Portrait of Liam


Liam was a sixteen-year-old from Fillmore, California, USA who attended charter school which he described was “like being in a library.” At school, he created his own curriculum and mostly liked art. He was studying art history and also created various types of art, such as drawing painting.

Liam dabbled in electronic gadgetry and was hoping that one day he could build robots.

Liam wanted to be an architect. He said that “would be fun.” Liam had a 3D pen and liked to do 3D modeling on his computer.

Liam liked running and bicycle riding. He especially liked riding on the streets and down a long road by his house which had “hills going up and down.” He was hoping he could do touring/competitive bicycle riding at some point, but he needed to save enough money to purchase a nice touring bike required for participation in such events.

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Portrait of Page


Page was Junior Miss Lancaster. She participated in softball and track at her school. For track, she did the shot-put and 4 X 100 relay events. In softball, she played all positions ,but she played catcher the year previous to this publication and she really enjoyed it; she thought that’s her favorite position. She believed that she hit very well too. She was also a black belt in Taekwondo.

Page was Junior Miss Lancaster, a pageant, where if a girl won, “you got to participate in various Community events like parades and grand openings.” She said that there were several levels in this pageant: Miss, Teen, Junior, Minnie, and Tiny.

Page was wearing a cherry dress because earlier that day there was the Leona Valley Cherry Parade & Festival and all the women who participated in the Antelope Valley beauty contest, who were at the Leona Valley event, were wearing that dress .

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Portrait of Aiden


Fifteen year old Aiden fought in Belegarth Medieval Combat Society for over a year. His interest in fighting started in the yard, with his friends, when he was seven years old. “Me my sister and my friends all started when we were seven years old and we were fighting.”

I was impressed with the extremely disciplined group who listened to their leader within fractions of a second of getting a command. It evoked admiration to witness teenagers both diffuse their energy by fighting and accomplish it in a very structured manner.

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Portrait of LaShaSha


LaShaSha was originally from San Diego, California, USA but at the time of this interview, lived in Rosamond, California.

LaShaSha crocheted mostly swimwear but also crocheted other types of clothing and hats. She had been crocheting since she was fourteen years old.

You can see and purchase her work at RockthatLaShaSha.

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Portrait of Captain Payne


Captain Payne tagged along with his @PiratesForHire father wearing a goblet that belonged to his dead wife (see below). His wife’s hand was on the Goblet and the ring was still there too. He kept her hand and ring around the goblet because he missed her.

The sword Captain Payne carried around was a British Calvary sword made during the British Indian Wars; it was “pretty sharp” and had seen real battles before coming into the hands of this Pirates For Hire actor-pirate.

The jacket Captain Payne wore was a Spanish Captain’s jacket which didn’t fit very well, but he was going to have a tailor fix it for him “so that it would actually fit better.”

Captain Payne’s vest had blood red roses on it to symbolize the ship that is father sailed The Bloody Rose; the flagship for their Fleet.

Goblet with Captain Payne’s wife’s hand and wedding ring

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Portrait of Zarina


Zarina liked being a pirate fairy because she liked fairies and pirates. She, also liked mermaids and Wonder Woman. In fact, she was demonstrating  Wonder Woman hands in this picture.

Zarina also took ballet class and when I asked her to pose in third position, she immediately did, as you can see in the picture. It was nice to have a little girl who was so attentive, cooperative and performance oriented.

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Portrait of Vinny


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Vinny was born in in the city of San Dimas, California, USA but considered himself a Los Angeles, California native. Vinny was both Mexican and Italian, his mother being Mexican and his father Italian with Sicilian roots.

Vinny’s celebrity trainer/competitive-name was “Vinny Fam aka the Mexitalion stallion.” He trained and taught at King’s MMA which he stated was, “one of the best MMA gyms on the whole planet.”

Vinny’s main martial arts form was Muay Thai kickboxing style he studied under Master Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA in West Hollywood, his home for the five years prior to this posting. Prior to settling down at King’s MMA, he noted that he “traveled around and studied in many places” throughout his training and professional years.

Vinny’s credentials were all in martial arts. His initial form to study was Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. Then he practiced Brazilian jiu jitsu, “a form of grappling and wrestling, locks and submissions.”

I had a great time making pictures of Vinny. I also loved the studio (gym) of which the front wall was an approximate 10 meter window facing Santa Monica Blvd. (Yes, the same one as in the song All I Wanna Do.)

It was a cloudy day, so there was great natural light pouring in through the window. Best of all, Vinny gave me a King’s MMA t-shirt (identical to the one he wore in the portrait.) It was the first and only gift I received during this project and it meant a lot to me.




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Portrait of John-3


John was a music teacher for the Southern Kern Unified School District. He played the trumpet and had studied at Southern California College in Costa Mesa, California, USA. At the time of this posting, it was called Vanguard University. While he was at Southern California College, he played in a 25-piece touring Orchestra that “included some Ministry.” The band played some jazz but mostly gospel music because the school was a Christian School.

John worked at Tropico Middle School and taught the marching band there for over 20 years. He also led the marching band at Rosamond High School.

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Portrait of Mark


Mark was originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA but lived in Palmdale, California at the time of this interview. He was a manufacturing engineer who work for Northrop Grumman.

Mark was at Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph C. Lopez 2017, 5K run. He rearked, “it was an honor to be picked by the Lopez family to carry the flag today.”

Mark was carrying the flag that had the names of all the Marines that died and were from Rosamond, (see below) including Cpl. Lopez.

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Portrait of Kimberly


Kimberly was from Tucson, Arizona, USA. She participated in CrossFit and had a seven year old child. She was in California because her friend was related to Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph C. Lopez, and she came to Rosamond to participate in the run. Kimberly worked for an optometrist as a technician.

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