another … ummm … selfie on the horizon

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As the gears churned to stop this train of Greek Locomotion, we popped off a few individual shots where the ladies were throwing pinkies, mirrors and smiles allll over the place …

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And that my friends, was a wrap on the session!  Here is a link to the complete collection of images: AKA’s on The Yard.  It was safe to make that final call and let everyone know that the 39 I.V.I.E.S. were done with their Reunion Photo session.

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Deeply humbled and honored by the opportunity to photograph individuals that I met while matriculating at SCSU.  Blessed that they found it not a shame to patronize a Bulldog that was one of many that they could have chosen.  Glad that our paths crossed and all know when it is time to GET UP FOR THE BULLDOGS, EVERYBODY GETS UP!

how did THAT work out for you?!?

And we’reeeee back!  This past weekend was Thanksgiving weekend.  Totally appreciative for the holidays.  Moreover, I was happy to had celebrated the 69th Birthday of my first best friend: my mother.

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I guess this is where I get off.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace

Dead Man Walking His Graduation Walk

Graduation is a time that everyone gets excited. Whether it is the graduate, the next door neighbor, an old teacher or the usher at church, graduation time is a joint effort of cheer.  I was extremely excited when John Lakin, III started talking about graduation.  I wasn’t excited because John FINALLY met all his requirements to walk across the stage at Benedict College.  I was excited because John could have been dead, sleeping in his grave after a brief illness and spending time on life support.  #YESlifesupport

In late October/early November, John had arrived back from a mission trip from Jamaica.  While group texting, John told us about how great of a time he had but went on to say that he wasn’t feeling well. After joking around for a while, John admitted himself into Providence Hospital.  The text messages slowed up and eventually they stopped.  I was later told that he was in the hospital on life support.  The usage of the words “life support” and “John” worried me quite heavily.  Already praying for him, it made me pray more.  Here it was a young man that went on a mission trip and doing PRAISE AND WORSHIP with a genuine heart … returns home sick and needing help and ministering to himself.  BUT GOD!  But God saw fit to bring John out of his near death experience and eventually become a candidate for a degree at Benedict.  Needless to say, I was estatic when he told me that we needed to get his cap and gown photos done in preparation for graduation.  My mind (on the low low) crept back to when he couldn’t respond to my texts and now he was about to be in front of my Nikon with that Kool-Aid smile.

The morning of our session, John had Baccalaureate Services.  During that time, he received the Outstanding Senior Award.  After he got his “BLING,” it was time to shoot those cap and gown photos.  And off we went … John Lakin Graduation-1John Lakin Graduation-8John Lakin Graduation-4John Lakin Graduation-6

We decided to survey the campus and pull in some buildings (and other items) of interest for the final product …John Lakin Graduation-16John Lakin Graduation-34John Lakin Graduation-39John Lakin Graduation-46

Time was starting to move and it was time for John to go write another song.  I think he wanted to write the song there during the session …John Lakin Graduation-53

But Ms. Kitty Cat broke up the session.John Lakin Graduation-52

The end!!! Hilarious session with my friend and Praise & Worshipper Leader, from the Brookland Baptist Church.  Here are the other images from that day: John’s Cap & Gown pics.  Not sure what he has up his sleeve now that he has his ‘ploma but I am sure he we will enter into greatness, while WALKING HIS GRADUATION WALK.

Snap at you later.  Be ez.  Peace!!! #moseawell #beezpeace

Can you hear me now?

When your mobile phone alerts or vibrates with a text message, there is a split second that you try to guess who the text message could be. A particular sound could notify you whom the person could be. Other times, it is a mystery. My phone alerted me that someone needed my attention. The message came from my childhood friend, Adeire. Graduation pictures were needed for her daughter. THE END!

Adeire and I are classmates that first met at Nix Elementary School and we graduated together from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High. Since becoming adults with our different careers, I was called on by her to shoot her son’s senior high school photos and her daughter’s pre-prom pictures. This time, I was called to shoot her daughter’s graduation pictures. Upon reaching out for the daughter’s info, I found it was her daughter, Hydeia. Hydeia was the daughter whose pre-prom pics I had taken three years earlier. We produced excellent event images that were taken at Edisto Memorial Gardens. I was very excited to see the energy that we create for our second session, considering we would have a special attraction on set: Savannah. Savannah is the daughter of Hydeia.  Anxious to see her, magic was made from the first click of the Nikon …

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After snapping a few images, it was time to include Savannah …

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We were rolling perfectly until it was time for wardrobe change …

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After a little pep talk (ORANGEBURG STYLE), we were able to complete our time together …Hydeia Graduation-68Hydeia Graduation-71Hydeia Graduation-80

Session over!  Everyone was happy.  Next up is graduation from Midlands Technical College and Hydeia will be continuing her education in the fall at Coastal Carolina  for Intelligence and National Security Studies.  Needless to say, I am on speed dial for both Hydeia and her mom.  We’re closer.  We’ve hung out more.  I know them.  They know me.  No need to act clueless when I am texted for the next big milestone because they both have special alerts and I can hear them now.

how did THAT work out for you?!?

And we’reeeee back!  This past weekend I picked up a little hardware. Nothing major to brag about but I was able to get in some organized cardio and be awarded for it.  This race is special to me because of the emphasis it puts on Breast Cancer Awareness.  It is called Get In The Pink 10K/5K Race.  I placed 3rd in my age group. Yay Me!!!  I’ll take it.

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Concluding my weekend was time watching my daughter participate in her second tennis clinic as a 3 year old. I will write a blog on that a little later and keep you in suspense for those images.   To say it was interesting is mildly stating it.  Ohhhhh yeah …. quality time with mom for Mother’s Day.  Just lovely!!!

MSP_5182I guess this is where I get off.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace

why not let the SCHOLAR drive the SHIP!?!

Mid-April is always a beautiful time in the state of South Carolina.  The flowers start to bloom, while the temperatures embrace the true meaning of Spring. Over at the Brookland Baptist Church, the high school seniors are eagerly anticipating what award they have received.  High school seniors that (1) have attended Brookland over the past 3 years or (2) were raised in the church have the chance to complete the scholarship application for an opportunity to receive one of the Scholarship & Education Assistance awards.

Since 1987, Brookland has awarded more than 300 scholarships.  There are numerous levels that the students qualify for:

  1. Deacon’s Education Award – $500
  2. Pastor’s Education Award – $750
  3. Bronze Scholarship – $1,500
  4. Silver Scholarship – $2,000
  5. Gold Scholarship – $2,500

In the fall, the 25 graduating seniors are scheduled to attend various institutions, including  South Carolina State UniversityHoward UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyClemson University and Benedict College.  Their majors will comprise of studies in Spanish, Biomedical Engineering, Broadcast Communication, Computer Information System, Physical Therapy and more.

Here are 21 scholars that I photographed and were presented to the congregration on April 15th …
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Continued success to the SCHOLARS, as they drive the SHIP called Adulthood.

how did THAT work out for you?!?

Last week, I took it to the streets. It was all about breaking the day.  So, I competed in the DayBreak 10 Miler & 5K Race.  The weather was next to perfect at 61 degrees!  Not one of my strongest performances, but I was pleased with my 5K results.  I placed third in the category of Male Masters Overall.  Yippee!  Here is a picture of me sporting my medals and some random shots from that day …

Not bad, wouldn’t you agree???  April is still the start of the race season and there is time to train harder and perform better in the days and weeks to come.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace