Honor. Sacrifice. Pride. Character.

What does it mean to have served our country?  An important topic that some of us have lack education and appreciation for.  Well I’m here to tell you that it’s never okay to forget.  It’s never okay to not acknowledge those who paid a price for our freedom.

A price paid doesn’t always mean combat.  While those who bear the costs of battle carry a heavier burden, the rest of them can still rightly say they’ve served our country.

In 1776, we issued the Declaration of Independence. In 1783, Great Britain formally acknowledged the United States’ freedom. For more than 200 years, the brave men and women of our country have put their lives on the line in the name of this…..

The land of the free and home of the brave.

As I reflect on what being a veteran means to me, I am filled with a sense of gratitude and pride. I am grateful for the men and women that came before me, those that came after, and those that are still serving today. This gratitude extends not only to fellow veterans, but also to the friends and family who sacrificed, endured, and patiently waited while their loved one served.  While I am not able to say that I am one of so many that answered our country’s call and put on the uniform of the greatest nation on earth, I’m proud of my family members who did.

I come from a family that has served our country proudly, and being a Veteran for them was the “standard,” not a choice. I was taught pride in my country and for our Nation’s flag. Being a Veteran is an investment into personal character. It helps to develop who we are and what we want to strive for. Being a Veteran teaches the value of service. In my opinion, there is no better title than that of a Veteran.

Being a veteran is the true embodiment of sacrifice. It is a sacrifice of time with your family, missed birthdays with your children, spending holidays in remote and austere locations, possibly being shunned in the very communities you live, and suffering the mental and physical pains that come with that sacrifice, but still being willing to do it all over again. – Jesse Sanders, PGI VP of Operations

It is an honor to give gratitude to those who serve. Veterans serve in honor of our country, those who served with us and before us, those who didn’t come home, and those haunted by the memories of battle. The word “veteran” is the past tense of having served your country. The title comes only after a proactive commitment to enduring courage.

Veterans aka Heros….. We salute you.

Below are some veterans that were honored by San Diego Real Producers Magazine for the month of November.  It was a pure joy to not only be a part of something to honor these great men and women but to get to know them and spend time with them will forever be a part of us.

Thank you Jessie Wright for who you are as a human and friend.  We are humbled and grateful to be a part of your business and all you do for the San Diego Realtor community.

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She got skillz son

Everyone has talents and gifts.  Some are athletically talented.  Some can belt out the high notes while singing the National Anthem.  And some are creative.  That is where Megan from Pearl and Pen comes in.  She is simply creative.  With her meek personality, she surprises you from listening to old soul and R&B to her quirky little sense of humor.  It’s then you know there is gold in her.  Not just her creative edge but something else.  Something else that makes you warm up to her, wanting to get more of a peak of her personality, and what makes her so creative and her overall presence.  This is Megan…….


Catching moments of her personality became easy once we spent some time with her.  And then that is when you see it!  The smile.  The sweet side and then….. the fun attitude!


You can see Megan’s work on Instagram but I highly recommend you reach out to her.  Because whatever you see is not a clear picture of all her amazingness!  From designs to weddings.  In fact you will want to visit her website to see all that she does and more because we couldn’t do it justice.  She truly is talented and gifted!!


Do you need a prenup?


More and more couples today, not just celebrities, don’t plan on combing their assets and even finances when they get married.  Odd?  Tell me about it.  So what exactly is a prenup (prenuptial agreement) and who needs one…..

Any couple who will bring personal or business assets to the marriage may consider a prenup. The most basic of these contracts lists an inventory of premarital assets that in the event of a divorce will remain the property of their original owner.

So anyone with assets that may get a divorce.  Hmmmm….. no one plans on getting a divorce and it’s such an ugly thought.  So here are some pros and cons for you to decide what is best for you.

For Mike and I, we are in it for the long haul.  When we became one, it meant our finances, income, debt and our assets became one.  We will grow old together and even though life brings us curves, hills and valleys, as well as triumphs, there are no other options or back up plans.  We will grow old together, through sickness and health, for richer or poorer.  We declare a healthy, prosperous life together!


  • Property protection: Prenuptial agreements help define which items of property each partner will be entitled to in the event of divorce or separation.
  • Avoid costs in the future: If most of the legal issues are covered by a prenuptial agreement, the couple may be able to avoid costly litigation in the future.
  • Special provisions: Besides property matters, the partners are free to include special provisions for matters that may be unique to their situation.
  • Debts: Pre-marital agreements can also determine how liability for debts will be distributed between the partners. The agreement can also help protect each party from issues with creditors.


  • May be unnecessary: State laws sometimes cover many of the issues that are addressed in a prenuptial agreement. Also, most states don’t allow certain issues to be resolved through a prenup, such as child support matters- these are resolved through court mechanisms.
  • May be too early: At the engagement stage of a relationship, it may be too early to need a prenuptial agreement. This is especially the case for younger couples, who have not yet acquired a significant amount of property or assets.
  • Issues with “trust”:  Many feel that even bringing up the idea of a prenuptial agreement indicates a lack of trust. While prenuptial agreements cannot encourage divorce, some feel that the use of a prenuptial agreement leaves the couple open to the possibility of separation or divorce.
  • Faith: If you are getting taking your vows before God and believe that marriage is forever, then there is no need for a back up plan and all finances and assets will most likely be combined regardless.

In speaking with Jessica Pederson from JWB Family Law, it is suggested that you discuss this with your future spouse way ahead of your BEST. DAY. EVER!  If you are not sure, schedule a free consultation either with Jessica or your preferred family attorney.

Lauren and Tim engaged!

Fun. Dynamic.  Easy going.  These are words we use to describe Lauren and Tim.  Meeting Lauren only on the phone and then Tim on the day of the engagement session, you would have thought we have all known each for years.  Besides the fact that Mike has been a Cowboy’s fan for many years and Tim having a Cowboy’s tattoo, becoming friends just seemed flawless.

It was a beautiful day in San Diego and Lauren and Tim were just loving life.  This amazing couple has known each other for sometime, friends first, getting engaged just seemed natural.  With them both working together in the restaurant industry, they spent a lot of time together and fell in love.  Even though their future has been but a glimpse in their eyes, they act like an old married couple!

It has truly been our pleasure to photograph their engagement session and we can’t wait for their BEST. DAY. EVER!!  But for now, help us to encourage Lauren and Tim to enjoy this season of planning their future.


Education Trust West – Sacramento

Ever meet someone and just click?  Yea us too.  That is what happened when Anthony first contacted us in the summer of 2017.  They were having their annual Education Equity Forum in San Diego and they needed a photographer.  We thought an event like this is comparable to a wedding so we can do it.  And we did!  Getting to know more about the organization, the amazing people and their mission.

Fast forward to this summer of 2018….. Jelena, another amazing colleague at Ed Trust West, contacted us and asked us to be a part of their 2nd annual equity forum in Sacramento!  Yup!  You heard me right.  Sacramento.  I know that may not sound like a glorious place to travel to, however you can’t tell me that when an organization wants you to travel for services, you wouldn’t be excited 🙂 Besides we got to drive by the capital and it was pretty cool.

A little bit about The Education Trust West.  Why?  Because after photographing two of their annual events, I realized there is more to know about what happens in our schools and the education system is important to ALL of us, not just those with children in school.

They are comprised of civil rights, education, public policy, business, and community leaders who have a demonstrated commitment to educational equity. Council members act as ambassadors, advocates, and allies to help expand and deepen the influence of the organization by providing access to new alliances and critical funding sources that help ETW drive forward with a bold education reform agenda that illuminates the magnitude of the achievement gap in education, challenges the status quo on behalf of children, and empowers our diverse California communities.

You can learn more about them here.

What a great time, awesome people and lots of fun!