11 FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions) About Me
So..what name do you prefer to go by?
Most people know me by middle name "Mark" at church, work and in general. I am Nigerian, so my family members call me by my first name, Belema (pronounced Beh-leh-ma). My full name is "Tamunobelema" which means "God's love". As far as preference, I don't have one. If you call me Belema, just pronounce it right haha.
Where are you from? And where do you live?
I was born and raised in Georgia and then moved to Alabama for dental school. After that I moved back to Georgia, and now live in central Georgia with my wife.
You're a dentist?! Where did you go to dental school?
I went to the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and graduated in June 2019. After that, I went straight to work as General dentist in a pediatric dental office.
When did you get married?
I got married to my childhood best friend on November 23rd, 2019. She is also a blogger, so you can check out her content here.
How did you meet your wife? What does she do?
Moyo and I met in church when I was 10 years old. She will tell you that I wanted to be more than friends when we first met, but I dont believe that's true haha. We then ended up going to the same middle school and then college (University of Georgia, Go dawgs!). She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by profession. We are both extremely passionate about providing excellent healthcare to the little humans (kids).
How and when did your interest in photography start?
I purchased my first camera (a canon rebel t3i) in college. My roommate and good friend Tobi had been taking pictures and it was something I really saw myself getting into. I bought a camera for my 21st birthday and the rest is history. I started taking pictures of people (and for people) that same year for senior pictures/ graduation. I learned so much sooo quickly (about customer service, professionalism, and photography). I carried on these skills through dental school where I expanded my skill set and client base (to maternity, engagement and wedding photography). I've been in love with photography ever since.
What kind of photography do you do now? And are you accepting clients?
Yes, I am accepting clients! I do photography on the weekends (Friday-Sunday) so if you would like to inquire about a shoot click here. I mainly find myself doing engagement shoots and graduation shoots, but I'm open to do more. Just hit me up!
What kind of camera do you shoot with?
Body: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 85 sigma ART, 35 sigma ART, and canon 70-200mm (zoom)
Vlog camera: EOS M50
What do you plan on doing with your website?
So this website was birthed out of necessity haha. It initially started as a blog, but I wanted to be able to showcase my photography and work I was doing for my clients. I then got the idea to start a youtube channel. I want to continue blogging about dentistry because I eventually want to go back to school and specialize in pediatric dentistry. I figured having a general website would be less limiting and more central for all the things I want to do. I also want to inspire people to start a hobby. Find something outside of the norm that you've always wanted to do and start it! I have had a lot of fun acquiring skills - I love to learn, so the process is always enjoyable for me.
What are your hobbies?
I actually love this question whenever I get it! If I'm not at work treating kids, I'm either at home playing guitar, singing, practicing Spanish, catching up with friends or planning a photo shoot. On Sundays you'll probably catch me leading worship at my church. If you asked me which hobby I loved most, I wouldn't be able to tell you haha. I also love traveling - but COVID-19 shut that down QUICKLY this year.
What do you love most about dentistry?
I love the art about it. I love being able to provide a service by implementing the years of science and handwork I learned in dental school to help people who otherwise would not be able to help themselves. I moreso love the demographic of patients I get to work with - I love working with kids, and also underserved populations. Less than 3% of dentist are African American, thus knowing that I am helping to bridge the "gap" of oral health disparities brings me immense satisfaction on a daily basis. I love my career.