**September 7th, 2016**
My Mom died this morning. Please, leave her a flower if you have a chance. She was my daisy. My heart is broken.
Please note the above photograph. This is why I do not add "unmarked" to my memorials. I have, on a few dozen occasions thus far, come across stones for allegedly unmarked graves. Please do not ask. Thank you.
PLEASE DO NOT CHALK, SHAVING CREAM, POWDER, CORNSTARCH, FLOUR, OR OTHERWISE APPLY A FOREIGN SUBSTANCE TO A STONE TO IMPROVE READABILITY. THESE METHODS DAMAGE STONES!
MIRRORS, REFLECTORS, EXTERNAL FLASHES BLUE-TOOTHED TO YOUR CAMERA, AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF NATURAL LIGHT CONDITIONS ARE ALL ACCEPTABLE, HARMLESS METHODS TO IMPROVE READABILITY. IF USING D/2 OR ORVUS, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROPER PERMISSION TO DO SO!
Don't ask me to remove a period from after a middle initial unless you can show me documentation that the initial did not stand for a middle name.
One last thing: Don't tell me to remove a perfectly good photo because your 10 year-old photo, which cuts the stone off at 2/3 down, is already in place. If you like your pic better, then you can, as the memorial manager, rearrange so yours is up top. The site allows for multiple photos from multiple photographers, and, unless there's something unseemly or incorrect about the shot, it is inappropriate for you to demand removal of another photographer's work. You're not the "owner," other folks get to contribute, too. Also, if the stone doesn't match the memorial, there are rules in place for that.
Hate that the above makes me seem like a meanie. I'm actually really easy to work with, and I love getting edits.
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