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

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.

… before we go any further …

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 …Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-16Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-17Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-27Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-38Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-41Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-61Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-64Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-73Amaya & Skylar Prom 2018-58

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

Bury good, Doc! Bury good!!!

Growing up with my father as my hero, I was able to easily identify how a man should act and carry himself.  I saw the importance in always presenting your best.  I was frequently reminded of the strength in standing behind what you believe.  I never will forget the lessons that were taught from non-verbal communication.

In the mid 80’s, I was introduced to the family that belonged to Dr. Willie Woodbury. During that time, he was the Director at The Felton Laboratory School on the campus of South Carolina State University.  Dr. Woodbury went on to lead Felton for well over 20 years and graduated some of the top students in the Orangeburg area.  Since meeting Dr. Woodbury, I have always drawn a similarity to his personality to that of my father.  Like my father, he is a man of very few words but the words that he speaks are very powerful.  Like my father, he is a man that is well respected by his peers and those that are in direct contact with him.  And moreover like my father, he is a man of God.

I was blessed to be at Thee Matriarch Bed & Breakfast, when Dr. Woodbury celebrated his 70th birthday party.  It was such a beautiful event hosted by his family.  A number of his friends and family members were on hand to witness his day.  Pause for one second as I share a few snaps of what I saw …
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Thanks for all that you’ve done for yourself, for your family and for you community, Doc.  What you’ve done is good.  Very (bury) good. Bury good, Doc!  Bury good!!!  To see additional images from the event, click on this link,  Dr. Woodbury’s 70th.

how did THAT work out for you?!?

Extremely light week last week.  No race in the book.  No medal around my neck.  No fatty food that was a reward for running a ton of miles.  I poured in less than 20 miles total for the week in preparation for upcoming races. But I did capture a pre-prom session that I’m excited to share with you. Stay tuned.  I think you will like what you will see.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace