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Rock Military Ministry

He is My Refuge and My Fortress…

pete passed this on to me.

pete and some other men from the rock go to MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) once a month to lead sunday chapel for the recruits.  petes comment was “this is why we serve at MCRD.”  to which i will add, “this is why we have military mondays!”

RESCUE AND PROTECT: Staff Sgt. Edward Rosa reads the Bible and extends a cigarette to Pfc. Jorge Rostra Obando, who was stunned by an explosion in Afghanistan’s Arghanab Valley. One comrade was killed and two injured in the blast. Pfc. Rostran asked the sergeant to read Psalm 91,a favorite from his childhood.

(photo: Ricardo Garcia Vilanova for The Wall Street Journal)

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

We Remember

Thank you to all who serve and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, we’re forever thankful.


I had the pleasure of taking pics of my good friends Angie and Parker, their first pics since being married a few years back.  Angie and I worked together in the past, and although she is still working on her accent I can finally understand the majority of what she says 🙂  Her husband Parker recently got back from deployment and I have enjoyed getting to know him as well.

Here to Serve

Jim, Malia and I had a great time shooting with Issac, Megan, Ava and Logan last night. It was a true blessing to shoot Logan’s first portraits and capture some memories of the family that Issac can take along with him as he is being deployed this Monday. We appreciate your service and hope the pictures bless your family. Thanks for allowing us into your lives.

Monday Nights Aren’t Just For Football

We were blessed to spend time with the Shaw and Sweet families and continue our military family portraits this past monday. We also had Lisa and Drive By come by and hang out and experience what a blessing it is to serve these families.

M.M.: you can call me “ensign”, just dont salute me…

military mondays!  whata blessing.    my pops served our country as a navy supply chief, which made me a navy brat.  some say the chiefs ran things in the navy, and more specifically, supply chiefs.  supply chiefs controlled everything, and there are rumors of a “supply chief underground”  where they would trade and move things across the globe, via the navy, to get what they wanted.  my dad has kept quiet about that…

as trevor has mentioned, we had some lighting issues, but we managed. the lights we have been using we dont have access to right now.  so i ran up to calumet to rent some lights, since i couldnt wait for a decision on whether or not we could get the lights.  as we started setting up, there was an umbrella missing.  no where to be found.  but thankfully i had this old (and i mean old) school umbrella that miguel had given me that we had to use to get by.  but once we got that problem solved, it worked out fine.

if you look closely at this pic of trevor shooting chris and his boys, in upper left corner, you can see the ghetto fabulous umbrella.

i had the pleasure of shooting chuckie & rachelle ensign.  as we got to know them a bit, i had asked if he was an officer or was interested in becoming one.  an ensign is the first rank you receive as an officer in the navy, so chuckie would be ensign ensign.  before chuckie could answer i could see rachelle shaking her head “no.”  she doesnt want chuckie in the navy any longer than he needs to be.  shes not fond of the 6 month deployments.  they were high school sweet-hearts, which is always cool to me.  i think chuckie knew rachelle wasnt fond of the military, since he told her he was enlisting on their prom night.  rachelle mentioned it was hard to be mad at him on their prom night.  it was a blessing to meet them and have the chance to serve them.


I find it odd looking forward to Mondays. I always loved letting my team at work know just before the weekend that “it’s almost Monday,” just to get a rise out of them, but with our Military Monday shoots I actually look forward to Mondays. I had the privledge of shooting the Lavaux family last night, we had some lighting issues with the rentals but we found a way to make it work, that’s the fun part about photography, finding ways to shoot a good picture in less then ideal settings. Anyways here’s a few pics from last night . . .

Military Mondays

We were blessed to continue with our Military portraits with the Bell and Marianaccio families. These shoots are an amazing experience that I hope some more of our photographers get to experience.

Bruce Almighty

We were blessed to continue our military portraits tonight with Bruce, lil Bruce, and Alicia. It was a race to see if we could beat them posting the pics on facebook, thanks again for giving us the opportunity to spend time capturing memories of your family.

We Salute You

The Rock Photoministry has been blessed over the last month to capture family portraits of Military Families who will be soon facing deployments as well as awaiting homecomings.  During these times families are often too overwhelmed to focus on taking photos.  Brother Joe was able to discover an opportunity for his photography ministry to serve those who serve our country.  Nelson Photo jumped on board to donate an 8×10 photo and a discount on additional prints to bless these families as well.  Originally this had been planned for a twice a month event, but after the first week we realized the impact and need and it quickly turned into a weekly event.  What I love about shooting these portraits is getting the opportunity to meet amazing families. We’ve shot egagements, newlyweds, to families eagerly awaiting their love ones to return as well as loved ones getting ready to deploy.  I personally would like to thank Brother Joe for allowing me to help him fulfil this vision God had put on his heart, we truly are having a blast as we simply wanted to DO SOMETHING.

Here are shots from the last few weeks, thanks again to the families for giving us the opportunity to preserve memories for you.

What a Blessing!

it doesnt get any better than this!   to be able to use a passion of ours, photography, to bring joy and to bless others…afterwards trevor and i were talking about how much fun we had.   and as terry joined us near the end, the 3 of us had a chance to talk and pray with eli, who is about to deploy with the navy.  praise God for allowing us to take pics for the crane family, and to capture  memories of mackenzie that they will have for years to come.

id like to thank the rock military ministry for allowing us to serve them, and nelson photo for partnering with us by donating a free enlargement for the crane family.  what a blessing!

mackenzie in dads lap, ready for 1 more pic

ministering to baby faced marines

the military ministry was at the airport on tuesday, welcoming back marines who were on leave after finishing boot camp.  they were arriving back to san diego inorder to resume their training at camp pendelton.  the young marines were all  around 18 years old and less than a year out of high school.  they were are sharply dressed in their uniforms and very repectful to everyone around them.  many of them were wide eyed  with this look of uncertainty on their faces.  i spoke  with a sgt who was helping direct the marines, and he told me most of these marines have no idea whats ahead of them, all they know is theyre going to camp pendelton. 

the marines check in at the u.s.o. at the airport, where they then line up and wait to take the bus to camp pendelton.  the military ministry host a table where they provide fruits, candy and other snacks for the marines.  they also provide cell phones for them to make calls and Bibles for those needing or wanting one, and smiles & general encouragement.  its was a great experience to be there, i will certainly be back to help.