I was cleaning up my hard drive from ’07 and found this fun picture. Last fall I was hired to photograph the Liberty Medal Awards in Philadelphia. Bono was the recipient in 2007 for all the wonderful work he has done in Africa to combat poverty and AIDS. President George H.W. Bush was there to present Bono with the award. In 2006 President Bush and President Bill Clinton were the recipients for their efforts to aid the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia. My friends think this photo is such a “hoot”. I was busy photographing a cocktail reception when President Bush ordered his Secret Services agent to confiscate my cameras. Yikes!!! I wondered what did I do wrong. He then asked me to stand by him and Bono and he told his SS agent to take our picture. As you can see I was really caught off guard.
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I had such fun Sunday afternoon photographing cakes for a former bride of mine, Seanee. She is starting up an online cake business and asked if I would photograph her cakes. All the recipes are special family secrets. I like cake and I like photography. What a great combination. After the shoot I got to eat cake!
One of the challenges of winter weddings can be finding the time and locations for outdoor portraits. Some of my couples, like Allison and Michael what the romantic notion of not seeing each other prior to their ceremony, yet they still want fun location portraits. We were limited to about 15 minutes of daylight after their ceremony at Saint James Church in Basking Ridge, NJ, so we ran around to the back parking lot of their church and found a field of reeds. What luck! I also used the beautiful green door of their church as a backdrop for a portrait just before the sun set. On the way to their reception at The Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, NJ we also stopped by the historic Morristown Train Station for some really romantic images. I know I’m dating myself, but the station was featured in Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time video.
Wedding Planner: Donna DeFrancesco of Majestic Moments Event Planning
Wedding Preparations: Short Hills Hilton
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, South Orange, NJ
Reception Venue: Crystal Plaza, Livingston, NJ
Flowers and Décor: Doylestown Floribunda
Bridal Gown: Paloma Blanca from Kleinfelds NYC
Band: New York Swing