Wednesday, May 28, 2008

5-27-08 Full House

This weekend we had a full house. My mom, Mom Grizzel came for a visit. She came in from the 3 hour drive on Friday night and watched the balance of the Lakers/Spurs game with Steve and I and in the morning we chatted and had a fun time before the day started with our eyes barely cracked open, we chatted until we fell asleep again. We went out for lunch and saw the new Indiana Jones movie. 
It was the tiniest bit difficult for me to have a nice time because I was on call for People Magazine for an exclusive story. It was supposed to be done on Saturday but instead they called at the end of the day on Saturday with details about our shoot on Sunday instead. So Steve and I drove to an undisclosed location to cover the story with a local People stringer Anne. It was nice to meet her and our subject. The story should run on Friday. 3 pages I'm told, which is great for a non celebrity story in People. It's an exciting story and since we had an exclusive they gave us lots of room to run with it.  I'll post some pictures on Saturday after People gets their exclusive.
Mom had to go home on Monday morning, she is getting ready to sell her house and she needed to start getting it in order and cleaned out for her first open house soon. 
Just 5 hours after mom left we had our great friends Adam, Carlos, and Pam come to visit from New York. Pam is moving to Sante Fe, so she asked Adam to make the road trip with her and he looked on the atlas and saw that they would be going to Texas and assumed it would be a quick shot down to Austin so he called last month and asked if it would be alright to pop by. Then one night in a drunk blur Pam and Adam invited Carlos and he accepted so it was the 3 of them. They arrived on Monday at about 2pm and we started with margaritas and then we went out for Mexican. We took them to SoCo and we had Amy's, but they were really tired form their trip so we went home and they we all crashed accept Adam who apparently doesn't need sleep. We all got up and Steve went to work and they went on the last leg of their journey to Sante Fe. For the record they did stop in Memphis for some site seeing, it wasn't all just driving like you're in a race. It was sad to see them go, but Adam says he's coming back soon to spend some more time. 
We really thank you guys so much for taking the extra day out of your trip to come and visit with us.
So as I said I will post some shots from the People project on Saturday.
Thanks so much for looking.

Monday, May 19, 2008

5-19-08 Surprise Parks visit

So yesterday my sister, brother-in-law Doug and their gorgeous offspring Reagan came for a somewhat surprise visit. We got the spend the afternoon together and Doug made breakfast, thank goodness for early risers ;) So our niece Reagan is growing like a weed and these images debut her 4 new pearly whites. They're new to me and her Uncle Steve. It seems she is way to busy to pose for pictures these days she has far too much to explore and admire, she is an absolute joy. Her mom and dad say the other thing she likes to do these days is to open and close things. When they left we had to run around closing all of the cabinets in the house.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

5-14-08 A Week

It's been a week since my last post. I haven't had a lot happening as of late so I haven't had much to chat about. i shot some stuff of Steve cleaning the pool the other day. It's his least favorite job in the world and never seems to end. I think this may be it, I think we're going to have to hire a pro. I don't think we'll hear any complaints from Steve-o.
Thanks for looking. Until next time.
---mel "she"


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

5-7-08 Kitty

5-7-08 Kitty
So I've been on here for a short while but I am coming to enjoy the idea of a digital journal and since no one is paying attention I can post about whatever I want for now and I choose this. Our cats. Their back story; Steve and I had a happy family in our little Brooklyn apartment for a few years before we wanted a pet and since out apartment was in the 300-500 sf vicinity we thought it would be cruel to have a dog + us. So we opted for cats and about that time, our friends sent an email saying his friend had a landlord (a bonafied animal freak.) was giving away a cat and her kittens so she could continue raising birds. So we intended to take a kitten a raise it for ourselves but when I spoke with this woman she said that we had to take the cat and her kittens and she didn't even know how many there were they were tucked up in an igloo house outside, in March in the Bronx. The weather was predicting the worst snow storm of the season that weekend and I couldn't bare the thought of these kittens freezing to death while we decided so we went and picked them all up. the Mamma cat, not happy about her move. She was such a terror that she almost overturned all of the convincing that I did on Steve. So we brought them home and watch in awe and amazement as nature took it's course with the new cats in out house and after a month all of their eyes were open and they were eating solid food and we slowly started giving them away. We picked our favorite the runt, also the first to leave the box, the curious and creative one, we name him Floyd, then we gave away a brother and sister to the same family a couple up the street and we gave one to the kid who lived across the hall. We tried to name Mamma Hooper but it never stuck, so it's Floyd and Mamma. Floyd is first and Mamma is second in the run of pictures. Thanks for looking.
---mel "she"

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

5-6-08 Anna + Alex

As many of you know , I have been working on launching our new website for a while now. While getting ready for that big day I have been going over a lot of really great work from yesteryear. Namely my very first wedding I ever shot. Anna + Alex, very good friends of mine in New York City. They had been dating fora short while just 6 months or so when Alex job was going to take him to San Diego, so they decided to wed quickly, just a little over a week to plan. It was on Halloween so many people came dressed in a costume. They married in a photo studio on the lower east side and had their reception @ a fun little lower east side diner. One of the waiters was dressed as a sailor so that made for some fun pictures with our bride. So they married and moved to San Diego in about 2 weeks time. Don't worry Alex work brought him back to New York City in a short 2 or so years. Here are my favs from that shoot.
---mel "she"

Monday, May 5, 2008

5-5-08 Cinco de Mayo

I mentioned before that this week was Steve's and my anniversary, so last night we found an elaborate recipe and made a lasagna together, it was quite good though I can't take all or the credit ;) It's all in honor of 2 years ago we tied the knot in New York City with family and friends. Within the wedding week we did a few things to tie it all together. 2 days before the wedding we did a city wide scavenger hunt, where we met up with family and friends @ Virgin in Union Square, since alot of our guests were tourists and wouldn't have alot of time to tour, we thought we'd give them the quick grand tour. Each participating group was given a list of sites and each group had a digital camera. We were set loose to take pictures of ourselves running around town seeing the site. My group was Hillarie (Matron of honor/sister) Doug (BIL) Suzanne (Best Friend/Bridesmaid) Hannah (her daughter/bridesmaid) and me (bride). Steve's group was Steve, Patty + Jim (his parent) Jeff (Friend/Groomsmen) Kristina (Friend)
I wanted to win so I made my group race and race but alas they all wimped out and got tired. So we went back to the hotel where we met up with the rest of our group who didn't make it in until super late and we had almost the entire cast of the wedding at Chevys @ the hotel, we probably should have called and warned them first ;)
See you tomorrow with some photo booth picts.
---mel "she"
Photo 1
Hannah's first subway ride, we were tring t show her what it was like to ride during rush hour.
Photo 2
Our first site the Ghandi statue in Union Square
Photo 3
Suzanne, Hill, Hannah in front of the Wintergarden, Hill was demonstrating what the mannequins in the window looked like.
Photo 4
Everyone wimping out and wanting to go home and sleep. in front of another site 4 Times Square home of condenast
Photo 5
The winning team. They coined themselves the Roundabout group, they were a collection of friends and co-workers from Roundabout Theatre Company. Loren, Laura, Ethan, Bonnie, Jason Decker (our officiant) and Megan Loren's significant other.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

5-4-08 Portraits

As I mentioned May 1st I did some shots for UT and I am so excited about the images I thought I'd share a couple with you. Have a look I hope you like them.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

5-1-08 SUPER Busy Day

I bet you thought I forgot about you, alas I did not. I was out working like a maniac today, I had 2 publicity assignments for UT this morning and a shot for Texas Monthly this afternoon in San Antonio. So I'll be up till morning with my turn around for TM. I hope you had a wonderful day and we'll see you tomorrow.
---mel  "she"