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THE FOCUS EDITOR’S NOTE

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SNAP GIRL CONTEST WINNER

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READER SUBMITTED HORROR STORIES

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CONCEPT COOL: HAUNTED HOLIDAYS

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STAFF Eric Courtney eric@snapmatter.com Editor Todd “Menace” Brown menace@snapmatter.com Head of Operations

THE RIBBON AROUND HER NECK

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DEATH AT 2800 RPM: KERI HUGHES

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THE THANKFUL DEAD

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Tabata Belaunzaran, Jerry Matsumoto, Lai Man Cheung, Telitha Johnson Contributing Editors

SNAP GIRL: ASHLEY BROOKE

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DAY OF THE DEAD: TABI BELAUNZARAN

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DIAMOND OF THE DEAD: MISTRESS DERLIE

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Eric Courtney eric@snapmatter.com Art Director

THE FAST & NETWORKED: J. MATSUMOTO

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FALLOUT CHRISTMAS

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A BELLA YEAR

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VIVA LA RESOLUTIONS

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TUNK WALKER: ARTIST CHRIS BERGE

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PARTING SHOT

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Cris Berge, Tabata Belaunzaran, Derlie Ramos Contributing Artists

SPECIAL APPRECIATION Tabata Belaunzaran Sean Alian Edwin Rivas Erica Cramer Mariesa Cramer Anyssa Perez Polly “Pollykins” Brown Brandy Johnson Mom and Dad Courtney

ON THE COVER Model, Ashley Brooke, rocks a sultry pose in Sacramento, CA. Ashley is the third issue’s Official Snap Girl. You’ll see more of our Snap Girl in the middle of this issue! A very special thank you to Tabi Belaunzaran for Ashley’s makeup as well as hair stylist Sean Alian for rocking her locks! Photographer: Eric Courtney

If you are interested in seeing your work in Snap Matter Magazine, go sign up for a free account at SnapMatter.com. Then follow the Submissions link in the navigation bar to find the guidelines on how to submit your images. We look forward to seeing you, and wish you the best of luck.

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Congratulations t o w i n n e r, Kate Br yant, an d a s p e c i a l thanks to all the c o n t e s t a n t s and our judges ( b e l o w ) : ANDREW BUXT O N Photographer ANTHONY NES T E Photographer ASHLEY BROOK E Model/Snap Gir l

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t’s a month later than we anticipated, but the long awaited third issue is here. After an August filled with swimsuits and a September loaded with hiccups, we’re happy that we have caught up with ourselves. As many of you know, we held a contest to determine the first Snap Girl of 2012. There were a few twists and turns during the contest, but we were able to clear things up quickly and bring you a beauty selected by a panel of 15 judges who are respected in their field of interest. Northern California model, Kate Bryant was elected the winner followed by runner ups, Meredith Haleigh of Texas and Stacey Scott of New York. Go to SnapMatter.com to see how the judges voted, and be sure to click their links to see their respective work. The January issue, featuring Kate as our fourth Snap Girl is not one you will want to miss!

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n this Issue: It’s not quite how we initially envisioned the look of this issue, but we are happy with the results all the same. Being that a good portion of autumn and winter holidays would fall within the final quarter of the

year, we decided to make this a Holiday Issue. But not just your ordinary feel good, average Norman Rockwell version of the holidays; something darker.

COUR TNEY RIG G S Model/Snap Gir l DAN ROERICK Photographer DEANNA CAMP E R Fashion Designe r

Our Concept Cool column explains how we transformed the theme of the issue into a haunted holidays look and feel. We were thankful to find some awesome talent for the issue, including this issue’s Snap Girl, Ashley Brooke.

JESSICA HANS O N Socialite/Marke t i n g

Ashley is amazing, and we are sure you will instantly fall in love with her. It wasn’t a difficult decision choosing her. She is a natural born charmer with striking good looks. The perfect Snap Girl, if you will.

LAURA DARK Photographer/A r t i s t

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oming Issues: We have big plans for 2012. We were considering the option of going six primary issues a year instead of quarterly. Instead we are going to continue to publish quarterly, but we are going to publish an occasional special edition with a specific focus. We will also throw out a surprise contest or two during the year. See you in January when we publish our Fashion Issue.

JOSE MAR TINE Z Photographer/E d i t o r KELLY JONES Fashion Designe r

NAOMI MAY Model/Snap Gir l ROSE M Model SUZANNE SAGM E I S T E R Photographer TAMMY RINALD I Model TOM GRANT Photographer Log on to SnapM a t t e r. c o m to see how the j u d g e s v o ted!


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D OWN IN A HOLE H ay lo Grave S o i t was just another usual d ay for me on a photo shoot. T h i s par ticular photo shoot c o n c ept was a male nymph, k i n d of on the nude side, and I w a s the makeup ar tist. T h i s par ticular shoot required t h at I be close to the genital a r e a to airbr ush and add ver y s m a l l appliques. Before I go a n y fur ther I have 7/16 gauged o u t holes in my ears and the m a l e model had a horseshoe p i e rc ing in his private par t. We l l I was adding the appliques w i t h tweezers, really close to t h i s area and the photographer c a l l s me about papers. As I t u r n ed my head rather quickly m y e ar got stuck to the mode l ’s penis. I was stuck. 6

T he photographer started laugh i n g , a n d t h e m o d e l s t a r ted lau g h i n g a s I a m s t r u g g l i n g to ge t u n s t u c k . T h ey l a u g h e d so ha r d t h e m o d e l a c t u a l l y star te d p e e i n g , y e s h e p e e p e e d in my e a r a n d d ow n m y f a c e. I was f r e a k i n g o u t b e c a u s e I a m gettin g p e e d o n . F i n a l l y t h e photo g r a p h e r h e l p e d m e b r e a k free. Since t h e n , a l l a ro u n d t h e mode l i n g n e t w o r k , at m e e t s, mode l s h av e b e e n h u g g i n g m e, joking a n d s ay i n g t h i n g s l i k e I didn’t k n ow y o u l i k e d g o l d e n show e rs e t c. I t w a s a d i s a s t e r. Yes th i s i s a l l t r u e, m y m o d e l s never l e t m e l i v e i t d ow n . 15 MI N U T E S O F L A M E Anon y m o u s I had a s h o o t w i t h a p a i d m o del for a m ag a z i n e s u b m i s s i o n . I had w o r k e d w i t h h e r, a n d p a i d

h e r, o n c e b e fo r e a n d t h at s h o o t w e n t g r e at . T h e s h o o t w a s s c h e d u l e d fo r a S at u r d ay at 1 0 a m at t h e F r i e n d s h i p G a r de n s. S h e s e n t m e a t ex t at 8 0 ’ c l o c k o n F r id ay m o r n i n g a s k i n g i f I c o u l d p i c k h e r u p ( s h e d i d n ’t h av e a c a r a n d d i d n ’t h av e t h e t i m e t o take the bus). I called her back b e c a u s e s h e w a s a d ay e a r l y a n d s h e ex p l a i n e d s h e c o u l d n ’t d o S at u r d ay ( fo rg o t t h e ex a c t r e a s o n ) . I ag r e e d a n d t o l d h e r t h at I w o u l d m e e t h e r at 1 0 a m . S h e i s a l s o a M UA a n d t h i s s h o o t h a d v e r y c r a z y m a k e u p. When I arrived, she was only w e a r i n g fo u n d at i o n . I t o l d h e r t h at n o m at t e r w h at w e h a d t o b e d o n e by 1 p m b e c a u s e I h a d t o p i c k m y k i d s up f ro m s c h o o l . We g e t t o t h e l o c at i o n a n d s h e is still trying to get her makeup


d o n e. I wait patiently for her, g o i n g through wardrobe etc. C o m e 1pm she f inally f inishes. S h e t h en asked if we could s h o o t after I picked up my k i d s. I agreed. We drove to my h o u s e. We took about 15 shots i n f ro n t of my garage with 1 of t h e o u t f its we had planned. I p i c k e d up my kids from school t h e n w e drove back to the lo c at i o n . She tells me on the way t h e r e t hat her train comes in at 5 : 3 0 pm. I double checked o n m y phone for her just to c o n f i r m the arrival time. Her t r a i n a ctually arrived at 4pm. T h at g ave us an hour, includ i n g d r i ve time. S h e t h en asked me if I could t a k e h er back to the train sta t i o n a n d then told me that she d i d n ’t have any money for the train. She was counting on t h e m oney she was going to ma k e f rom the shoot to pay for h e r t i c ket. I paid her for one h o u r o f her time to cover the t r a i n t icket even though we o n l y s h ot for 15 minutes. S h e e mailed me that night sayi n g t h at she felt so bad, and wa n t e d to wor k something o u t w i th her rate because we d i d n ’t get any of t he shots for t h e s u bmission. Her idea of wo r k i n g something out of her r at e w as to deduct what I paid h e r f ro m a future shoot. I e m a i l ed her a couple of the e d i t e d images from the 15 mi n u t e session we shot, and I me n t i o ned that one of the im ag e s w ould look fabulous on a t - s h i r t (it reminde d me of the o l d p u nk bands sh ir ts). About 2 m o n t hs later she asked if she c o u l d s ell that image on shir ts, a n d s h e would give me a perc e n t o f the sales. I declined a n d t o l d her that if I chose to

prof it o f f t h at i m ag e a n d d e cided to s e l l p r i n t s, t - s h i r t s, o r whateve r, i t w o u l d b e m y d e c i sion to d o s o. S h e t h e n a s k e d if she w o u l d g e t a p e rc e n t . I respond e d t h at s h e w a s p a i d more th a n 1 5 m i n o f h e r t i m e that she a c t u a l l y m o d e l e d fo r, but if s h e w a n t e d t o h i r e m e to shoo t fo r a c o m m i s s i o n t o merchan d i s e p ro d u c t s, I m i g h t wor k ou t a d e a l w i t h h e r. CANNI B A L CO R P S E Derlie R a m o s I am pr e t t y s u r e m o s t o f y o u would g o a b ov e a n d b ey o n d t o get what i t t a k e s fo r a n aw esome se t o f p i c t u r e s, e s p e c i a l ly if it’s fo r a m ag a z i n e. We l l , let’s jus t s ay t h at I s w o r e I s aw my life f l a s h t h ro u g h m y ey e s during t h i s e d i t o r i a l s h o o t . T he co n c e p t o f t h i s p ro j e c t was gor e a n d c a n n i b a l i s m . I was the t o r t u r e d d e a d v i c t i m , and the r e s t o f t h e m o d e l s I was wit h w e r e a b o u t t o h av e me for d i n n e r.   We arri v e d at a l o c at i o n t h at took pl a c e i n a n a b a n d o n e d house. T h e ow n e r o f t h e p l a c e unscrew e d t h e w o o d e n b o a r d s that blo c k e d t h e e n t r y, a n d i n side let o u t a h u g e s t e n c h o f mold an d f i l t h . I t w a s o bv i ous, it h a d b e e n h o m e t o m a n y homeles s p e o p l e. Yo u c a n o n l y imagine a l l t h e r a n d o m t h i n g s we foun d i n t h e r e, w h i c h i n cluded a h u g e f l at a n d l o n g wooden b o a r d ; a p e r f e c t s i ze to be th e t a b l e t o p fo r a d i n n e r table pro p w e n e e d e d . We used t h r e e s t u r d y p o s t s t o place un d e r n e at h t h e w o o d e n board a l o n g w i t h f a b r i c f ro m the cur t a i n s t o c ov e r t h e t o p and com p l e t e t h e t a b l e s o t h at I could l ay o n i t a s t h e c e n t e rpiece fo r a c a n n i b a l f e a s t .   I then cli m b e d o n t o p o f t h e

t a b l e, a n d i t f e l t a l i t t l e f l i m s y, b u t i t w a s d o a b l e. During the shoot, there was a p o s e w h e r e I w a s l ay i n g o n m y b a c k , at o p t h e t a b l e, a n d a no t h e r m o d e l w a s o n t o p, s t r a dd l i n g m e. S h e h a d a r e a l m ac h e t e r e s t i n g a c ro s s m y n e c k , s o t h at i t l o o k e d li k e s h e w a s g o i n g t o s l i t m y t h ro at . I k e p t t h i n k i n g t o m y s e l f r e p e at e d l y, “ I t ’s fo r t h e m ag a z i n e.” B u t I a l s o h o p e d a n d p r ay e d t h at t h e t a b l e w o u l d n o t c o l l a p s e, o r I w o u l d b e h e a d l e s s.   A l l t h e s u d d e n , B A M ! We a l l s c r e a m e d . M y ey es g r e w w i d e at t h e s i g h t o f t h e m a c h e t e i n c h e s aw ay f ro m m y n e c k ! T h e t a b l e d i d n o t c o l l a p s e, h ow eve r, i t j u s t l o s t a l i t t l e b a l a n c e a n d s h i f t e d h a r d u n d e r n e at h t h e b o t h o f u s. I a m t h a n k f u l m y s k i v v i e s m a nag e d t o s t ay d r y d u r i n g t h e m i s h a p - - a n d k e e pi n g m y h e a d o f c o u rs e. I F YO U WA NT B L OOD, YO U G OT I T ! Ja c l y n Ta r a I got this amazing idea to do a Blood, Guts and Gore” phot o s h o o t . F i rs t o f f, I d o n ’t d o blood or guts and especially g o r e. I s p e c i a l i ze i n g l a m o u r a n d b i k i n i w o r k . Yo u k n ow, g i r l n ex t d o o r t y p e s t u f f.  s o r i g h t o f f t h e b at . . . I k n e w t h i s w a s g o i n g t o b e i n t e r e st i n g ! I t w a s t h e b eg i n n i n g o f Ja n u ary 2011 and I had two weeks t o s q u e e ze i n a n y t h i n g a n d ev e r y t h i n g b e fo r e I m ov e d t o L o s A n g e l e s. S o I b r a i n s t o r m e d s o m e i d e a s w i t h a p h o t o g r ap h e r a n d s e t a d at e. ( C o n t i nu e d n e x t p ag e. . .)

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We s et the time for an eve n i n g , only didn’t think about t h e weather. Of course it was s t o r ming all week prior to our s h o o t so it was nice and chilly. I d rove two hours to photog r a p h er Jessie Alford’s house w h e r e we planned to shoot in h i s b asement and crawl space. We were wor king with the b e s t resources we could at the t i m e. Last minute shoots are a l w ays interesting. I g o t dressed and f inished m a k e -up and hai r, then off we w e n t to the basement. Jess i e b egan cutting my pants and s h i r t , then star ted r ubbing art i f i c i al blood on me. It actual l y g ave me an awesome feeling o f b e ing lost and scared with n o w ay out. N ow for the week prior to t h e shoot, and the day of, I w a s tr ying to f i gure out how I w a s going to do this. How t o a c t scared and vengeful at t h e s ame time. T his was all u n k n own territo r y for me, so I w a s ner vous to see how I w o u l d perfor m.

We se t u p t h e l i g h t i n g a s b e s t as we c o u l d , l o o k e d at e a c h other a n d s a i d , “ l e t s d o t h i s ! ” I then b eg a n c r aw l i n g m y w ay under a n d ov e r h u g e p i p e s, dir t, b u g s, d e s p i t e t r y i n g t o remai n a s c a l m a n d fo c u s e d a s i could . I t w a s a l s o v e r y c o l d due to t h e f r e e z i n g w e at h e r ! “Light s, c a m e r a , a c t i o n ! ” I choke d . I w a s h av i n g a p ro blem ac t i n g s c a r e d a n d f r i g h tened. A f t e r a c o u p l e m i n u t e s of con f u s i o n , I b eg a n t o l a u g h . T hat’s a l l I k n e w h ow t o d o ! It was g o i n g a l l w ro n g ! A f t e r about 1 0 - 1 5 m i n u t e s o f s h o o ting, w e b o t h f i n a l l y g av e u p and de c i d e d t o m ov e t o t h e bloodi e r p a r t o f t h e s h o o t . I t was ti m e fo r a w h o l e l o t o f tomat o s a u c e t o b e d u m p e d all ove r m e. H e s t a r t e d w i t h the to p o f m y h e a d a n d i t w a s freezi n g ! I t o n l y g o t c o l d e r a s it drip p e d a n d o o ze d i t s w ay down m y f a c e a n d h a i r. I w a s tr ying n o t t o l a u g h , b u t t o g e t into ch a r a c t e r t h e w h o l e t i m e witho u t m a k i n g a m e s s. A n undes i r a b l e m e s s t h at i s.

It is a lot harder than one might think, let me tell you! By the end of the shoot, and t o m at o s a u c e, I r e a l l y c o u l d n ’t h av e g o t t e n a n y d i r t i e r. I w a s a f i l t hy m e s s ! T h e n i t h i t m e. “ H ow d o I c l e a n o f f ? ” Wa l ki n g t h ro u g h h i s h o u s e w a s j u s t not an option. So my bright idea led us to the garden hose o u t s i d e. I w a s a l r e a d y f roze n t o t h e b o n e, s o h ow m u c h w o rs e c o u l d t h e h o s e b e ? E v e r y o n e g av e m e a n o d d l o o k and said, “O -- k!” Shaking and shivering, we washed the s a u c e a n d d i r t o ff m y f a c e a n d b o d y. I t h e n q u i c k l y fo u n d a w a r m t ow e l a n d c l e a n c l o t h e s ! O n c e c l e a n e d u p, I g av e m yself a little time to warm up t h e n b a c k i n t h e c a r fo r a t w o h o u r d r i v e h o m e. I’m more than positive I w a s n ’t t h e m o s t a m a z i n g m o d e l t h at n i g h t , b u t Je s s e w a s v e r y p at i e n t w i t h m e t h e w h o l e t i m e. H e c a p t u r e d s o m e g r e at s t u f f c o n s i d e r i n g m y p e r fo r m a n c e.

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A holiday is supposed to be a day, or days, out of the year when we can look back and remember a notable event recorded in history. Some of us will even celebrate the day with traditions directly associated with the holiday, while others may choose to look beyond specific holidays and wait for one that is more appropriate to their personal

interest. Regardless, all major holidays are forced into the consumer’s face. That’s everyone! With that over-exposure accepted in society, new holidays are fabricated out of thin air in the modern, and heavily commercialized, world. For example, parodic holidays are becoming immensely popular. International Talk Like a Pirate Day happens every September 19th, and Star Wars geeks have claimed May 4 as their holiday every year. May the 4th be with you! In this issue, we have dedicated a few of the segments to play off of popular autumn and winter holidays. It is an edgier look into the typical way we observe the holidays. We hope you enjoy them.

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mod el : B ri ttany Dawn > p hotograp her: Xue V u e

In this edition of Concept Cool, we aim to bring forth a somewhat edgier side of the typical holidays as most Americans know them. Holidays have become so commercialized that most of us view them in a way that require us to act in accordance to the way the media and big merchandising marketing firms expect us to act.

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THE WO M A N W I T H T H E R I B B O N AROUND H E R N E C K Model: Rowen Bellamy Ph o t o g r a p h y : S u z a n n e S agmeister T h e f irst segment of our Haunt e d Holidays theme is inspired by an old Halloween ghost sto r y known as T he Woman With t h e Ribbon Around Her Neck. O v er time, many variations to t h e tale have come about, but i n all versions the detail behind t h e secret of the ribbon is al w ays the same. “ T he shoot is based on a stor y w hich terrif ied me as a little g i r l.” Model, Rowen Bellamy ex plains. “It is about a little girl w i th a ribbon wrapped around h e r neck. As she grows up, the l i t t le boy who loves her asks d a i ly why she wears the ribbon a round her neck. T hey event u ally they grow up and marr y e a ch other, and they lived long a n d healthy together. On her d e ath bed, she showed him why s h e wore the r ibbon. As she un t i e d the ribbon, her head simp l y fell off of her neck.” R owen teamed up with photog r a pher Suzanne Sagmeister of G r ande Prairie, Alber ta, Can a d a. Suzanne has a talented k n ack of bringing mood to the l o o k of a photo shoot. It was o n e of Rowen’s shoots with Su z a nne that ma de the Snap Matt e r team instant fans. We were v e r y excited when they accept e d our request to provide ex c l u sive images for this issue.

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T hey d i d n ’t d o i t a l o n e, h ow eve r. T h ey a c q u i r e d t h e h e l p of d e s i g n e r, A m a n d a H aw k e s alo n g w i t h m a k e u p a r t i s t , C h unye n L e e a n d h a i r s t y l i s t , L e a h LaFo n t a i n e t o b r i n g t h e w h o l e thin g t o g e t h e r. Row e n h a s b e e n m o d e l i n g i n dep e n d e n t l y fo r t h e l a s t f i v e yea rs, i n c l u d i n g s o m e t i m e i n Tok y o, a n d i s c u r r e n t l y w o r k ing o u t o f t h e B r i t i s h C o l u m bia a r e a i n C a n a d a . S h e i s 5 ’ 1 1 ” wit h a n e d g y, y e t d i v e rs e, p o r t foli o. S h e h a s b e e n aw a r d e d Mo d e l M ay h e m ’s M o d e l o f t h e We e k Aw a r d t w i c e, a n d h e r pop u l a r i t y c o n t i n u e s t o g row acro s s m a n y s o c i a l n e t w o r k s. W h i l e R ow e n c l a i m s t o b e m o r e of a s c h m o o ze r t h a n a n e t w o r k ing ex p e r t , i t w a s h e r s u b m i s sion s t o u s t h at d i d t h e t a l k i n g. She h a s f a n t a s t i c p r e s e n c e i n her p h o t o s, a n d w e k n e w fo r a bsolu t e l y c e r t a i n t h at w e w a n t e d to d o a f e at u r e o n h e r w h e n w e sta r t e d c o r r e s p o n d i n g. She i s a l s o a n I ro n M a i d e n f a n whi c h m a k e s h e r c o o l by d e fau l t , a n d s h e c o n f e s s e s t h at one o f h e r g u i l t y p l e a s u r e s i s -- w a i t fo r i t - - s h o o t i n g v i d eo g a m e zo m b i e s i n t h e h e a d . Yes, s h e w a s a b s o l u t e l y, w i t h out q u e s t i o n , a g r e at f i t fo r t h e Hau n t e d H o l i d ay s I s s u e.


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m o d e l : Row e n B e l l am y p h oto g rap h er : SUZA NN E SAGMEI ST ER Desi gne r : A manda Haw kes Make u p : C h uny e n Le e Ha ir : Lea h LaFo nta in e

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W h i l e this production was fairly len g t hy, i t w a s quite a bit fun. Moreover, it wa s n ’t t o o d i f f i cult f inding volunteers to become t h e u n d e a d . T he power of networ king is a wo n d e r f u l t h i n g. We knew right up front who we w a n t e d fo r o ur zombie feast (model, Shaina D o l l ) , a n d w e knew who we wanted to shoot it ( p h o t o g r a p h er, Edwin Rivas), but the original zo m b i e c a s t changed within a week of plann i n g. O f c o u rse this is nothing new when it c o m e s t o p l a n ning a shoot, we all know that o f t e n w e h av e to wing it, or force something unin t e n d e d . O n e of the replacement cast members, M a r i e s a C r a mer, was an actual Quinceanera M ag a z i n e c ov e r model (Miss Cover Girl 2011) pi c k e d u p l a s t minute due to previous talent bow i n g o u t . S h e was super excited for the oppor tun i t y. H e r c o u s in, Anyssa Perez, had no idea sh e w o u l d b e t r ansfor med into a walker when

s h e d e c i d e d t o v i s i t w i t h f a m i l y fo r t h e d ay, b u t s h e q u i c k l y fo u n d h e rs e l f i n t h e m a k e u p c h a i r. E v e n w h e n t h i n g s d o n ’t g o a c c o r d i n g t o p l a n , i t ’s g r e at w h e n s o l u t i o n s f a l l i n t o p l a c e. A Zombie Thanksgiving made a whole lot of s e n s e fo r a H a u n t e d H o l i d ay t h e m e. W h at b e t t e r w ay t o t a k e a t r a d i t i o n a l f e a s t a n d c o n v e r t i t i n t o a d a r k s c e n a r i o. E s p e c i a l l y w h e n i t i s w i d e l y k n ow n t h at zo m b i e s h av e i n c r e d i b l e a p p e t i t e s. We s p a r e d y o u t h e g o r e o f w h at S h a i n a m i g h t l o o k l i k e m i d - f e a s t , S o i f y o u’r e w o n d e r i n g w h e r e t h e e n t r a i l s a r e, y o u w il l h av e t o u s e y o u r i m ag i n at i o n . We d e c i d e d t o k e e p i t t i d y fo r t h o s e w h o s t i l l c h o o s e t o a b s t a i n f ro m l a z y t a b l e m a n n e rs. T h o s e o f y o u w h o h av e a m o rb i d i m ag i n at i o n c a n d r aw y o u r ow n c o n c l u s i o n s a n d c e l e b r at e t h e f a c t . E n j oy t h e f e a s t !


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T h e phrase Actuall y Ashley was u s e d so many times throughout the s h o o t of this Snap Girl segment t h at it only seemed appropriate as t h e title of her pictorial. We tested a few potential models fo r the Snap Girl segment for this i s s u e, but the ver y minute Ashley i n t roduced herself to us, we were s m i t ten with her char m. T his girl i s a super star! Well she is going to b e a nyway. A s h l ey is a West Virginia native c h i l l in’ out on the west coast tr yi n g t o make a name for herself. She i s s o mewhat of a nomad, searching fo r her celebrit y status in a state t h at can make dreams of ultimate s t a r dom happen. Her level of am b i t i o n is remar kable. A s h l ey is a bus y girl. She is 5’9” a n d wor king the r unway in the San F r a ncisco area at almost ever y f a s h ion event taking place in the b ay area. She is ver y effective at g e t t i ng herself out in front of eye b a l l s that matter. Her networ king h a s l anded her in magazines such as I n l i n e Perfor ma nce and Bay Fash i o n , and she has been a featured m o d el for events sponsored by High T i m es Magazine and Amgen Bike To u r. She is generating a fan base t h at is respective on many levels. H e r past is quite impressive as w e l l . Ashley was par t of a national c h a mpionship winning cheerleading s q u a d with the River Cities Rebels b a s e d out of Hurricane, West Virg i n i a. She has also won many bikini a n d modeling competitions along t h e way. Her resume continues to g row! Model: As hle y Brook e > M A KEUP: TA BI BEL AU NZA R A N > H AIR : SEA N A LIA N > Ph oto g rap h er : Er ic Co urtne y


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Girl is a f u l l f l e d g e c a r n i v o r e, and sh e i s p ro u d o f i t ! D u r i n g a shoo t fo r t h i s s eg m e n t , w e barbec u e d s o m e c h i c k e n , a n d provide d s o m e o t h e r d i s h e s, t o keep t h e t a l e n t c o n t e n t . A l l that l o o k i n g b e a u t i f u l w o r k s up an a p p e t i t e, a n d A s h l ey w a s more t h a n w i l l i n g t o p a r t a k e. “It wa s g r e at l a u g h i n g o b n ox iously l o u d a n d e at i n g l o t s o f great fo o d .” A s h l ey ex p l a i n s. “It was l i k e a p a r t y a n d a p h o t o shoot a l l ro l l e d i n t o o n e.”

S h e a dmits to some guilty plea s u r e s. One being the television s h ow, T he Office . She spends v i r t u a lly all her spare time w at c hing entire seasons on DV D. She also proudly boasts W hile t h e p a r t y t u r n e d o u t t o t h at s he loves eat ing. Meat! No last co n s i d e r a b l y l o n g e r t h a n v eg g i es for this girl. Our Snap we init i a l l y p l a n n e d , o u r S n a p

G i r l w a s a g r e at s p o r t . “I think a couple times I had to s t o p a n d p u l l m y g i g g l e s t o g e t he r.” S h e c o n t i n u e s. “ B u t w e a l l h a d a b l a s t , at e s o m e d e l i c i o u s c h i c k e n t a c o s, a n d g o t s o m e a m a z i n g p i c t u r e s.” Amazing pictures indeed. With the help of hair stylist Sean A l i a n a n d M a k e u p A r t i s t Ta b i B e l a u n z a r a n , t h e t h i r d i s s u e ’s S n a p G i r l s eg m e n t w a s a n ov e ra l l s u c c e s s. We h o p e y o u ’v e e n j oy e d t h i s b r i e f l o o k at A s hl ey B ro o k e.


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an de muertos (bread for the dead), chocolate caliente (hot chocolate), a plate of chicken mole , calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls), a bottle of tequila, marigolds all around, mariachi music playing in the background, a night at the cemetery …. A NIGHT AT THE CEMETARY??? Yes! I said the cemetery. Not your typical trick-or-treating night at all, nor your local Mexican food restaurant for that matter. One of the most celebrated festivals in Mexico is Dia de los Muertos. With a history like the one this holiday has and art that is well -- to die for, it’s no wonder people still celebrate it, and honor it, with artistic views. Brief History: Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a time in which Mexicans celebrate and honor their loved ones that have passed on. It is believed that on the first day of November, the spirits of the dead return to visit their family and friends to make sure that they have not been forgotten. The celebration, or ritual per say, has been

going on since before the Aztec Empire. It has, however, been modified throughout the years, and is primarily referenced back to the Aztecs. The Aztecs believed that people and spirits of the dead co-existed, and that the spirits roamed the earth. On the 9th-10th month of the Aztec Calendar, the Aztecs would remember or commemorate those that had passed on to another life (Aztecs believed that people’s bodies would die, but the spirits would travel the earth or “reincarnate” into something else depending on how they died) by harvesting fruits vegetables and flowers and presenting them to the spirits. In addition, like many other civilizations around the world, people throughout Mexico believed that there were Gods for everything from the sun, to the wind, to the dead. The God of death was known as Mictlantecuhtli. The Aztecs feared him, however did not believe he was evil as he was the creator of life and death. When the Spanish Invaded and conquered the new world, they imposed the Roman Catholic beliefs. Since the Spanish had a similar celebration, All Saint’s Days, and All Soul’s Days, on November 1st and 2nd, with time, both celebrations combined, and the celebration is now celebrated in October/November, instead of September/October.

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To this day, people still celebrate this holiday with the same enthusiasm and similar rituals, although some things vary depending on the region of Mexico. For the most part, however, cemeteries are filled with fresh flowers, food, and music, friends and families as they wait for their families to “arrive.” Building altars is another way families honor the person that has died. Altars are then adorned with flowers, pictures, candles, food, and other items of importance depending on what the person who passed away liked or was remembered for. Children make, eat, and/or trade calaveras de azucar, people recite calaveritas, which are funny poems that make fun of death, or make it seem as though death is not taboo.

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my inspiration of what a Catrina Family and Life. Enslow Publishers, would look like is presented here, of Inc. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. course with Mr. Posada’s images on 2005. 5-23. my mind. Enjoy. Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Day of References: the Dead, A Mexican-American Celebration. Holiday House. New Gnojewski, Carol. Day of the York. 1994. 10-12. Dead, A Latino Celebration of

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ideas.” S h e s a i d . “ I ’l l ev e n draw o u t t h e d e s i g n o n a p i e c e of pa p e r, s o y o u c a n s e e i t b e fore t h e s h o o t n ex t w e e k .” We t h o u g h t t h at w a s p r e t t y cool, I ev e n t h o u g h t t o m y s e l f that i f i t l o o k e d l i k e c r a p, w e could g e n t l y p u t t h e k i b o s h o n the w h o l e i d e a a n d w o r k o u t an al t e r n at i v e s h o o t . I h av e to ad m i t , I w a s n ’t r e a l l y k e e n on th e i d e a o f c ov e r i n g t h i s beaut y ’s f a c e w i t h a M u e rtos M a s k . T h e n ex t d ay, I r eceive d a p h o n e m e s s ag e w i t h a

p h o t o at t a c h e d . I t w a s d e r l i e. In the photo she was sporting a p r a c t i c e v e rs i o n o f m a k e u p o n h e r f a c e. “ D i d y o u d o t h at t o d ay ? ” I a s k e d . S h e r e s p o n de d t h at i s w a s i n d e e d . Ta l k a b o u t i n i t i at i v e. . . N e e d l e s s t o s ay I w a s i m p r e s s e d , a n d f ro m there she had the green light a l l t h e w ay. Derlie is a 4’9” monster! Her e n e rg y a n d a m b i t i o n i s ro c k i n ’ c r a z y h i g h l ev e l s. S h e i s d e termined with a pleasant C o n t i nu e d o n p ag e 4 0 . . .


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D e r l ie was discovered by Dia m o n d Dolls Ink, an organized m e m bership of young women i n t h e Sacramento, Califor nia a r e a who share interests in s u c h topics as tattoos, music, a l t e r native culture, modeling, a n d a whole lot more. Derlie i s a ver y proud Diamond Doll a n d expresses a ver y fond loy a l t y to the sisterhood -- as she c a l l s it. It is through Diamond D o l l s Ink that Mistress Derl i e a nd Snap Matter crossed p at h s, and we are most thank f u l for that fact.

Derlie i s p l a c i n g l o f t y g o a l s upon. S h e i s a l s o w o r k i n g h a r d to bec o m e a r eg i s t e r e d n u rs e. “I see m y s e l f g r a d u at i n g a n d wor kin g a s a r eg i s t e r e d n u rs e in the o p e r at i n g ro o m . “ S h e explain e d , w h e n a s k e d w h e r e she w o u l d b e i n f i v e y e a rs. “So th e n ex t t i m e y o u e n d u p in the o p e r at i n g ro o m , I m i g h t be the o n e t o p u t y o u t o s l e e p and ho p e t h at y o u d o n o t w a k e up and s e e m e h a n d ov e r t h e scalpel t o t h e s u rg e o n .” S h e conclu d e d w i t h a s m i l e. M aybe wit h s o m e e n c o u r ag e m e n t , we ca n g e t h e r t o s h ow u s what s h e l o o k s l i k e i n a n u rs e s outf it w i t h o u t h av i n g t o w a i t f ive ye a rs.

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f u n . B e fo r e t h e s h o o t , I i ns i s t e d o n a s u p e r f a s t g l a mo u r s e s s i o n b e fo r e s h e a p p l i e d h e r d e a d f a c e. T h at w ay w e could publish some kind of a f t e r a n d b e fo r e t y p e s c en a r i o. O n t h e fo l l ow i n g p ag e, y o u c a n s e e w h at t h i s b e a u t y l o o k s l i k e w h e n s h e ’s n o t s o d e a d - l o o k i n g. D e r l i e i s i n d e e d a f a n o f h o rro r a n d g o r e. S h e b e l i ev e s i n g h o s t s a n d l ov e s h o r ro r m ov i e s. S h e i s a l s o a f a n o f t h e n e w t e l ev i s i o n s e r i e s A m e r i c a n H o r ro r S t o r y o n t h e F X network. L o o k fo r D e r l i e ’s d a r k i n s p i r e d shoots in the future as her p o r t fo l i o c o n t i n u e s t o g row.


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n e t wo r k i n g o c c u r r i n g w i t h s u c h s p e e d a n d e a s e t h at i t wo u l d t u r n a ny b u s i n e s s ex e c u t i ve g r e e n w i t h e nv y.

Photography by Lai Man Cheung

Tra d i t i o n a l l y i t t a k e s ye a r s t o b u i l d u p a n e t wo r k o f b u s i n e s s a n d s o c i a l c o n t a c t s, b u t t h e t u n e r wo r l d h a n d l e s t h i s a s i f t h e y we r e b o r n w i t h a c e l l p h o n e a n d i n t e r n e t i n h a n d t o a c c o m p l i s h t h i s.

SPOCOM 2011 in Anaheim C a l i fo r n i a saw a large tur nout of young fa n s o f t h e impor t tuner world gather toge t h e r fo r an amazing day of cars and exci t e m e n t . And with each passing year of ca r s h o w s, it’s more evident than ever th at t h e s e fans are not only comfor table w i t h d r i ving in the fast lane, but also wi t h l i v i n g a ver y fast paced wired life onli n e. As one makes their way thro u g h t h e crowded isles of custom cars, b e a u t iful models, photographers and ve n d o r s selling perfor mance auto par ts, yo u w i l l see all around the social and b u s i n e s s

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A l l ove r t h e s h o w yo u s e e p e o p l e h av i n g f u n , b u t i f yo u t a k e t h e t i m e to wat c h , yo u w i l l s e e a n i n c r e d i b l e a m o u n t o f n e two r k i n g t a k i n g p l a c e, s o s e c o n d n at u r e, t h at i t wo u l d b e e a s y t o o t h e r w i s e m i s s. M i x e d i n b e t we e n t h e h a n d s h a k e s a n d h u g s, t h e c o m m o n p h ra s e “ a d d m e ” s e t s off new friendships and business deals i n t h e b l i n k o f a n e ye. N e ve r m i n d t h at t h e r e a r e s p o t s w h e r e i f yo u a r e s t a n d ing too close to a DJ and the booming s p e a k e r s yo u c a n n o t h e a r a t h i n g , n o t h i n g p h a s e s t h i s c ro w d .


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HAUNTED HOLIDAYS Ph o t o g r a p h e r : J o h n H o l l o well Mo d e l : L i n d y A fter the apocalypse, do you reall y t h i n k p e ople would still celebrate Christ m a s ? I t h ink if you are a big fan of the f il m , T h e B o ok of Eli , you probably would. I w o n ’t d i ve into the deepest respects of r e l i g i o n h e re, but those of us who might b e r e s i l i e nt enough to overlook the end of d ay s a n d s t ill hold hope inside would still exist . I t ’s a f a ct. T here are many people who m i s s t h e b us that will take them to wor k, ho m e, o r o p por tunity ever y day. Do they g i v e u p ? N ope! T hey merely wait for the n ex t b u s - - or hail a cab. We contacted photographer John H o l l owe l l to put together a shoot that wou l d r e p r e sent a dar k Christmas, and he h a p p i l y o bliged. It was kind of a tight tim e f r a m e h e had to wor k with but he assure d u s by

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s i m p l y s ay i n g , “ D u d e, I g o t t h i s ! ” T h at w a s a l l w e n e e d e d t o h e a r. A s a n ex c e p t i o n a l n e t w o r k i n g p h o t o g r a p h e r, h e fo u n d i n t e r e s t f ro m a m o d e l o n M o d e l M ay h e m , a p o p u l a r s o c i a l n e t w o r k fo r m o d e l s, p h o t o g r a p h e rs a n d a r t i s t s o f a l l k i n d s. Jo h n o p e r at e s u n d e r t h e n a m e C a l i fo r n i a R e d w o o d s P h o t o g r a p hy, b a s e d o u t o f S a n t a C r u z , C A . H e ’s o n e o f t h o s e l u c k y p h o t o gr a p h e rs w h o l i v e s r i g h t n e a r t h e b e a c h , s o a g o o d p o r t i o n o f h i s p o r t fo l i o i s l o a d e d w i t h b e a u t i f u l m o d e l s w e a r i n g s w i m s u i t s. H e i s v e r y aw a r e o f t h e h a r d l i f e h e l e a d s ( i n s e r t a h e a l t hy s a rc a s t i c s m i r k h e r e ) , b u t i t i s a l i f e h e i n s i s t s o n l i v i n g. L i n d y ’s M o d e l i n g P o r t f o l i o w w w. m o d e l m a y h e m . c o m / L i n d y ba b e California Redwoods Photography c a l i f o r n i a r e d w o o d s p h o t o g r a p h y. c o m


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he bigge st par ty of the year often happens on N ew Years Eve. Some cele b rate the ach ievements of the y ear, and looking forward to t he possibilities in the next, w hile others celebrate the end o f an unlucky year riddled by a 12 month cavalcade of crap t hat piled up on them over the c ourse of the year.

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For model, and photographer, S onja Lux, 2011 is a year to cele brate. If you are not already

fam i l i a r w i t h t h i s b e a u t y, I a m goin g t o l e t y o u i n o n w h at y o u wou l d ev e n t u a l l y f i n d o u t a n yway. S o n j a i s t h e m a s t e r m i n d beh i n d t h e p u b l i c at i o n , B e l l a Mor t e M ag a z i n e. B e l l a M o r t e Mag a z i n e p rov i d e s a n i n d e p t h look at a l t e r n at i v e v i s u a l s a n d edit o r i a l . I t f e at u r e s s o m e o f the m o s t p o p u l a r m o d e l s a n d pho t o g r a p h e rs i n t h e i n d u s t r y, not t o m e n t i o n a r t i s t s o f m a n y diffe r e n t e d g y s t y l e s. Son j a r e c e n t l y c e l e b r at e d h e r

m ag a z i n e ’s o n e y e a r a n n i v e rs a r y by p u b l i s h i n g I s s u e # 8 . Including special e d i t i o n s, S o n j a p u b l i s h e d 1 1 i s s u e s ( at the time of this article) of B e l l a M o r t e M ag a z i n e d u ri n g 2 0 1 1 a n d t h e l at t e r p a r t o f 2 0 1 0 . S h e i s v e r y ex c i t e d about 2012. S o n j a w a s o n e o f t h e f i rs t i n d e p e n d e n t p u b l i s h e rs t o r e a c h o u t a n d w e l c o m e S n a p M at t e r M ag a z i n e t o t h e i n d u s t r y w h e n w e p u b l i s h e d o u r f i rs t


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A s y o u c a n s e e, S o n j a l o o k s g r e at i n f ro n t o f t h e c a m e r a , b u t s h e i s a l s o a fo rc e b e h i n d it. Sonja also runs Lady Lux P ro d u c t i o n s a n d o p e r at e s o u t of the Boston, Massachusetts a r e a . C h e c k o u t t h e l i n k s b el ow t o s e e h e r w o r k a n d h e r m ag a z i n e.

L a d y L u x P ro d u c t i o n s w w w.fa c eb o o k . co m / L a d yL u x P ro d u c t i o n s B e l l a M o r te M a ga z i n e w w w.fa c eb o o k . co m / B e l l a M o r te M a ga z i n e

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i s s u e b a c k i n M a rc h o f 2 0 1 1 . A m i d s t a l l t h e s o - c a l l e d c o mp e t i t i o n a n d h at e rs w h o s e e ev e r y l i t t l e r e m o t e p u b l i s hi n g s t a r t u p a s a t h r e at t o t h e i r ow n p u b l i c at i o n , S o n j a s e e ’s o p p o r t u n i t y i n s t e a d o f d i sdain. N e t w o r k i n g ov e r eg o i s a l w ay s t h e b e t t e r o p t i o n . O bv i o u s l y i t w o r k s b e c a u s e y o u ’r e r e a d i n g t h e p ro o f r i g h t h e r e a n d n ow. S h e h a s b e e n a g r e at c o n t r i b u t o r fo r u s w h e n w e h av e q u e s t i o n s a b o u t t h e p ro c e s s o f d e a l i n g w i t h r em o t e p u b l i s h i n g.


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o n g r at u l at i o n s t o B e ll a M o r t e M ag a z i ne fo r a y e a r o f p rov i d i n g c o mpelling content to its fans! Wishing you the best of s u c c e s s fo r y e a rs t o c o m e !

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o metimes the most frighte n ing thing o f all about N e w Years Day is the hang ov e r from the celebration t h e n i ght before. Some of u s p l a n weeks ahead to make r e s o l u tions for the coming y e a r. W hether it be a diet, m o r e exercise, get organ i ze d , or set goals to accomp l i s h great things, it is typi c a l l y something we plan to i m p rove ourselves. As soon a s t h e f irst day of the new y e a r comes, we’re instantly g o i n g to transfor m our lives i n a p ositive way. Yet it is t h at day of the year we of t e n f e el the worst . How mo t i v at e d can a person be when t h ey f eel like they have been s l e e p i ng under a bridge the n i g h t before. It is probably t h e m ost popular day out of t h e y ear where a plan fails. G e t t i ng off to a poor star t to i m p roving is often the killer o f g o od intentions.

M a n y people, including my s e l f, f ind away around this p ro b l e m by making New Ye a rs Day exempt from their r e s o l u tion plans. It’s almost a s i f Januar y 1st is actually D e c e mber 32nd. It’s kind of c h e at i ng, but it is an accept a b l e a lter native, for many of u s a n yway, to execute a plan t h at i s destined to fail before i t s t a r ts. And you know how t h e p opular saying goes... “ Fa i l i ng to plan is planning t o f a i l !” H av e a happy ev e r y one!

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ver y big thanks to ar tist Chris Berge for his contributions to Snap Matter Magazine. If you had the op por tunity to pick up the 2nd Issue, National Summer Tour, you might already be familiar with his wor k. Chris designed the Snap Matter Tour Bus for that issue. In this issue, he has paid tribute to a popular galler y on the T hi nk Tunk Productions Facebook fan page that con tains images of numerous peo ple displaying the devil hor ns hand gesture. You can f ind the galler y at: www.facebook.com/thinktunk

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his issue’s Par ting Shot comes t o us from Mark Behrens of Redd i n g , C A . Mark captured this epic sho t o f h i s second cousin, Kay Mar tinez, d u r i n g the summer of 2011. Be sur e t o c h e ck out Mark’s website at: L o o kPW.com

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