The image competition is sponsored by Getty Images for Team SCA at the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race. Team SCA is the first all female racing team since 2004. Using the concept "ordinary women doing an extraordinary thing".
It was important for me to select women in my life who inspire me with their courage, creativity, knowledge, and determination.
Karate Girl Power - I selected my daughter Jordan and her karate teammates Tanya, Mina, and Lynell. Jordan, Tanya, and Lynell earned a spot on USA National Karate Team to compete in Team Kata for The Pan American Karate Championships and The World Karate Championships. Sadly Jordan injured her ACL in training which required surgery and a six month recovery. Mina was able to step so the other girls would not miss out. Tanya, Mina, and Lynell earned a Bronze metal in Peru and will be competing in Bremen, Germany November 2014 for The World Karate Championships. Competing at this level of Karate takes an enormous amount of hard work and determination. Despite her injury Jordan remained positive and focused on her recovery. She will be supporting her teammates in spirit in November.
Paving the Way - Following in the footsteps of her father, Sgt. Cindy Sweasy chose a career in law enforcement. The challenges of working in this male dominated profession did not discourage her. She defined her own path and paved the way for other female police officers. She became the first female police Sergeant at the Westminster Police Department in 2009. She is an inspiration, role model, and mentor to the men and women of the Westminster Police Department.
Doctors House Museum -Inspired by sister’s creativity & generosity. She works full time as a costumer in the film industry & in her spare time volunteers as a docent for The Glendale Historical Society.
Photographs from the December 2nd, 2013 Tomodachi Cup are now available for download or print for purchase. Prints are available in sizes ranging from mini wallets to 16x24 along with T-shirts, calendars, iphone cases, mousepads and other gifts. Digital downloads priced from $2.99 for online use and $4.99 for full size print use.
Proceeds will be donated to the JMAC Booster Club http://www.facebook.com/JMACBC
This was my fifth year attending The Day of The Dead celebration at the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery in West Hollywood. The event is hard to explain to anyone who has never attended. The event consists of traditional altars, art exhibits, food, music, face painting and costumes. One thing is for sure "it is the largest party in a cemetery you will ever experience".
A few tips for those who have never been before. Parking is always a challenge so the sooner you get there the better. Bring a flashlight, toilet paper and hand sanitizer, the only restrooms are porta potties. The entrance on Santa Monica Blvd. is usually pretty crowded, instead use the entrance on Gower St. After you've seen the art and altars in the daylight make sure you go back during the evening. Many have a completely different look and vibe.
This was my first year attending the charity Halloween Party for Children Today. A non-profit organization for homeless children in the city of Long Beach, California. The event was held at Nadine's Irish Mist in Sunset Beach. It is organized by Chimene Armstrong who's talented husband Robby and his band played for guests. Partygoers were seen dressed as Willie Wonka, an Oompa Loompa, zombies, witches, and even a mammogram machine. The party was a hit and I will definitely be back next year.
My favorite holiday is Dia De Los Muertos also known as The Day of The Dead. It is said to be the night that the veil between the living and the dead is lifted. Mexican cultures create symbolic altars decorated with sugar skulls, photographs, marigold flowers, and food to entice their loved ones back for a visit. They paint their faces as skulls using colorful and dramatic make-up.
I planned The Day of The Dead photo shoot for about a year. I was lucky enough to have a friend who is learning hair and make up, a sister who is a costumer, and several friends that didn't mind modeling for me. It was a lot of work and a ton of fun. Hope you enjoy the photos.