There are times and people that we should never forget…and I for one, never will.

I remember the day like it was yesterday… Meeting at the beach for their photo session. She wanted photographs of her and her husband having fun, photographs of them smiling, playing in the water and chasing their dogs. She said she wanted these to show how much she loved him. She wanted these for her husband, her children and her mother. This was her gift to them…

It was brisk and beautiful at Coronado Dog Beach that day in December. We talked about having fun, getting goofy and dancing in the surf… She said dance with me, and of course he did. As they danced they laughed, and as they laughed, he picked her up in his arms, swung her around and kissed her. She loved him and he loved her. They played and played and played some more.

A few months later, I got a call in July, Vicki had passed away from cancer. Mike cried, her kids were devastated, her mother…I can’t imagine their pain. It just hurt so bad to know she was gone and to know they were all so devastated.

There was no funeral, just a family coming together in pain, gathered around the large Canvas wrap she had wanted. Of course they celebrated her life. Of course they celebrated their memories. But I think they mostly celebrated how much love they all had for that short period of time she walked among us on this earth. And they celebrated how much love they shared because they are a family.

There are times and people that should never be forgotten. Vicky and Mike, together is like that for me. To remember them together is remembering joy and love and fun and… Of course there was a down side; he drove her back and forth from cancer centers and always took care of her. But remembering their dedication and their joy, is what I choose. He was her rock and hero, she was his joy.

Life has a way of going forward whether we want to or not. That’s good! We are meant to live on this earth full-heartedly until our time is done. But this day every year I remember Mike and Vicky. I remember how she talked about her love for him. How much she adored her children and daughter in law! And how much she loved her mother and step father…. All that love, was shared. For the family, they now share that love without her presence, but love does not die. For me, I miss her… I kept all her text messages and emails and voice mails…silly-yes. That was my way of holding on to her.

So for today, I say Thank you dear Father God for Vicky’s life on this earth and that I got to share some of it with her. If you follow me at all you know I always ask: How will you remember?! I remember in photographs… and aren’t they beautiful and filled with joy and love.

You are missed Vicky, but I will never forget…

He was her hero, she was his heart.

Celebrating Super Heros | June & July Photographing the “everyday” Super Heroes around us | Who is Your Hero? |

Fathers, Siblings, imagination,  and costumes, all this is the fun of super heroes! It seems that if we look hard enough we see the “everyday” miracles around us, so for the month of June and July I want to focus on the “everyday”  super heroes around us.  We all love a good story where injustice is conquered, evil is crushed and the hero wins the day! Here is your chance for making this reality come true for your little one, Dad, Father, Husband or get in on the action and make a statement about yourself and your family. My favorite is the Incredibles, all of them have super powers and once they are in costume, they saw each other in a better light.

Do your kids need to be reminded of who you are as a family? Do they need to get a perspective on what their special gifts and super powers are? Maybe how to use them on each other? I remember the years my own kids from  5th grade to 10th grade….tough times of learning independence, consequences of bad decisions, and really learning that we love one another and overcome together.

Your kids are growing up, make a statement so they can have this wall portrait to look back on and remember how much they are loved.

As a mom, here is your chance to declare that while you love domesticity, that you are still that “wild child” inside yourself.

Need a special gift for dad? How about a portrait in costume, with him as Mr. Incredible!

Everyday life, everyday moments, saved to make a memory and a statement!

All for the months of June and July! Call today @619.208.1282 or email at: justsaycheese@ownthemoments.comSUPER HEROES

He’s such a funny guy!

Recently I had the pleasure of working with professional comedian Shawn Felipe. He came in for some photographs on one of the hottest days we had in a L O N G time! In 100 degrees he put on a suit and tie and looked as cool as a cucumber while outside; I’m sure all the ladies that saw the photographs and know he is single were thinking he was looking quite HOT!

When it came time to work inside, my dog Debo came in to say hello. You can see Debo and Shawn hit it off right away.


While I knew Shawn was very comfortable on stage, I get to see that in his new Reality show: “The Great Food Truck Race” on the Food Network. I think he is a homebody at heart. But he spends so much of his time traveling around for Comedy shows that every time we “talk” it’s via text, each time from a different airport. 

Keep a look out on the “Great Food Truck Race”, look for Aloha Plate-there you will see Shawn having a good time and being his adorable self.ImageImageImageImageImage