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.

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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.




 

Ocean City, Part 2

Tuesday was a full beach day. Of course I started my day early, got my coffee at Ocean City Coffee Company, my book, camera and sat on the beach to read before it gets crowded.OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography198

Now I really enjoyed and loved the Panasonic Lumix 100 LX camera and for this vacation it had everything I needed. A fast lens, large enough sensor, shoots in RAW, etc. However there was a quirk that I had no idea about until much later and I’ll get into this later on.

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After spending the day on the beach we ate dinner at Ocean Cafe, and this time with the entire family. While waiting for our food, we heard the Mummers on the boardwalk stop right outside the restaurant. It was really cool!

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I let my husband take a few pictures.

The next morning I again woke up early to find that after it rained, there were these cloud in the skies that lingered and it looked like the sun was setting, when in fact it was rising. So before getting my coffee, I headed in the opposite direction towards the rising sun to capture these images:

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I kept chasing the light and so I found a spot and sat down, putting the camera down on the boards while people were jogging and riding their bikes around me. I shoot in manual mode, so these were almost straight out of the camera with some adjustments.
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Then I went onto the beach and continued:

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And that’s when I noticed a lone horseshoe crab. The tide was already out, and by the time the beach crowd arrived, I know that someone would try something with it. I man came by and he took off his shirt, placed it around it, and then put the crab in a spot so that it could safely get back into the water. But I first took some shots:
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I started to walk along the beach to go get my coffee and I found another one, but this one was on the move…

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I couldn’t get enough of the light that morning, it was just beautiful!

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It was super hot and muggy every single day. Even early in the morning, you could feel it. This was the week of that super bad heat have…
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Now back to the one quirk that I found really annoying about that camera:
Even though I had the image settings set to RAW, I found out that for some reason the camera was defaulting to jpeg every time I turned it off. I brought my laptop down with me to back everything up, however I thought that I had the proper adapter, when in fact it was my old black Macbook’s. So I had Amazon Prime send another one, but I didn’t get it until Wednesday. Once I got it, and opened up the images, THAT”S when I saw that pretty much ALL of my images were jpeg and not RAW!!!! The evening shots on Sunday? Jpeg. Everything from Monday? Jpeg. The mummers? Jpeg. Those sunrise images? Jpeg. So every single time I turned off the camera for any length of time, I had to keep putting it back to RAW even though my settings were set to RAW, it still defaulted to jpeg. I couldn’t find a way to fix this 🙁 If anyone here knows what to do about this, please leave a comment…or if you’ve had a similar experience I would love to know about it.

Later on that day, we went to Castaway Cove so that we could go on some rides. It’s pretty much next door to our motel.

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These are video stills:
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Of course we went back to Shriver’s for some fudge…They still make taffy and fudge on the premises.
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Eventually I’ll get to the video, but for now these are what happened on Tuesday and Wednesday of our week’s stay. If you missed my last post click here to get caught up, thanks!

Ocean City, NJ Part 1

We had just visited my grandfather at Vet’s Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ and driving to Ocean City, NJ to start our family vacation for the week. My friend Veronica, a professional photographer, was coming down the next day to take family portraits of us, Tuesday was my parent’s wedding anniversary, and most of all…we wanted to have fun.

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I saw the message on Facebook’s private messaging app…something like if this was a sick joke..but sadly it wasn’t. Our dear friend Patrick Cashin died suddenly in his home. http://www.clownlink.com/2016/07/rip-pat-cashin/

He was only 47 years old, married to the love of his life, with 2 boys and was a professional clown. His memorial will be this Monday.

We got unpacked at our motel, The Coral Sands, got our daughter settled, and then my husband and I broke down and cried. Pat was his childhood friend, and his sister Lillian’s best friend, so they grew up together. My friend here in Bordentown just so happens to be married to his best guy adult friend, John.

Pat would’ve wanted us to have a great time in spite of what happened. Regardless it was very hard to do, neither of us wanted to be online with Facebook unless it was to interact with our friends about our friend.

So here I will now continue, to post….
I rented the Panasonic Lumix LX 100 and my husband rented a GoPro from www.borrowlenses.com. I didn’t want to walk around with my large DSLR and lenses for this trip.
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So we went to go eat dinner at Ike’s Seafood and then had a gelato at Shriver’s. We stayed up pretty late, but that’s what you do when you’re on vacation down the shore 🙂OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography252 OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography254 OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography256 OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography258 The next morning I woke up wicked early, got my coffee from Ocean City Coffee Company(they were handing out free coffee samples that morning) on the boardwalk, read my book on the beach. Then I met my husband and daughter, and we rode our bike to Ovie’s for breakfast. OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography200.jpgVacationSelfieOceanCityNJiPhoneSEwwwDeirdreRyanPhotography.comOceanCityCoffeeNJbyDeirdreRyanPhotographyiPhoneSE At 8:30AM they raise the flag every morning on top of Maui Wowi’s.
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Later we really just hung out inside our room, getting ready for our photoshoot. It was REALLY humid, so since my mother and I have naturally curly hair, we stayed inside until it was time. We met my friend in front of Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Fudge, while we waited I took a few photos. OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography284.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography287.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography316.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography318.jpg

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She brought an assistant and she had fun flying the kite too 🙂 My husband helped with the reflector a little, he is my assistant as well, so he knows what to do! Here Veronica is posing my dad and our daughter. OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography358.jpg

Afterwards, there was a major storm coming, so we went to dinner at Ocean Cafe on the boardwalk. Here you can see the clouds forming…it was coming and it did, although not as bad as it hit the rest of the state that day and night! OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography366.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography368.jpgOCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography370.jpg

 I’m going to continue posting about our vacation, but please remember this:

Laugh at your mistakes and at yourself, say I love you and hug your loved ones every single day.

My Not So Tiny Tuesday Little Girl #TT

This past weekend we met up with friends of my husband’s from his high school, Cedar Ridge High that was in Old Bridge, NJ. They were all in the band, and he was a trumpet player, and I guess you could say he still is. He played the cornet, which is like a squashed up trumpet, and he has a concert French trumpet that he found at a huge flea market at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

Anyhoo, so we went on Sunday to have lunch at Pop’s Garage, which is right on the boardwalk. On a Sunday. Summertime. In July. Down Da Jersey Shore. In Asbury Park. Around 1PM= NO PARKING. We managed to find parking, but I got out with The Kid, put our names down for a table and sat at the bar inside so that we could eat something, because she was hungry and frankly, so was I. I had 2 steak tacos and she had a Quesadilla. We waited for the others, and they all eventually got a place to park, except for one other person because:

It’s a Sunday. Summertime. In July. Down Da Jersey Shore. In Asbury Park. Around 1PM= NO PARKING. Oh and she had TWO small kids in the car who were hungry and she found NO PARKING.I was sorry that she couldn’t join us, but as a parent, I didn’t blame her one bit!

All in all, we had a great time! There was one other child, he was 8, while our kid is 9. The food was really good, and then afterwards, we went to The Silverball Museum which was right next door. I’ve been wanting to go here for ages and it did not disappoint.

Playing an antique pinball game at the Silverball Museum on the Asbury Park Park, NJ boardwalk.

Playing an antique pinball game at the Silverball Museum with dad on the Asbury Park Park, NJ boardwalk.

We then went for some ice cream, walked around and of course I had my camera and flash. So I snagged a few shots of our beautiful child <3

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As a parent we do anything within reason for our children, and this is my reason for succeeding in my business. It’s why I rely on local and large businesses to come back to me no matter how small the job is.

#FF Strong Women Awarded At NJPAC

Back in January of this year, 2016, I had the pleasure to photograph the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. This was to honor two women, Shane Harris who received the Visionary of the Future award and Antoinette Ellis-Williams to receive the Steward of Dream award.

The NJPAC Youth Chorus opened with Lift Every Voice and Sing, everyone stood up to join them in song. While I was taking pictures, I couldn’t help but sing as well. The president of NJPAC, John Schreiber, introduced Donna Walker-Kuhne, who then introduced Rick Thigpen of PSE&G. Afterwards, the President of the Newark Chapter of the NAACP, Ms. Deborah Gregory, spoke.

What I found one of the more adorable parts of the event was Antoinette’s husband, Junius Williams, introduced her with a cute story.

The Jubilation Chorus was amazing to listen to, and as I too sing in a choir, it was an added bonus to my ears and wished that I could join them!

Thank you all for letting me photograph your event. It’s always a great time and hearing everyone speak was uplifting and lovely!

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Studio Portraits Of My Friend Roseanne

My dear friend Roseanne has just opened her Pilates Fusion and Barre Fitness Studio here in Bordentown, NJ and I couldn’t be more proud of her! This tiny powerhouse, former ballerina, mother of three beautiful girls,  juggles a full time job, teaches Pilates both as a group class and in private homes, and is a weightlifter who holds the record for bench press at 105 lbs! She won the First Place trophy for the World Natural Powerlifting Federation(WNPF). But something tells me that she can do much more than that 😉

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The above and below images are used with the permission of Rosanne Joy.

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So I asked if she could help me test out some lighting that I wanted to try out and she said sure! Her youngest came along, and it was perfect because my 9 year old and she could play upstairs together.  We had such a good time, just the two of us, and the images of her turned out beautiful! But of course that’s mainly because she’s in them 🙂

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Thank you so much to my beautiful friend! These were what I was looking for and more! I can’t wait for our next project together! Congratulations on your studio!

Deirdre Ryan Photography behind the scenes Roseanneshoot

And thanks to my loving husband, David, who took this image after we shooed him away. As you can see, space is tight in our basement. It’s our family room, my office, and our daughter’s play area. I used one Dynalite strobe with a 46″ Photek Softlighter II Umbrella on it with a double sided 5’x7′ Savage popup black/white background. I also had a Savage 5 in 1 Reflector out to help modify the light a bit, that’s what the extra empty stand with the reflector clamps is there for. I tethered my Canon Mark 5D III to my Macbook Pro and used the Canon EF 85mm f1.8 lens.

NJPAC Celebrates Kwanzaa

You may ask…what is Kwanzaa?

The following text is from this link :

In 1966 Dr. Maulana Karenga created a uniquely African American and Pan-African holiday called Kwanzaa, which is celebrated from December through January first. Kwanzaa is related to many African celebrations of the first harvest. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which translates as first fruits.

In African-American culture Kwanzaa is a time for five fundamental activities:

  • To reestablish interpersonal bonds

  • To express reverence to the creator

  • To commemorate and honor ancestors

  • To commit to following cultural ideals

  • To celebrate life, family, community and culture

Kwanzaa recognizes and celebrates these 7 principles of African culture:

  • Umoja (unity): To work towards unity with others whether family members or members of a larger community.

  • Kujichagulia (self-determination): To define oneself and find one’s unique voice in the world.

  • Ujima (collective work and responsibility): To cooperate in community building and problem solving.

  • Ujamaa (cooperation): To build and sustain business from which the community as a whole profits.

  • Nia (purpose): To collectively strive towards cultural unity based on tradition.

  • Kuumba (creativity): To use our creativity to improve our community.

  • Imani (faith): To believe in each other, our leaders, and the righteousness of our struggle.

During Kwanzaa, children receive gifts of books and heritage symbols. The book represents the value of learning recognized since ancient Egypt and the symbol is to remind the child of his or her commitment to African traditions.

Kwanzaa colors are red, green, and black. A mat (called a mkeka) is laid on a table and decorated with 7 candles representing the 7 principles and one is lit on each day of Kwanzaa. Ears of corn are placed on the mkeka, along with a unity cup (called a kikombe cha umoja) for pouring libations in honor of the ancestors. The mkeka is also decorated with beautiful art objects and books that represent the best that African culture has to offer.

The final day of Kwanzaa is set aside for reflection. Celebrants spend this day in quiet contemplation and maintain a peaceful, humble attitude towards others. It is a time for individuals to answer three questions:

  • Who am I?

  • Am I really who I say I am?

  • Am I all I ought to be?

Answering these questions honestly can bring about a renewed commitment to being the best we can be and to honoring the time honored African cultural traditions. Kwanzaa does not reflect any religion but rather plays tribute to ancient cultural values and traditions.

As you can see it is a beautiful holiday and I was very happy to be referred to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) to photograph their Kwanzaa celebration back in December. It had all that you read above, including speakers from the President and CEO John Schreiber, Vice President of  Community Engagement, Donna Walker of NJPAC, and three of the Elders. These Elders were honored by dancers and young  people.

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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 🙂

Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

Grand Opening of Prineton's Pintot's Palette Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Everyone had a great time!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

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 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

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!

The Insomniacs, Spanking Charlene and The Doughboys Instead of a School Event

Once again, Randy Now did it again! This time it was for his GARAGE A GOGO WEEKEND held on September 18th and 19th, 2015.Randy Now Garage A GoGo Weekendat The Open Arts Stage Theater in Bordentown was rocking to three incredible bands. The first night was The Insomniacs, Spanking Charlene and The Doughboys. The second night was The Droogettes, Sorala, Palmyra Delran and The Grip Weeds. I wasn’t able to make it the second night though 🙁

I was a torn about letting my daughter attend Bingo Night at her school or come with me to the concert. At her elementary school, Bingo Night was my committee that I would help out with and run. But this night was something that I wanted to go to, and I thought, you know what? She’s really into The Doughboys, and she’ll love the other two bands. I decided to bring her with me, and her other two friends were helping their dad in the back too. And guess what?  THEY.LOVED.EVERYONE.

First up was The Insomniacs,  are from NJ and WOW!!!! Check out their new vinyl single here. And look for their album on iTunes -Just Enjoy It!
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Then came Spanking Charlene from NYC. The girls were super impressed with the lead singer, a powerful woman. They LOVED her! Check out their album Where are The Freaks.
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Spanking Charlene Photo byDeirdre Ryan Photography at Randy Now's Garage a Go-Go Weekend

Spanking Charlene Photo byDeirdre Ryan Photography at Randy Now's Garage a Go-Go Weekend Spanking Charlene Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography at Randy Now's Garage a Go-Go Weekend

Then came The Doughboys! Plus Myke Scavone was about to go on tour with The Yardbirds in October and November 2015, so that was pretty exciting. Now he had something in common with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Paige. The Doughboys have been covering songs by The Yardbirds for a long time. I wish that I could’ve seen one of those shows.

The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go

The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go Mike Caruso on bass…

The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go

Lead singer, harmonica, and percussions, Myke Scavone….The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go

This photo was shot during the song as seen from the below video.

The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go

Gar Francis on lead guitar just wails….The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go

The amazing Richie X. Heyman on drums.The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go

Performing Bo Diddly and Mona.The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go The Doughboys Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography playing at Randy Now's Garage Weekend a Go-Go

My daughter and her friends had a very good time, might I even say epic? They were so impressed with seeing a strong woman singing and wanted to meet her, and got to get their pictures taken. This to me and my friends, who were the other parents there, agreed, gave our girls an education into music and culture that was different than the norm.

As always, I want to thank these bands, The Open arts Stage and to Randy Now at Randy Now’s Man Cave located right here in Bordentown, NJ. If it were for Randy, then none of these act would in such a great venue like this in our little town.  Love you Randy!!!!!

The Pink Mile

UPDATE: The dear sweet woman for whom this glorious event this was for, has passed away this evening, November 21, 2015. As you read this post and view these images, please think of her, her family,  friends and the community.  I met Kelly for a brief moment, and seeing how much she was loved, the photos on her Facebook profile, made me smile. Say a prayer, or a special thought for them all. From what I understand, these photos brought much comfort and joy to them, and I say to, that the honor was all mine. Please leave a lovely comment for the her family and her friends. Thank you everyone. 

Our community does a lot of wonderful things for people. A woman, a daughter, a sibling, a wife, and a mother, has cancer, and is fighting hard. She just came home from the hospital. Battling cancer for 7+ years is hard. I don’t know her, but I want to now. My friend contacted me, because she put together a last minute fundraiser to help the family with meals and money to get through these days.

We met at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bordentown Township, NJ. They walked a half mile to their home, and then another half mile back to the starting point, this included members of her family, including her mother. What transpired was amazing.   ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography1 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography2 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography3 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography4

I got up on a very tall ladder and with the help of others, arranged all of these people and children into one large group photo.
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Then the walk began.ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography7 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography8 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography10

The balloons were placed on their front lawn.

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I was more towards the back of the walkers, but as you can see, the love of people towards the family was true.ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography13ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography12 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography14 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography15 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography16

That’s her daughter in the middle with her besties.ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography17 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography18

Family photo back at Holy Cross Lutheran Church where we all met and ended. ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography19

Our adult choir lost a dear friend, a fierce, fun loving, full of life woman last week. Today is her viewing, and tomorrow, we are going to sing her funeral Mass. It’s going to be so hard. So, I needed this event, and I know my friend was looking down on me yesterday, I can’t explain it, I just know it. Thank you everyone for letting me be a part of something truly wonderful.