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University of South Carolina Family Fun

Family and SEC college are big deals in the south. This family photo shoot is nothing short of adorable and southern. The Atlanta based Bess Family took it back to their college roots at the University of South Carolina to have  beautiful family photo shoot. This beautiful family  of 3 with one on the way this month is everything we envision in a southern family. Take a moment to enjoy to precious family moments and a southern mom’s story of motherhood.

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Names of Family Members and Title 

Dylan Bess (Dad)

Shaniqua (Nikki) Bess (Mom)

Zoe Bess (Daughter /Big Sister)

Baby Bess (Daughter ) – due October 2015

Where the mom from?

Charleston, SC

Where is your current location?

Atlanta, GA

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

Everything!!  So many things that it is hard to pick just one.  I will say the awe in knowing that God created beautiful people in me for His purpose, the unconditional love and witnessing my babies develop and grow are all priceless!!  

What do you love about raising your children in the South?  

Southern hospitality – being treated and treating others like family

Beautiful weather

What are some of their favorite southern dishes to eat? Which do they only eat if you make?

Shrimp & Grits/Salmon & Grits

BBQ

Baked Mac and Cheese

All types of Seafood

Why did you choose this location to do the family photo shoot?

We chose the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC because it was where we first met and attended college.

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What are your favorite lessons to teach your children?

Respect and Manners -saying “please”, “yes/no ma’am”, “yes/no sir”, “thank you” and “excuse me”

To be honest

To be friendly and willing to help others in need

What is your favorite southern activity to do with them?

Swimming at the pool and the beach

Going to the park & enjoying food trucks

Watching College Football

Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to take them?

Chick-fil-A

Mary Mac’s Tea Room (Southern)

Six feet Under (Seafood)

Ruby Tuesday

What are some of your favorite books you read to them?

Dr. Seuss books particularly Green Eggs and Ham

Little Golden book collections

The story of Jonah;

Who styled the children for this shoot?

Mom

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What southern values do you hope they inherit as they grow up?  

To love God and put Him above everything

Respect for Elders

Being Friendly/Having Manners  

What advice did you get from your mother on parenting?

Be an example and show love in front of your children

Enjoy the quality time with your children and don’t take them for granted.  The time goes by so fast.

Pick your battles – focus on the things that really matter

UniWhere did you get some of the clothing items?

Mom

Dress – Sew Trendy Accessories  www.sewtrendyaccessories.com

Jewelry – Stella & Dot www.stelladot.com/nikkibess

Dad

Shirt – Nick Graham www.nickgraham.com

Men Jeans – Belk

Shoes – Men’s Wearhouse

Zoe – Daughter

Dress – TJ Maxx

Shoes – Target

 FULL GALLERY

Images via Denise Benson Photography

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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  1. October 1, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Love it! Such a wonderful family 🙂 Thank you for the feature!

  2. Misha
    October 2, 2015 / 3:54 am

    Beautiful!

  3. Michaela
    October 12, 2015 / 3:02 am

    Beautiful pics cousin! Love ya”ll

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