Thursday, February 22, 2007

February 21-a wedding, and Rachael Ray!

today was quite an interesting day. Several months ago, company I founded with Alyse Liebowitz, booked a wedding for Wednesday February 21. We were to meet in Central Park. The couple were flying here from Austrailia and we never spoke on the phone or met them in person-everything was arranged via internet and e-mail. We were to meet at 10:30am. By 10:45, they still had not arrived. We knew they were going to go to a place in Brooklyn and all we had was the name and address and that they were to be there at noon so we figured if ew didn't see them by 11:30, we would head to Brooklyn. Every couple that walked by, Alyse wondered if it could be them. None was in a wedding dress, but we didn't even know if they were going to be dressed up. After all, who gets married in Central Park-outside, in February? (we thought that maybe they thought it was also our summer since it is now summer in Austrailia. All of a sudden, I see a woman walking wearing a wedding dress. I said "Alyse..look!" Her response was "do you think that's her?" I said..."how many women do you think would be in a wedding dress on a Wednesday in NYC in the middle of winter?"
Liam and Nadia were wonderful. 22 of their friends flew in from Austrailia to be at their wedding. They handled everything via the internet, and everything was just amazing.
So many photographers hate shooting weddings, complain about it. We love it. We are a part of one of the most special days for a couple, we make spectacular images and have a lot of fun.

Afterwards, it was off to Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum in Times Square to photograph Rachael Ray with the unveiling of her wax figure.
The wedding of Liam and Nadia was definitely more fun.

February 18-how I spent my birthday

February 18, 2007
Today was my 45th birthday and I decided to do something different. I love helping people, I love photography, and I love my husband (who like me, has the same 3 passions) and we lent our talents to an organization that goes around helping those who are less fortunate. Everyone was given clothes, soup and a nice bagged lunch today and for a few minutes, they were able to forget it was cold outside.
The people I met and photographed today were so warm and friendly, and they had such wonderful faces.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

RIP Anna Nicole Smith, 1967-2007

Reality TV star, actress and former model ANNA NICOLE SMITH has died after
collapsing in Hollywood, Florida. The 39-year-old was found unconscious in her hotel room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this afternoon (08FEB07). According to hotel officials, Smith was "unresponsive" and emergency crews performed CPR at the scene and a breathing apparatus was inserted in her throat. Paramedics were seen pumping her chest as she was taken from the hotel and transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2pm EST today. She died at 3.45pm EST. Local streets were closed off to rush Smith to the hospital, three miles away. Her five-month-old daughter, DANNIELYNN, was not with her mother, sources say. The baby is being cared for by a family friend in The Bahamas, where Smith has been living since last summer (06).
Anna Nicole was fighting eviction and paternity lawsuits at the time of her
death. Ex-boyfriends LARRY BIRKHEAD and G BEN THOMPSON had both filed lawsuits against the actress/model. Photojournalist Birkhead claimed filed a paternity suit last year (06) claiming he was the biological father of Smith's baby daughter DANNIELYNN, while developer Thompson has been fighting to evict her from the home he helped secure for her in The Bahamas last summer (06).
On Wednesday (07FEB07), a California judge demanded Smith submit her baby daughter for a DNA test by 21 February (07) - in an effort to end the battle
over who the biological father of the baby is.
At the time of her death, Smith was also fighting the estate of her late
husband, oil tycoon J HOWARD MARSHALL, for a share of his estate. Marshall died in 1995.
In 2002, she was awarded $88 million (GBP45.1 million) from the estate of her
late husband, but was denied claim that she was also owed interest on that
money. Smith's life has been rocked with the bizarre and the tragic with moments of happiness and success.
Born VICKY LYNN HOGAN in Houston, Texas, she started her career as a waitress in a fried chicken restaurant but tasted success as a Playboy model, actress and star of her own self-titled, bizarre reality TV show.
Smith was named Playboy Playmate of the Month in May 1992 and Playboy
Playmate of the Year in 1993. She shocked the world when she married J Howard Marshall II in 1994 when she was 26 and the oil tycoon was almost 90.
Last September (06) was a joyful and terrible month for the actress - she
gave birth to baby daughter Dannielynn just three days before her 20-year-old
son DANIEL died from a lethal overdose of methadone and anti-depressants in his mother's hospital room in The Bahamas.
Best known as a socialite, public figure and diet product spokesmodel, Smith
also appeared in a handful of movies, including THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT and her final movie ILLEGAL ALIENS, which was released last year (06)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Justin Timberlake and Pink perform to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden, Feb. 7, 2007