Me vs The Selfie Studio

Sometimes you go into a battle, knowing you are ready. However, there can be a thought in your mind if you planned well enough. Months ago, I started communication with one of my fellow Brookland Baptist members. Angela is on the Praise Team, led by the legend John Lakin. Me: I’m just the lowly camera man. lol. We entered into conversation about me capturing her STYLE for her 40th Birthday. Although Angela’s is known throughout these United States as THE QUEEN OF THE SELFIE STUDIO, I felt as if I could do some justice.

We figured we’d manuever the city of Columbia for her birthday images. Although she attended the University of South Carolina, there were a few spots around the city she wasn’t familiar with. She trusted me enough to pick the location(s) for our session. I challenged myself to find some cool angles to compliment the young lady who has hobbies of reading, singing, spending time with family/friends, traveling and experiencing new adventures. Speaking of new adventures, I’m beyond happy for this North Charleston native. In early 2021, she opened Inspired Wellness, LLC., where she is the Psychotheraptist/Business Owner, specializing in Counseling and Therapy. FANCY! I likes.

Our session was relaxing and calming. Here are a few images we created …

And that is how the battle ended. The Selfie Queen and I met in the middle of the battle field to call the battle a win in favor of me. Angela left pleased and I left blessed she chose me to experience her 40th birthday pictorial explosions. Much success to this Business Owner and singer of the gospel.

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

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

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.

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.

Choose Who You Will Treasure

At some point in time, everyone had a piggy bank. Whether the bank was made of ceramic, plastic or paper, there was no question about your dependence on if the bank could receive your money. Rarely would you put money in & second guess if the pig would steal your change.

Rosalyn , a gradute of the University of South Carolina, contacted me and told me that she had decided for the position South Carolina State Treasurer. Completely in awe, I raffled off a truckload of questions. Instead of answering them all, we agreed to work on them during our pre-campaign session. This would not be our first session, where in I captured images for her prior to receiving the South Atlantic Regional Member of the National Finance Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. So, we met and tried to make things work.  It started with laughter and realizing we needed to be serious …

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Eventually, we got it together.  And it was time to get some shots because no one wants a jokester being their Treasurer

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In the midst of changing lenses after a wardrobe change, I was able to catch Rosalyn staring off into space.  Glenn for Treasurer-39

After realizing what I was doing, I was questioned if I was getting images without her permsission

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I confessed and continued with our session.  Before we could wrap, she was greeted by a citizen of the State of South Carolina.   She was able to provide details to what she would be doing as the newly elected Treasurer.Glenn for Treasurer-79

Outstanding time with Rosalyn!  As we approach November, I am very excited to be a part of history.  I am elated to be attached to someone that I have known for over two decades, that is looking to elevate the State of South Carolina to new heights.  If you are reading this, I ask that you keep Rosalyn in mind when you go vote in the November 6 elections.  Remember, WE R BETTER TOGETHER!

how did THAT work out for you?!?

The mission is to keep moving.  Sitting still is never an option.  My weekend started with a run of 11 miles and then it was back to be a responsible contributor to society.  I had the opportunity to take my little Ballerina to Ballet.  Very proud of her, I took my first picture of her in the Ballerina outfit.

Wow!  Time flies and I can’t believe she has gone from crawling to doing funny stuff with her feet.  Interesting.  Very interesting, I say.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace

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

Well Done, My Son

Friendships can be fun. Friendships can be memorable. Friendships are taken to new heights when emotions are involved & you are asked to do grown folk stuff. After graduating from South Carolina State University, one of my dearest friends, Tiffany, was blessed with a child that she named Tyler. During the pregnancy, she asked me to be his godfather. Still young, I quickly accepted not thinking of the “true meaning” of being a godparent. Before he was born, I reflected on my godparents and our relationship and was reminded of the dutiful task I had accepted. In a nutshell, I was to treat Tyler as if he was my child (just like a father does) and agree to be there for him in the event anything happened to his birth parents.

Fast forward close to two decades from me signing up to be The Godfather and Tyler residing in multiple states and excelling in basketball, high school graduation was upon us. He was scheduled to be a graduate of Atlantic Coast High School. Anxious to see him march & document that day, I pulled out the Nikon.

Once inside and the clock said so, the festivities begun …

Those were just a few highlights that came through my lense. Glad I pushed against the grain of the venue and took my 70-200mm. It allowed me to get closer to the action with room to crop in on my final pictures. Anyway, here are a few after-graduation images of the graduate hanging with his family & friends ….

Another young black male destined for excellence and defied the odds stating that he wouldn’t graduate. Tyler will be matriculating in the fall at Troy University. I am very proud of this young man and even more proud of Tiffany. She started the early part of her adulthood as a single mother of one and blossomed into a married mother of three.

I was blessed to be asked to be GODFATHER TODD. I was and still am happy for him. Seeing Tyler embrace the start of his new phase of life was refreshing. Having his family there was surely a great thing for the graduate that he will never forget. Here is a final image of his village.

“Son, go forth and be greater than great because being great is not the greatest thing that you can do.”

– Godfather Todd

how did THAT work out for you?!?

Very grateful weekend where I celebrated Fathers. I started the weekend with a quick 7 mile run before heading out to photograph the Daddy & Me 5K. The event will be covered in a future blog. Thennnnnnnn, I spent time with my little Princess for Father’s Day.

She makes me happy. Well, time to bail. Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace

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

Can you hear me now?

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 …

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After snapping a few images, it was time to include Savannah …

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We were rolling perfectly until it was time for wardrobe change …

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After a little pep talk (ORANGEBURG STYLE), we were able to complete our time together …Hydeia Graduation-68Hydeia Graduation-71Hydeia Graduation-80

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.

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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!!!

MSP_5182I guess this is where I get off.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace