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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.

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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