Friday, January 25, 2008

WHEN I RECIEVED THIS IN THE MAIL: complimentary Valentine Portrait Sessions for local women with spouses serving abroad

I just had to let you know of this generous offer:


DENNIS KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY OFFERS A UNIQUE VALENTINE TREAT FOR THE TROOPSWhen deciding on a sentimental gift for your husband overseas – remember ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’BLACKWOOD, New Jersey, January 22, 2008 - Attention local wives with husbands serving overseas - nothing will make your soldier smile like a Valentine Portrait of their beloved spouse. From now until February 1st, Dennis Kelly Photography Studio is offering complimentary Valentine Portrait Sessions for local women with spouses serving abroad.“Photographs of loved ones are a unique and special gift for soldiers,” said Dennis Kelly. “We are a strong supporter of the troops, and are happy to help put a smile on their faces this Valentine’s Day.”Since care packages and gifts often take several weeks to deliver, an electronic Valentine portrait is truly the gift that keeps on giving for that special someone. Each participant will receive one complimentary retouched digital image to email to their spouse.In order to receive the finished photo in time for the holiday, you must book your session by February 1st. Contact the studio today at (856) 228-4399 to make your appointment.About Dennis Kelly PhotographyDennis P Kelly is a full time professional portrait photographer with a studio located in Blackwood, NJ. He has operated his studio since 1981 and specializes in portraiture with a unique, creative style.He is a member of the Professional Photographer’s of America, current president of the Guild of Professional Photographers of the Delaware Valley and holds both the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degree.

For more information on Dennis Kelly, please visit (856) 228-4399 or http://www.dpkellyphotography.com/

Thursday, January 24, 2008

THE DAY HILLARY STOP BY TO PICK UP AN ENDORSEMENT THAT DIDN'T REALLY MATTER, but was a nice gesture anyway and a good photo-op

Yesterday morning I was reading http://willdo.philadelphiaweekly.com/ and got a tip that Hillary would be coming to City Hall at 1:15PM to pick up an endorsement from Gov Rendell. So I ran over on my lunch hour.



It turned into a long lunch hour, Hillary was late. Something about a flat tire on her plane. So the local press was left to cool their heels for 60 minutes more

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as we waited for Hillary and her "Travelling Press" to arrive from Washington D.C.

It gave me time to ponder how these flags stay so perfect. I noticed they had triangular cardboard lids attached to the poles to make sure the flags were always full, thus making the background look that much prettier. Later a guest commented that Hillary's detail brings those props to press conferences.

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The audience was made up of invited guests, dignitaries and a few crashers. Apparently this guy has balls of steel or is just arrogant as his dad to show his face at City Hall.

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Dignataries filled the room. Can you name them, I will give you a hint, one tough cookie is sitting down 2nd to left

It seems that Hillary's plane flies at the same speed as her Travelling Press bus, as they all entered at the same time. Giving the traveling press almost no time to set up in their reserved spots in front and behind me. The guy standing is setting sycronizing his watch and to the camera man behind him. This way when Hillary says a "Sound Bite" he can note the time and find it when he writes up his report.The moment arrives and Hillary approaches the podium, I missed that shot as the room stood to greet her, but here is the moment after with the welcoming remarks for Hillary. I love Nutter, but I am over his dig at Street by announcing the start of every event with "It's a New Day." Just by the mere fact that Nutter shows up, "It's a New Day"


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Rendell is pretty clear on who he wants the next president to be!! Ed said that even though Pennsylvania’s primary was April 22, he could campaign for her in neighboring New Jersey or Delaware.

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The traveling press is writing and transimitting the photos as the three speak. The AP's photos were running on the 'net before Hillary even left the room. it's tough competition for a freelancer like me.


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Rendell and Nutter bond as Hillary makes her case.


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Hillary has an intriguing expression, but Rendell kills the shot with his non-intriguing expression. Nutter maintains this expression throughout the conference.


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Then other times I got the shot, but then Nutter would close his eyes. I've shot him a lot, he's an "eye shutter." You always have to shoot off a half dozen to get his eyes openor crop him outI wass fairly far back, so no singular head shots of Hillary at the dais like I would have like to get if I had been prepared, but at least I carry my camera to my day job everyday.image

Hillary does photo-ops afterwards

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Joe Hoeffels head to the right

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After the press conference Hillary headed to the airport to fly to Newark, I overheard a travelling press guy say. He boarded this bus.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

HEATH LEDGER DIES AN UNTIMELY DEATH AT 421 BROOME STREET in the nude (hmm TMI)

This is my favorite photo of Heath Ledger. It was outside the Good Morning America studios in NYC, December 2005. He was leaving after being interview, and he had just found out that he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Brokeback Mountain. The announcement was televised in Times Square, so I knew too. When he came out I was one of the first people to congratulate him, he turned waved and smiled.

FINALLY A REASON TO VISIT NEW JERSEY

Both Bill Clinton and Bob Green will be visiting Cherry Hill today, a coincidence? [insert joke here]

The presidential race will be coming to the area tomorrow when Bill Clinton travels to Cherry Hill, New Jersey to campaign for his wife

IF YOU GO Bob Greene, Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer and author, will be at Genuardi's, 1632 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The first 150 people to attend will receive "Best Life' gift bags valued at about $75. (Actually I grew up in NJ, Cherry Hil in fact and I go there alot; it's not as bad as the jokes make it seem)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

FINALLY CREDENTIALED FOR NEW YORK'S FALL 2008 FASHION WEEK at Bryant Park

I know this doesn't have anything to do with Philly, but it has something to do with me and I'm from Philly. And I know can I get any lazier. I just copied and pasted my entry from my other blog Confessions of a Paparazzi for today and pasted it here. But I am really excited that I will be covering this event. It's not easy getting approved to shoot Fashion Week, you have to reach a certain level of reliability in getting published. I was turned down last season.

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I was still planning to go to NYC to cover the festivities, I was just going to shoot it from outside in the cold and wet weather. In fact it's supposed to snow 2/2 & 2/3 in NYC.

Monday, January 21, 2008

CITY FITNESS HEALTH FAIR, HOT DELICIOUS HEALTHY FUN

IN A GYM was the last place this out of shape paparazzi wanted to be Saturday morning, but I love those magnificent PR Cashman girls plus I would do anything for a couple free smoothie drinks.These are the City Fitness folks L- R is trainer Howard Aaron; marketing guru, Megan Kelly and owner Ken Davies A nice crowd had gathered for the eventSome even worked out. One of the things you notice when you first arrive is that the place is huge and chock full of equipment to choose from and hot shapely trainers to motivate you. I decided to get my first free Juice from these lovely girls, Stephanie, Victoria and Dallas I love this mural, and it has the new Comcast Building in it. This place also has all the up to date and latest exercise equiptment, machines with TV's on them. (I could only dream my gym would be so forward thinking, ok I work out, but haven't made a dent in my pear shape yet, maybe I need a new gym?)

Look you can bike away from the Art Museum as it looms behind you

WOW its huge
At the Health Fair Triune Chiropractic Counseling was there to work out the creaks and pain
I then checked out one of the classes. This is the "Hip Hop Aerobics" class.Did I mention the hot trainers, here's Donna DeGregorio. It wasn't a surprise to me when she said she was a fitness model too. Check out her website, you won't be disappointed: http://www.donnadegregorio.com/
All this looking at hot sweaty people made me thirsty. City Fitness has a smoothie bar right inside the gym. It's called Body Blendz run by Chip Mitchell and Shamus Savage. Trust me they're delicious. Darn neither Body Blendz or Shamus have a website yet, but if you want to know about Body Blendz you can write Chip Mitchell at cmitchell@bodyblendz.com

Did I mention how big this place is? I was fascinated by that big fan on the ceiling. Kildare's was there preparing something healthy, looky who is waiting in line, it's Blaire from Q102's Booker show (I maintained my "gentleman paparazzi" title as Courtney Love once told me and didn't ask any Alycia Lane Booker questions [see Fashion Week 2007 on that other blog of mine[Did I mention that Fashion Week is coming up in 2 short weeks, I am beyond thrilled. Madonna is having an EVENT that I will be shooting at, I hope, still waiting to be credentialed]) Back to Blaire, girl I have some blackmail pictures. Call me we'll do lunch and make the exchange.

Back on my Feet and the Healing Touch were busy working their magic

So if you don't want to rely on Photoshopping your photos to get that skinny ass body, you should check out City Fitness and do it yourself. Monthly fee is $59


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