Philly: Best Celebrity Shots & Stories Behind Them 2015

I’ve been lucky over the years to be in the right place at the right time, to have generous tipsters, as well as being invited or hired to shoot celebrities at events in Philly. Most of these pixs I try and place in media outlets, print, magazines online, then on my blog if all else fails. Here are a few of my favorite celebrity shots this year.
Breaking ground for SLS International Hotel & REsidences, the organizers brought together an interesting array of people like Gamble and Huff, who owned the land where the new luxury hotel will be built. Also on hand the famed designer Phillippe Starck, who will be doing the interiors of the new hotel.

Comcast Cares was a client shoot. Eagles player Brandon Graham stopped by with Swoop to help out the kids of Greenfield School do a little spring cleaning. I was impressed they really cleaned up the place, repainted rooms, installed shelves and planted greenery around the playground. Brandon actually chipped in to help, it wasn’t just a photo op.

The Today Show’s Tamron Hall made at least two visits to Philly this past year. Once to appear at the Lutheran Settlement House 2015 Women of Courage Breakfast where she was honored. At the breakfast she talked about domestic violence, and how her sister was killed at the hands of her husband. A few months later at a luncheon with Philly Style ladies to celebrate her cover shot on the magazine. She was much warmer and personable than she appears on TV

Penn Alumni – 250th Celebration Gala was held on the steps of the Art Museum. The largest tent every erected held a party with nearly 2,000. Entertainer Harry Connick, Jr entertained the guests. I was one of the few press people invited to shoot the event as Harry had rules. That background is a live version of the Parkway, the only thing, it’s an LED screen which was projected what a camera was recording on the outside of the tent facing the parkway. It was quite clever to do.

50th anniversary of LGBT rights protest commemorated on July 4th Weekend. There was a private cocktail party for VIPs, officials and sponsors at Stratus Lounge. Wanda Sykes and LGBT activist Edie Windsor, named plaintiff in the marriage equality case heard in federal court, were on hand at the event. I saw the duo sitting next to each other and I knew this was the most important shot to get. Wanda is always skittish about getting her photo taken, so I knew I’d have to be delicate. I stood there for a few minutes, trying to get shots without a flash and Wanda shot me a “i;m gonna slay you” look. So I stooped. Finally after ten minutes Edie stopped looked at me and I asked to get a photo. One, two shots then they turned to talk to each other. Thankfully I had what I could work with.
Phillies fans love them some Shane Victorino as he was welcomed back to CBP with an impressive standing ovation prior to April 6th’s opening day game. Shane and I were friendly, so I knew whenever he came to town he would stop by his favorite eatery Del Frisco’s. So I headed there that night and sure enough he and wife Melissa were there for dinner.
Scott Williams FOX 29 Chief Meterologist, Alex Holley, Good Day Philly and Bobby Rydell at the National Kidney Foundation Gala.
The ending of Creed, is different than the ending that was filmed for Creed. Michael B Jordan stands by the Rocky statue and cries, is not in the film. This photo appeared in AD Amorsio’s Metro Philly column with no in depth explanation. I pitched it to my producer at Fox 29, and although he loved the exclusivity of it, he didn’t want to spoil what we thought was the end of the movie.
Alysia Reiner’s local PR Paige Wolf: Philadelphia’s Favorite Green Public Relations connected me with Alysia Reiner who connected me with Sarah Megan Thomas. I explained that i’d love to get a photo of them either on the set or at an arrange spot. They chose the latter as we could never get dates that worked out. This was much better for me too, it was a great way to spend my birthday. This ran in Philly Mag. One the last day of filming
SPOTTED: Orange Is the New Black‘s Alysia Reiner Dining at Talula’s Garden 

L-R: Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Samuel Roukin and Roe Hartrampf  The cast of Equity arrived in Philly last week to begin filming a movie about women on Wall Street.  Equity is the brainchild of Sarah Megan Thomas and Haverford native and Orange Is the New Black prison maven Alysia Reiner, and is the first film produced through their production company Broad Street Pictures.

Fox 29’s Quincy Harris and M Night Shyamalan at the Prince Theater.  After photographing the cast of Equity, I headed over to Philadelphia Film Society’s Prince Theater, which hosted a screening of the season finale of M. Night Shyamalan’s hit Fox miniseries Wayward Pines

I randomly ran into Knock Knock Live filming in Francisville as Adrienne Bailon and Tyler Posey were knocking on doors and handing out money prizes. Truth be told, they weren’t random houses. Someone had nominated  Rashaun Williams’ for his charitable works and he was received $25,000. They then went to their neighbors to see who would be around to “win” lower amounts and do it live on TV.
Mayor Nutter gives Fran Dresher the Liberty Bell and Philly Pride Award
Danielle Cohn takes a selfie with Kate Gosselin and Vivica Fox. Thanks to John Deming (r) and Danielle for inviting me to the special screening of Celebrity Apprentice at Comcast with the stars.

Fox 29 celebrated in style this year at Halloween bringing Tom Brady, Nikki Minaj, Kris “Momanger” Jenner, Arianna Grande, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Drake flank producer Jessica Klein of Good Day.

Dr J Gala at the Rittenhouse Hotel with George Lopez, Alan Thicke, Cedric the Entertainer, Reggie Jackson and Vivica Fox

Mayor Nutter holds a poster of a fighting mural installed earlier in the Front Street Boxing Center where Creed was filmed, presented by Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Tessa Thompson (SelmaDear White People), writer/director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station),  longtime Rocky producer Irwin Winkler and Sylvester Stallone.

Vince Papale, Janet Papale, Mark Walhberg and Alexandra Papale. It was crazy how some media outlets identified her as Mark’s wife. She doesn’t look anything like his wife.

Jon Dorenbos, Mark Sanchez and Annalise Dale at Zarwin Baum’s Fashion Touchdown

Celebrity Photo of the year is Amber Rose. “I was a stripper since I was 15 years old,” Amber Rose, a former Ford model, told FOX411 in 2011 “I was a South Philly hood rat my whole life. Amber Rose went from Delilah’s Strip Club to Kanya to superstar.

In October she returned to Philly sporting the popular jumpsuit fashion, while bringing back the corduroy fashion