And The Beat Goes On

Strong and determined: this girl stood out to me.  Big smile and commanded attention by her actions: this girl stood out to me.  The oldest daughter of parent educators that openedly loves the Lord: this girl stood out to me.

At the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year, I completed my SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY SEASON with a Graduation Celebration.  The celebration was for Spring Valley High School Graduate, Reagan Davis.  Reagan is an active member of my church and has always carried herself in a positive manner.  In the fall, she will be attending the University of South Carolina.  Proud of her accomplishments and accolades, I share with you some of the sites from her big day …

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how did THAT work out for you?!?

And we’reeeee back!  This past weekend I ran 10 miles for my long run. However, on the 4th of July, I ran the BORN IN THE USA 4 MILER. The course was quite hilly but I survived. And to prove I made it, here is me POSTRUN

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

You Can Say You’re Strong or You Can Show Your Strength!

When asked, the average will person say they’re strong.  When someone touches a person’s muscles, one will be quick to say, “Yes, I am strong!”  When an achievement receives high reviews, you will hear echoes of, ” … yes, I am strong.”  Rarely do we allow for our strength to be shown.  My client, Justen Chatman, is one who showed his strength.  After faithfully rising through the sub-varsity & varsity levels for Dutch Fork High as a point guard, he was scheduled to lead the Silver Foxes’ Boys Varsity Basketball team as a Senior and Captain.

However during pre-season workouts, Justen tore his ACL and Meniscus .  This injury eliminated any opportunity  he thought he would have to lead his team to the 5A State Championship.  Instead, he opted to not walk away from the program but serve as a student coach.  He showed his strength to act as point guard without a uniform.  He PUSHED, DIRECTED and TRUSTED.  He pushed the players to understand that team work was the ONLY way that all things would work in their favor.  The team defeated Irmo High School for the first time in Justen’s 4 years at DFHS.  He directed the team from a perspective where the team would understand that Justen had played on the Varsity level before and his experience was a jewel that gave them an edge over other teams.  Moreover, Justen trusted that God made no mistakes and this was His will for him, concerning basketball.  He showed his strength to endure a setback that would have left many crying and questioning our Heavenly Father.

Time was well spent with Justen!  Deep inside, I wondered if we should include a basketball in our session, considering he didn’t get to play this year.  But I got rid of that thought and out came the ball, as we put up some solid shots under the gate …

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We wanted to pull in some brick to accompany his green cap and gown.  And with that being said, here are those images …

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Wanting to finish off the session with a SLAM DUNK, we looked around and tried to figure how we could conclude without a turnover.  Great minds came together and we factored in some stairs …

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Buzzer went off (well, not really) and the session was over.  In a few weeks, Justen will be graduating with honors and headed off to the college of his choice.  Very easy to explain how proud I am of this young man that could have let his circumstances overshadow his ability to finish strong.  He went against the grain, gathered those that were weak, and showed his strength to those within earshot of hearing how true determination rises.  In the words of my client, I’M DONE.  Here are all JTC’s final images.  Snap at you later.  Be ez.  Peace.  #moseawell #beezpeace Justen's Cap & Gown-91

Dead Man Walking His Graduation Walk

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 … John Lakin Graduation-1John Lakin Graduation-8John Lakin Graduation-4John Lakin Graduation-6

We decided to survey the campus and pull in some buildings (and other items) of interest for the final product …John Lakin Graduation-16John Lakin Graduation-34John Lakin Graduation-39John Lakin Graduation-46

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 …John Lakin Graduation-53

But Ms. Kitty Cat broke up the session.John Lakin Graduation-52

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