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Today you turned 17 years old. Wow! Where has the time gone? It seems as though just yesterday I was changing your diapers. As I look at you today, I get kinda emotional because I am soooo extremely proud of the young man that you’ve become. You have always been such a good kid growing up. I watch you open doors for every female you see (even if they take a long time getting to the door lol 😆), how you are there for me the entire time when I’m not feeling well, how excited you get over funny or not so funny youtube videos😂, how you swear that you have the best dance moves ever in life, and how your maturing and thinking differently. Oh and have I told you how much I love to hear you sing/ rap your favorite songs? You have excellent taste in music, you have never been in any kind of trouble in school or out of school, you make friends easily and everyone loves you once they meet you. I look forward to watching you continue to grow and mature into the man you have chosen to become in this life. I love you and I really appreciate your spirit. Its so genuine and real. Im glad to be your mom.
Love ❤ always,
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I was asked to be the photographer at a young ladies 40th birthday party this month. It was an old school disco themed party. When I was asked, I jumped at the opportunity to experience adding the title event photographer to my portfolio. I was actually nervous and super excited at the same time. I was determined to get perfect shots. I am a very professional person so I made sure that I arrived 30 mins early to the event, I took pictures non stop, i made sure to turn my phone on silent, I didn’t eat or drink anything at the party and to think of it, I never took a bathroom break. The birthday girl gave me a time line that she wanted me to follow and gave me a list of pictures that she wanted me to take. I made sure to preset my smart watch to vibrate every time i needed to move on to the next thing on my list. My favorite pictures on that list were the candid shots. You know, the ones where they’re not paying much attention to you. I loved catching them in their natural element laughing, talking, slapping high 5’s, dancing or even taken selfies. I actually gained alot of knowledge that night and by stepping outside of my comfort zone, I taught myself a very valuable lesson….. Always Follow your butterflies.
Here are a few pics from the party
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So, today I did my first maternity photoshoot. I was excited yet nervous at the same time. The model name is Keyonna. Shes 19 years old and will be having her first child in September. Keyonna is naturally beautiful so she didn’t need much makeup. I love ❤ this lipstick on her by coloured raine. It has a blue base to it which works perfectly with keyonna’s skintone. I did a shot on the train track. Wait a minute……… did I just say that I did a shot on the train tracks? Doesn’t that sound dangerous lolol. Ok ok let me rephrase that whole sentence. I photographed her on the train tracks. There!!! Sounds better.
This picture was taken at a park where there were alot of huge flat rocks and trees. Its actually named “flat rock park”. I wanted her to be able to look back years from now and see the beautiful miracle she had growing inside of her.
this picture is probably one of my favorites. Why? Well im so glad you asked. Its because she looks so fly maaan, So polished, so confident, so melanin popping ish. And yes, I just made that word up. Thats all I got for yall. I don’t know what else you want me to say. Shes beautiful.
This last look is of keyonna mysteriously wearing a wedding veil. Why did I choose to have her wear a veil? Ok. Ok. I’ll tell you. I just looove when yall ask questions. I simply chose a veil to throw you off. Its an attention getter. You immediately look at it and wonder about it. Yet you can still see how it brings out her beauty. I love to throw in stuff that doesn’t make sense yet creates a beautiful picture.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my photography.
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Love ❤, Tonya Deshawn
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Have you ever heard of bentonite clay before?
Well, you may be very surprised to hear that individuals in various cultures refer to it as a “healing clay” that detox the body and hair.
In fact, many people enjoy bentonite clay benefits by using it externally on the skin. You can feel the tightening effect on your face and body but im going to talk to you about detoxing your hair using a bentonite clay mask using just 3 ingredients (bentonite powder, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil)
First, let me tell you a little about it. What is bentonite clay? It’s actually composed of ash made from volcanos. The largest known source of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming, where numerous volcanos are present.
Incredibly powerful, possessing a negative charge (anionic). This makes it an ideal clay for cleansing and detoxifying, as it has the ability to remove positively charged (cationic) conditioners and products that can build up on the hair and scalp. It is also said to have the ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and impurities. It helps cleanse and lift impurities from the hair, aiding in conditioning, shine, softness, and definition.
Apple cider Vingear
Serves as an antimicrobial agent (warding off infection), and helps ease the itching and flakiness associated with scalp conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. ACV is also able to improve the shininess of hair and increase moisture retention by causing cuticles to lay flat via pH balancing the hair. Through this same mechanism, it is also believe that Apple Cider Vinegar can correct hair porosity issues.
Oil with a high saturated fat content, rich in vitamins and nutrients beneficial to the hair. Due to its low molecular weight, coconut is one of the few oils proven to actually penetrate the hair shaft. It protects and coats the hair, and prevents protein loss.
DIY clay mask has forever changed my natural life. Because It hydrates, moisturizes, de-frizzes, softens, shine and reshape your curl pattern. I needed a detox because I was experiencing dryness and my curls needed some attention.
What You’ll Need:
a plastic or glass bowl (never use anything metal)
a plastic, wooden, or rubber stirring utensil
1/2 cup (or 4oz) of bentonite clay
2 tablespoon of coconut oil but I use more
6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (unfiltered)
Add the clay first, then the oils, in your mixing bowl. You can begin stirring if you like, or leave it all until the very end (I prefer to stir after everything is all in). Next, add your 6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Allow it to foam for 10-15 seconds before adding in the coconut oil. The reaction between the clay and apple cider vinegar is essential to avoiding a lumpy mix.
Stir everything together until you have a smooth mixture that is roughly the consistency of yogurt.
It should look like this after all the ingredients are mixed together
Apply the mask to clean, damp or wet hair from root to end with your fingers. I advise the use of plastic gloves because it will get pretty messy.
To ensure even coverage, work in small sections. If your hair begins to dry while applying the mask, keep a spray bottle nearby to spritz and keep the hair damp, but not dripping wet. After you’ve completely coated your hair with the mask, cover it with a plastic cap for 20-30 minutes, sometimes longer. You can use a hooded dryer or steamer for extra penetration, or just let the heat from your head do all the work.
When you’re ready to rinse, I highly recommend hopping in the shower. It will be incredibly difficult to get the clay out under the power of a sink faucet alone.
follow up with a conditioner of choice. I personally like giovanni deep conditioner. Rake it through your hair from ends to root, and let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinse.
Your end result will be hydrated, ultra-moisturized, soft, frizz-free, uber-defined hair.
Try it and let me know how amazing your hair look and feels.
Thank me later.
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Do you know how to accessorize your natural hair?
No? Good! ( Lets just pretend I heard you say no.)
So, Last weekend, I decided to do a small photoshoot of myself to show naturalistas different ways to dress up their natural hair.
In the picture below, I decided to wear a simple pink Beanie hat with lipstick to match. I chose to leave a huge section of my natural hair out in the front. I also love huge hoop earrings for some reason. . This look is casual yet sexy.
Or Hey !!!! Who says you have to wear anything at all???!!! Step out of the house with your “wet and go” style accessorized with confidence and a bold color lipstick.
No matter which way you choose to rock your natural hair, make sure your owning it.