Category Archives: Features

100th Birthday Party. A life worth celebrating.

Of course I was thrilled when Barbara, a local landscape architect, came to me to shoot her mom’s 100th birthday celebration.  But when she began to share the incredible story of her mother’s life, and her experiences in Poland as a young woman, I realized how amazing this milestone truly was. As a young bride in Warsaw, Kazimiera was separated from her husband during the Nazi invasion. Having become a member of the underground Polish Resistance, she was taken to a Gestapo prison and then to a slave labor camp in Germany. She was finally reunited with her husband 7 years later when she arrived here in the U.S., but was never to see her parents again. She and her husband first settled in Haddonfield. They moved to Camden to be part of a then thriving Polish community in the Whitman Park neighborhood, where they raised Barbara and her brother Thomas. Barbara now resides in Camden with her mom,  where she cares for her. And all the while, as Barbara speaks of her mom, her words are woven through with such love and respect, and you get such a sense of how wonderful this woman was, and how much she has meant to her family. Kazimiera’s centennial started with a special benediction at Sacred Heart Church and continued at St. Joseph’s Polish Church with a mass and blessing..Her birthday party, at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, was a celebration filled with family and friends, Polish food and music, and great joy.

 

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Wanna get paid to shoot some photos at the US Open? Heck, yes!

One of my terrific clients, Steven Goldsmith of Ameriprise Financial,  is an avid golfer, so having the US Open here at Lower Merion was a great thrill for him.  It was a thrill for me too, when he hired me to go along with him to shoot a day of practice rounds.  And even thru sporadic and at times torrential rain, we still grabbed some pretty cool shots. First one out at the tee we staked out was Tiger.  Wow!

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Mike and Colleen tie the knot; beautiful wedding at Tomasello Winery

Although I don’t officially shoot weddings anymore, every once in a while I just can’t resist. Last weekend, our abundantly talented Photoshop artist Mike tied the knot with his sweetie, the stunning Colleen, at Tomasello Winery in Hammonton, and I had to grab a few shots.  Not only was the venue splendid (NJ wineries are awesome places) but the threat of rain passed, and cool sunny weather prevailed. Gorgeous day, adorable couple…best wishes to you. If your marriage is as sweet as your first dance (definitely one of the best I’ve seen, and that’s a LOT) then you will be tremendously happy. Cheers!

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A local treasure…and I can’t get enough of it.

You know how you have those cool little places right in your area that you go into once in a while and realize you need to go in them way more often? For me,  Starry Eyed Boutique in Haddonfield is one of those places. For years its been my tried and true destination when I want some vintage-y bling for my friends who love this stuff.   Even though it sits right on Haddon Ave, its easy to miss, tucked away in a little row of stores across from the PNC Bank,  right before you hit the center of Haddonfield. If vintage is your look, you MUST check it out.  Starry Eyed has been a fixture in Haddonfield for three decades, but owner Dani Ergood bought it  from her mom three years ago, and her young hip vibe adds a nice dimension to the store’s vintage look and feel.

[caption id="attachment_1125" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="Firefly is one of Starry Eyed's top sellers. Colorful pieces glisten, with firepolished Czechoslovakian glass beads."][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="898" caption="So many terrific jewelry designers here, including La Vie Parisienne, Elisabetta Ricciardi, Seasonal Whispers, Sweet Romance, just to name a few. Can you say Valentine's Day?"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="569" caption="Belladonna is a beautiful collection of Canadian-made perfume bottles adorned with crystals."][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="598" caption="Owner Dani Ergood, surrounded by the beautiful things in her shop; she loves zeroing in on the perfect pieces for her customers."][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="898" caption="One of the ways Dani is bringing a young vibe to her shop is with these attention-getting Buddha Bags, which she calls 'bags with bling.'"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="598" caption="How adorable is this guy? Rocky is the official store mascot (he's an Olde English Bulldogge), and he hangs out behind the scenes to keep Dani company."][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="898" caption="The shop is charming, but they've also added the convenience of online shopping. Just visit their website, http://www.starryeyedjewelry.com/index.php"][/caption]

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The Pink Fireman

He’s known as “the Pink Fireman”, and if you get to the Philadelphia 3-Day walk this weekend, you may just see him, perched on his Harley, dressed in pink fire-fighting gear, with a big pink brassiere strapped to the front of his bike. His name is Marshall Moneymaker (it is!), and his mission is to bring focus, support, and money to the fight against breast cancer. Marshall, who lives in Bethesda has a deeply personal motivation – in four years, he’s lost three sisters – Penny, Vallessa, and Vicky – to breast cancer. 

He says when his sister Penny became sick, he moved her into his house to help with her care. Her death was extremely difficult for him. “I was broken,” he said. “I had to get guys to cover my shift – I just secluded myself with depression.”

But somehow he managed to rally, and that depression evolved into drive. “My choices were to sit on the couch and be miserable, or do something positive,” he says. “Firemen have to act. It’s in our DNA.” So he and his wife Sharon started For 3 Sisters, a non-profit that supports survivors and families by reaching out to the community. He says although he lost three sisters to the disease, he’s gained hundreds of thousands more through the foundation.

Last year Marshall did three walks – one for each of his sisters – in Boston, DC and Philadelphia. He’ll be back in Philadelphia this weekend to lend his support. Marshall says when he goes to the walks, he meets so many amazing people. “After all,” he smiles, “who’s gonna walk away from a pink fireman?”

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