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The Life and Times of D.R.

This past weekend we celebrated the life of one D.R., who just turned 40. All of his good friends and family gathered to grow some mustaches, drink some highlife, and have a good time. Kelly, my sister and Dan’s wife, did a great job planning and decorating the hall with all things mustached.
One of the big decorative points were the photos spread throughout of the life and times of Dan. So I figured I’d share a little bit of the collection I gathered from this great man’s exciting and unique life.

Dan’s fluctuated over the years with his weight, being very skinny as a kid

But later, decided to bulk up a little bit.

He spent a lot of his younger life as a male model





He’s rubbed elbows with some other celebrities over the years






And he’s also been on the presidential stage, working with presidents as both an adviser and in the secret service



For some unknown reason, he was even honored one year during black history month

In his spare time, he’s an avid fisherman



But perhaps his favorite achievement was helping the Bruins to win the cup





Happy Birthday Dan. Here’s to many more!


Jenny & PJ go to San Francisco

I’ve been slacking a ton lately, sorry. December has been a crazy busy month. From “real work” being busy, to weekends full of family shoots and holiday/reunion parties, to Christmas and new baby nephews being born. Needless to say it’s been a bit tough to focus on post production work. So this is my attempt to get back into it and catch up a bit.

Last month, over Thanksgiving, Jenny and I had the opportunity to travel out to California to attend (and for me to shoot) an old family friends wedding in Santa Cruz. (Such an awesome time. Those photos to come sometime next month). Trying to make the most out of the trip, we flew into San Francisco to explore a city neither of us have experienced much before.

My biggest surprise was how similar San Fran really is to Boston. It has the same feeling/vibe to it in a lot of ways. We were only there for a couple of days so we went the touristy route, which meant mostly just Alcatraz and cable cars for us.
It wasn’t the most productive or creative trip photographically speaking, but we had a lot of fun. Here are a few from the trip:

The craziest thing I found about Alcatraz was how close it really is to downtown San Fran.

Luckily, Jenny didn’t mind hanging on inside while I hung off the back of the cable cars…literally.

The one thing I really wanted to do was attempt to get a good shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. I didn’t have the greatest light to work with by the time we got there, but I was happy with the outcome.


Fall Harpoon Dinner – Norwood, MA

AKA, the “Andy is Awesome” blog post (recommended title from the chef himself)

Mr. Dipace, he’s not only a good friend and was the best man at my wedding, but he’s also a kick ass chef.
He holds these dinners every once in a while at Sky Restaurant, where he’s the Executive Chef. He’s done wine dinner pairings, scotch dinner pairings, etc. So whenever he invites me to come document it, I jump on it. This time around it was a Harpoon beer dinner. Good beer, awesome food, and photography. Add in some good live music and I think that’d make the perfect night for me.
So I tried to step up my game a bit this time around in order to better show off Andy’s great food. I had a lot of fun with this one, so here are a few from the night:

Starting off with the Chef’s Fall Board – St. Agur blue cheese crisp, poached pears, smoked country sausage, micro peppercress, black mission fig jam, sliced fig bulee. Paired up with Apfelweizen Harpoon Cider.

Next up was Gumbo – Smoked shrimp and crawfish gumbo with golden beets, candied pumpkin seeds, gruyere hush puppy, and basil oil. Paired up with 100 Barrel, Docesna Czeck Hop.

Then came a Schweinshaxe (Crispy pork shank) – Slow braised pork osso buco, roasted spaghetti squash, bacon braised organix purple cauliflower, mostardo fruit, and a fresh baked pretzel roll. Paired up with Oktoberfest.

And finally a Spiced Chocolate Kugelhopf with a banana caramel sauce and sugar nest created by Pastry Chef Jean-Paul LaPierre. Paired up with Leviathan Tritcus.

Mr Harpoon, Ryan O’Keefe, doing his thing:

And of course a couple of the the happy and very satisfied diners:

This one was not taken that night, but I thought I’d include it since it’s one of my favorites:

Well done Andy. Can’t wait for the next one.
-PJ