Build it & Be a Blessing

There is a church. It once was a little church. It is still a little church at heart but in statue, it is a little unsmall.

Brookland Baptist Church is located in West Columbia, SC. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr, the mission of the church is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism, education and economic empowerment. Pastor Jackson had a vision to have a 3 phase building process.

Phase I was the construction of the large sanctuary. Phase II was the development of the Community Resource Center, Brookland Academy, Health & Wellness Center, and the Banquet & Conference Center. Phase III was to focus on the providing of classrooms, activity rooms, and administrative offices.

On July 25, Brookland held the Christian Learning Center Dedication Service and Ribbon Cutting. The building was built by Construction Dynamics. Below are a few images from the day

Here is a link for all images captured on that day: Brookland CLC Dedication Service & Ribbon Cutting.

I am very proud of Brookland for building a place for the community to enjoy themselves in a great and godly manner. I see this being a popular place in the West Columbia community to keep the kids safe and show them a fun way of enjoying “church life.” I pray now that Brookland has built it, they will come.

Snap at you later. Be ez … click clique.

Not 1, Not 2, Not … but 58 Years of Bliss!!!

For a whopping $0.31, a gallon of gas was yours.  There was a baby boy born that went onto become the 44th president of the United States, while answering to the name of Barack.  A young Seward found it not a crime to make a stunning Barbara his wife.  The year was 1961 and life was good in Hemingway, South Carolina.

From that union, life was greater than great.  Seward, a high school principal/chemistry teacher played golf in his free time and accepted the additional role of Daddy, over the following years.

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A Licensed Practical Nurse, Barbara thrusted herself into church/community service and became the ideal mother for little ones.

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Time was on their side and God allowed the couple to see life take form in 5 children: D’Ette Weaver, Adreane Grant, Bernita Stuckey, Seward Weaver, Jr. and Sherwood Weaver, Sr.

 

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Although Sherwood passed at an early age, his life is still cherished and the family bond remains strong.

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My session with the family was nothing short of fun.  Seeing the chemistry of the couple was great after being together over 50 years!  They fed off of each other for energy and admiration.

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I sprinkled in the kids and the skies opened up.MSP_6571MSP_6644

I WEAVEDd out some astonishing pictures while capturing the Weavers.    Grateful to have snapped the pre-anniversary photos, the couple was quite funny when getting their “5” and “8” together.

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Yeah, they had it right but I scripted it to appear even more exciting!  Here is a link to the other magic that we made: Weaver’s Session.

Check back in a few days for the highlights of their 58 Anniversary Celebration coverage for Mr. & Mrs. Seward Isaac and Barbara Joe Mention Weaver Sr.  Snap at you later!!!!

The Gospel of John gone Wild

When you hear the name of John, it is easy to equate it to the GOSPEL OF JOHN.  When you hear the word Gospel spoken, it is common to think of music.  But where does one’s mind go when they hear the words, “John singing gospel in the Carolinas?”  Puzzling.  Your mind could go to South Carolina or it go to North Carolina.  What if I told you that both are correct and South Carolina was able to craddle both in one day at one time.

South Carolina John (aka John Lakin) and North Carolina John (aka John P. Kee) decided to lend their talents to a local venue while targeting the Millenials.  Mission: provide a concert primarily to the young men and women between the age of 18-32, to let them know that Millennial Worship Matters.  Lakin pulled from his talented group of friends and packed the Brookland Baptist Church with a worship service that left attendees (young and old) happy to had been in the place.  The lineup was powerful with the talent of Mike Brown and F.O.C.U.S., Regina Skeeters, Kenny Smith, Derrick Bull and Remnant, Kimberly Sumter and Big Redd.  People came from near and far and then Lakin started the house to rocking …

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Once the atmosphere was set, Derrick Bull and Remnant brought their “A” game

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After the crowd was calmed down from Bull’s singing, Big Redd blessed all with ears.

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When Big Redd finished, Kimberly Sumter took the roof further off the house.

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Barely containing their excitement, the crowd was fed a treat in gospel music from Kenny Smith.

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When Kenny left, it was all about Regina Skeeters (and Mama Skeeters).

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Mike Brown and F.O.C.U.S. grabbed the stage, it was hard to keep your seat.

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Wide open from all they had seen & heard, it was time for North Carolina John to give the people what they wanted.  Boy did he bring THE FUNK.

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Oh what a night!  Here are more images from that fantastic night: Click Here.  Whether you were unsure if THERE’S A LILY VALLEY or if you had questions about if JESUS IS REAL, everything fell into place on that night.  Young and old had a great time.  Not only was it evident that Millennial Worship Matters, all in attendance was in agreement that THERE IS NOTHING FINER THAN GOSPEL MUSIC IN THE CAROLINAS.

Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace

Never Shall We Forget

Life is an interesting gift from God.  The gift sometimes is sprinkled with rays of sunshine that allows one to feel that nothing could be sweeter.  Often, the gift is tossed with salt and pepper, where one has bright and dark days.  And there are times when life is like looking in a mirror and questions you to say to yourself, “How did I get here” and “Where do I go from here?”

I feel in my heart, that the latter analogy is something that creeps into the mind of individuals that have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Confused to how the disease enters their bodies and will they survive are common thoughts, from what I’ve heard from many.  In 2008, the Brookland Foundation believed that saluting Breast Cancer Survivors was a noble act.  Their mission was to have a celebratory, recognition program that served as a vehicle to recognize Breast Cancer Survivors.  On October 10, the group held their 10th COLOR PINK GALA

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This year’s event was emceed by the Dynamic Duo from the Brookland Baptist Church: K. Allen Campbell and Marnie Robinson

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There were many observations throughout the night but below are the Featured Survivors for 2018Color Pink 2018-68


The featured artist was none other than the talented songwriter and artist, 
Avery Sunshine

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Avery electrified the crowd with her powerful renditions of popular songs which placed men and women on their feet while praising God

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10/10, also known as October 10, was a memorable day in the lives of many.  Lots of hugs were given to survivors.  Many tears were dropped in remembrance of those no longer living.  The proof is in the pictures.  Here is a link to the gallery:  The Color Pink 2018.  All in all, the awareness of Breast Cancer was further amplified.  Prayerfully, there will be a cure one day soon.  Until that time, it is highly suggestive that women (and men) do self-examinations and receive a mammogram.  Early detection is the key and thank you Brookland Foundation for starting the Color Pink Gala.  As the years roll on, NEVER SHALL WE FORGET what you have done.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace

From Brown Baby to Beautiful Bride

Seconds turn into minutes. Minutes roll into hours. Hours find a creative way to make themselves seen as days. As God has ordained, days are parts of years. It has taken many years that I have watched my cousin, Lauren, grow into the woman she has become. I have witnessed her move around as a newborn but on March 3rd, I saw her blossom as a bride. Lauren’s grandfather and my grandfather were brothers. So for years, our bond has been very eventful. It ranged from household gatherings to cookouts. We have experienced laughs and we have united through tears. One of the greatest moments thus far has been her wedding in Cayce, SC.

Months ago, she asked me if I would take her bridal portrait. I agreed and our next mission was to create magic at her place of choice, The South Carolina State House. Having shot there a few times, my challenge was to create a series that I had never done before. I always feel that “angles” are the key to a flattering image. With camera in hand and family by my side, off we went … Mother and Daughter getting the final touches together before we soared off into CLICK CLIQUE mode …

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In this shot, the bride-to-be is posing while staring off into the distance.  I think some folks were taking pics of her taking pictures.  lol.

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This photo embodies the beauty of seasons.  One of my favorite images that shows the bride being backlit with a nice, compressed background.  Oh how the beautiful scene looks with Lauren showing a ‘S-Curve’ and the leaves pulling up the rear. Stunning!!!Lauren Bridal-42

And ladies and gentleman: the chosen image for Lauren’s wedding day.  If I had to caption this photo, it would be BROWN IN THE PARK.  Very glad Lauren chose this photo because it was one of my top 3.

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Well that sums up the great time that I had with Lauren.  Never been one seeking a lot of attention, she handled the pressure of the day very well. I couldn’t help but think of her as a toddler, barely knowing how to walk.  And right before my eyes I saw her dancing with her husband as Mrs. Lauren B. Ikenegbu. Nice!!!!

how did THAT work out for you?!?

This section is a recap of my happenings from the week before.  It could be all fitness related.  It could be all photography. It could be food related.  Who knows, I just know that I will tell you about it and let you know how that worked out for me.

I got to see Kemba Walker become the all-time leading scorer for the Charlotte Hornets, as they went down in defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  He scored “I AM THE LEADING SCORER” points in the closing seconds of the game. The crowd went wild!  He was embraced by LeBron James as the buzzer went off signaling the game’s end.  That was the least that he could do, after he obliviated the Hornets with 41 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists … but who was counting. #dunkcity

In preparation for ROAD RACE SEASON 2018, I logged a little less than 20 miles. The month of March was concluded with 101.3 miles.  Anytime I could do anything with “101”, it is honor of the Best Marching Band: The South Carolina State Marching 101 Band.  BAMMM!  I have a few races on the horizon, so it’s fine tuning time.  My daughter and I went to an Easter Egg Hunt. It was a very nice event, sponsored by GraceLife Church. The church members were very nice and welcoming.  Here is a collage of images taken on that day.

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Welp, that wraps up the first blog post. It took years for it to happen. But it felt good completing.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #beEZpeace