Test 2019

This is the first post in almost 2 years. I’ve made a new site, and working on transferring the old site to the new, and have had much difficulty with the blog. I hope to get it straight soon.

jade & jovan engagement

First engagement session of the year!!! Attractive couple, great energy and so much creativity! I’m super excited for this wedding in July! My team and I will be able to capture a unique wedding after hearing all of their plans. This engagement session started near the apartment of the engaged couple. With the eye of Dr. Jade and cooperation of Jovan we easily made it happen…literally a few steps outside of the home. Talk about not having to go far. The first outfit, all black, served as a more formal approach to the couple. We went to an opening of tall wheat looking grass nearby and some shots using teh bamboo canes as a background. Also close by was a body of water from the nearby river.  Some tall oaks with Spanish moss helped create a spot for more pictures before looking at the water itself.                                                                                                                                                                           After a misty, gloomy early morning, it really ended up being a very pretty day. Perfect for an outfit change. And that’s what they did. Whites and blues of denim created the second look as we traveled to the popular Riverfront Park. Near the famous red door we started with some creative ways to use the huge water pipe. A little bit of athleticism, creativity, posing and a couple of laughs later, we used the red door, amphitheater, steps and benches to finish our session. Congratulations and super excited about July!!!                                                                                                                                                     Want images like these of your own session? Contact us as we love talking about pictures! Feel free to “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Instagram. 

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New Year’s Party | 2017 | Ritz-Carlton

So thankful for all the things in 2016, and looking forward to 2017. The new year started with momentum already from the last part of 2016. Newer ideas, concepts and plans on execution. And a renewed opportunity with King Entertainment to photograph some parts of #GorgeousAtTheRitz. Charlotte, NC and King Entertainment are 1 of 2 only parties that I ever photograph. You have got to be upscale, safe and classy for my selective, mature and bourgeoisie  team to participate. The Ritz-Carlton provided such an atmosphere and the Around The Block Photo-Booth rendered services for the New Year’s Party. Trying out some new things and setting the tone for 2017, we had a blast. All of the images can be found on our NEW WEBSITE under the Photo-Booth category. Take a look…

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{Kirstin & Hunter} | Engagement Session | Columbia, SC

Is it the end of the year already? Well, this is the last engagement session of the year, but certainly not the least! What a way to go out…Hunter is truly a character. Hands down, he was the most energetic and entertaining groom-to-be this year in an engagement session. And Kirstin is truly a sweetheart. They dressed the part and we headed to Riverfront Park in Columbia’s downtown area. Starting at the old One Room Rosenwald school house we got a few test shots and then progressed from there. Dapper in his Kappa Alpha Psi inspired colors, Hunter had no problem posing for the camera and looking sharp with his grown man suspenders. From the schoolhouse to the bridge, the famous red door, and then outfit change…Hunter had Kirstin laughing and smiling the whole time. Looking forward to this wedding in June 2017!!! Want images like these of your own session? Contact us as we love talking about pictures! Feel free to “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Instagram. Take a look…  

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Experiences, Not Things | Part I

       The last quarter of 2016 was simply AWESOME!!! Birthdays to some very important people in my life, the wrapping up and anticipation of a new year, family, food, fun and the Holidays! In a recent blog I expressed about how I’d rather spend my money on experiences rather than things. Short story…It was October 2015 when the photographer’s work who I absolutely love and aspire (Ross Oscar Knight) had a workshop. In finding that workshop online, I also saw of another workshop he was having in Croatia, Italy, and some other far away expensive and beautiful places. Well, some bad person wanted to bomb up the airport in one of the countries and that messed up that trip. I had a chance to be a second photographer with the best photographer on my team to Hawaii. Bahamas.  Somewhere… I forgot. But that didn’t work out. But then, my best friend in the whole wide world and her Belgium based company, with her global manager position title whatever asked her to conduct a training or something in Sweden.

Now, I don’t know what you and your best friend do, and how far y’alls history go, but as for mine, when after the training and work stuff got done…And she expressed interest in spending some extra days in a foreign country…Heck yeah!!! I’ll meet you and explore it with you. How much does it cost? What Dates? How much? Don’t matter, I got it. I’m there. It was only one of the most memorable experiences to date. Won’t He do it? If you let Him!

Since 2015 I had planned to go to Europe. A bombing on one opportunity, a cancellation 3 weeks before the other opportunity, and bad timing on the third opportunity would make most people spend that money on something else or go somewhere else. But God worked it out and Paris/London bound I went. So as I start a series of blog entries to share most of the trip, know that I am so blessed to have an Awesome God, family and best friend. I don’t know what you and your best friend can do, but mine and I sure enjoyed Paris and London. Vegas, Atlanta and New York are nice, but we went bigger and harder. Save up. Take a look…

2017 | Happy New Years!!!

2017!!! Where did 2016 go?!? Well, for me, all is well. Good stuff happened, not so good stuff happened. That’s what happens in life. I think it’s better to be on this side of the living than the other. So what New Year’s resolution do you have? What shall I list on this blog? None. I never really been the type to have to wait for a New Year to make a stronger commitment. I fail all year. I succeed all year. The only real fail is when you don’t try.

What I will talk about are these things:

My family is well. Good health, mind and spirit. Most are still with us, some…not. We will all end up in the same place so I try to learn, appreciate and make proud the ones paved the way for me.

Second, there are several things I’d like to commit to in 2017…Personally, professionally, spiritually, physically, mentally…all of the above. And that’s exactly what I’m going to doI’m not listing or sharing all of them, but they are there.  You have your new commitments, dedications and concepts, and I hope you progress in all of them. Let’s all have a great year regardless of what happens.

Sometime in late 2015 I expressed that while others where reflecting on what happened in 2015, that I was going to share my expectations of 2016. Specifically, where I was going. Didn’t know how I was getting there, nor the parameters around it. Well, the truth is, and my last point , is that simply my God is Awesome. He can do anything and make a way out of no way. I knew I wanted to see more than what I saw everyday in Columbia and I knew that I wanted to travel and see the world. He made it happen first in 2014 with Mexico for the wedding of Dominic McKelvey of FOKAS Photography (This dude is an awesome friend, husband and photographer. Been rockin’ since 2009!!). That was my first taste of the destination wedding experience. Fast forward to 2016 and Dominican Republic was added to the list. The takeaway I arrived at was “…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Then, I learned that for me, things are great, but I’d rather spend my money on experiences.

So with that, Happy New Year’s to you all!! I know I’m super excited about a lot of things, and whether they happen in 2017 or not, making a decision, coming up with a plan and execution will get us so much farther than complaining, waiting and procrastinating.

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Photo-Booth | The Original Team | Back Together

Shandelle Simmons!!! Dominikii Coleman!!! These two young woman have been the catalyst to Around The Block Photo – Booth for the last 2.5 years. Much of the improvements, concepts, equipment and success has been through some complicated and strange times. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I think our first adventure was in Charleston 2014 where I met my new favorite place to meet folk, leach on the internet, print and chill (Crown Royal Plaza). So as the team and everything grows, I had to ask to come together for a few pics and some fun times again at a reception. Ladies, thanks for all you’ve done. For all your patience, comments, suggestions and most of all for your time. I hope I have been and to continue to be as much help and influence as you have to me. Look at some of the Behind-The-Scenes images from that night…

Dominikii Coleman @ Dominikii Coleman Photography | Official Website

Shandelle Simmons @ b3 Photography | Official Website

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{Photo-Booth!!!} | Mia & Marshall Weaver | Florence, SC

Around The Block Photo-Booth was happy to serve Mia & Marshall Weaver at their wedding unity. The ceremony was at Trinity Methodist Church in Bennettsville, SC and the reception at the Florence Civic Center. We always have fun at events, but this one was special. We had all the space we wanted in our own lil section. Easy access to the loading area and plenty of room for guests. All of these images can be downloaded by clicking this link. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Interested in having images like these of your own? Feel free to contact us. Take a look…20160528_203148_085 20160528_204208_758 20160528_204420_903 20160528_204531_475 20160528_204658_015 20160528_204753_427 20160528_204910_458 20160528_205034_241 20160528_205158_051 20160528_205306_651 20160528_205422_525 20160528_205551_416 20160528_205659_130 20160528_205804_863 20160528_210028_572 20160528_210212_490 20160528_210408_723 20160528_210603_302 20160528_210706_577 20160528_210831_026 20160528_210935_459 20160528_211101_736 20160528_211248_585 20160528_212334_341 20160528_212447_636 20160528_212540_500 20160528_212653_354 20160528_212749_281




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{Bridal Session!!!} |Carleeta Guider | Siebel’s House

It’s always fun and exciting shooting weddings. That’s why i got into photography. But what’s hard sometimes is not sharing all the fun and good times capturing the bride-to-be until after the wedding. In March, Around The Block Photography had the honor of photographing Carleeta’s Bridal session at The Historic Siebel’s House in Columbia, SC. Her  colors were every shade of blue and the session was totally enhanced through the talented and creative efforts of Debbie Williams and Blue Key Creations. Debbie did an amazing job of styling this session. From a custom bouquet, wine bottles, picture frames, jewelry, modern blue chair, formal dinner table setting and oval mirror, Blue Key Creations transformed an already nice venue into a beautifully styled location to compliment our elegant bride to be. Thank you Carleeta for an amazing session. You braved the cold took direction well and really photographed well. Thanks also to Dominikii Coleman of DC Photography for being a second shooter. Want images like these of your own? Contact us to see how. Take a look…

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{Alpha Kappa Alpha} | 10 Year AKAversary Retreat | Tybee Island

There are some specific things I like in life, and even more specific things that I cater to. Hands down, the AKA’s of Winthrop University (MuXi Chapter) has a special place with me. I played the piano in a talent show or some sort one day at Winthrop…and won! I met a lady right afterwards who told me about her church who needed a musician. Soror Betty The Chapter Adviser) and I were introduced and I started playing organ at her church within weeks. My first paid job in my photography business was through this chapter. The 30th Anniversary of MuXi in McBryde Hall. $75. Bristal Cornelius (Adams now) wrote the check. My first wedding through my business was through a member in this chapter. But most importantly, the prettiest, most mature and simply the best quality women I’ve met were through Mu Xi (Winthrop AKA’s). You’ve heard this from me before, and it wont be the last time. I cater to AKA’s, especially MuXI. The Spring 2006 members can have anything they want. All they have to do is ask. So when asked my availability to photograph them on their 10 year AKAversary’s retreat, I couldn’t commit fast enough. Follow 29 young women around Savanna, Georgia area and take pictures of everything they do? You didn’t have to ask twice. And that’s what I did. Allergies flaring, a head cold brewing, I took some medicine and arrived 3 hours later in Tybee Island. A grande beach house, greeted with pretty faces and smiles, outfits already on and high energy, we headed to the private beach and got our day started. Couldn’t have had a better start to my Birthday than this. Take a look…

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