The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted it's Fall Into Street Art fund raiser this fall. The event was held in the Museum's vaulted walkway and featured hand crafted cocktails, live entertainment by Freestyle Dance Academy, and street-fare catering included service from the Farm Truck. The presenting sponsor was Neiman Marcus. There were many other in-kind sponsors including, Dave DiRentis Photography.
From the wonderful WCU Trumpet Festival I had the chance to get know musicians Liz Pfaffle and John Fowler. This year we had a chance to work together for their upcoming music CD release, 'Wilderness'... music of Alec Wilder for Horn, Tuba, and Piano. We took an adventurous early morning stroll into a very quite and little known park in the area. Liz and Jon were far more daring with their priceless instruments than I would have been! In the end it help yield some fantastic images with that natural, 'wild' look they wanted for their cover art. Here are a couple of images from the session...
It was a lovely August afternoon in Philadelphia as new members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art had a chance to stroll the gardens and take guided tours of the Rodin Museum. Ice cream was available for everyone to cool off as they enjoyed the courtyard and the pleasant late summer weather.
In August of 2008, I had the honor of being the photographer for Tiffany and Eric's wedding in Center City, Philadelphia. Now, just short of 7 years later, we are at the park together enjoying the beautiful spring weather for their family session.
Lily and Joy are getting so big and it's so much fun watching their personalities emerge. Poor Joy-Joy had recently done a bit of a face plant and had some road rash as proof. Mom and Dad said not to edit those boo-boos out because it's who she is right now... a little rough and tumble and full of adventurous spirit.
After a fun session, the girls decided to celebrate a wrap on shooting and pending ice cream treat for being so good... Lily was showing off her dance moves and Joy-Joy went for demonstrating her tumbling expertise!
This was another amazing year for the West Chester University International Trumpet Festival. Among many other talented artists and educators, Yamaha Performing Artist Allen Vizzutti, returned to perform and hold a series of clinics.
The Winter Gala was an evening of art, music, and culture in the magnificent setting of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during their annual black-tie fundraiser. Guests were among the first to view Art of the Kano and experience what it was like to visit an elite Japanese residence in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The evening included live entertainment by Japanese drum group Kyo Daiko and DJ Deejay, Asian cuisine prepared by renowned Starr Events, and an open bar featuring hand-crafted cocktails, and a raffle with silent auction.
The snowy Philadelphia day did not stop the Gala from soldiering on or dampen spirits of the party goers! It was another wonderful evening at the Museum!
As part of the South Asian Bar Association of Delaware's speaker series, I had the pleasure of covering an evening at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP with the Honorable Sri Srinivasan. The Judge was unanimously confirmed 97-0 by the United States Senate in May 2013. The evening was cocktails and conversation among many distinguished guests before the Judge spoke in this intimate setting at the Delaware firms office.
Wedding day will be in NY, but since Deirdre & Ernie live and work in Philly, we decided to keep the session in the city of brotherly love. This is a special one for me since I snapped a pic of these two at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Winter Gala a few years back... turns out it was the first picture of them together as a couple.
Fall into Art at ARToberfest! The Young Friends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted an amazing evening in the original Museum entrance!
Just a few weddings left... Here are few from a beautiful New York wedding with Monica & Stephen at the Botanical Gardens.
Among the many other projects JC is involved with, he also stands in with these other very talented musicians as part of the WCU Ensemble. Here are just a couple...
Weddings are winding down here at Dave DiRentis Photography, and here are a few from the big day with Stephanie & Marcus at the Garrison in Garrison, NY.
I wanted to share a few images from Cancer Treatment Center of America's Celebrate Life event... This is a wonderful, multi-day event celebrating love, hope, and cancer survivorship.
This session was with JC Dobrzelewski... a professor, a father, and a very talented musician. This very laid back gentleman is multilingual, a founding member of the Trumbamundi band, and the driving force behind the amazing annual music festival at West Chester University. It's always such a pleasure to spend time with this intelligent and dynamic guy! We had a great time on the shoot creating some new images for posters, cd's, and web use.
This is one of those amazing stories that you just want to share with everyone. On this particular weekend I travelled to Egg Harbor Twp to do a shoot for Lexi. This was such an inspiring story that I took my daughter along with me. It's not every day that you meet a 21 year old who will shave her head to raise money in the fight against childhood cancer. Her fundraising goals started modestly and it wasn't long before she had to raise the bar... over and over again. It was a real testimony to how cherished this young lady is by her friends and family. On the day we went to do this shoot, it was easy to see why. So that first image of her throwing her head about was the perfect way to start... once more flinging her locks about before it all came off!!! We wrapped up the morning session to drive over to the event site. A full parking lot, tons of people everywhere hugging and sharing stories, green St Baldrick's posters plastered everywhere. Lexi sat with a row of other brave souls who were there to go bald and go green! Little by little, those lovely locks went away! She was amazingly brave and not a tear was shed! On the way out we snapped a couple of quick images and then went back to their home for round two of her session with the new look! She wore it incredibly well! This was an amazing shoot with an amazing girl. My daughter who has near waist length hair couldn't believe Lexi didn't cry and commented on how brave she was and how beautiful, even without hair!
An evening at Brooks Brothers with the Young Friends, Philadelphia Museum of Art
An Evening at the Barnes Foundation.
Young Professionals Friday Night: Picasso's Rose Period
Last Friday evening was an amazing one at the Barnes Foundation on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City, Philly.
The folks at the Barnes hosted their 'Young Professionals Friday Night: Picasso's Rose Period event'. It was perfect weather for dancing on the terrace or enjoying drinks in front of the outdoor fireplace.
The turnout for the event was beyond expectation and considering how well the evening went, I think they will have no problem packing the space for future events as well!
A little time with a home grown artist...
Recently I had the pleasure of doing a shoot for local artist, Steven Sean Cohen. This will likely be the first of a series of shoots we will do. To get things rolling we visited different parts of the city and created some images to help promote his current projects and upcoming CD releases.
Steve wanted to keep the shoot local and moderately familiar without being too obvious - aka no Rocky Statue! Being a Philly native, I think the gritty, rustic, cultural aspects of our historic city are nice fit for Steve's style. He's a down to earth, straight forward guy. What I most like is his ability to give you a 'what you see is what you get' manner, and conversely, surprise you with his artistic abilities.
I have not had a chance to delve too deeply into his newer tunes yet, but his previous releases were very much a Springsteen / Elton John sort of feel. I use to think he had a bit of a Steely Dan lean to his work at times. However you want to define his sound then or now, he's a talented and dedicated artist.
We had a great time on our first shoot and I'm looking forward to both our next session and getting more familiar with his latest music. A couple of the tracks I heard during our jaunt around the city were definitely tunes I'll be adding to my iPod playlist.
Since there will be a couple of sessions and likely coverage of an upcoming performance or two for Steve, I will be adding him to the 'Projects' section of the site. Stop back for updates!
If you feel like a night out for some live music, Dobbs will be featuring Steve and his band, the Elton Costello Band, on Friday, October 4th from 8-11pm. You can also hear some of his music now on Reverb Nation.
(Flyer design for the Dobbs performance by Khaos Studios)
The show, which is held annually, was at the New Hope Solebury High school this year. We made a stop in to check out the sites on a Sunday... There were classic Rolls Royce beauties, Ford GT beasties, and a whole array of other cars on hand.
According to the 'Visit New Hope' website, this was the 56th annual show. This was also the 4th year that the show offered a road rally as well! Starting on Sunday morning at 10am the challenge includes a list of questions that as you answer them will provide you with directions to the final destination of the rally. Once there, if you're answers are correct, you win! There were trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and last place. Hmmm.. last place? Anyway, it's a nice event. If you like classic cars of every kind, take a ride out to New Hope next year and enjoy the sites and sounds. Traffic and parking were a little tough, but it wasn't long before we got it sorted and had a nice afternoon.