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Baby P Makes Three: Brooklyn Maternity/Lifestyle with Cristin and Justin

 (Michelle Lawlor/Lucky 17 Photography)

Cristin and Justin are an absolutely adorable Brooklyn couple expecting their first baby any day now.

I just *loved* hanging with these two. The love they feel for one another is palpable, and I love how they constantly make each other laugh out loud without really trying. They have fun wherever they go and it’s so awesome to be around this kind of positivity. This is what it’s all about, people.  (more…)

Three Things: Champagne Jerry, Subway Rides and Realness

 (Michelle Lawlor)

What. No, seriously. What? Champagne Jerry in Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

What’s it like to spend the day with Champagne Jerry – the world’s greatest rapper – while he’s shooting a music video for his single “Three Things“?

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Art All Night – Trenton – THIS WEEKEND – June 15 and 16! Follow me!

I never get tired of seeing my great musician friends on the #AAN banners! @aantrenton #Cryptkeeper5

Hey everybody!

This weekend marks the best and brightest weekend my hometown, the City of Trenton, New Jersey, has to offer.

Each year I’m involved in documenting a 24-hour art and music festival – Art All Night: Trenton – that involves, uplifts and unites the City of Trenton. ALL artists of all ages, skill levels and media are invited to submit one piece of art to be shown at our gallery, the Roebling Wire Works building in the former Roebling Manufacturing Complex of Trenton for a solid 24 hour continuous festival!
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MCA DAY NYC – May 4, 2013

 (Michelle Lawlor/Lucky 17 Photography)

We had an absolutely PERFECT spring day on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Hopefully through a combination of my words and images, I can give you all a little taste of the feeling of pure energy and joy that this event gave to me. Because my heart is literally bursting with pride. And joy.

That being said, here we go.

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Adam Yauch Park Naming Ceremony – May 3, 2013

 

 (Michelle Lawlor/Lucky 17 Photography)

The Brand New Adam Yauch Park


It’s incredible what music can do for humanity. It has the unique and unwavering ability to uplift and enlighten and create a strong bond between total strangers, uniting people from totally different parts of the world who may have never have met or become friends otherwise. The more I travel, the more that I see that it’s consistently true, and it amazes me every time I see it. The power of the bond that music creates can span generations and continents, and it’s something that I adore documenting. The next two blog posts will be based on some incredible times recently had in New York City surrounding the memorial of one of my all-time favorite musicians and humanitarians, Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, a major catalyst of this musical bond that I so love to document. I am so honored to be able to present the following content. :)

If you are a regular follower of my blog you’ll know that last year when Yauch passed, it hit me and so many close friends pretty hard. It felt like the end of an institution, the end of our childhoods and put a ton of things into perspective. It feels like it’s “grown up time” now, and we must remember that while we are here today, we are not guaranteed tomorrow. We have to make the best of right now.

On Friday, May 3rd, 2013, I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing a New York City park officially be christened “Adam Yauch Park.”

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Happy personal news!

We are engaged!!

Well kids, it’s official. After almost 9 years of dating, Jim proposed to me over Valentine’s Day weekend. I couldn’t be more thrilled with everything.

We went to Wildwood, NJ to spend the weekend at the beach (I just adore the beach when it’s empty), and he popped the question to me on the beach at sunrise, with my grandmother’s wedding ring in hand. I could hardly believe it and probably stood silent for a good 30 seconds. I was so in shock and wanted to remember the moment so badly that I forgot to answer.

“Um… hello?”

Of course I said yes, and I just had to share with you all. We are pleased as punch.

And no, we haven’t set a date yet. :)

 

 

Hurricane Sandy Relief, Mike D and Triple Trouble – September 2012 Update

Alright, what’s up everybody? Yeah I know. It’s been rather silent here, and for that I apologize. We’ve had a challenging few weeks here in NJ.

I’m based in central NJ, sandwiched just between two of the hardest hit areas in the path of Hurricane Sandy. To my north, the devastation in northern New Jersey and New York City is staggering. To the south and east, my heart absolutely breaks for the total loss so many are experiencing. It’s like a sick dream I can’t wake up from. A total rebuild of certain towns like Seaside (among others) is necessary and thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. And it’s getting COLD out now.

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I’m going to keep this short and sweet… VOTE!

I don’t like to get involved in heated political discussions via the internet. I’d rather talk with you face to face so we can really get into the nitty gritty. We can avoid the whole name-calling game because the internet gives some folks a false sense of security when they can hide behind a keyboard. But sometimes (like right now) meeting face to face is not an option.

So here’s what I’m going to say: I’m going to leave my personal beliefs to the side for a moment and soapbox this instead because it applies to all of us.

Presidential candidate opinions aside – if you care about our country YOU HAVE TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION. NOT VOTING IS NOT AN OPTION.

The deadline to REGISTER and/or UPDATE your voting registration is 21 days before an election.

TODAY, October 4, 2012, we are at 34 days before the election.

If you have MOVED or GOTTEN MARRIED or CHANGED YOUR NAME – you NEED to UPDATE your voter registration so that your official ID/driver’s license matches what is in the voting records. It literally takes 2 minutes to fill out and print out the form, tape it shut and put it in the mail.

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Beastie Fan Celebration Video by Ryan Banks

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I fully admit (again) that I totally suck at blogging on time. This summer and fall has kept me running between NYC and NJ so much so that I am fully admitting that Brooklyn and I are in love. Sigh. Please, don’t tell New Jersey. She’ll be jealous.

There are lots of pics in the queue and I’m working on posting them in the coming week. Hold on to your hats because there’s some epic stuff coming!

But for now, I had to share this incredible video that my friend Ryan Banks posted from the Beastie Fan Celebration. I contributed my stills to his video and it is a perfect recap of the day spent reminiscing.

If you weren’t able to join us, this video should give you a pretty good idea of what the day was all about. Enjoy!!

Beastie Fan Celebration – August 4, 2012, NYC

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Our group on the walking tour

Where on earth do I begin?

I’ve been percolating on how to properly put into words the sheer bliss I feel after having one of the most fun yet exhausting weekends in a long, long time. If you’ve been following my blog you know that I’ve been dealing with the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys and have been trying to assemble an organized effort to get fans together to share in the memories and music.

This weekend, August 5, 2012 would have been Yauch’s 48th birthday. To honor the band and man that shaped so many of us, my new friend Jason Palk decided to hold a Beastie Fan Celebration in NYC on the eve of Yauch’s birthday. We began the day bright and early by going on a walking tour of the NYC landmarks that were crucial to the formation of the band. We saw some awesome sights and had a fantastic time – all while sweating profusely in the intense August heat.

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