Posted by: Michelle Stella Riordan | April 25, 2011

It’s good to be the Queen…continued

It’s Good to be the Queen…

The Special Events Queen.


This is my never-ending task for truth, justice and the American photo shoot!  You never know what will happen during any photo shoot whether you’re photographing kids, dogs or celebrities.  It’s all about the mind-set, your attitude, your humbleness (don’t know if that’s in the dictionary yet) and flexibility.  Having a career in photography is my equivalent to a Phoenix rising from the ashes of chaos.  As Photographers, we  have seen massive changes in our field from the way we capture our images to the way we print them.  I personally, miss the smell of developer.  But that’s for another day! 

So my biggest fear is training and working with new assistants or photographers.  It’s hard to expect another person to care as much about your business as you do.  It’s a given.  There’s a certain level of comfort knowing someone has your back during a shoot.  I personally look for someone I can trust with my equipment.  Remember, I bring thousands of dollars of equipment with me on location.  I like to bring back-up upon back-up upon back-up.  (That’s why I use several assistants…back-up).  The hardest part of  having an assistant with you on a shoot is trusting that person not to say something to the wrong person (like a VP) and cause issues. 

All this being said, I was contracted to photograph one of the actors from the Sopranos during a wine signing.  Simple right?  Define simple.  My client is awesome, the celebrity is awesome but the human element is always a crap shoot plus I had a new crew.  “What does not kill us makes us stronger.”  I’ve said this to myself everyday for 20 years. 

So, here’s the man of the hour…the amazing Tony Sirico. 

Canal's Wine Signing 2011He signed, he smiled, he had his photograph taken with hundreds of people.



And in the end, there was this really big check for charity.  It gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it? 

Tips for check shots:  Angle the top toward the ground so that it doesn’t reflect the lights. 


Canal's 2011 St. Jude & Wounded Warrior check presentation


Who is your favorite celebrity?


 Michelle Stella Riordan

Photography By Exposure


Special Events Photographer

Corporate, Portfolios, Aerial and Family Photography

Studio and Location Services: New Jersey to Virginia

Family Beach Portraits – Jersey Shore


Special Events Photographer


 “By seeing the seed of failure in every success, we remain humble. By seeing the seed of success in every failure we remain hopeful.”

Thanks to Michael and the entire crew at Joe Canal’s Iselin store…













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