CHAPTER 49: Against All Odds

As a Entrepeneur, one of the greatest joys is to have individuals who want you to service them. Even sweeter is to have a past client reach out to you. That action tells you that (1) you have earned their trust and (2) you provided them with a product they were pleased with. When Lenny reached out to me mid March, I got goose bumps because we have history.

Lenny and I attended the same high school: the great Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. I am a few years younger than him but I remember the cool, city-acting guy from Brooklyn, New York. I am not sure if we ever had any conversations while we attended thigh school but his style was one you would never forget. SMOOTH! He went on to matriculate at Claflin University, receiving two college degrees in 3 years (Bachelors in Marketing Administration & Masters in Business Administration). Over the years after leaving OW, he married a childhood friend of mine. I will never forget the day she called me & they invited me into their home to capture images of the new family addition. As a Photographer, moments like that are where you put heavy emphasis on your gift to ensure you tell the story. For years to come, I was called back to further photograph the LAWRENCE FAMILY. Heck, I even shot his 40th Birthday party. Very cool but when I spoke to Lenny only (no wife or son) this time, the stakes were raised.

Instead of traveling out of town, going to eat at his favorite restaurant (Hyman’s) or even planning a big celebration with friends, Mr. Lawrence decided to treat himself with a session to capture the great memories into Chapter 49 of his life. WHOAH! I take no sessions for granted and this really made me smile. This Dude is veryyyy popular and well connected. Granted I had snapped many memories of his son’s parties, he could have called anyone to make his vision come true. I appreciate his loyalty. I am not surprised one bit he has been gainfully employed with the in-home health profession and the family business for many years. But our moment in the sun was about HIM. Not the family. Not the clients he services. Not even the persons he has known for 48+ years. So, off we went …

We settled in for a few serious moments, which gave him a chance to reflect on past ups and his downs.

We concluded the session with some NEW YORK FLAVOR in SOUTH CAROLINA.

I must say the years have been favorable to Lenny. Not only is he a successful college graduate (Cum Laude & Magna Cum Laude), a family man and a lover of fashion, he is a child of God. During our session, he expressed how all of his life he wanted to be the driver of his own destination. With a few tricks up his sleeve and experience on his side, I think 2021 is going to be one we see greater things from him. He has heard, “He’s never going to finish high school!” … “He’s going to jail before his 21st birthday!” … “He won’t live pass 25 years old!” My money is on Leonard Dwight (or simply Lenny) will contine to rise AGAINST ALL ODDS.

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

… and then came 2021!

2020 was not an ideal year for an abundance of folks and reasons. Although there were some high points, there were some untimely deaths and the arrival of a pandemic. Yes, a pandemic ya’ll. However, we made it through. And then came 2021!

At the conclusion of last year, Jacquetta and I devised a plan to bring in the new year with power and purpose. Being that she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. and even prouder graduate of the Historical Black College and University (HBCU) of Benedict University, we felt that it would be wise to circle her session around with some color(s) that offered some smoothness and popage. After our consultation, we decided to grab the Nikon and take it to the streets of Columbia. Since we couldn’t forget that we’re in pandemic, it only made sense to factor in a mask for an opening shot


Creative, right?!? Mask image: done!!! Now, it was time to get the official part of the Birthday Session started. Here are a few images that spoke to the magic we made:

Yessss. Yesss. The pictures are tops in my books and “The Doctor” slaughtered the session. I am not sure when but Jessica Simpson, PoshMark and Carlos Santana needs to pay my client a few coins for making their gear have some life. We were able to make images that speaks to her spirit, success, smartness, and strength. Having known her for nearly half of my life, it didn’t seem like work make her vision come to life. Hats off to “The Doctor” .. the AKA. Speaking of AKA, today (January 20, 2021) marks the day we shout out Attorney Kamala Devi Harris for becoming the first woman (and woman of color) to become the Vice President of the United States of America. Beyond exciting for the Howard graduate and the great things we know she will do. Heck, why not drop another photo in her honor …

Happy January, Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated!!!!

I Used To Be 22 …

… but that was over 22 days ago. But to capture the excitement of an progressive, young lady in pictures is almost as fantastic as my birthday in the early 20’s. I won’t harp on the fact that she attends the greatest institution of higher learning: South Carolina State University. Word on the street is that her parents both are graduates of the university. I will not make a big deal that she is a member of the oldest Greek Black Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha. I am told is that my client is sorority sisters with Senator Kamala Harris. I am going to brag on the fact that my client has her eye on a career in Mortuary Science. I would say that Sidney is thinking smarter than most 22 year olds.

Our session was full of tons of fun and creativity. A good shot is always one that illuminates the model reflecting on the good and bad they have experienced over the years. I call this image, YOU CAN’T SEE WHAT I CAN SEE.

This session was all about photographing the Queen of the Month. Crowned from the top of her head, we continued to let the good times flow. With a slight glance into empty space, I like to reference this snapshot, WELCOME TO MY QUEENDOM.

We concluded our time together with pomp, circumstances and spunk. Who wouldn’t be happy about seeing another trip around the world? Who wouldn’t be excited to know as school comes to an end, there are mounds of opportunities that await you. This reflection, I refer to this as CELEBRATE MY BECOMING, illustrates the joy each person should have about not only our birthday but for everyday we are allowed to see God’s green earth.

Happy Birthday Month, Sidney. Continue to remain humble, sweet and young. #punintended