Tuesday, July 24, 2007

WOW, What a Fantastic Day!!

Not sure how much I can say write now. But I think it's safe to give you a hint of what I did today. Don't worry, I'll follow up soon and tell you about the whole day. Just think of this as one of those teaser trailers that are about 6 seconds long and give no other information. If you can't picture that, well too bad. You're just going to have to wait.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Adrienne and Richard

Ok, after returning home from a wedding in Connecticut at 3:30am, downloading images, cleaning, and setting up my equipment to recharge, it was time (4:30am) to take a quick 2 hour nap. Then it was off to Adrienne's home in The Bronx where I met up with my friend James Ravenell. Can you say "Red Bull"
Adrienne and Richard were married at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem. It got a little emotional up at the alter, but I won't say for who. Afterwards the celebration continued up in New Rochelle at the Greentree Country Club. There's always a moment in a wedding that stands out for me, and the moment of this day had to be the dance between Richard and his mother. As mother and son danced to "I'm in the Mood for Love," Richard's mother sang every single word to him. He told me this is something she use to do when he was smaller. Again this made for a very emotional moment, especially for one person in particular. And again, I won't say who. A new beginning to close a great weekend.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

For Their Eyes Only 7.07.007

Kate and Huey....... I really can't say enough about these two beautiful people. I first met Kate and Huey at a cocktail party thrown by my friend and exceptional photographer Jason Groupp.
Now I didn't pick that title just because they were married on 7.07.007. You see Huey has a serious thing for James Bond Movies. But unlike agent 007 Huey doesn't have to keep finding a new Bond Woman, with Kate he's set for life, and what a wonderful life I'm sure it will be for the two of them. My guest photographer Jolene helped me cover the day.

Kate started her day a the Bryant Park Hotel, which also served as the temporary home for most of their family and friends which came from out of town. This also included some of Huey's former football team mates of the University of Florida, "The Gators", whom averaged about 7' 11.9" and 359 lbs. So let me paint this picture for you, Huey's Alma mater wins a national football title, a national basketball title, Daniel Craig has recently and successfully taken responsibility for the role of James Bond, and most importantly.... He Got the Girl!! Not even Bond himself has been bless like that.

The ceremony was held at The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle. As you enter this church for the first time, your mouth automatically drops to the floor. Yeah, it's that amazing. Part of portrait session included an idea Huey had for reenacting a photo of Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis looking over their shoulders while using a large set of urinals. So while shooting near Lincoln Center, Huey pointed out that the P.J Clarke's which just happen to be sitting right behind us may have the urinals. And guess what, one of the photos below shows the out come. After the manager had a big laugh about the idea, and cleared it, she agreed to letting us take the photo with the promise of a print that they could frame and hang up.

The reception took place at the Bryant Park Grill. Where Kate, Huey and their guest where entertained by a great band, (I'll have to get the name later). It was a really great night, and I'd really like to thank my new friends Kate and Huey for giving me the honor of documenting their day.

Now because of the way I wrote this post it may seem that the day really revolved around Huey, but let me simply remind you of something. James may have always been tossing the bad guys around, driving the cool cars, and had all the neat gadgets. But it was about the women; Ursla Andress, Kim Basinger, Diana Rigg, Honor Galour, Halle Berry and now Kate Richardson. Good for you Kate!!!

Dean and Jerry eat your heart out.

Jason actually threw his camera in the air and used the timer to take a picture.

Don't forget the slide show!!!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Niki and Kevin

Wow, it's been a couple of weeks now but the day is etched in my head. Nichole began her morning at the home of her father in Brooklyn while Kevin got dressed at their own home a few blocks away. This day my guest photographer was Lindsay Flanagan, great photographer, and a beautiful person, we had a blast. And for the first time, I also incorporated and assistant, whom just happens to be my girlfriend Simone. She came highly recommended by me.

The ceremony was held at the BEAUTIFUL Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. While Nichole waited in a suite for her moment to begin, she kept asking me "Rob, is it rainining, is it suppose to rain today, did you see the weather report for today?" And even though the clouds had begun to roll in my answer was "Nope, it's not raining, nope it's not suppose to rain, and Yep I saw the weather and there's not rain on your day" Of course none of this was true, but I wasn't saying anything else because I had faith and didn't want Niki worrying about something she couldn't control. But of course someone had to blurt out "Oh Yeah, There's suppose to be showers, thunder, lightning, hail, meteors, the works" Ok, she didn't say all of that, but she said enough, and the sound of thunder in the back ground didn't help any either. But as faith would have it, the rain stopped and the sun came back out just as Niki and Kevin were pronounced "Husband and Wife."

The reception was held across the street form the church at the Midtown Loft & Terrace, a really great location in it's own right. But when you add the touch of a beautiful event design /planner such as Marlene Prophete of Galas Inc., it becomes a HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! location. Sorry about the shameless plug there, but Marlene also happens to be a friend of mine whom until meeting to discuss Niki's wedding 2 weeks before hand, I hadn't seen since high school. But more importantly, she very good at what she does. What a small world.

Below are a few photos from the day, please check out Lindsay's blog for more of her great images from the day. Some of the photos in the slideshow were taken by Lindsay, I loved them so much I wanted you to see them twice, espcially the last one. Enjoy!!

Don't forget to check out the SlideShow!!!

One More Thing!!

It never fails that something always catches me off guard at some point of a wedding day. This time it happened at Niki's father's house that morning. Now at some point I knew that I've photographed everyone in the house, until I started to hear this baby crying. But no one seemed the least bit concerned. I kept asking myself, how did I miss a baby, the sound is coming from the kitchen where I've already been, and why is no one going to see why this baby is crying. So I made my way back into the kitchen, but didn't see any baby. But as I stood there in the door way someone to my right said "HELLO." And there it was, a parrot, looking at me like I'm stupid. I asked someone, "Hey, does this parrot sometimes sound like a baby crying, and they tell me "Oh Yeah, it says a number of things." Boy did I feel as stupid as that parrot probably thought I looked.