Fantanstic at Fifty

Life is not to be taken for granted. Some good people never make it to be 10 years old. Some bad people easily hit 90 years of age. We have no room to judge who is good or who is bad. However, we can all be grateful for each new year we experience.

Rita reached out to me after seeing images I had taken for a 45th Birthday Session. I was very elated she found my work worthy of wanting to have MoSeawell Photography create memories for her 50th birthday. During our consulation, it warmed my heart to learn that images from her session would be turned into wall art, which would stand as heirlooms for her son, Caleb, and others to see now and for years to come. I thought it was very cool that the Moncks Corner native, who came to Columbia to attend Benedict College, was reaching the fantanstic age of 50 in great shape. All days are special but birthdays tend to have an extra shine to it. I asked RIta what she was going to do for her birthday & she mentioned that she would chilling in Hilton Head, SC, while enjoying fine dining, the beach, family and friends. Loved it!

So from there … it was time to get moving. We started off with emphasis on “50” …

Rita doned a white jumpsuit with jewelry that seamlessly matched her balloons. We made the WHITE WOBBLE and the PINK POP!!! Shout out to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

After a wardrobe changed, Rita appeared wearing jeans and a sheer top. Fancy!!! Don’t believe me? Here she is in the flesh …


BAMMMM! Another successful session. The beauty of my job is learning more about my new clients. It was great knowing of Rita’s hobbies which includes traveling, good food, art, reading , and shopping. It was fun hanging out with a fellow June baby with a great personality. It was beyond delightful to help a hardworking Tech Expert from Verizon Wireless have Fantanstic customer service before hitting Fifty. Can you hear me now?!?

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

Next Phase of Life

Time flies & before you know it, you will be leaving one phase of life for another phase. Rather you be a city slicker or a country boy, you must embrace the paths you travel. My COUNTRY BOY PATH led me to South Carolina State University and I met a CITY SLICKER in Wayne Montgomery.

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Wayne moved down south and graduated from Kingstree Senior High. We met as freshmen and were very cordial to each other while attending the greatest university on earth. Upon graduation, it was time to transition to our next phase of life. Wayne went on to a higher calling in law enforcement. After 24 years of excelling in the State of South Carolina, he is currently an Investigator in the Violent Crimes Unit for the Columbia Police Department. I am huge fan of show, The First 48 & I find Wayne’s job intriguing. I don’t want the job but I think it is cool to know someone who is in the profession. After chatting with Wayne, it is obvious he thinks it is cool too but doesn’t want to do it forever. He plans on hanging up the badge in 2022. But what next?

Well, Wayne has always been a fairly level headed guy. As we were taught at SCSU, an alternative plan is always a must. Montgomery plans to transition into Real Estate and own/operate a Private Investigation Firm. The guy is on another level and already has got the wheels turning with his Real Estate Business. You can see more at Southern Shores Real Estate Group. I am not one to stop a Bulldog from excelling. It is my job to help out and push him higher. Here are a few images we captured during his branding session …

Pleased is what we were, upon leaving our session. I am honored my college classmate called me to help reach the next phase of life, in style.

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!!!!

.. and from Beautiful Bride to Marvelous Mommy

The say that TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE!  It seemed like just a few months ago when I shot bridal portraits for my cousin, Lauren.   Well, actually it was almost 3 years ago but who is counting?!?  I thought she would wait for me to published in Essence or Black Enterprise before we shot images again.  Silly me!  Looking back on that blog (From Brown Baby to Beautiful Bride), I was so happy for her.  Now, here she was, standing before me as a married graduate of Winthrop University.    This time, she was with her husband, Ben, a fellow Winthrop Eagle.  She looked a little different from the last time I had seen her in person.  Lauren was with child!

The session started very smoothly. I asked the PARENTS-TO-BE to sit and get comfortable, as I prepared my lighting.  It was time to put the Nikon to work. As they got comfy, I shot some candid images of them enjoying the South Carolina pre-summer air.
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Once they were set and I was in place, we got a quick image of the couple (and the bundle of joy).

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Not to be selfish and throw Cousin Ben away but this session was all about Lauren.  We slowly helped her up (she is in great shape: I’m just being dramatic) and she took position in front of a flower bed.  Lauren is a Nutritionist/Lactation Counselor.  Therefore, she has fitness, well-being and youth on her side. ūüôā With her dress flowing and the sun shining, the beauty of her maternalness was on full display.

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I am a caring photographer.  So it wasn’t uncommon for me to allow the mother to catch a seat and hold her bundle of joy.  I managed to steal a moment of her caressing her baby.  A mother & her baby: what a combination to behold!!! 

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Not only am I a caring photographer but I am an inclusive photographer.  Lauren and I had made some great memories.  I felt that it was time to get “Dad” back into the scene.  An Interal Auditor by trade, the image incapitulates Ben auditing the happiness of Lauren enjoying the day with him and the “little” one. Lauren's Maternity-25

As we moved toward the end of the session, we paused to allow Ben a chance to further appreciate the mother of his child in the form of an embrace and kiss on the forehead.
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Quick to arrive and quick to leave, it was time to send my clients off on their way.  They had driven in from the city of Rock Hill to spend some precious moments with me.  Grateful for the opportunity, we ended our time together with one final shot of the three of them.  World, I present to you Ben, Lauren and Brayden Ndubuisi Ikenegbu!

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how did THAT work out for you?!?

Special shout to all of the fathers that celebrate their day on this past Sunday.  I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend and you feel more encouraged to do more than you have done already. We can always do more and make the world a better place to be.

Welp, that wraps up the latest blog.  I’ve been missing for a few but I’mmmm back.    Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #beEZpeace

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!!!!

Little Did I Know!!!

1994 was a great year but wow, little did I know! Here I was excited about my first job at U.P.S. while a student at South Carolina State University, 30 minutes up I-26, 44 ladies of the working class had bigger goals. Although my favorite artist, Mary J. Blige, had dropped “My Life“, little did I like that there was a group of ladies making some astonishing graduation level noise. True I bought my first car, a 1994 Honda Accord EX Coupe, that year same group of women were on the move uniting likeminded females to handle a major task.

44 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated went through the necessary hoops and horizons to have the second chapter created in the Columbia Metropolitan area. The name approved was the Richland County Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. They have become affectionately called ‘”RCA.”

On April 27, 2019, a number of those charter members were joined with current RCA members, national DST officers, past RCA members and other Deltas (and me) to celebrate 25 years of Sisterhood, Scholarship & Service at their Silver Anniversary Celebration Brunch.

It was a grand event and I was glad to have been chosen to photograph the event. I did my research on Dr. Bertha Maxwell Roddey.

I now know why she was held in such high regard like the GODMOTHER. An amazing lady!!!

Anywho, here is what I saw …

… and that is just a taste. Here is a link to the other images: RCA 25th Anniversary! It was good to see so many friends/old co-workers/fellow alums/church members/associates celebrate a great occasion. I always felt that MARY’S JOINT (a song off of Mary J. Blige’s album) was the dopest female thing to happen in 1994 but the Deltas making strides to better tomorrow’s leaders and service the community gives MJB some serious competition.

WOOD the natural fit work for you???

All too often, there is a lot emphasis placed on the word “one.” In sports, we hear, “We are number one!” It is common to listen to someone in education to ask a failing child to try “One more time.” In fashion, stores will tell the shoppers that “one size fits all.”

The company of WOODBURY COLLECTION feels that men’s fashion should flow away from the misnomer. Managed by Wayne Woodbury and Andre Watson, the team believes that a suit should not be the standard “pull from the rack” but it should be the extraordinary “perfect fit for the client.” Based in Charlotte, NC, Woodbury & Watson boaster the motto of, “Your Fit. Your Style.” Since 2009, the organization has outfitted clients in numerous east coast cities that range from Queens, New York to Miami, Florida.

Here are a few images of the dynamic duo …

The men were captured below consulting with past clients on their upcoming wardrobe additions

I read a quote that said, “A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.” I can’t speak for women nor can I speak for other men, but I place pride into my suits. I have found it not robbery to attain a slice of the Woodbury Collection. Listed below is a snapshot of the author of this blog in his chosen attire.

From the hugeness of my kool-aid smile, one can see that I am beyond pleased with my purchase. I am one that wants to support like minded entrepreneurs and look nice at the same time. Hopefully you feel the same. But the question is WOOD the natural fit work for you??? If so, reach out to Wayne & Dre.

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

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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

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, ‚ÄúHow did I get here‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWhere do I go from here?‚ÄĚ

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

The Queens of My Heart

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is something that not everyone feels.  To find love is a beautiful a thing. But to be birthed from love is something worth talking about.

Being a resident of Orangeburg is to be a product of love.  Though a small city in the state of South Carolina, the majority of folks that are raised in the 29115 zip code have great pride & admiration from their upbringing.  Not a place with a lot of fancy restaurants or million dollar homes, the town has been the heartbeat for a lot of successful persons.

I was called on to capture press images for Miss Orangeburg County and Miss Orangeburg County Teen 2018.  Having worked closely with the Genius behind the Pageant, Angela Clark, this was certain to be a memorable session.  It was going to be solid because not only was I photographing two positive young ladies, I was spending time with residents of Orangeburg that held a title that would include them into the national history books.  Cadra Salley, Miss Orangeburg County, is currently a student at South Carolina State University.  Zaria Sumpter is presently matriculating at the High School for Health Operations.

As the session started, the beauty of Miss Salley was snapped without any hiccups
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Next up was time to photograph the elegance of Miss Sumpter and things fell into place effortlessly.

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Proud of what we had accomplished, I threw my Nikon down as if I just scored a Touchdown.  Okay, maybe not … but I was pleased with the work we had done.  Without a shadow of a doubt,  I feel the residents of Orangeburg should have a chip on their shoulders knowing that our place was represented outstandingly in 2018 with those two jewels.  The 2019 Pageant is scheduled on November 3rd, where Cadra and Zaria will release their crowns to Qualified and Orangeburg-a-fied ladies that will represent the Garden City.