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May 2008


Jennifer Hudson interview with Laiya St. Claire for The Beat 100.3 in Philadelphia Published in Contact Music Saturday 5/31/2008

Jennifer looks beautiful with barely any makeup on.  Usually after I shoot an event I go online and see where my photos were placed.  When the photos are placed in magazines it’s more difficult to find them as photo agencies do not notify you until about 30 – 90 days after the shots are published.  Thanks Jen for coming to Philadelphia and being so real.  image Thank you for your emails and comments regarding my sister; she is doing well after her surgery, but we have a long road ahead of us.  I appreciate your continued prayers and good thoughts for Judy.  


JENNIFER HUDSON VISITS PHILADELPHIA AND BEAT 100.3 with Laiya St. Claire & Sex and the City at the movies

I am exhausted, not from staying up late doing the blog, but from running around town photographing all these celebrities that drop by Philly to visit the fans, promote their stuff and well find themselves in front of my camera. So much stuff that I am really a good week behind in bringing you the people and places you want to see, but jumping ahead of the pack is Ms Oscar winner herself, American Idol alumni Ms. Jennifer Hudson
Who stopped by town yesterday to do among other things, visited my friend Laiya St. Claire, the baddest DJ on the radio who you can hear at 100.3 The Beat and read about Laiya’s life and gossip at her blog
Thank you Jennifer Hudson for stopping by and looking beautiful with barely a hint of make-up and being so real. I did get a glimpse of her hunky boyfriend waiting in the VIP section. Someone mentioned it was the guy from the show “I Love NY”, but I never have time to watch TV so I will take their word for it, Miss Hudson deserves to have some arm candy.

Jennifer talked about the SATC movie, her new CD – which drops 9/30/08, a few other tidbits you can hear at The Beat and that Simon never congratulated her on her Oscar; Randy and Paula sent nice notes. Love her. I may post again over the weekend, as I really am behind…

PRAYERS FOR MY SISTER JUDY – a letter from my sister Janine

Dear friends,

Many of you did not know but my sister Judy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a few weeks
ago. (Judy center)

Today she is going in to be operated on. I believe this operation will be followed by radiation and chemotherapy over the summer. (Judy, Tracy, Me & Dad – these photos were before the rest of the 4 siblings were born) Please find time in your day today to say a prayer for Judy. She is a wonderful person, sister, mother, wife, friend and nurse. My family and I would appreciate this favor so very much. Sincerely, Janine (P.S. Her 5 hr. surgery is going on right now 2PM – 7PM. Thanks HughE)


Father’s Day Run 4 Your Life Event at Liberty One

High above Philadelphia a few folks got together to support 2009 Sixth Annual Run 4 Your Life Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk to benefit Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness USA Track and Field Certified Course
The cocktail party was held on the 57th Floor of Liberty One, in the luxury Trump Tower condominiums sales suite and a sponsor of the walk.Super Lawyer 2006 – Scott P. Sigman and friends The views were magnificent, the people well connected and charitableThe plans for the latest Trump Tower were on the wall for everyone to seeIt’s a beautiful building,
and the sales staff was on hand to assist with any questionsThe luxury Trump Tower condominiums are planned for the land located at Delaware Avenue and Spring Garden Street. Just south of Waterfront Square and that much closer to the fireworks that I love watching every year. After an hour of nibbling, the chairwomen came out to make a few announcement: Come out for the Fifth Annual Run 4 Your Life, 5K Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk. Run to benefit Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness. GARY PAPA, Action News Sports Director, WPVI-TV Channel 6 and a prostate cancer survivor was on hand to talk about the importance of the event. He started out by saying “I want to thank you from the bottom of my prostate.”
And although The Donald was not there, pictured with his wife Melina Tuesday night at the SATC premiere [I took this photo, I was in NYC on the Pink carpet], he was there in spirit as (I think the Trumps are smiling alike now)

a check for $10,000 was donated to the Walk. Thanks Donald!!

So if you have a moment, visit the 57th Floor of Liberty One and ask for managing director Jacqueline Sonenberg for information on Philadelphia’s newest condo tower. Thank her for the donation and mention to her that I am looking for a good place for my Philly Chit Chat Social/News/Calendar/Photo site kick off party, maybe we could have in on the 57th Floor of Liberty One. Until then I hope everyone can make it out to the event on Father’s Day. All are welcome. Come participate in the 5K Run, 5K Walk or 1 Mile Fun Walk. We encourage everyone of every age to join in the run to eradicate prostate cancer as a life and quality-of-life threatening disease by helping to advance awareness and research.



I took the Sex and the City test, it’s on my Facebook – I’m CharlotteI used to watch Sex and the City with one of my best friends, my sister Crista. I was older than Carrie, she was younger. So I am a fan and was excited to shoot the premiere, but being from Philly and reluctant to give up a full day for vacation, I took a half day from my day job. Bad move, see these people, they put their name on the Photographer’s list at 4AM!! Me I got there at 3PM (Thanks to the Amtrak train breaking down) and I was #52. It was a big premiere people flew in from around the world.

I should have worn shorts, although I know that almost no one shooting in NYC ever does. The uniform is dark jeans, dark shirt, dark shoes, unless your well Demis
Security was tight, the dog sniffer was on site
The pen. I always bring my ladder when I shoot in NYC. I may have been in the second row, but I was in the first pen which holds the best photographers and the talent usually poses longer than the last pen which was about a Philly city block away. (Did I mention photographers uniform, dark, dark, dark OK black. The color they don’t want the SJP’s dress to be)
Sometimes for the unrecognizable talent, they have their PR person carry a placard with their name. This is something that should be done in Philadelphia.

The hazard of shooting second row, note the photographers flash head in the foregroundDid you see the “Devil Wears Prada”, which is by the same director as “Marley & Me”? Well it was based on these two people, Andre Leon Tally and Anna Wintour. When Jennifer Hudson won her Oscar last year, it was Andre Leon Tally that suggested she wear that space age outfit. Here a much thinning Jen blows a few kisses to the photographers, er the fans that will see the photos taken.
Tony Award winner Christine EbersoleKim Cattrall pinching her ass, she can’t believe she’s her I am not Sanford
Classy Cynthia Nixon. I wish she brought her girlfriend on the Pink Carpet.
I think Caroline Rhea has had some sex, she’s pregnant

I don’t think I have ever seen Ashley Olsen lift her head, I barely recognized her
She has some scary friend Newest Gossip Girl, Lydia Hearst (yes of that family)
The fans braved the weather for a glimpse of their stars, and they were not disappointed.
Eli Manning and his wife

Smith – Jason Lewis
Sweet’N Low Celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Picks Regis to be Spokesperson – National Television Campaign: “You Can’t Beat Pink, Pal” Breaks Today

When you wish upon a star….Edie Falco
The end…my disclaimer, none of these photos were submitted to any agencies to be published they are here for your consumption and they are not the best shots. (Epilogue – Thanks to Amtrak, the signals were screwed up on the tracks and I was sitting on the train for almost two hours getting me home at 2AM. Then I had to edit 600 photos, finally hitting my pillow at 4:30AM. Got up and 8AM worked some more, then off to my day job. Gotta wonder sometimes if these NYC premieres are worth it, hmm you’re damn right they’re worth it!! 🙂