Philly Chit Chat is a photography and news blog about Philadelphia’s social, political, and lifestyle scenes. HughE Dillon founded the online publication in 2007 while he worked as a paralegal. After three years the social diary gained significant traction, HughE started photographing events full-time and the blog is now considered one of the leading news/entertainment outlets in the Philadelphia region. Whether posting on Instagram (15,000 followers) and Twitter (23,200 followers) with his “on-the-scene” updates or photographing a client’s gala, restaurant openings, retail happenings, etc, HughE is the go-to guy for knowing what is hot and happening in town.
Are you hosting an event and need a photographer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about hiring HughE for your event as the media photographer. Photos are optioned for media placement, and promotion of your event will happen on my social media platforms. You will also receive photos for your use.
HughE’s content can regularly be consumed in other media outlets including phillymag.com, phillystylemag.com, Phila Business Journal, Liberty City Press, Metro Philly, Fox29 and Good Day Philadelphia, 95.7BenFM, and has been placed in The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, as well as national outlets like People, Us, and Daily Mail.
Client List in 2015/16 included:
Diner en Blanc, The Garces Foundation Gala, The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Gala, Dr J’s Birthday Party, Kimmel Center, Cashman & Assocs, The Honigman Group, Aversa Pr, Kathleen English Communications, Brownstone PR, PAWS, Fairmount Park Conservancy, The Please Touch Museum, Opera Philadelphia, Gilda’s Club, Uptown Beer Garden, Little Lion, Rittenhouse Row Festival, Preakness on the Piazza, Parx Casino, Susan Komen, ADL Walk against Hate, and more
His photos and stories have also appeared nationally in People and Time magazine, US Weekly, Daily Mail, and the NY Post (most recently Richard Gere filming in Philadelphia.)
Recent acknowledgement and awards
In 2016, Philly Happenings listed him as the most influential Social Media Personality.
In 2015, The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), honored him for his story, and volunteer work done in the name of saving lives.
In 2015, The Philly Voice listed him in Philly’s Top 10 most influential Social Media People
In 2015, The Philadelphia Pen & Pencil Club (professional journalist) nominated him as one Philly’s most influential social media journalist (there were 4 in the category)
In 2014, his favorite deli Schlessinger’s named a dessert after him.
In 2013 HughE was named second most influential twitter-er by Philadelphia magazine.
In 2013 HughE received the Philadelphia DoGooder Innovation Award from Mayor Michael Nutter for creating a community platform that highlights charity initiatives withphillychitchat.com.
In 2013 the Linda Creed Foundation awarded HughE with the Gene Kaplan Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication to raising awareness and funds for critical financial assistance to women receiving breast cancer treatment and advocacy work.
In 2013 The Palm Restaurant honored HughE by adding his face to their celebrity studded restaurant walls. He’s in great company with Bradley Cooper, Governor Ed Rendell and Nicole Miller.
In 2012 Philadelphia Style Magazine and Mediate.com named PhillyChitChat.com the 5th most influential blog in Philadelphia.
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