An Intimate Evening With Local Band The Successful Failures

The Successful Failures are lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Mick Chorba, Rob Martin on drums, lead guitarist Pete Smith and Ron Bechamps on bass. They’re a local Indie-Rock, Americana singer-songwriter, rock-n-roll band based in Chesterfield, NJ with quite a large following.  We met about a year or so ago when they opened for Men Without Hats. I was a guest in the audience taking photos of the bands and they liked the photos that I took of them.

Since then, we’ve been in touch, then we came together this past January and I photographed them for their upcoming new album. I’m not going to share those images yet until the artwork is finalized. However I’m very excited, because not only are they an incredible band, they are super nice. We have the same interests, and sense of humor. I love seeing these guys live and wish that I can do so more often.

They played at Randy’s Man Cave recently amongst musical greats encased forever both in vinyl and CD. With this as their background, the audience was a mixture of fans, family and friends, I have to say that this was one of the best live performances I have ever seen. And not because they played some songs of my favorite band, The Beatles, either 😉

I love musicians, and to photograph them live, is a rush, because deep down inside I think part of me wants to be onstage too.

UPDATE:

Below is the video from that night featuring my photos, and yes, I do get credit on YouTube 🙂 Thanks guys, it looks great!

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Here’s Mike Devito, of the School of Rock All Star Band. He’s going to be touring with The School Of Rock All Star Band at Lollapalooza this summer. Mike came up and did an original jam with a birthday related improvisational. It was pretty awesome!IMG_7063The_Successful_Failures_Randy_Nows_Mancave.jpg IMG_6638The_Successful_Failures_Randy_Nows_Mancave 1.jpg

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I like to call this image, “Changing of the Guards”.

As Ron was playing it looked like he was also “browsing” the records to see what he wanted to buy later LOL

They ended the evening with their version of John Denver’s Country Road, and invited everyone to sing along as loud as they could. And yes…I did just that because I love that song.

Below are videos from Commish TV, I highly recommend that you subscribe to their channel.  You can see me sitting on the floor taking pictures and sitting on the chair to the left, my foot “tapping” to the beat. I do my very best not to get in the way of other people who are there to enjoy performances. There was another video crew there, and the space was small. However everyone was very nice and seemed to understand our purpose.

I’d like thank The Successful Failures and Randy for allowing me to be there as always. The band has a YouTube Channel and are on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  You can purchase their albums on iTunes and Amazon. Like I mentioned earlier, they are going to release a new album soon, so subscribe to their newsletter on their website and follow them on social media.

And, be sure to follow me here on my blog, subscribe to my newsletter, and follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  If you’re a record label, band promoter, musician or in a band looking for a photographer, contact me.




 

Leaders Luncheon With Burlington Coat Factory and The Phillie Phanatic

I had the pleasure to photograph another fun event for the Burlington Coat Factory back in December for their end of the year Leaders Luncheon. It was held inside the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team and their mascot, the Phillies Phanatic. This was a lot of fun, because the Phanatic was up to his usual mischief(I even got a photo with him!), and then afterwards, they split up the large group into 2 groups to tour the field and where the Phillies warm up, their locker room, and the media room.

The Diamond Club offers sweeping views right above home plate in the ballpark, and lucky for us, the month was mild, so we were able to go outside and not have to worry too much about jackets. It was “brisk” with the breeze, but a gorgeous day!

Thank you once again to everyone at Burlington Coat Factory and of course, the Phillie Phanatic 😀 You were awesome!

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Did Someone Say Pin Up Photography?

And now for something a little different:

Back in L.A. I worked for a lingerie shop that is famous for it’s fabulous custom pieces of lingerie and costumes that were made of gorgeous fabrics and sewn right there in the same building as the shop itself. Celebrities came all the time to get certain items of clothing because they knew the name and how well they were made, and the designs were so good.

It was a fun job because not only did I do retouching,(on models who required hardly any at all),but I was photographing test models and the regular models as well. Talk about long days, but I loved photographing these women and girls. Some had a lot of tattoos, were cover models on Penthouse and Playboy, I made long lasting friendships, and realized that I loved this type of genre.

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My friend Jacqueline owns and  operates a cool shoppe here in Bordentown called Phoenix Rising.  She brings in a lot of famous pinup and rockabilly clothes,  and designer leather boots and shoes. The store smells wonderful with scents by ToyoMilk, Femme Fatale and Fate and Fortune perfumes. Plus, she supports local artists who create jewelry, soaps and hand knitted items.

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She approached me with this great concept. The idea was for Valentine’s Day so it was a Pinup Teaser Ladies Night Out. First I did a test run with Jacqui herself and she did an amazing job!  And so, I set up everything in her shop…I brought my 9′ seamless paper, background stand, Dynalite strobes, and everything else. PINUP_DeirdreRyanPhotography_0006

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I had a director’s chair, Jacqueline found these suitcases and she also had a  a chaise lounge. My friend Randy of Randy Now’s Man Cave let me borrow his rotary phone and a small record player to use as props.  He has a bunch a great items in his shop, from vinyl, cds, books, collector items, and cool record players! PINUP_DeirdreRyanPhotography_0013

Most of clothes are all from Phoenix Rising, some of the shoes and jewelry as well. Hair and makeup were done on site by Jacqueline. My husband was there to help out, I know, right? He’s actually very good with clothing and other things besides photography and  gear, (he’s also my business partner). He did keep out of the way during the shooting part. We had food, wine, and the ladies had fun playing dress up and then feeling pretty with me directing them in from of my camera and lights.

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And that’s not easy to do, I had them twist and turn to accentuate their best assets and features. My goal was to make everyone feel comfortable. We were laughing, chit chatting, and I can’t tell you everything that was discussed..shhh!   Some of the ladies had ideas like applying makeup with a mirror, which was a great concept, so we went with it!

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All in all, it was a big success! Thank you everyone who made it happen!

All images copyright Deirdre Ryan Photography. Do not screenshot any of these images. Not only is it illegal, it brings bad karma.

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Painting, Wine, Food, and Fun at Pinot’s Palette in Princeton

On the night of January 22th, 2016 Pinot’s Palette Princeton had its VIP Grand Opening in Forrestal Village.  It was a huge event for Kathleen and her husband, Michael, who decided to open up their own franchise after going to a night of painting at another Pinot’s Palette.  At these venues you can eat, bring wine and paint! They are great for a date night, going out with friends and co-workers or with family.

They hired Suzanne O’Rourke of  www.cre8astory.com played a big part to plan the event to bring it all together and also hired me to capture the event.

Please note all images copyright Deirdre Ryan Photography. Do note screen grab images, it’s not only bad karma, it’s also illegal, thank you 🙂

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It was catered by Tre Piani, and House of Cupcakes.

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The balloons were done by Monday Morning Flowers & Balloon Co.

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After the mayor of Plainsboro and the President of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce helped to cut the ribbon to official open, Kathleen and Michael said a few lovely words.

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Michael gave her a small gift, it was a beautiful moment 🙂Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Afterwards, everyone started to eat, have some wine and settle in to start with the painting lesson!Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

This was our awesome painting instructor!

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After every painting party there’s a photo of everyone holding their finished piece and a funny, crazy photo right afterwards like the one below. Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan PhotographyGrand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

When everyone left, I wanted to get a shot of Kathleen, Michael and their staff of talented people together. It was a great night, but the wind was kicking up because as we remember, that was the night of a huge blizzard and we all drove home in it and made it home safely.

Thank you everyone for such a great night and for letting me be a part of it!

Graceful Beauty

I had a former ballerina model for me in Los Angeles and what you can’t see is the fun we had with a hair and makeup artist.  Laughing between takes, she was a natural, with a few directions from me. What transpired is what you see below, beautiful, black and white photographs.

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I asked to let her hair down, shake it out, she looked like a diva, and reminds me of a singer from Motown Records in the 60’s.  African American Woman2

Grace and beauty.

Lighting the Night For Lymphoma and Leukemia

 

When you’re part of a larger picture for an assignment, filled with people who are fighting for their lives, survivors or who have lost loved ones to cancer, you know that the photos you’re taking are special to those around you.

A fellow photographer was unable to shoot that night, so I was able to step in. Photographing for Burlington Coat Factory Stores last week for the Light The Night Walk at Forrestal Village in Princeton, NJ, made me once again, feel grateful.

We have all been touched by cancer of some kind, whether in our family, a co-worker, a friend or yourself.  Take a moment each day, to look around you, breathe, and be thankful for all that we have.
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Third Annual Restaurant Week In Bordentown, NJ

The very last issue of The Register News that covers the Bordentown, NJ area featured Restaurant Week during March 29th. 2015-April 3rd 2015.

Below are the photos of what I shot during that Restaurant Week at Tuscano’s The Farnsworth House, The H.O.B., Marcello’s, Under The Moon, Jester’s Cafe, The Vault, and Oliver’s. What that week is was a Prix Fixe Menu price to sample all of the restaurants in town.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0203 April Sette and Dave Worth of Bordentown City enjoy dinner at Toscano’s on Sunday evening, and diners enjoy their meal at Toscano’s on Sunday evening, Sunday, March 29, 2015, the first day of Third Annual Restaurant Week that ran to April 3rd along Farnsworth Ave. in Bordentown City.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0204

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It was sad for me because Bordentown has MANY great events that need to be covered and not just once a month. There are many reasons why I’m sure that The Register and The Messenger Press was shut down.  It’s not my place or my business to speculate.

Below tells a little bit of the history of what many of us remember when it was called The Bordentown Register. This is from the link http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/newspapers/bordentown/ which is part of The Bordentown Library:

“The “Bordentown Palladium” was founded in 1845 as a weekly community paper serving the Bordentown region of Burlington County, New Jersey, an area six miles south of Trenton. The newspaper was renamed “Bordentown Register” in 1851 and renamed again in 1966 to“Register-News”. Over its 160 years of publication, the newspaper has chronicled the history of the Bordentown region, including local news for surrounding towns of Fieldsboro, Florence, Roebling, Columbus, Chesterfield, Mansfield, and Yardville, marriages and death notices, legislative news, judicial announcements, business and social concerns of the area. Of special note is the news of hometown soldiers in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Wars and subsequent.

However as of this year, 2015, The Register News would’ve been 170 years old.

I started with The Register News when I got out of college, using my Nikon FM film camera. My best friend, Vanessa was one of the many editors working for The Packet and it’s various papers back then. I was sent out to cover everything from grand openings to high school sports. Manual focussing, manual flash, manual everything 🙂  I was a part time photographer who used to cover what couldn’t be covered by their full time photographers including my friend, Phil McAuliffe.

I’m still with The Packet Press, but I haven’t been called in to photograph anything in a loong time. I miss this type of work because I got to go out, the crazy deadlines, getting all of the names(first and last), where they are from of everyone in the photos, meeting new people, and going to different places(sometimes I would shoot for different papers under The Packet Press). A lot of times, people got to know me, which was really nice.

The printed paper and magazine industry has changed a lot over the years. I know a lot of good men and women who have had to change with the times, re-invent themselves. I’m one of them.

Uncle Floyd and Les The Mentalist Perform In Bordentown, NJ

Acts like these are getting fewer and fewer, so when you see a show that reads Uncle Floyd with Special Guest Les The Mentalist, then you should buy a ticket, bring friends and see the show.

Randy Now hosted the performance at the Open Arts Stage in Bordentown, NJ on May 16, 2015.

The first act was Les the Mentalist, and what he does is help bend the way your brain perceives things, he makes you think and is really damn funny too. Truly Les’s act is one to catch!

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After Les The Mentalist’s act was Uncle Floyd! If you’re from New Jersey growing up, you’ll remember him from his tv, The Uncle Floyd Show  I remember watching this on UHF channel 48 I “think”….closer to NYC in Northern NJ it was on another UHF channel. But Uncle Floyd is a vaudeville comedienne, who is also a fantastic piano player. (A little known fact about myself, I’m a classically train pianist, so when I hear someone who’s good, I mention it, because it’s literally a joy to my ears.)

Myself and the audience were laughing so hard we were crying, we had such a great time! People, you really need to see Uncle Floyd live in person. lesthementalistunclefloyd87 lesthementalistunclefloyd100 lesthementalistunclefloyd107 lesthementalistunclefloyd122 lesthementalistunclefloyd128 lesthementalistunclefloyd138 lesthementalistunclefloyd142
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Peter Tork and The Shoe Suede Blues Concert Shot By Bordentown Photographer

On Saturday, November 29, 2014, my buddy Randy Now, introduced Peter Tork and his band The Shoe Suede Blues on stage at the Open Arts Theater in Bordentown Township. This is my second time seeing Peter and his band perform here and I was super excited again. I’m a huge fan of The Monkees and I really like that Peter is doing the blues. You can check out his music by clicking on this link

Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues photographed by Bordentown, NJ concert photographer, Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues photographed by Bordentown, NJ concert photographer, Deirdre Ryan Photography.

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Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues photographed by Bordentown, NJ concert photographer, Deirdre Ryan Photography.

He played music from his new album Step by Step and of course quite a few by The Monkees. The photo above is where he’s playing Daydream Believer and parts of the song he lets the audience sing. It was AWESOME!

After taking this shot I was in the back with my friends singing quite loudly, I sing in a church choir 😉

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Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues photographed by Bordentown, NJ concert photographer, Deirdre Ryan Photography.

This woman, was filling in for one of his band mate and she was fantastic! Not only could she sing, but she was great on slide guitar and bass. Lauren Ellis was her name I believe.

Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues photographed by Bordentown, NJ concert photographer, Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues photographed by Bordentown, NJ concert photographer, Deirdre Ryan Photography.

The above image was taken during the song A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.

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Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues photographed by Bordentown, NJ concert photographer, Deirdre Ryan Photography.

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Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues photographed by Bordentown, NJ concert photographer, Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Kids Got A Snow Day For Sledding In Bordentown City

On Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, the children in Bordentown had a snow day due to the year’s first blizzard. The best place to have an outdoor activity is the sledding hill is Lime Kiln Alley, that goes toward the nature preserve alongside Black’s Creek. Children of all ages and their parents love to get on their sleds and race down the hill. The snow was perfect! 

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography