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Happy 11th Blogging Anniversary!

Happy 11th Year Blogging Anniversary to me!!!

I never would’ve imagined back when I first started this site that over a decade later I’d still be going strong. I’m thankful I have this blog site as another outlet to share my thoughts and creativity.

Huge thanks to WordPress.com for creating a space where myself, as well as others, have an opportunity to express ourselves regularly.

And I would like to personally thank all of the people who have supported my blog through the years. Any and everyone who has read, liked, commented, followed, or interacted with me through this blog, thank you! I truly hope that this blog has helped you make some kind of connection to my work, whether here, on my social media accounts, or on my website.

Thank you to my family for the constant love and support! I don’t know how I would’ve made it this far without you? I love you!!!

Botanical Desert

I love photographing nature! The desert is a totally interesting place, with a unique and beautiful array of plants, flowers, and wildlife. I try to get out to experience as much of the desert landscape as I possibly can. Of course the summer and fall months can be a huge challenge because of the intense weather conditions. But once the winter months roll in the desert becomes a vast, exciting, photographic feast. There is also plenty of danger around every corner that you must be cautious of as well. I was once told by a local when I moved out here that, “everything in the desert is out to kill you!” I’m definitely careful whenever I venture out into the unknown.

Below are a few of my favorite photos from my most recent outing. As soon as it cools off outside I plan on taking many more trips to discover all of the new and fascinating hidden gems this expansive environment has to offer. Enjoy!

Happy Father’s Day 2022

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads everywhere!

Being a father has been the greatest joy of my life! My children fill me with happiness, laughter, and love. They aren’t only my kids, but my best friends. I love them with every fiber of my being. They always make sure to make my day special.

Kids, I love and appreciate you!

Here they are back when they were tiny, being silly just to make us laugh πŸ™‚

Happy 23rd Birthday Ameera!!!

Happy Birthday to my first born child. My little Angel. I love you!!!

P.S. I miss you being this tiny because, you were such a little funny character. I pray that someday you’ll get to experience the same joy that I feel as your father with a child of your own. And I hope they’re as funny as you were! πŸ˜‰

Happy 21st Birthday Son!

The little Prince is now a full grown adult. I officially have no babies anymore. Excuse me while I go cry in the corner! This milestone is both joyous and emotional. Anyone with grown kids knows exactly what I’m feeling right now.

I love you Prince! Now let’s go celebrate!!! But first, let me embarrass you a little bit πŸ˜‰

Good Old Fashion Fun!

I love teaching modern kids about the many different ways us old-schoolers would entertain ourselves “back in the day” before the digital takeover. From board games, to marbles, jump rope, hula hoops, jacks, to flying kites, there were plenty of interesting options that didn’t require electricity. And believe it or not, we even had some awesome electronic games too! But, one of the most simple, yet enjoyable ways to have fun was blowing bubbles.

Nowadays there are plenty of fancy and elaborate bubble making devices that would wow even most adults. So I bought Sunni a cute little dolphin bubble gun that sprays hundreds of bubbles within seconds, all while emitting a cool multicolored LED light. She instantly fell in love with it and not a single day would pass where she wouldn’t ask to go outside to use it. I started thinking, I wonder if she would feel the same sense of enjoyment from using the old dip stick style bubble maker? Knowing that this 3 year old probably wouldn’t be thrilled initially to make bubbles manually, I figured maybe this could be a fun and more rewarding challenge?

Of course I needed to take the time to teach her the proper technique. Needless to say, the much slower paced process did not sit well with the anxious youngster. But what she didn’t realize was, I was also trying to teach her the art of patience. Being so accustomed to the instant gratification of toys that do all the work for her, it was very frustrating for her to learn how to slow down and be gentle. I told her, “you have to work for it” “you make the bubbles, not a machine”. “Take your time, and don’t give up”.

After a bunch of angry attempts and quitting a few times, she eventually figured it out. Just as I had hoped, learning to create bubbles on her own made her even more excited than the bubble gun! And after a few days of practice she was discovering all the little nuances of making bubbles. Multiple little bubbles, to giant singular bubbles. She was totally getting the hang of it.

Throughout this entire process I couldn’t help but think of one of my kid’s favorite old SpongeBob episodes, where he teaches Squidward how to make bubbles. If you know, you know… But, I had fun teaching Sunni something new, and I enjoyed watching her have fun the same way I did as a kid. What goes around can come back around if we continue to pass things on to the children. Now Sunni is a bubble making pro! πŸ˜‰

Royal Foreshadowing

I’m happy to announce that this photo of my Goddaughter Sunni was selected by VSCO for their latest journal entry celebrating Black History Month. Their recent article is an open discussion amongst a selection of creators. We ask serious questions regarding issues Black people face in life, as well as within the art community. I’m thankful to share this platform with other talented artists who, not only share their photos, but also their concerns on the various issues we face everyday.

Huge shoutout to Joel Flory, Greg Lutze, John Slye, and the entire VSCO company for creating a community based on artistic expression and not reliant on a system of likes. I’ve personally been a member of the VSCO community for years, and it’s the only platform to consistently showcase my work. I know there are many artists who got their start on VSCO, who are also thankful for the opportunities that the company has provided their careers. Unfortunately, there are also those who once loved the app, made a name for themselves through the company, then decided once they became popular it was no longer “cool” enough for them. I guess that’s how fame works for some people?

To each his or her own…but as for me, I still love to use the app regularly. It remains a part of my workflow, especially for my mobile photos. It’s a totally different experience to be a part of a real community of artists where the focus is on the work, not the following. I’m also extremely grateful for VSCO‘s philosophy of celebrating the artists with various initiatives to help us be seen as well as heard. I hope to continue collaborating with the company and I wish them continued success and growth moving forward.

Thank you guys!!!

To check out the latest journal entry for yourself, please visit the official VSCO Instagram and Twitter pages. Or click the link to their website below.

https://vsco.co/vsco/journal/shaping-history

Sad Face?

My Goddaughter Sunni is a real character. She’s constantly making a variety of faces that, when viewed in pictures would lead you to believe she’s truly upset. Quite the opposite is true!

Take this set of photos for instance. She asked to be placed in the tree, but once she was in the tree she decided she wanted me to join her. When I explained that I couldn’t sit in the tree with her she immediately made these faces. The second after I removed the camera from my eye she started to smile and laugh like nothing happened at all. I wasn’t quick enough to catch the smiles, but trust me, she does things like this all day long. Her expressions go from happy, to sad, to anger, all within a matter of seconds. She ended up having great time at the park after all.

I have been thinking that I’d like to get her involved in some type of drama classes because, she’s already great at acting! Just look at that face!

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