Saturday, June 9, 2012


I just wanted everyone to know how I conduct business:

My core business is being hired to shoot and document social and mostly charity events in Philadelphia on  People hire me because of my skill of shooting the right people at these parties and writing a compelling story. The client gets to keep the photos I take, and I give them the license outright to distribute as they please**, that's why you might see them in the various outlets in the City, Facebook or in their newsletters. 

In order to write a story about the event I use the press release distributed by PR; as well as what I observe, including chit chatting with guests.  I choose the photos to run in PhillyChitChat, and I write the story using my own words (I think my readers know this as I sometimes get complaints on my spelling and sentence structure.)

I have a contributing contract with Philly Magazine for one column a week, and they assign those events to me, and two random shots, usually a celebrity or notable person. (Thank God I have an editor there.)

For all other events:

Philadelphia Magazine and Fox 29 are outlets for publication. (Similarly to when they are pitched by companies, Publicists, and PR agencies to cover their events, products, or clients.) Hiring me to shoot your event doesn't guarantee placement in any of my affiliates and that is clearly spelled out in contracts with the parties that hire me.  Ultimately, I submit/pitch my work to the editors at the respective media outlets and they select stories for coverage.  In fact, those editors don't even know which events were paid and which were not. Any allegations claiming otherwise are simply false. (& I don't receive any additional compensation ie double dipping for you in the know.)

P.S. You don't have to hire me to come out and photograph your event.  Most of my events are not client driven, and so I want you to continue to pitch me.  

** If Philly Mag accepts a pitch for photos from an event I shot, I give them 10 exclusive shots. After 90 days I will send them to the client.

Thanks so much for stopping by. HughE

Friday, June 8, 2012


Often I'm not home when my Philly Mag columns go live, and I am often on the go, go, go and forget to post them or push them through my social media outlets. I thought I would post them here today for you to see what I wrote on Philly Mag this week in The Scene section. I really work hard on those columns, each one can take up to two hours to write. Hope you enjoy. Have a great weekend.

CHECK OUT my column in PHILLY MAG TODAY, About the Voice Foundation Gala last weekend

I had never heard of the Phila Arts & Council Awards. That was a fun event, and interesting to see all the movers and shakers come out from behind the desk. (sorry about Martha Graham Crackers eyes, I tried to correct the red in photo shop, and now she just looks demonish.) HERE

Ball on the Square Patron Party. I heard someone was mad I tweeted that it was held at someone's former house and she was on the guest list. Hey it's the truth, it was her former house and she was on the guest list. If it were my former house it would feel weird seeing it with other peoples furniture and taste, but I'd want to visit it again. I've always dreamed of knocking on the door of the peeps who live in my childhood home to see if I could tour it again.  Rittenhouse Square Patron Party.

Dallas rides into town again: 


The Philadelphia Award:  So much fun, and super personalities attended. I just got my new camera and am learning on the job, that's why there's a little in consistency in the photos. I probably should have used one of my older models on such an important event. What do you think? Did they come out OK?  I loved, loved, loved meeting Aileen Roberts sisters. Fun Irish gals with lots of spunk.

Beyonce at Revel

I didn't appear on Fox 29's Good Day this week. I was just slammed with work and wanted to get it all done so I could go to the beach today and visit my mom and sister. Did you see she's renting her house out. Check it Here

BTW Rachel Ray ate at Rouge yesterday and didn't tip. WTF. I'm sure she thought it was taken care of.

Also Colin Farrell was seen taking one last stroll through the neighborhood yesterday. His time here is nearly at the end. Such a super guy. Thanks for donating your signature to the Career Wardrobe's purse auction. I totally hooked that up and was glad to do it.

Rumor smummer, I wrote about Harrison Ford coming to Philly to film Paranoia at least 2 weeks before you "heard a rumor." Then I tweeted it constantly. Gees some people, I just don't understand them. I usually ignore most of your dribble about your exclusives that I actually wrote about already, but I thought we had mended those fences. Let's see I haven't talked about a big film coming in August yet, could you pull that rumor out of your...

Congratulations to John and Lauren Colabelli on their nuptials last week. (PS I will never spell Lauren's last name incorrectly again.)
There's another big wedding happening in our area, but it's not Anne Hathaway's like the rumor mill says on Twitter. Thank you so very much to my tipster for thinking of me though. Can't wait to hear who got married under the big tent in Cape May.

If you like what you see at Philly Mag, LIKE my column for each story and share it with your readers. I would really, really appreciate it. It helps my numbers and keeps me fed as well as allows me to bring it all to you.

Thanks so very much, HughE

Thursday, June 7, 2012



PHILADELPHIA, PA  – The Omni Hotel at Independence Park is donating a big girl’s dream to make a little girl’s dream come true.

The hotel, together with a group of select vendors across the city, is auctioning a complete wedding package worth more than $50,000 to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in its battle to cure childhood cancer. The auction – entitled - will begin June 9, 2012 8p.m. on eBay. The minimum opening bid will be $10,000. Final bids coincide one week later on June 15, 2012 at 8p.m. A preview of this spectacular package is at as of June 2, 2012.

The package includes an exquisite ceremony and reception for up to 140 people and an all-inclusive resort honeymoon in Mexico, photography, flowers, hair and make-up for the bride and her party, a wedding cake, wedding bands a penthouse suite – the works. Put simply, it is the best of Philadelphia coming together to benefit a truly magnificent cause. 

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is named for Alexandra Scott, a little girl with cancer who, at the age of four, set up a lemonade stand in her front yard as a way of helping raise money to cure childhood cancer.

Amanda Hemingway, Director of Human Resources and Christopher Laufer, Director of Sales. Both of  at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park
 Alex passed away in 2004, when she was only eight years old – but not before raising more than a million dollars for her cause. The Foundation that bears her name continues. It has raised millions of dollars and funded more pediatric cancer research projects nationwide.

The Omni Hotel at Independence Park is located at 4th and Chestnut streets in the city’s historic Old City section. The wedding ceremony and reception will be held at the hotel’s acclaimed Azalea restaurant and includes everything from filet mignon to a premium open bar. The hotel recently underwent a spectacular, $4 million renovation. The couple will spend their wedding night in the Omni’s penthouse suite with its magnificent living room, luxurious marble baths and commanding view of the city.

The lucky couple will begin with a rehearsal dinner at the lovely Union Trust Steak House with 30 of their family and friends. They will then host their wedding August 17, 2013 at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park. Carl Alan Floral Design has donated 20 centerpieces for the reception.

Hair and make-up services are being provided by Marc Voci Salon and Color Bar, Delaware County's premiere salon for chic and progressive hair. Hair and make-up services will be completed in the Omni’s penthouse suite. The groom’s tuxedo will be provided by Beau & Co., a British influenced custom clothing company that was created to spread an infectious passion for unique, custom-tailored garments. The groom will received a made-to-measure, full-canvas, custom suit or tuxedo, along with a bespoke dress shirt, more than 40 individual measurements of the groom will be taken to get the perfect fit and there are hundreds of fabrics and many individual style options for the groom to select from, to create something truly unique for the wedding. It is also an opportunity to add a number of custom details to celebrate the big day, such as a monogram of the wedding date on the shirt sleeve or inside of the jacket.

Barsky Diamonds, on Philadelphia’s famous Jewelers Row, is donating the wedding bands. And the bride can custom design her cake with the help of the experts at the Classic Cake Company.  Sparks Photography, who has photographed some of the city’s most notable society weddings and events, will be taking pictures. DJ Services will be provided by Synergetic Sounds & Lighting.

When it’s all over, the couple will fly round trip and enjoy their honeymoon at the all-inclusive Dreams Tulum resort on Mexico’s stunning Riviera Maya. Omni Hotel and Resort Cancun Mexico. The resort is home to world-class restaurants, splendid white sand beaches and an atmosphere of relaxed perfection. Staff will even deliver dinner and drinks to their private balcony – anytime of the day or night.

Complete information on every part of the wedding package can be found at the auction’s official web site -

The Omni Hotel at Independence Park, 401 Chestnut Street, is a four-diamond European-style luxury hotel that  offers elegance and style at its best - all within walking distance of the Liberty Bell, U.S. Mint, Independence Hall and the Benjamin Franklin House.  Situated just 10 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport, the Omni Hotel at Independence Park offers the ideal Philadelphia hotel location.


About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $50 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 200 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit

SETH IN THE CITY, sexy at 57 floors above the City

As I mentioned on my segment for Fox 29's Good Day Philly last week, the Friends of DA Seth Williams were having a fundraiser for his next campaign in 2013 at the Residences of Liberty Place last night.

Mitchell Kaplan, Esq of Zarwin Baum, Chef Daniel Stern, R2L (who catered the party) and DA Seth Willaims
"Ladies, dress like a star and put on your sexiest shoes. Gentlemen, dress to impress!"
Greeting guests at the 57th Floor of Liberty Place Residences was Gina Sweet-Comrie and Demetrius Widerman
Stacey Cummings and Claudia Tucker-Keto were on hand to support Seth Williams' next run.
Gar Giles and Cheryl Mosley

Lakeisa and Latasha Hill, with Linda Jackson and Tanya Hill of Exotic Glo jewelery

Yorel E Pressley and Salters B Davis IV
I left about 6:20PM to run to another event, but would return at 8:30PM to see how the Seth in The City grooved after the sun set.
As the sun set the sexy came out: Darrely Irizarry, Executive Director of Seth's Political Action Committee Lisette Gonzalez, Clament Newport, Janiel Ruffin, Marisol Maldonado and 
Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg, Greta Russo, Lotus Events, and Antoine Johnson‏, House of Talent Pa (Look for the fashion stylist guru's reality TV show to hit the airways this summer on the Bounce Network.)
Luz Centeno, Betty Slafman (The Loveliest Betty of them all!), Stacey Kracher, Aida Strata and Zeli Penna (
Wanda Albert, Pandora Wood and Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown
Seth Williams and Mike Quick, former American football wide receiver who played his entire career with the Philadelphia Eagles, and can now be heard on the Philadelphia Eagles radio broadcasts on WIP 610 AM and 94.1 FM along with Merrill Reese. 
Next up, on July 27th dress to impress and participate in the All White Line Dance Party at Parkside Banquet Hall

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Photos: The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund's (DVLF) HEROES Brunch

The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund's (DVLF) HEROES Brunch took place at the Sofitel on Sunday.

  The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) strives to increase philanthropy and grantmaking to support the community needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and straight-allied communities. DVLF advances philanthropy for the LGBTI community through endowment building, fundraising, community outreach and education. Amber Hikes, John Moeller, Executive Director of DVLF and Morgan Levine. Amber and Mogan are co-producers of The Stimulus Party, a diverse and popular monthly women’s party in Philadelphia.  2012 Business/Corporation HERO Award:Stimulus Productions

Robert Szwajkos,  Brad Bolino, Samantha Giusti, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations at WOMEN'S WAY, and Rudy Flesher,

Songstress Jen Creed entertained the crowd making the crowd smile with her Judy Garland, and Liza Minnelli songs. The event was held on the 2nd floor ball room of the Sofitel. I haven't really covered too many events there and it was very spacious, lit well and had a nice cocktail area right outside the larger room. I'd like to see more events in this space.
Carlos Aviles, Program Manager at Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education (GALAEI)

The board president of the GALAEI and named one of 40 people named Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos by the Philadelphia Multicultural Congress and Impacto Latino Magazine, and Adriana Rivera, Raices Latina Pride Philadelphia
Robert Metzger, Kevin Barry, Mark Segal, founder & publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News (when I was a kid that's how my mom found out I was gay, she found a bunch of them in my desk drawer while I was away at college, opps, [hm why was she looking in my desk drawer in the first place?) Jason Villemez and Dan Calhoun. Dan just participated in Weigh It Forward, a charity weight loss. He looks great. Here's an article on it in the PGN

 Samantha Giusti, Gloria Casarez, Casey Cook, Ray Murphy, Olinshar Ngiyen and Tricia Dressel
National Nonprofit Organization HERO Award: 
Trevor Project

Adriana “Andi” Rivera

Having recognized the need to have increased visibility for Latino LGBT communities, Andi took the initiative to organize what has since become Raices Latino Pride Philly. Raices is comprised of 12 Latino LGBT community leaders and has a mission to promote, educate, enrich, empower, unite, represent, and celebrate the LGBT Latino heritage. 
Individual HERO Award:Adriana "Andi" Rivera
David Lee Preston, Assistant City Editor, Philadelphia Daily News and Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq., executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Craig Beyerle, Mark Beyerle, Specialty USA, Steven Maisel, Gigi Nilpour and Linda Berger

Bobby Saritsolou and Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou

Ed Bomba, Heshie Zinman, Chris, Mike, Mark Seaman and Janathan Vu
Ed Bomba, Heshie Zinman, Community Activist, LGBT Elder Activist, Social and Economic Justice Advocate, Radical Faerie, Chris Bartlett, Executive Director for the William Way LGBT Community Center, Michael Marsico, James Duggan, Mark Seaman and Janathan Vu
D. Mark Mitchell President of DVLF, with PR princess Christie Honigman, The Honigman Group, and John Moeller, Executive Director of DVLF (actually he resigned the day after as he is going to work with Planned Parenthood. Looking for an executive director for DVLF now. So jealous of that cute outfit.). Good luck to him.

Longport, NJ Cottage for rent w/attached Mother-in-law Suite 2012

As you know my sister and her family just bought a cute house in Longport, NJ. I stayed there over the Memorial Day Weekend. It was wonderful, and great to see them. So they're here until Mid-July but then need to rent it out for the rest of the summer. Here are a few pictures she took, of course if I photographed it it would be a little be more in-depth, but hey she was probably running around after the 3 kids, 2 of them are boys. So please please please rent it out for the summer cause I don't want her to have a year long tenant cause I want her to come down every June so I can see her kids.

Charming Longport cottage for rent. 3 bedrooms main house, living area, kitchen and 2 full baths. Front deck with awning. 

I guess the boys were sleeping or didn't clean up their room cause this is the baby's room

Master Bedroom - Do you think a seashore picture would be nice here. I was thinking of buying her a cute picture from Absolute Abstract of the LOVE Statue? Thoughts?

Attached apartment has 1 full bath, living area and loft. $2400 week. All furnishings brand new.Available 8/1 through Fall.
103 N. 31st Ave. Longport, NJ
I'll be down there on Friday and get a few more cute pictures. Any questions? Crista Dillon Bateman crista08us@yahoo(dot) com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Claude Giroux - Wondered Why He Got The Wanamaker Award

A few people we know were honored at the 2012 John Wanamaker Athletic Award Ceremony and Luncheon along with a few people we should get to know.
Claude Giroux and Ed Snider of the Philadelphia Flyers (if a shot is in b/w, it's because I just got my new camera and there's a learning curve. It looks good though does it?)
Amy Needle, Michelle Vondak, and Melanie Johnson. Thanks to Phyllis Halpern for pointing out that "Once Upon a Nation" has 11 benches not 13 this year. (Thanks to the cut in funding to Philly) Congrats to my two tweeter followers who named the correct location of the benches. Send me your emails and we will arrange for you to pick up your gift bag.

Amerimar's Steve Gleason who manages the Wanamaker Building.

Larry Needle is executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress (PSC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), which attracts major sporting events and conventions to the Philadelphia area. Larry's primary role is to pursue bids for future sporting events and to facilitate their implementation in Philadelphia. PSC is also the producer of the annual Army/Navy Game, a tradition held in Philadelphia for a century.

The City of Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department presented its second annual Sports Volunteer of the Year Award to the Katie Kirlin Fund accepting is Joe and Roseann Kirlin. After their daughter, Katie, became a wheelchair athlete due to a spinal tumor (1990) and then passed away, Joe and Roseanne have dedicated their lives to raising funds for wheelchair sports and seeing they are utilized to change the lives of athletes.  Through the years their hands on approach in the Philadelphia area led to the development of track, swimming and junior basketball teams all functioning under the name, Katie’s Komets.   They have raised over $10 million dollars since starting their organization twenty years ago.
Adam Taliaferro,is a former American football player whose recovery from a paralyzing spinal cord injury sustained while playing cornerback for the Penn State Nittany Lions, Jerry Segal, (c) whose golf fundraisers support Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, was honored with the Sports Congress’ Robert P. Levy (r) Community Service Award. Segal who is an attorney from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who was paralyzed as a result of neck surgery in 1988 and later learned to walk again. He is also on the board of trustees for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and has raised over $10 million with his very successful charity golf tournaments. Taliaferro credits his successful rehabilitation to Segal and to Magee Rehabilitation.
Dave Montgomery, owner of the Philles and Ed Snider, Owner of the Flyers. Ed Snider received the Lifetime Achievement Award. I had no idea that Ed Snider picked out the location for the Vet, and also brought the Flyers here 9 months later. Snider says that in 1967 when the Flyers first came to town they had a parade down Broad Street. No one came, but 7 years later 2 million people lined the same street to see the Flyers bring home the Stanley Cup. Snider went on to say a few praising words about Giroux , and believes he will bring the team to the Promise Land next year.
The Philadelphia Sports Congress awarded this year’s John Wanamaker Athletic Award to Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers during a ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, June 5 in the Crystal Tea Room of the Wanamaker Building. Giroux emerged as one of the elite players in the National Hockey League this season.

Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette explains why Claude Giroux was tapped for the Wanamaker Award,
which in previous years was given to Roy Halladay, Jimmy Rollins, Dawn Staley and St. Joe's Men's Basetball Team.

You may ask, as did Claude Giroux, why did he get this award and what's it mean? The press release gives us a few details:
This season, Giroux tallied 28 goals and 65 assists for 93 points. He also led the NHL in scoring during the first round of the playoffs. This is the third time a Flyers player has been recognized with the award, but the first since goalie Bernie Parent in 1975. Giroux also joins Bobby Clarke and the Flyers Stanley Cup Champion team from 1974, coach Fred Shero in 1976, and the 1980 squad which reached the Cup Finals. Since 1961, the Wanamaker Award has been presented to the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.
The End

PS peeps who rent the Crystal Tea Room. This is how to light the podium. Get someone up on a ladder and adjust the fixtures to shine on the participants on the staged. There's nothing worse than going to an event and everyone is in the dark. (This is not directed at you, I know you think it is. It's for all the people who spend good money to rent this sometimes terribly lit plate. It's awesome for gala's, but can be challenging for award ceremonies unless lit properly.)