Most people are sad to see summer go. I can admit I hate summer. I LOVE Fall and hope we have a nice, long fall. My summer started with a visit to the hospital..my first time ever (as a patient). I was dragging most of the year and when I went to the doctor in early June, I had a 103.8 temp and pneumonia and was immediately admitted. It was an awful experience and I hope to never have to go back to a hospital. Once I was released, I followed their orders and took some much needed time off. Then, the summer concert series started at the Today Show and Good Morning America and I was back out, camera in full force! Here are a few of the concerts I covered this summer:
Afro Jack with special guest Sting Dee Snider of Twisted Sister performed to a packed crowd at Fox and Friends. I shoot A LOT of concerts and they BLEW ME AWAY. Just fantastic and Dee's voice is so powerful. Demi Lovato Ed Sheeran Jennifer Lopez John Legend Keith Urban Maroon 5 (Adam Levine) Mick Jagger at the "Get On Up" premiere at the Apollo Theater Jennifer Hudson. She is SPECTACULAR! Her stage presence, smile AND that voice...just amazing! I have been hired to shoot scenics and touristy type photos of NYC for a brochure...here is just one. I will post more about this wonderful job at a later date. Brad Paisley I went to the Book Expo at the Javitts Center....my next book, "You Don't Have to be Purrrrfect" will be released next month. I had a blad, and a copy of my "Bruce Springsteen In Focus 1980-2012" book and ran into Billy Idol. We smiled at one another and I said "My book is bigger" and he gave me this great look. Billy was one of the first musicians I ever photographed back in 1980 (after I shot Springsteen and Southside Johnny) while a college student at RIT. Lady Antebellum Heidi Klum. Always gracious. Simone and Lab get married in Central Park. What a great couple. My FAVORITE assignment of the summer...if not the year. I have loved actor Chris Pratt since seeing him years ago in "The 5 Year Engagement." This assignment was to follow him around as he surprised some lucky kids who were seeing a special screening of his hit movie "Guardians of the Galaxy." Not only is he gorgeous, he is super friendly, charming, down to earth and just a wonderful man. When the movie was over and ALL the kids wanted selfies with him, he did not disappoint. He stayed LONG after he was scheduled to leave to make sure not one kid was left out.