Hard Lessons and Necessary Change, a Look Back at 2017

If I could describe 2017 in one sentence it would be this… Two thousand and seventeen was a year of discovering myself, intentionally and unintentionally. 

I had some first, some last and even some milestone moments. I cried a little and I laughed a lot. I doubted myself and believed in myself. I quit in my mind and started again. I took breaks from work and I fell in love with my husband all over again. 

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Meet the Ladies of - All Things Natural Hair

Erica, Tomika & Sierra are the beauties & the brains behind All Things Natural Hair. The three of them saw a need for more local events in the Upstate area of South Carolina for Natural Hair Women & Men. Instead of talking about it and wishing for one to come to the area they decided to create the very thing that was missing. WIthin 4 months the event was live and it sold out in under two weeks. When its meant to be its meant to be. 

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The Voice of Hope - Branding with Kesha Lewis

I had the pleasure a few months back to work with Kesha Lewis on her personal branding photography. Kesha is a beautiful human, an amazing mother, and a dear friend. Kesha and I met about 4 years ago at a job I used to work at. She was one of the trainers at the time. We connected almost immediately. Not too long after starting this job I got another opportunity and left that company. We continued to keep in touch over the years. So when she reached out to me to do her headshots and branding photos I was so thrilled. 

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My Photography Journey From Hobby to Business

I have loved photography since I was a kid. Seeing all of the photo albums that my grandmother kept and the tons of pictures she had on her mantel. I was surrounded by it at an early age. In High School I was the girl that always had a disposable camera in hand. I loved taking pictures of and with my friends. I always wanted my very own polaroid but I never got one. Lucky for me they are making a come back. Putting the Instax on my wish list.

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College Bound: 12 Dorm Must Haves

During my college bound series I will cover several topics. As a senior photographer I see many kids who are heading off to college for the first time and many stressed out parents. I also have 2 daughters in college currently. So, I know exactly how they feel. As a lot of parents are getting ready to send their kids off to college I want to help out where I can, especially since I had to wing it my first year as a college mom. I am providing a list of items you will definitely want to put on your grads wishlist. Trunk 7 Grad parties are even better when your guest know exactly what to buy. So create them a wish list at my favorite store Target. If you prefer Walmart and even Bed Bath & Beyond these are excellent choices as well.

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Reflecting on 2017

So, we are knocking these months out left and right. January is OVER and February's end has come and gone. March pretty much speed by. We leaped past April and here we land in May. Can you believe we are almost in the sixth month of the year? Originally I wanted to bring this reflection at the end of the first quarter but here we are. This is me acting in one of my lessons moving forward even when you fall off the wagon.

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I Wish I Never Found My "Tribe" and Why You Should Stop Looking Too!

Contrary to my title in the moment I was super excited to find my tribe, my sisters, my community! That was until I realized what really comes with finding your tribe. From personal experience, trust me, it's not for everyone. After testing the waters in this whole #communityovercompetition life, let me tell you, I have a few reasons why you should stay solo. I mean come on... Do yourself a favor and just don't do it.

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