My story in a nutshell...
The bandages on her eyes darkened her world and her dreams. Victoria Napolitano might have been the first black woman to work as a robbery detective at the San Jose Police Department, but now she wondered how she would even survive. The city that employed her was fighting to deny responsibility for her medical costs related to an eye injury she sustained while on duty. She had used all of her sick time and personal savings to make ends meet. Her husband had left her when he learned she might never regain her eyesight. She soon discovered he had not paid the bills before leaving, so her electricity was about to be turned off. She wondered how she would care for her four-year-old son, Tyler. It couldn’t get any worse. The story of how Victoria—through hard work, determination, and an unmatched drive to succeed—came back from these dire circumstances is truly moving. Somehow, through all the adversity, she found something positive: her talent for poetry. She built upon this talent as she slowly recovered much of her eyesight. This story is about Victoria’s extraordinary courage. She went from the depths of despair to starting a business and publishing this magazine. What you will learn about her life is the result of in-depth interviews with Victoria and of those close to her. Her strong sense of modesty and privacy led to more than a few difficult discussions about what I could include in these articles. She reluctantly agreed that if her story is to be told, it must be told in full. I think you will find her narrative as compelling and inspirational as any you have ever heard. Victoria has taken a bold risk, and it is paying off. She is a unique individual and one of the most driven people I know. Most people have heard of entrepreneurs being called “go-getters.” I have taken to calling her a “go-giver” because of her kindness and her vision of how businesses working together can achieve great things. Expect to see her doing great things in the months and years to come.
Through her Eyes Read Now...
Let's Get Southern.
An Easy and Delicious Mother's Day Breakfast
Make this Mother's Day unforgettable with one of these breakfast menus, or use your imagination and substitute.
Quick and easy but delicious, the breakfast casserole is put together the night before. A delicious cantaloupe smoothie and easy muffins make this breakfast memorable.
Western Ham and Egg Casserole
Make this casserole the night before, then refrigerate and pop it in the oven in the morning.
8 slices white bread, crust removed, cut into cubes
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups cubed, cooked ham (about 8 ounces)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
6 eggs, beaten
3 cups milk
Place bread cubes in a lightly greased 12x8x2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese, ham, onion, and green pepper. Whisk together eggs and milk; pour over ham and cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Remove from refrigerator; let stand for 30 minutes. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes or until set.
Western ham and egg casserole serves 8.
An Extra-Special Mother's Day Breakfast
Here's an elegant breakfast for anyone who loves to cook. Perfect for Mother's day or any special occasion breakfast. For a touch of indulgence, serve this breakfast with champagne and orange juice Mimosas.
Eggs Benedict - Fruit Compote With Pears
Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls
Strawberry Smoothies or Mimosas
Hot Coffee or Tea
Here's a traditional Southern breakfast, from grits to biscuits and gravy.
Scrambled Eggs Deluxe
Ham with Red Eye Gravy
Biscuits with Sausage Gravy or Pecan Pancakes
Orange Juice, Hot Coffee, or Tea
Always remember to add a bud vase with her favorite flower to give any breakfast in bed that special touch. Don’t forget the cards and her other gifts too, she will start out the day with a HUGE smile on her face and go to work showing off what her family did for her.
Includes 5 retouched images
Basic with hair and make up $1,700.
Includes 10 retouched images.
Victoria will design a couture dress for you. Includes hair/make up and a gift basket of products.
Custom couture wedding dress. Includes shoes from a known upscale designer. A custom list of gifts for the bride and the groom.
Ask about Victoria's Wedding Planner Package.
Includes the Basic Photo Shoot.
I will create your own custom magazine with the images I shoot fo you (and your significant other).
Includes, digital, print and images.
Sample magazine for quality and design available. Here.
*Client will pays for travel 50 miles outside of San Francisco.
*I do not negotiate my pricing.
*I NEVER add logos to any of your images. They are yours, not mine.
*No hidden costs or mark-ups.