Scott Land The Puppet Man in LA

4/25/15

Team America wins on many levels, and the sex scene is one of the best in any movie!

Lots of things happen with ‘movie magic,’ they can pretty much do anything in post nowadays, but that movie magic happened because of sheer awesome talent. See, those are marionettes worked by the fabulous Scott Land. He manipulated every nuance of that loving and I was in awe of him before I had the pleasure of knowing him.

Fast forward a lot of years and I was introduced to him through a mutual friend and then I found myself crouching in the wings of a theater making images of him working his magic on Michael Jackson, Obama and (my favorite) a chicken.  Yes, a chicken, a regular grocery store chicken!!! Scott said the chickens always move better on the 3rd day but that they get pretty stinky by the fourth. Scott and his wife, Lisa, are one heck of a talented team (and awesome people) – they make and paint the puppets that are used for his shows and by lots of other puppeteers around the world. Their work is incredible – Scott Land Marionettes!!

The show was mindblowing.  Seriously, how does he do all that. Not only do the puppets move with intention and grace, they have the right expression for each of the moves. Michael Jackson feels it when he goes down on one knee and Obama gives a knowing glance at the audience and you don’t feel like you are looking at puppets anymore. Magic.

If you ever get the opportunity to experience Scott Land’s show, I highly recommend you take it. You will be blown away!!!

A.R.T./New York 2015 Spring Benefit | Event Photography

I look forward to the A.R.T./NY gala every year. The evening is full of wonderfully talented and passionate people. A.R.T/NY works tirelessly as a supporter of NYC’s non for profit theatres. They do everything to ensure that Off Broadway always exists and that performers, directors, designers have places to create and work their craft. A.R.T./NY awards grants for funding, provide rehearsal spaces,  and help the emerging voices in theatre.
This year, they honored Lisa Cleff Kurtz and Pam MacKinnon, two very influential women who have dedicated their lives to excellence in theatre.
Lisa received the 2015 Honoree of the Kathy and Howard J. Aibel Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of A.R.T./NY. Lisa Cleff Kurtz has worked all sides in the theatre world as an actor, dancer, writer, casting, producer and investor. She ensures that the talent of the theatre continues by her tireless efforts and her sparkling and engaging personality make her loved by all.
The 2015 Honoree of The Abe L. Blinder award was presented to director, Pam MacKinnon for her work in the nonprofit theatre field. Her successes on Broadway with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Heidi Chronicales” (among many others) have never kept her away from the non profit Off Broadway theatres. We all hung on her every word as she gave a passionate talk on the importance of these small non for profit theatres that are giving artists the opportunities to become great! I could only imagine how captivating she is as a director.
The evening was hosted by Christine Lahti with awesome performances from CAP21 sprinkled throughout the evening.

 

The Baltimore Love Project (for Lauren) | The Roxy, LA

4/2/15

When  Jess Pfohl tells me something awesome is going down, I pay attention.  That girl only knows the best and most talented peeps.  So when she hit me up and said that one of her friends was going to be creating a mural on the side of The Roxy, I knew I had to be a part of saving the magic.  It became even more evident how special this mural was when I met the artist, Michael Owen.  The LOVE mural is a tribute for Lauren Freeman, a young lady from Baltimore who was killed in a hit and run in 2010 outside of the Roxy Theater. Her family and friends came to watch Michael paint the mural.

Michael Owen created the Baltimore Love Project to bring communities together by spreading love through street art. & he is doing that.

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Groovinyasa on Monument Ave | Covington Imagery

I spent my birthday chilling with the yoga family of Groovinyasa, Ali Bullano’s creation of musically infused yoga.  This time we were given an address on historic Monument Avenue and told to bring swim suits and an appetite for a healthy and delicious brunch complete with mimosas!  It was a gorgeous day for the practice and the location was incredible.  Everyone stretched poolside, next to a beautiful brick mansion. The tunes were provided by The Wells Brothers, a talented duo, that you can also see playing with Jackass Flats.

 

 

 

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RVA Fashion Week at The Broadberry | Covington Imagery

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I headed down to The Broadberry to capture images of the RVA Fashion Week show.  Would the stage be extended, how would it be set up?  The club had been transformed with all the tables cleared and a long runway going down the center with rows of chairs on either side.  Richmond came out in their best to vie for best dressed with the models swishing down the runway in designs by Chilalay, Angelina Cooper, Amanda Campbell, Abigail Mpofu, Ashley Church, Candace Parrish, Markie Colden, Nijole Bailey, Ryan Azia, Stuart King, Lakisha Greene, Kamala Bhagat, and more!!  It was neat to see how the space of The Broadberry can be transformed to accommodate any event.  

If you worked on this show as a designer, make up artist, hair stylist or model, please shoot me an email at CovingtonPortraits@gmail.com   I would like to make sure you are all properly credited and am looking to build a team for upcoming shoots.  Thank you for not cropping my images and linking back to my site if you repost.

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The Broadberry’s Soft Opening | Covington Events

The Broadberry is the bomb.  This is EXACTLY what the RVA has needed.  I have had many a friends band have to skip over Richmond because there was not a medium sized venue.  & that is just not right.  Thanks to Rand Burgess, Lucas Fritz & Matt McDonald for banging their heads together to make The Broadberry happen.  The RVA music scene is too good for anyone to have to skip over this town.  RVA’s contribution to the east coast music scene is as awesome as it is varied and I think that is why I am especially happy that 2/3’s of the founders are from The Camel, they will keep this place hopping with all types of sounds.  Rock, big bands, bluegrass – they aren’t going to discriminate and now we have a place where touring bands can come and share their tunes.  I’m really excited to see the rocking diversity that is going happen on that stage over the next year!

& then there is the club itself.  Wow.  You walk in and you stop and just take it all in.  It is beautiful.  White leather sofas look over a room that is washed in ever changing colors of light.  Sparkling chandeliers hang down from the ceilings and a smooth white bar brightens up the slick and modern space.  I foresee epic dance offs on the color changing cubes, and yes, you read that right…..  Color changing cubes that are big enough for several people to fit on.  Each tap of the foot or hand changes the color.   In the back of the room lies the changeable stage.  They created a situation that can accommodate anything – the stage can go from a regular proscenium style to almost any configuration, including a long catwalk or risers added – YES – get the drummers up higher!!!   The lighting was gorgeous and I just really appreciate the thought that went into designing a space that looks and feels awesome.

& & then there is the food!  YUM.  I had the fish taco’s and they were delicious.  The fish was cooked perfectly and seasoned deliciously.  The tortillas were the perfect size as well.  I chatted with a guy who said his chicken sandwich was great.  I want to try the fries next time i think…they looked really good.

& & & then there is the outside patio.  Sadly it was raining on this night but the patio is going to be the spot!  I’m looking forward to seeing some bluegrass in the sunshine on that patio.

I could & all day about this place!  Do yourself a favor and just go check it out.  I’ve heard that it is also available for private parties – this would be the coolest place ever to host a party!!!

 

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Groovinyasa – The Music of Yoga | Covington Events

Ali Bullano has developed a beautiful joining of music and vinyasa called Groovinyasa.  The first class was at Shockoe Slip Yoga, a cool studio.   DJ Williams of DJ Williams Projekt and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe sat in for the first class and let his funky fingers guide and join with the flow of movements, all beautifully lead by Ali.  She has a wonderful tone to her voice and I found myself feeling both energized and chilled at the end of the hour.  She brings a great energy to the practice and I can see why she has a regular following.

❤ what you do.

Projekt for Progress | Covington Portraits

The ACE Liberia, Africa Community Exchange is a a non for profit organization who focuses on helping the youth of Liberia rebuild their worlds.  The goal of the organization is to provide a a strong model of education for the children of Liberia.  On 2/27/14,  Mekong Restaurant played home for the Projekt for Progress which was hosted by Sophie Williams for  ACE Liberia and the  DJ Williams Projekt to help raise money for the Ann Sandell Independent School.   The evening was a great success with lots of smiles, delicious food,awesome items to bid on & great music!

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dudes and chicks | Ironsdale Arts Center | 7/31/13

I love when I get to say YES to a last minute call to head out with my camera and capture an event for someone.  I especially love it when that event turns out to be INCREDIBLE.  That is what happened to me this past Wednesday evening.  I wasn’t sure what to expect other than a theatre show and my google searches of the location (google images is awesome!) which showed what could not possibly be the location?  Could it?  Searching for Irondale Arts Center brought up beautiful images of a very old theatre/church looking space.   I was pretty excited and decided to take my 24-70 & 70-200 for best coverage.

The building looked like an old church or school from the outside.  Large and brick and taking up a huge portion of the block in a very cute neighborhood in Brooklyn.  I walked in and up massive stairs to the third floor.  Wow.  It was gorgeous.  Beautiful photographs of shows from the years lined the stairwell and everything had that ‘old theatre’ vibe that makes a theatre person feel instantly at home.  I walked out and found myself gazing at a gorgeous space lined with stained glass windows who’s exterior had been partially covered with ivy making for even more beautiful patterns.  The space was just perfect.  Except for the lil boo boo in the ceiling which caused for one of those last minute staging/seating rearranges that everyone almost expects to happen when putting on a show & Fresh Ground Pepper and their peeps came to put on a show.  Yes sir & ma’am, they certainly did.  dudes & chicks was a collaborative work between about 18 different theatre groups/companies adapting Guys & Dolls.  They created an epic musical that went an hour over and I only noticed that because one of the directors brought me a water and apologized for going past the time I was hired for.  I hadn’t even noticed.  I was so engrossed in what was happening that I didn’t even realize that much time had passed nor did I care.  I would have stayed till the end no matter how long, each group was captivating.  The best night of Singing, Dancing, Theatre, Comedy, Show Choir, Spectacle & wonder I could imagine.   There was blood, whip cream and tears on that stage, it was amazing.   Look for the whip cream explosion kiss.   Each group had the stage for about 10 minutes, each doing their own adaptation to whatever part of the story they had been assigned.

The Fresh Ground Pepper Players

Directed by Karina Martins, Andrew Neisler, Jaclyn Backhaus, Andrew Scoville and Jenny Beth Snyder

Hosted by John Early & $1 dice with Matt Gliva

With:

Miriam Miller, Joel Esher, Joe Hendel, Jordan Hirsch, Eben Hoffer, Jaime Wright, David Bernstein, Tessa Skara, Lynn Andrews, Kim Blanch, Nicole Weiss, Charlene U Next Tuesday, Ellen Maddow, Mark T Evans,  John Kurzynowski, Brandon Anderson, Rob Heller, Michael Ruocco, Taylor Daniels, Michelle Cameron, Alex Rivera,  Anne Wechsler, Annie Tippe, Blake Lowell, Jason Monaco, Jackson Hunt, Eric Diehl, Davi Schoen, Nathan Stanton, Trevor Bachman, Nicole Spiezio, Ashleigh Nicolle Smith, Shana Rachel Leibowitz, Jessi Sweeney,  Kaela Garvin, Sean Daniels, Eric Mercado, Adin Lenahan, Sydney  Matthews, Kaela Garvin, McKenna Dabbs, Jesse Hunter, Cat Crowley,  T. Adamson, Elyssa Mactas, Natalie Peyser, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Nicole Weiss, Kyle Fox,  Trevor Bachman, Alex Goley, Stevi Incredmona, Ebonee Noel, Paul Pontrelli,  Tessa Skara,  Juliet Stron, Lauren McColloch, Carroll Simmons

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Bushwick Living | Life | Covington Portraits

I love the home and family that I have found in Brooklyn, NY. I am very lucky to have come across such an incredible space and place to dwell in while working in this city and it has the bonus of the most awesome neighbors. Seriously, I won the lottery on this one.
I love where I live because you never know when a random night on the roof could evolve.

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I love the cooking abilities of my neighbors. Dang, there are some good cooks in this building. Sauman & Gordon throw the best foodie parties.  & Jeff’s sardines.  nom nom.

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This girl. Anne. She rocks.

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and the doglets and their human care givers. We all have our roles to play in the happiness of the buildings many dogs.

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