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Where did I go…?

I apologize…I didn’t let anyone in the cyber world ,other than Facebook personal friends, know that I was about to make a huge move. My family and I moved to the Netherlands. In Dutch it’s Nederland. More specifically Rotterdam. This past month and a half I have been cramming for a Dutch language and history test. I am in the middle of getting a visa. I am really excited about the move. There is so much to photograph. Where I live reminds me if all of my favorite places in the US. CHECK IT OUT!

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Carol & Warren

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This was a lovely day strolling down memory lane also known as Agnes Scott College. As we began the stroll I was told a story or two. Then there were parts of the story that I couldn’t hear apparently. Those were all whispered into her (Carol’s) ear. What ever that part of the story was was funny and I’m guessing a little mischievous too. You have to watch out for the quite ones! There’s a moment in front of the chapel (not shown here) that I decided to just ask. ” Are saying all the things you use to say to get with her?” he nodded yeah with a hand gesture that looked like a slight dance move and also a “Yeah!” for like a double confirmation. I took that to be his great pride in his love lyrics.  Why not be confident about them…he won the prize. (I know she’s not just a prize. She’s a lawyer too!) She looked at him shaking her head no ,but Warren and I both saw that she loved it. It was a big part of what got her to be by his side. I think Warren feel like it was the sheer smoothness of the delivery and message. I think it was simply the effort. Like I said I couldn’t hear with my ears ,but I read a lot with my eyes. It was too fun. They gave me more than a thousand words to record. I love love! All my family and friends that passed by and looked over my shoulder while I edited these photos immediately did a full on high pitched “Aw!”.  Adorable.  Next year around this time they will be married. So, congratulations!!!

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Togo
If you are my friend on Facebook you are probably tired of the pictures from Ghana. We visited that lovely country this Christmas to visit my husbands parents who work and reside there. I was so happy that my mother also was able to come. Any who as I was saying no one has officially said they are sick of the Ghana pictures we just posted so many that I figured someone some where was over it. Well these pictures I never did post AND AND and they are of Togo. This Ghana trip was not only a big deal because I mean well it’s Ghana ,but also because one of it’s neighboring countries is Togo. My husband was raised in Togo when he was a child before leaving to go to Europe where he lived until about year before we met in Atlanta. Togo is where he did elementary and middle school. Most importantly it’s where he learned to speak French. Important to me more than anyone else because it just adds to his sexy if you ask me. When I first met him all he spoke of was Africa again (to me) sexy. Ever so slightly embarrassing was that he knew (and still knows) more about it than I do. I say slightly because he actually lived in Africa. I had not. I hadn’t ever even been to the main land. I’m not the average African American in that my ancestors were brought over to the states. That is true of my dad ,but not of my mom. She is from the Cape Verde Islands. So I’ve been there ,but it’s different than the rest of Africa in a lot of ways. So going to Ghana….super big deal. First time on the actual continent that we affectionately refer to as the “motherland” and is technically my mothers land. (side not she was born in Angola…long story…) Speaking of my mother she was slightly ticked off that she didn’t actually get to go to Togo because there was a misunderstanding about what visa to get. What is so crazy is that if she had Cape Verdian citizenship still she would’ve been able to cross the boarder without incident ,but since technically (yes another technicality) she was never really Cape Verdian because when she was born it was still under the Kingdom of Portugal (now referred to as just Portugal) she’s Portuguese. Although, I guess now she’s a naturalized American so there’s that. I bet if she would’ve given that whole spiel someone would’ve let her through out of confusion.  She didn’t miss much and after this trip we met up with her and my older son Ramses in Ada. Now that was fun.

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Maternity Shoot

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I just knew I was going to have fun with this shoot. We connected on Pinterest so that we could share ideas through pins. I just loved her avatar. It was very punk rock. She doesn’t quite look so punk rock any more ,but still gorgeous.  I am so super happy with her current look too. She was very easy going. Which is awesome. We had to go for a ride to grab some alphabet blocks. I thought it was great of her to say “yeah lets go.”.  Most people would rather not be in close quarters with people they don’t know. You know the whole awkward silence thing. We did just fine. I am quite the talker I am told so it was always likely there would be no opportunity for awkwardness. Well not do to silence. That is also the trick…. Not to overwhelm someone with blah blah blah to the point they again feel awkward. I usually try to ask questions about the person. People are so super interesting to me. You never know what a persons life experiences are going to be. You should truly not judge a book by it’s cover. It’s probably ok to assume some little points ,but be prepared to let even those go. Her story was interesting. She and I shared some things in common. The first was that our children were both mixed. I wasn’t super surprised that she was having a multi cultured baby. She seemed open minded. Our similarities in experience and also like mindedness  made our shoot fly by. I would’ve kept her for a lot longer ,but you have to let ma ma put her legs up.

Without further ado….

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Here are my couple from a while back. Maybe my new year resolution should have been to make sure I blog a touch more. Enough about me. This couple was really ready for this shoot. there were wardrobe changes and the whole nine. It was super fun. It was my second time using this park as a backdrop and it did not disappoint. I use to walk this trail every morning I get new ideas each time I think. It has so many nooks and crannies. I had spoken to Nnamdi (the groom) and he was always very sweet. I look forward to meeting him. He was how I imagined so romantic with his soon to be bride. I loved that. It’s inspiring. It was hard to get them to look at the camera. They were in there own little world population “two”. That kind of love isn’t so hard to capture. There isn’t much instruction needed. Some people might be super in love ,but uncomfortable in front of a camera. People some time be a little to aware of themselves. This was not the case with these two. Stella took the lead. She was so comfortable and had so many moves that all Nnamdi had to do was move with her. He didn’t seem to mind that at all. In my experience most guys would rather be doing anything else rather than taking pictures….if Nnamdi felt that way I couldn’t tell. Stella belongs on a stage for sure. She was so comfortable and creative. Yes yes awesome shoot. It’s just too bad that I was unable to book the wedding do to the fact that I was already booked for another wedding on that day. I wanted to squeeze them in ,but that wouldn’t have been fair to do to anyone involved. I hope that it went well and Congratulations to you both!