Monthly Archives: December 2013

Have YOU Written Down Your Plan for 2014? I HAVE!


“Do you have a plan for 2014?! It’s important to plan for the future you want to live in!!! Write it down so that as you go through the new year you an refer back to it!!! You have time to set your goals for 2014!!!” – Dr. Irishea Hilliard


Highlights from my personal 2014 goals list

–         Step into the door and get established in the creative career I need & want to be in

–         Move into a new place (super nice yet affordable)

–         Complete at least 1 personal photography project

–         Go on an extravagant trip

–         Go on an eclectic date with an eclectic guy who has greatness in his noggin and even more in his heart

zig–         Sing BGV on someone’s record or for someone’s showcase

–         Grow more in my Christ walk and become the woman I need to…

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Dwyane Wade/Gabrielle Union Christmas Card Photo Shoot (CUTE!)

Joc’s Photography “GOALdigger.” Project >> Now Accepting Nominations!!

Inspired this year by photographers Chris Arnade and Sabrina Thompson, I have decided that I want to embark on my own photography project entitled “GOALdigger.”.


Why not highlight the handful of people who are actually making progress towards their goals and dreams?! A ‘goal digger’ isn’t defined by their ethnicity or their look, but by their hustle factor. With the constant reports of murders, drugs busts, and poverty in the Wilson area, it’s hard at times to see who is actually doing some good! I want to highlight the individuals who have made progress towards their goals despite the hand that life has dealt them. I want to draw attention to those who understand that a small town doesn’t have the power to hold their mind captive.

If you know a ‘goal digger’ who is originally from or currently lives in the Wilson area – nominate them by January 19th, 2013.

Please submit your nomination via the following: 

Facebook : Joc’s Photography 

Direct Email:

Website/Contact Page:

Nomination Criteria: 

–         nomination must include the nominee’s: full name, phone or email, current city/state, & a tiny spill about what they do & why they’re a ‘goal digger’

–         nominee MUST have been born, raised, or is currently living in Wilson County

–         nominee MUST be available to photograph in Wilson during the months of January or February.

The deadline for nominations is January 19th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Once chosen, the nominee will be contacted by Joc’s Photography to go over times, locations, and dates. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Remember ‘goal diggers’ transcend every industry: musicians, photographers, stylists, boutique owners, chefs, politicians, beauty & hair specialists, jewelry designers, teachers, actors & actresses, writers, singers, filmographers, classic dancers, restaurant owners, fashion designers!!! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Peace & Photos,


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Mom’s memory lives on in sweet dad, daughter photos (via Today News)

When a loved one passes away, we often use photographs as a way of keeping that person’s memory alive. One Ohio family took the process a step further, creating a unique set of photos that serves as both a touchstone of the past and a reminder of how life moves forward.

In 2011, 31-year-old schoolteacher Ali Nunery passed away from a rare form of lung cancer, leaving behind her husband Ben and a 1-year-old daughter named Olivia.

This November, after two years on “a rollercoaster of emotions,” as Ben described it, he and Olivia were ready to move out of the Cincinnati home they’d shared with Ali. But before they left, Ben wanted a way to remember the happy times they’d shared in the house. So he asked his sister-in-law Melanie Pace, a professional photographer, to take photos of him and his now 3-year-old daughter in their home.

“I was just really looking for a way to say farewell to the house, and have some things that Olivia and I can have to…remember the house,” Ben told “When Ali and I got married, we closed on the house the day before our wedding, so we did wedding photos in the empty house.”

Since the home was empty again due to the Nunerys’ impending move, Pace, who shot Ben and Ali’s original wedding photos in 2009, was able to recreate the images with Ben and Olivia, including one of the father and daughter in a doorway to mimic the photo Ben had once taken with her mother.

“It immediately brought up memories of being there the first time,” he said. “They were really good memories I cherish and want to remember. In a lot of ways, it felt like Ali was there, and doing that with Olivia I felt a closeness with both of them.”

Pace, who noted in her blog post that she often feels her sister’s presence, said she felt Ali’s guidance during the photo shoot.

“It’s almost like she was nudging me along as I was shooting, telling me which places to go and what to use as props,” she told “It was a very overwhelming feeling to have her so close even if she was not physically there.”

Pace and her husband, who is also a photographer and helped out with the shoot, posted the photos to their blog,and the beautiful and poignant images soon attracted attention, as even those unfamiliar with the Nunerys and their story were moved by the photos and story.

Ben said that while he did the shoot for himself and his daughter, he is heartened that the images have had an effect on others.

“I hope that people can see it as evidence of a love that Ali and I shared that is still very deep, [and] that love carries on, and it doesn’t die,” he said. “People who don’t know us personally but may have experience with losing a loved one can see that as an example of healing and life moving on.

“It doesn’t mean that we forget our loved ones, but find ways to remember them and keep that memory going.”

(story by Kirthana Ramisetti – )

A Raleigh Love Story

This has got to be the cutest couple I’ve seen in awhile. This is not my video, but the candidness of their responses is so awesome! I love their story, I love their goals, I love their genuineness.

You’ve got to see this!

I Can See Christmas …..

With the Christmas season approaching quickly there is SO much to be thankful for! Imagine how much more thanks I experienced when I came across this video today!!

I closed my eyes and listened to the amazing talent of this group and pictures of the what I love most about Christmas came flooding in!

Give it a try. Press play then close your eyes.

Can you SEE Christmas?!

Peace & Photos,


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