I was super honored to be invited back by Deutsch New York to shoot another 6 short documentary style videos for PNC’s Neighborhood Wish list project this year. Last year around the same time I was 9 months pregnant and flying to the east coast the day after hurricane Sandy to shoot the project as it kicked off for the first time (see behind the scenes from trip 1 here) and it was a total blast. This trip was no different… Crazy travel schedule, new cities to see, and some amazing amazing people to meet! The Neighborhood Wishlist is a mini grant project that awarded $500 to folks doing good in their communities, and my assignment was to document 6 of the funded projects and find out how that $500 was put to use, and the huge impact such a small sum of money made four their neighborhood. These projects ranged from community park clean up efforts to mentor programs for high risk youth. Everyone we met along the way was so devoted to their communities and their passion was pretty contagious!
Of course the travel part of the trip, though aggressive and non-stop, was a total blast. I brought my bud Amber McKee to lend a hand, and the 2 of us were pretty determined to make the most out of each of our stops, squeezing in what ever sight seeing, walking tours and food adventures we could. We also had a lovely set of rotating folks from Deutsch to keep us company. Loved getting the chance to hang out and shoot with creative director Cindy Kridle-Conway again and with the addition of Cheryl Masaitis (who was on pre go leave last year) Caitlin Byrnes and Sheri Rosenberg we had a really stellar team of ladies! Thank you all for having me on such a killer project and for making the experience so rewarding.
Ok, here we go #evaintheneighborhood… Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, Miami, Detroit!
Cindy and I reunite, bundled up, ready to start the shoot in Camden, NJ!
After flying into Philly the night before and stuffing ourselves at Morimoto’s Restaurant we drove to Camden New Jersey, where we shot the first of 6 projects called Paint = Hope, a youth lead project to improve Von Nieda Park. Upon hearing reports of their community Park was the so called “Nation’s Most Depressing Park” they decided to do something about it.
Paint = Hope! Supplies for the mural painting
an amazing home cooked lunch for the crew provided by our super generous hosts
a portrait a day, shot by Amber McKee
Our production schedule gave us a day off between the first and second shoots. Having never been to Philly before and Amber being on a bit of a fitness kick, we decided to take the city by foot and see all the sights stoping for multiple bites (and sips) along the way.
with coffee in had we headed east to the Historical Center of the city, took a glimpse of the liberty bell and walked by independence hall and the rest of it
loved all these beautiful textures!
stoping for a stretch in the park
struck by Amada’s restaurant facade, decided to duck in for a snack and mimosa to kick the walking tour off right! It’s not to early for charcuterie is it?
walked up to the Northern Liberties neighborhood and found our next watering hole… hello Jerry’s!
a damn good bloody, and really rad neighborhood atmosphere, we decided to make a res for dinner the following night.. menu looked delicious!
decided to book it across town and try to make it to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and make it before they closed.. took a straight line and saw a lot of this along the way
Amber at the Rodin Museum
made it 10 min before closing! did a jogging lap of the main floor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art .. saw some crazy medieval weapon and armor exhibit which was pretty rad and then got kicked out. Better than seeing nothing!
Philadelphia Museum of Art at dusk
walked all the way back to the hotel to connect the loop!
on location West Grove PN, a portrait a day by Amber
shoot #3 These Kids Have Heart!
Hello Chicago.. windy and cold indeed. Another day, another city, another walking tour.. to the BEAN!
so so so worth seeing and touching in person!
the insides.. what do you see?
Had to come back after picking Cindy up from the train so she could experience the bean
shoot #4 In the kitchen with these future chefs!
shoot #5 Operation Safe Rescue by Pelican Harbor Seabird Station
amber is boss of that boomed mic
a portrait a day.. in shorts!
unfortunately only in miami for one night.. made the most of it by eating out at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, then crashing our neighboring resort’s pool, dipping our feet into the ocean, and having Amber’s New Balance tennis shoes stolen.. boooo to beach robbers!
bye bye miami, it was real and i’ll be back!
Last stop on the trip was Detroit with a shoot in Grand Rapids Michigan. We hit up a tapas bar for dinner called La Feria and then The Sugar House for some delicious specialty cocktails for desert. Had a killer time with Cheryl, a fellow new mom, chatting it up about mom life.
the burgers might kill you here – stella’s lounge
more than a little excited.. just wrapped shoot 6 of 6! a portrait a day by Amber
only 7 hrs from home and holding my kiddo again..
What a trip! I finished the year out super strong with non-stop shots and having this chance to reflect on some of my recent adventures and accomplishments has been a treat. Hope you enjoyed a peek into this production. Catching my breath and on to the next one…!