My daughter and I are avid cemetery photographers. I live in So Cal in the Inland Empire and also visit the LA area regularly. She is currently posted in Germany.
Hollywood Forever is one of our favorite places. Especially on Dia de Los Muertos. Day of the Dead is special there. If you are nearby you really must go and experience it. You will not regret it. Visit www.ladayofthedead.com and see what goes on. It is a great celebration of those that have gone before us and if you only do this holiday once, do it at Hollywood Forever. You will not be sorry. If you go there for a shoot, be sure to check out the Asian area tucked around the corner by the chapel. Great memorials and there are usually some peacocks, that live there, pokin around. Great photo ops.
As a photographer, I do my own retouching and am very adept. If you have a photo on this site that needs work, contact me and I'll let you know if I can improve your images. Free of charge! Sometimes the only pictures we have of someone are the ones that get put on a memorial. It is important to have them look as good as they possibly can.
It can be as simple as adjusting the lighting, balancing the color, eliminating something that shouldn't be there (like that thing in the background that is now sticking out of their head!). Maybe it is just re-cropping and straightening the image. I can do amazing things with photos so just drop me a note here or via email and I'll take a look at what you have.
Update November '09 My daughter made it through boot camp and her MOS 68W (combat medic) and received the order to report to Baumholder Germany. For the time being she is in Germany and I can relax a little bit. I also know her time will come to ship out. Everyone gets their turn in the sandbox.
If there is a God.... then Randy Gillespie was a gift from God. I hope you will visit his memorial. With that, please place a tribute to Randy Gillespie. A modern day hero. Hard to come by these days but there he is ... ... ...
The rest of what I know came from reading the notes of the coroner's inquest at the Allegheny County archives. I should have photocopied everything, but I only had one day and I wanted to get information on all the abortion deaths I'd tracked down.
RE: Vivian Campbell I have a copy of Vivian's death certificate, and read the coroner's inquest documents, and found that her actual date of death was July 7. I submitted the edit but I figured you would want to know the source of the different date.
The death certificate also lists her birth date as December 1, 1922, born in Duquesene.
Actually, the other memorial is a duplicate of the one I created and submitted for approval. If Find A Grave doesn't want to obey their own rules then why should I? I don't know how much more honest I can be but that member copied my bio and their memorial gets approved while my original bio is denied? Please forgive me but there's something very wrong there.
Hi Zen! Maybe so. One can upload memorials, and Find A Grave people who definitely decides what is going to be famous. It was ever thus. What not to do is upload a memorial, if it exists as "famous". Greetings!