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.
Names of Family Members and Title
Dylan Bess (Dad)
Shaniqua (Nikki) Bess (Mom)
Zoe Bess (Daughter #1/Big Sister)
Baby Bess (Daughter #2) – due October 2015
Where the mom from?
Where is your current location?
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
What are some of their favorite southern dishes to eat? Which do they only eat if you make?
Shrimp & Grits/Salmon & Grits
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.
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?
Mary Mac’s Tea Room (Southern)
Six feet Under (Seafood)
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?
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?
Dress – Sew Trendy Accessories www.sewtrendyaccessories.com
Jewelry – Stella & Dot www.stelladot.com/nikkibess
Shirt – Nick Graham www.nickgraham.com
Men Jeans – Belk
Shoes – Men’s Wearhouse
Zoe – Daughter
Dress – TJ Maxx
Shoes – Target
Images via Denise Benson Photography