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Good day, peace, and photos to ALL!

It’s literally been forever since  a Joc’s Photography post was made, but what better way to rev back up than with a raffle contest?!

Everyone loves winning stuff right?!

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A little over 4 years ago, Joc’s Photography had the pleasure of photographing the birth of little London Artis of Goldsboro, NC. She was so precious and full of personality. Now that London is headed to kindergarten, she is old enough to participate in her VERY FIRST pageant!


To show our love for one of our first (littlest) clients, Joc’s Photography will host an ONLINE raffle to support her in her first fundraiser!!!


  1. Visit  and donate
  2. For every $1 you donate, you will receive 1 entry into the raffle. You MUST leave your name by your donation so you can be identified if you win.

      ie/ so if you donate $10, you will be entered 10 times which will increase your chances of            winning!

      3. You’ll have until Saturday 4/9 at 11:59pm EST to donate

      4. The winner will be announced and notified on Saturday 4/16

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Happy raffling folks! Make sure you share this post with EVERYONE you know! Let’s help this little missy out!

Peace & Photos, Joc



It has literally been forever since I’ve last posted!

I’m happy to say that despite life taking over the past several months, I have finally made time to restructure my vision for Joc’s Photography.


As of this week, has a new look!

Take a few seconds and check out!

Peace & Photos,


‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .’

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room’s only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color
and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band -he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with
descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body
of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window.The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left
him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’


There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .’

Waiting Until Marriage (God AND Celibacy) Is So Worth It (according to Javon)


Do you all remember the college friend I posted about last week? You know, the one who (along with his fiance at the time) posted ‘facts about his relationship’ as he counted down the days until he was a married man?! Well, as of this past weekend he’s married now (Shug Avery voice)!

I’m always pumped about weddings because I love when people find the love that is meant for them; however this one is special. As a photographer, you know I was super excited to see a few previews he allowed us to see since we weren’t actually in town to attend the wedding. What made it even more fantastic……Javon (also a photographer) made a video of he and his wife-to-be just giving some insight into their relationship and their feelings towards each other and getting married! Enough typing….check them out!

Definitely inspiring! And so super cute!!

– Joc

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The (in)justice of self-defense laws ( John McNeil)

What does justice look like…..?


The (in)justice of self-defense laws ( John McNeil)

This man is from my hometown and is one of my insurance customers. His story is important and must not go un told. Be enlightened. – Joc

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Cancer-Stricken Dad Walks 11-Year-Old Down The ‘Aisle’ Because He Won’t Be There For The Real Thing

Cancer-Stricken Dad Walks 11-Year-Old Down The ‘Aisle’ Because He Won’t Be There For The Real Thing

Josie Metz’s father won’t be there to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. But thanks to California photographer Lindsey Villatoro, the 11-year-old was able to experience what it might be like anyway.

Her father, Jim, 62, had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he and his wife, Grace, hired Villatoro — a mother, photographer and founder of Love Song Photography based in Menifee, Calif. Two years ago, Villatoro began offering photography sessions for terminal clients or clients with serious illnesses to document their journeys and was referred to the Metz family.

“I try to really showcase the person for who they are and not the illness,” she told The Huffington Post during a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon.

Villatoro went to Jim and Grace’s home for a shoot and offered to do one with their young daughter, Josie. After she left, she posted about the family on her website to get gift donations for the girl to help make her last birthday with her father a memorable one. But she decided to take the surprise one step further and dreamed up the idea of a wedding for the girl — complete with flowers, desserts, a promise ring and a dress from L.A. Fashion Week — so that her father could walk her down the aisle.




“I met Josie [the day of the wedding],” Villatoro said. “She was a little bit overwhelmed when her mom picked her up from school and told her. She just needed a moment. Later, she said, ‘This is the best day of my life.’ She was very glad and excited to have these moments.”

The wedding came together and Villatoro captured it on camera and created a video titled “Walk me down the Aisle Daddy.”

The full meaning of the special day was felt by all. The story of the wedding went viral and was covered by local network KTLA as well as the Daily Mail.

“They want to get his story out, to let people know Jim and to feel a part of his family,” Villatoro told HuffPost. “There is going to come a day very soon when he’s not here. So for everyone to see those moments inside their family and connect with them is a really big thing for them. They feel very blessed … The goal when I do these things is to preserve that person. Most people focus on the death and not the beauty of that person, who they were and the memories that they leave.”


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Watch a video from the surprise below.

Walk me down the Aisle Daddy from Lindsey Natzic Villatoro on Vimeo.

GOALdigger – Wilson Daily Times Update

I was highly upset to see this morning that due to a mix-up at the Wilson Daily Times, my article was NOT published in today’s newspaper. But it’s one of those things – that just means WE have to do our part and get the word out by mouth so that this positivity can be highlighted and others can be inspired. I won’t let this discourage me. I am STILL proud of the fact that God has allowed me to accomplish one of my goals just two months into the year!  He still gets the glory – newspaper article or not!

DON’T go out and purchase a paper today if you are doing so looking for my article. I repeat it is NOT in today’s issue.

GOALdigger Will Be Featured In The Wilson Daily Times!

As many of you know, I have been working since December on a photo project entitled, “GOALdigger”. The project will highlight an array of Wilson natives who are working tirelessly towards their dreams in a positive, uplifting way! Many Wilsonians have great ideas, but feel stifled by the small town they live in and never follow through with their dreams. These GOALdiggers are overcoming obstacles each and every day to get one step closer to where they want to be in life!

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I had an AMAZING interview with the Wilson Daily Times this week and was able to confirm that my project will be featured in Monday’s paper (2/10/14)  to coincide with the premiere on the Joc’s Photography website! 

Make sure you SHARE this with every one you know and make sure you get a copy of Monday’s paper! 

If you have any questions on how to get a paper or are having problems accessing the Joc’s Photography website please email me at

Peace & Photos,


GOALdigger Preview Session – Roderick King (Producer)


While growing up in Wilson, NC; producer/musician Roderick King was made to believe that stepping out of the “small town box” wasn’t something he should risk doing. “Growing up in a small town [there] was [always] the fear of change and being different [floating around; but when you branch out and do something that] involves creativity, [you can’t always] do the same thing [somebody else is doing.] What’s wrong with being different?!”

Taking that desire to be “different”, Roderick surrounded himself with like minded youngsters who pushed him to be greater. “My influences growing up actually were the musicians that I hung around in high school: Demetrius McCray, Brandon Farmer, Gregory Cox, Ricky ‘Tank’ Daughtridge, and Jamareo Artis. They always [pushed] me to go beyond [what I thought I could do] and [encouraged me] to gain a better understanding of [my musical skills.]” After graduating high school, the budding producer…

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