Saturday, August 23, 2008

Arthur Ashe Day-US Open-August 23, 2008

I haven't shot pro sports in ages, and pro tennis is something I have always wanted to shoot. Today, at the 2008 Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, I had that opportunity. Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Lindsay Davenport and Rafael Nadal were warming up for their big matches later this month. It was a dream come true on a beautiful August day.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd close out Good Morning America`s Summer Concert Series-August 22, 2008

the end of another concert series for another year. Kid Rock joined Lynyrd Skynyrd today at Bryant Park for some good old southern rock-n-roll.

Monday, August 18, 2008

LOTS of happenings...August 18, 2008

Today was a busy summer day in Manhattan. The CW Show "Gossip Girl" were filming an upcoming episode at Columbia University with Blake Lively, Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester. The scene had Ed's character being abducted, but we don't know why.
Ben Stiller was back at the Museum of Natural History filming scenes for his forthcoming feature film 'Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian'
Rumer Willis, Katherine McPhee and the Veronicas appeared at the Heart Building for a special screening of "The Bunny House" and the gorgeous and sweet Robert Buckley was on hand to sign autographs for the many adorning female fans.
And lastly, Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters performed live in concert at The Highland Ballroom. WOW--this band is FANTASTIC. I was so surprised-I had no idea. They are number 2 on the Country Network so that tells you how great they are.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Donny and Marie-Live on "Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series" August 15, 2008

ok I admit it, I like Donny and Marie.
Donny seems to love Diane Sawyer.
And they love their Blackberry and IPhone!

Faith and Scott's Wedding, August 9, 2008

what better a way to celebrate a weekend than to go to a wedding. was not just ANY wedding, it was one of my beloved Sorority Sister's special day with her special man. And had it not been for a "little" reunion 10 months ago, I would not have been there.
Last summer at about this time of year,I got an email. "Hi, this is Deb C, remember me? I married a guy from RIT, we had a kid, and he is going to be a freshman there in the fall." A few more emails back and forth and then I decided to call. Deb and I were not terribly close in college, but we were sisters. But..when I picked up the phone and called her, it was as if we had always been the best of friends. The conversation was wonderful-easy, fun, pleasant. I graduated college in May 1984 and never looked back. I was probably the rare exception amongst college students-I couldn't wait to graduate and start my career as a photographer. 23 years went by and the only person I kept in regular contact with was Barb P, another one of my sorority sisters. I had nothing to do with the college or the sorority since leaving. Surprisingly, when the email from Deb arrived, I was so excited. We decided to have a reunion and started looking for our long lost sisters. We started a blog. Little by little, we found people and contacted them telling them of our plans. Along the way, we heard from Joyce, who we never knew, and who graduated in the 1970's. She wrote "hi, we heard about the reunion. Can we come too?" OF COURSE! So, last October, over 65 of us made the trek to Rochester, NY. For most of us who graduated in the 1980's, it was 23 years since we saw one another. And the group from the 70's-most had not seen one another in over 30 years. The campus has changed drastically-it is gorgeous. We were part of the dorms while in college-the current sisters live in a beautiful state of the art HOUSE!
The weekend was just amazing, went by too fast, and gave me something special in my life-the sisters I never had.
Faith graduated my year and returned as well. Little did I know, she works in NYC. We talked and talked, as most of us did and time stood still. Was it really over 2 decades since we have seen one another/been together? In my mind, these women would be forever 20, 21 and 22 years old.
Last weekend, about 8 of my sisters and Deb's mom, Terri, our "honary" sister, made the trek to Long Island to witness her take her vows to Scott, the man of her dreams. Scott is this warm, funny, romantic teddy bear with an amazingly wonderful group of friends. Faith's son, Stephen, walked her down the aisle and his speech made everyone weep.
After the party, Faith and Scott jumped into the pool,fully dressed!
This October we will go back to Rochester for the 2nd Annual Reunion.
I can't wait

The Jonas Brothers Perform on "Good Morning America's" Summer Concert Series-August 8, 2008

TOTAL craziness. Probably more people were in Bryant Park today for the Jonas Brothers than ever before, except for maybe Miley Cyrus. Fans were waiting in line for over 72 hours and it poured last night. The screams were deafening...were we watching The Beatles???Nope-just the Jonas Brothers-Nick, Joe and Kevin as they thrilled everyone for an extra long set.

Friday, August 08, 2008

The Police Perform Their Last Concert At New York`s Madison Square Garden-August 7, 2008

Backed by the NYPD Drum Band for the opening numbers, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland performed their last concert last night to a sold out crowd.

The B-52's open for The Police-Madison Square Garden, August 7, 2008

ALWAYS a great band to see, The B-52's did not disappoint at all. Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Fred Schneider continue to entertain with great music and a fun show.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Three Olives present a Special New York Screening of "Pineapple Express"-AMC 19th Street Theaters-August 5, 2008

while most of the NYC celebrity photographers were in Tribeca at a Penelope Cruz premiere, a small select group of us were at the AMC Theaters on 19th Street and Broadway for a Special Screening of "Pineapple Express" starring the multi talented Seth Rogen and James Franco. I love anything that Seth Rogen appears in and/or directed by Judd Apatow ("The 40 Year Old Virgin" "Knocked Up" Superbad" etc) and the crowd they attract are also those whose work I adore. Plus, I knew one of my favorite actors, Paul Rudd, was going to be there and anytime I get a chance to photograph him is fine with me. I think he is just gorgeous!
Also on hand tonight were Rumer Willis who looked terrific, super hunk Robert Buckley, and the talented Rosie Perez and Martha Plimpton, complete with a "boot" on her foot from an injury.
"Pineapple Express" is sure to be a hit, like the rest of Seth Rogen's films.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Sheryl Crow Live on "The Today Show's Summer Concert Series" August 1, 2008

one of the most talented women musicians out there today, Sheryl Crow writes, plays guitar, drums and bass. Today, she did not disappoint anyone.

Happy 20th Elana!