tia+walter: the ceremony

The forecast was rain, however, we all held our breath, hoping  the weather person was wrong. Twenty minutes before the ceremony was to begin, the sky opened up and released a week’s full of rain. Ms. Jesse, being the professional coordinator that she is, didn’t miss a beat. Plan B was in full effect! The staff at The Emerald Grande,  as well as the rest of us made the necessary adjustments, and God made His entrance…a magical blessing ensued. This was one of the loveliest occasions that I have ever attended! Congratulations  Walter and Tia! You two are definitely special. I knew it  from the first day we met and it was reinforced during the engagement session..thank you for allowing me to be a part of this day and the entire process..Special thanks to the entire staff at The Emerald Grande #EGWeddings
Here are a few previews of a glorious day

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I EMBODY™ a jewelry line founded by ludgina dieujuste

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  • Where are you from?

I was born in Jamaica, Queens New York. My family is from Haiti. We still have a lot of family in Haiti.

  • Are you married? Do you have Children?

Yes, I’m married to a wonderful man and we have two fabulous children. My angels are 5 and 22 months.

  • What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy traveling to new places near and far. Learning about and experiencing different cultures, people and food. Spending time doing fun and different activities with my family; while enjoying each and every single day to the

  • What inspired you to start your business?

I woke up one night from a vision that I had. The words “I Embody” came to mind and I got up and just started sketching pendants using words that would help celebrate women of all ages all over the world. Being able to celebrate women inspired me as well as the idea of one day being able to help people all over the world. God has placed everything that I’ve needed in my path…he gave me the vision and has never let me go during this whole process.

  • What were/are some challenges in your business?

Finding the right manufacturers is not easy from afar. Not being able to be close to manufacturers while working on designs and relaying all information through e-mails and phone calls can be quite challenging.

  •  Who is a person that you look up to or inspires you?

Not really a particular person but selfless individuals who follow their dreams, are successful and give to those who are less fortunate. It can be difficult to follow your dreams and goals; it definitely takes a special type of person. Individuals who make it happen and have a great story to tell inspire me.

  • . What is the next step for you business wise?

Continuing to design pendants that celebrate women and eventually young girls. As well as unique styles of Athletic wear (sport bras) from “I Embody” to continue to celebrate women while they train their bodies to do great things.

  •  .Any advice for entrepreneurs?

Keep working hard!

Checkout Ludgina’s jewelry line, www.i-embody.com

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rob hills: husband+father+entreprenuer+author

Rob Hills is one of those immensely talent people. He is a computer expert, web master, and entrepreneur. He is a loving husband, father and he also finds time to mentor young men. He’s a dedicated member of his local church, where he is  the media director. Rob is  the owner of HBCC, Hills Bros Computer Consultants.  And to top all of that he is often the muscle for his wife and mother’s event planning business. All of this as he is currently writing a self-help / awareness book. (As you can see, he is an expert time-manager…whew!) For an upcoming project, we decided to capture the many facets of his life. Here is a peek of our session. 2013-12-28_0001.jpg
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scott+mandy+callie too

Lovely session with a lovely family. Scott, Mandy and Callie were a lot of fun to hang out with. This session took place on their property,on which they will soon build their dream home!
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tracey brown “art of the business” | mentoring workshop | atlanta

Finally! It happened! I got to meet and be mentored by my favorite wedding photographer! She’s a rock star in my eyes! No, it’s not who you may be thinking of.  It’s Tracey Brown, owner of Tracey Brown Photography. I had one of 8 seats offered by Tracey’s mentoring workshop twice a year. I got to meet 7 other like minded, awesome photographers with the same vision. It was like we had known each other for years. Tracey’s approach to business and photography was so easy to comprehend. Her principles went down smooth for me like a chilled glass of the finest merlot.  As an added bonus, I also got to meet and work with Atlanta’s hottest makeup artist Toni Acey of Atlanta’s Housewives, and Black Girls Rock fame. Thank you Tracey , Toni, Rhonda (featured model)  and all my new photog friends!
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a day at chautauqua

We took trip up to the Chautauqua winery in Defuniak Springs, FL for a day trip and wine tasting. It’s a small, quaint place off of interstate 10. they specialize in muscadine wine. The staff is friendly and the shop has many souvenirs. If you ever find yourself traveling on I-10 westbound, stop in and say hello.
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felix + carmen + kameron

When Felix and Carmen contacted me  about photographing their maternity session, I was honored. To capture something so special as their first pregnancy was truly a privilege. Good thing we didn’t’ wait too long. Kameron was born the next morning after the last photo was taken. Thanks for letting me be a part of this magical time.
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