Bordentown Regional High School Class of 2012-NJ Photographer

This past June I photographed 2 local graduations and Bordentown Regional High School was one of them. It was held on Thursday, June 21, 2012 inside the high school’s Performing Arts Center. This is in my town and will be where my daughter goes. Although I was in 1rst to 8th grade in Bordentown, I went to Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Mr. Joseph R. Martin, the Assistant Principal introduces Miss Walker to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” during the opening of the Bordentown Regional High Class of 2012 Graduation Ceremony.

Miss Walker sings the “Star Spangled Banner” during the opening of the Bordentown Regional High Class of 2012 Graduation Ceremony.


Miss Sheppard gives the Salutatory Address.


Miss Hazlett gives the Valedictory Address.
There was standing room only!
B.R.H.S. Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Mr. Robert Vieira. They performed “Into The Storm” by Robert Smith.


Mr. J. Bergin who ranked #5 in his class looks on as the B.R.H.S. Choir Seniors and select Underclass Chorus Members sing “For Good” by Schwartz and conducted by Mrs. Scottie Lamarra.



Miss Sheppard, The President of the Class of 2012 passes the gavel during the Transfer of Office to Mr. A. Maimone, the new Class President for the Class of 2013.




Excited parents record their graduating student using cell phones to take pictures and record video as well as camcorders.



Shiseido Company Group Shot and My Ankle Drama – NJ Photographer

This blog is lacking in content because of what happened to me on July 29th, 2012. I was heading downstairs to my office and I fell down the stairs. My right ankle “folded” under itself to the left, breaking it in 3 places with damage to the ligament. Worse was my then 5 year old daughter saw and heard everything. She was actually well composed and played it pretty cool but was very worried.

Since this was in the basement, we got a neighbor to help David get me up the stairs and to the car and rushed me to the ER. I looked down at my ankle and knew it was broken, while my poor mom kept saying that perhaps it was just a bad sprain. But I knew that she knew it was broken too.


So I watched the opening night of the Summer Olympics in the ER on painkillers. And our living room became my “hospital room” for almost 3 months. Oy Vey……

The crazy thing was I still had photo gigs set up that I had to do. So I did them while on Percocet and a splint for my ankle up to my knee and photographed my clients. Then I had my surgery on August 8th, 2012.

The next 2 weeks were a living hell. The pain, the side effects of the painkillers, icing my ankle 24 hours was awful. My body was going through things I never expected. Natural childbirth was easier than this.

I ended up with 8 screws and a plate.
2 days after surgery, with ice. Ok the pain was HORRIBLE, but the worst was this was during the summer. I couldn’t go to the pool, or go out, or anything. Thank the Lord I had the help of my parents and my husband who bless him, slept downstairs with me. It was a good thing too, I had some really rough nights. Plus we have a full bathroom on the first floor. And I must mention this, you need to also keep your foot elevated above your heart at ALL times.
Franken-Foot revealed. Oh and by the way if anyone tells you that getting staples out doesn’t hurt, it’s a lie! I had a lot of them and I felt each one. The nurses thank God were quick 🙂
2 weeks after surgery, I was put in a snazzy non weight bearing cast. I chose black, my daughter thought I should’ve gone with pink or purple of course 😉 Still had to be on the first floor, use crutches, etc. Oh and did I mention,  you need to also keep your foot elevated above your heart at ALL times. I still had to ice it but not as much.


The 2012 Summer Olympics, iPad, movies, tv shows all in HD with knitting, music and my Barnes and Noble Nook were good friends.
I somehow continued to photograph gigs! I was asked by Shiseido to photograph their company’s Hear Association Walk team members. So I did all in my black cast, check it out!
I went up a ladder with some help and did it. I also booked 2 weddings! My doctor told me he could fix me and he did.
Getting paint at Home Depot. My husband took advantage of the situation and painted our bedroom. Notice the foot is elevated.
Spending time with my daughter. She got Legos for her 6th birthday and we played with them. We did quite a bit of together time like this.
FINALLY after 4 weeks in the black cast I got it off but I was not allowed to put weight on it for another 3 weeks. But the plus side was now I could scoot up on my butt up the stairs and sleep in my own bedroom. It was bliss, same with the feeling of air on my leg!
So I rented a nifty scooter the same day.
It was so cool and being who I am, I went as fast as I could with it. Not exactly a flattering image but you get the idea 😉 Oh and did I mention, you need to also keep your foot elevated above your heart at ALL times.
Finally, after 3 weeks, I got the ok to put weight on my foot. I used crutches but after 2 sessions of physical therapy I started to no longer use them. I still hobbled around limping a bit but I had sessions to do and a wedding coming up. This was shot on October 9th, 2012. I photographed a wedding on October 20th and yes….I.ROCKED.IT.
Me on location for a shoot.
I finished physical therapy around December  I was going twice a week. My first session they started me on weights because while I was in bed recovering, I continued to stay limber by stretching my legs, arms, doing leg lifts in both casts, touching my toes, etc.
Before my accident, I was doing really well physically, walking up to 3 miles on my treadmill, swimming, and you know carrying camera gear is a workout in itself. So I continue to stretch, do yoga, practice my balance techniques and get stronger every day. It’s going to take 9 months to a year to fully heal and recover. It still hurts in the morning and evening, I can tell when the Aleve is wearing off. And then the snap, crackle pop of the ankle is “pleasant”.
BUT I am fixed, just like my surgeon said he would do. I went to Trenton Orthopedics Group in Hamilton, NJ and my guy was Dr. Kunkle. My therapy was at Nova Care in Bordentown, NJ. Without their help and the love of my family and friends, I don’t know what I would’ve done.
Thank you!!!!!

Iris Festival and Garden Tour, Bordentown, NJ-Deirdre Ryan Photography

These I photographed for The Register News back in May. Bordentown is well known for our Irises’ as well as our history.
Franklin E. CarrClass of 1936
Franklin E. Carr
Franklin E. Carr
Franklin E. Carr was a 1936 graduate of William MacFarland High School.  He went on to attend Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University concentrating on horticultural studies.
Horticulture has become a life long hobby for Mr. Carr.  His effort  in the growing of the hybrid iris have resulted in twelve international awards, which he received throughout Europe.
Examples of Mr. Carr’s irises are growing in the gardens of Buckingham Palace and the Vatican.  In addition, gardens in countries such as New Zealand, Scotland and Newfoundland now grow these beautiful flowers.
In 1982, the Boehm Porcelain Company of Trenton, New Jersey, used Mr. Carr’s Point Breeze Irish as a model for the Bordentown Tri-centennial Commemorative sculpture.  The Boehm Company also used the Pontiff Iris as a model for the Pontiff Porcelain sculpture, which was presented to Pope John Paul II.
Prize winning Iris’ at the Bordentown Old Friend’s Meeting House.



Face painting at Budgie’s
















This is my then 5 year old petting a gentle draft horse 🙂


Summer Pastime Activities Basketball and Swimming-Bordentown, NJ Photographer

Remember the days when the extreme heat and humidity never seemed to bother you when we were all kids? Once school was out it didn’t seem to matter how hot it was, we HAD to go outside, get our friends and play.

Sure these are the days of indoor video games and I remember when Atari and other home game consoles first came out, same with video game arcades. But we still went outside to play. And we never had playdates, no…..we just went over, knocked on the front door and asked if so and so could come out to play.

My neighbor’s boys seem to always have their friends over to play basketball or some other game in the street. It’s great to hear the sounds of kids playing. In my day we played in the woods, hide and seek using the neighbor’s yards. Played spy, pretended to be a knight and use bows and arrows and handmade armor and swords, and of course riding our bikes to go to the park.

Of course we played inside to play board games, watch Mtv when there were actually music videos and play with toys.

I used to spend whole days in our local library. I would ride my bike, grab a bunch of books and sit in the air conditioning and read. Miss Snow, our Librarian, would let me know when my mom needed me to come home. No cell phones needed, mom knew where I was and simply called.

Remember going over to a friend’s house, especially if they had a pool? I was fortunate to belong to a pool club in town, but if my friends did anything water related I was there. I learned how to swim at a very young age at the Fort Dix’s indoor pool and continued my lessons at the Southgate pool by Dr. Fisher in Bordentown Township, NJ. She and her program are a fixture here in Bordentown and my daughter started her lessons and will continue this year. We are still members at the same pool club that I grew up going to.

So this year, when it’s hot, let the kids get some fresh air, be barefoot and pretend to be whoever or whatever they want. Video games, iPads, etc., all have their places. Same with tv and movies, but all in moderation.