Real Couples // After Nine Years and Three Kids, A Wedding: Dre + Shanai

Real Couples // After Nine Years and Three Kids, A Wedding: Dre + Shanai

I was sort of a loner, so for someone to really peak my interest AND make laugh was a win-win. We ended up dating and going to prom together, and the rest is history. Sort of your typical high school sweetheart love story, with a bad girl twist!

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Real Couples // A Childhood Love Story: Ashlee + Mike

Real Couples // A Childhood Love Story: Ashlee + Mike

We met at church; his mom was my Girl Scout troop leader. He was always trolling and dropping in on our Girl Scout meetings. We were like kindergarteners. I'm pretty sure he picked on me because he was so in love, lol. We became really close friends and remained that way through college.

He popped the question while we were on a surprise anniversary trip to Lake Tahoe. I had no clue! When we started dating Mike always loved to write poems for me. There was a poem that he wrote for me when we first started dating that he hadn't finished, and he named it "untitled." So after dinner we went back to the hotel, and he asked if I could record him reading a new poem. Come to find out it was the unfinished poem he had written, except this time it had an ending... he asked if I'd be his wife! He retitled it "Lucky Number 7" in honor of it being our 7th and final dating anniversary. Not only that, he proposed at the same time he'd asked me to be his girlfriend 7 years ago. I still have no clue how he pulled all that off.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Being A Boss

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Being A Boss

I wanted to use my talent and passion to highlight women who represent being a Boss and are doing great things in our community, especially those who happen to look like me. This image is about uplifting women all around us and being a support system for each other. I believe women are not recognized enough, especially women of color, for the positive impact they have on today’s society. We are doctors, lawyers, combat war veterans, teachers, and one day we WILL be the President of the United States. This was my way of shedding light on our Queens and showing my appreciation.

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