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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.

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…


{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…

{Wedding} | Jennifer & Lance | 701 Whaley

Another beautiful wedding as a second shooter to FOKAS Photography. One of my favorite decoration team, South Carolina Wedding Co did their thing again at one of South Carolina’s finest venues, 701 Whaley. With its exposed beams, original hardwoods, and stucco and palstered walls we love the rustic feel of this venue. Jennifer and her bridesmaids prepared for the wedding in the bridal loft, a large room with a second floor loft over looking the entire space.  The ladies were gifted with bags, drinking glasses, and embroidered robes. Jennifer received a pair of express heels, a card, and a selfie stick from Lance.  The selfie stick was a big hit and used almost immediately.

The wedding was on the second floor of 701 Whaley and the Reception was on the ground floor.  The reception was a full out party thanks to DJ-DDubb, The night ended with a grand exit with sparklers.Congratulations Jennifer & Lance!! Interested in having images like these of your own? Feel free to contact us. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebookand follow us on instagram. Take a look…

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{Hitched!!!} | Shayla & Gary Bethea | Columbia, SC

April is a good month. My Birthday on the 15th, Tax Day, warmer weather, pollen, and full of Spring weddings! On the 25th day of April, Around The Block Photography helped shoot Shayla & Gary’s wedding with J Pearson Photography. In Columbia’s First Baptist Church Downtown, we photographed the two in Holy Matrimony. I got to work with two videographers of Motion Captured Memories that I’ve worked with in the past, and an awesome day to shoot it was. The ladies looked very nice in their grey and peach colors, and the fellas dapper in their black and white. The reception was at the Capital Center Building and decorated beautifully by South Carolina Wedding Co.  This was an interesting wedding and the Photo-Booth was a blast!. Take a look…

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{Photo-Shoot!!!} | Shandelle Simmons of “b3 Photography” | Blythewood, SC

I’m blessed to have a team of photographers. One of my teammates is Shandelle Simmons of b3_Photography. Bold, Beautiful, Brave. Shandelle is an upcoming photographer and I would put her against any of your best photographer friends/referral. Her personality, assertiveness, style and marketing ideas are second to none. I’m happy to have been able to share and learn from Shandelle. I’m excited for her future and look forward to her success. On an upcoming project she’s working on, I got the chance to help shoot a photo-shoot with her modeling team. At the Windemere Country Club in Blythewood, SC, we photographed 6 awesome individuals. At the end, I ran into my photographer buddy Tiffany Douglas and her husband Larry Douglas. Tiffany is also an awesome photographer (one of few Canon scholars) who lets me work with her at least once every two years. Take a look…


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{Sneak Peek!!!} Benjamin & Kerisa Jackson | Hitched!!!

Down in Eastover, SC, I was honored to photograph Benjamin & Kerisa. A nice looking couple, nicely decorated church, beautiful reception and energetic bridal party was all in the mix for an awesome first wedding of the year. Thanks to Barthelomew of FOKAS Photography and Dominikii Coleman for being part of the team to capture the day. Full blog post coming soon. Until then, take a look…

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{Engagement!!} |Byron & Mareisha |Charlotte, NC

A fellow Winthrop University scholar, Byron Reese and fiancee Mareisha Winters had their engagement session starting in Uptown, Charlotte, NC. I saw a couple of nice looking spots when i used to rent gear from Biggs Camera. I said if i had a couple to do a shoot with in Charlotte I would try and use this area. Thank you Byron and Mareisha for and awesome engagement session. Thanks also to Dominikii Coleman for helping plan the creative elements of the session. Take a look…


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{Photo-shoot!!!} | Chelsea Salisbury

Catching up from some events and photo-shoots earlier in the year That I hadn’t posted yet, we have Chelsea Salisbury. An awesome model from a photography group hosted by Lori Jill in Columbia, we met downtown Columbia. We took about an hour and a half shooting and learning from different photographers and models. These are the ones that I liked the most. Take a look….


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{Photo-Booth!!!} – Quincy & Bristal Adams Wedding – Columbia, SC

If you don’t know it by now, Ill tell you…I cater to members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, especially Mu Xi’s chapter at Winthrop University. Anything they want, they can have from me. When i first started my photography business, Bristal Cornelius was the treasurer or something of the chapter. She hired me for my first paying gig…The 30th Anniversary of the Mu Xi Chapter of AKA at McBryde Hall. Never will forget that. 5 Years later she married an Omega Man from Winthrop University, Quincy Adams. Congratulations to Bristal and Quincy who allowed me to serve them by offering photo-booth services to their wedding.

While being a second shooter for Fokas Photography (Dominic McKelvey), the reception was at the Columbia Convention Center, and decorated by the SC Wedding Co.  Bristal’s & Quincy’s guests was an awesome group that embraced the photo-booth. Out of the 200+ images, here are some of the one’s I liked the most. Take a look…

P.S. If you want the edited version of your images, simply “like” my photography page on facebook (Around The Block Photography), send me a message with who you are and what you had on, an email address to send it to and its yours. All because it was an Mu Xi, AKA event. After 1.4.2014 I’m not sending any pictures to anyone.

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