Everyday is a blessing to be celebrated. With the uptick and rise of COVID-19, we lose track of the great things we have experienced. Sadly everyone is not making it to see another day. Milestones of a birthday should be embraced even greater with the new uncertainty of life. When Debora told me she wanted to have a 60th photo shoot, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to help make her vision come true.
Being a product of Corona, New York, I knew my hands would be full with trying to make the “CITY GIRL” satisfied. Although she moved down south and attended Voorhess College, I was going to try and channel my inner creative spirits to exceed her expectations. So off we went to the South Carolina State House. After Debora, hit the scenes for her first shot, I was like, “Hmm. Where do we go next?”
She was in the moment. With the help of Debora’s sister, Yolanda, we were able to find our groove and create some breath taking images.
Debora, the mother of 3 and grandmother of 11, planned a birthday party and travel to Las Vegas for her celebration. She has always been a straightforward and gentle person, since meeting her years ago at our church, Brookland Baptist Church. Yes, I can sing. 🤦🏾♂️. I pray her 60th birthday, which was December 19, was grand and all she hoped it would be.
Well, this is where I get off. Chat at you. Be ez … click clique.
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.
Love is the medicine that manufactures a smile. Love is the pulling force that makes you stay a while. Love makes the heart beat fast. Love is something we all want to last.
For my session with the Wilsons, I experienced unlimited love amongst the family members. When Tristyn and I arrived for our consultation, I could tell this session would be different. And I liked it! As we talked, I could tell they sincerely enjoyed being together. It all started with mom, Twanda. Being the matriarch of the family, kindness & love oozed from the top and downwards. The direct benefactors are her children, Devyn and Jenna. Devyn is a new soldier with the United States Air Force. Our session was a few days before he reported to duty. It was a special moment photographing someone that has the potential & hunger to be very accomplished soldier for our country. His sister, Jenna, is a rising sophomore at W. J. Keenan High School. I stutter in saying she was the “average teenager” because she was extremely nice to her elders. I feel that some of today’s youth miss the boat on humility and kindness when it comes to dealing with us old folk. Jenna seemed to be a miniature version of her mother. That was refreshing. Refreshing to know that adults still put the basics into their kids, which starts with love.
Our time together started off with some small talk between the group
Once we figured out our flow, it was SHOWTIME. Off to the races we went …
Our time concluded and all of the images (group & individuals) can be found here: Wilson Family Session. It did my heart well to feel the love flowing over the grass and into my camera from this family. Smile: love makes the world go around.
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 …
We decided to survey the campus and pull in some buildings (and other items) of interest for the final product …
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 …
But Ms. Kitty Cat broke up the session.
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
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 …
After snapping a few images, it was time to include Savannah …
We were rolling perfectly until it was time for wardrobe change …
After a little pep talk (ORANGEBURG STYLE), we were able to complete our time together …
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.
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!!!
I guess this is where I get off. Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace
There comes a time in every young man’s life where he must make a choice in high school. He must choose if he wants a school ring or finish the year with no bling. He must choose if he wants to continute his eduation at an institution of higher learning or purse other career opportunities. He must choose if he wants to parade through the promenade or pump his brakes foregoing the formality.
Justen, son of one of my closest friends (Dr. Jacquetta M. Chatman), made the decision to get formally dressed and attend the promenade (aka PROM) for his high school, Dutch Fork High School. Once the decision was made to attend, he had three items of contemplation that he had to nail down: (1) who would be his prom date, (2) what would he wear and (3) where would he took pictures. Insert MoSeawell & question number 3 was answered. After a consultation over pancakes, we concluded that the stage was set and we should proceed forth with PROM DAY 2018. Here is an image of the Prom Dude …
Although he was stunning in his Verse 9 bowtie & pocket square combination, the Diesel time piece was an excellent complimenting accessory. Entering from stage right, he had on his arm the lovely Maya. Maya commanded attention from the camera with her rose gold fashion display
Justen’s long time friend, Blake, stopped by with his date for a few shots. Feast your eyes on the FABULOUS FOUR …
And there you have it. Justen on his way to his senior prom. Special moment and wonderful choice. Here is a link to the images from that day: Justen’s Senior Prom . Life presents opportunities that we should experience for ourselves, instead of hearing what others may say. I read a quote once that summarized my thoughts to my clients for the day, “The purpose of life is live it to taste experience to the utmost to reach out eagerly and without fear for never and richer experiences.” Amen!
how did THAT work out for you?!?
Wow! The busyness of last week reminded me of the pre-parent days. My trigger finger was very active and I loved every moment of it.
The weekend started with a slow 75 run in preparation of an upcoming road race. Following that great display of style and grace, I was off to my sessions. Those sessions include time with a family, a senior with their cap & gown, and a local chapter of a sorority. All times with my clients were great moments that I am excited to share with you. In order for that to happen, I will need for you to come back. Come back soon and very soon. Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace
In 1984, three wise men put their lyrical quest for understanding into a simple catchy hook that jumped at the musical savy saying, “Friends – how many of us have them? Friends – onces can depend on … before we go any further, let’s be friends.” Just 10 years later in the summer of 1994, I established a great friendship with one of the starting defensive players from the South Carolina State University Football Team. He and I worked as Counselors for the 1890 Research and Extension Program. Years later, he married his College Sweetheart and started a family.
As we became adults, we kept in touch & frequently hung out during football seasons. As friends, we never hesitated to call on each other to aid where a need was to be met. I was elated when my phone rung to capture the Sweet 16 Birthday session of his daughter, Amaya. What a great time was had with her and her friends. Here, see for yourself: Amaya’s Sweet 16. Needless to say, I was really excited a few weeks ago when I got a text from his wife’s phone … well, his daughter texting on his wife’s phone … requesting that I make my way down to Orangeburg to capture images from Amaya’s prom date. Oh gosh. Was I excited and nervous! Here I was about to take pictures of one of my favorite couple’s baby girl. I was summons to take images of the little girl that ran from me in Walmart as a toddler. My duty was to swoop in and make memories for my friend. You know, the one that I established a relationship with years ago. Now, I was there to show that I was one that he could depend on.
Week of prom arrives and the camera was ready but the venue was still unknown. I could have asked the favorite couple to pick the location but why would I do something like that? I was one that they could depend on. So after rolling into the Garden City and meeting up with Amaya and her date, Skylar, it was time to let the good times roll. Put on your seatbelts and take a quick pre-prom stroll with us …
Pre-Prom 2018 was a success. Here are the images: Amaya & Skylar’s pre-prom pictures The weather was great. Skylar and Amaya had fun during the session. The Village enjoyed seeing Skylar and Amaya make images that will never be forgotten. Moreover, my friends got to see their daughter attend her first prom. It’s amazing how life takes you from one phase to another with constant moving parts. It seemed like it was just yesterday that we played pool on our lunch break as college students. In actuality, it was just a few days ago when I was able to hug the teenager that ran from me in the frozen food section when younger. To hear her say, “Thank you Mister Todd” was confirmation that I did a great thing yearssss ago in cementing a friendship with her father. Before we went any further, we became friends. #rackEm
how did THAT work out for you?!?
OMG! I literally don’t know how to act. Last week made the second week in a row with no road race. I logged very close to 20 miles for the week but nothing worth screaming about. However, if I had to make some noise about anything, it would be about capturing some future leaders in pre-graduation and pre-prom images. OH YES! Two sessions on last week and we made magic. If I were you, I would show in a few days to see for yourself what transpired. Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace