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Philadelphia Head Shot Photographer • So Many Head Shots! • Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Summer Stars 2018

The head shots are in and ready to order!!!!

So excited how these all turned out.  Please visit the link and you can purchase a digital file to print as many pictures as you like and use online for your head shots.

If you ordered and paid for a package you will have a separate link that you can choose one image to have retouched.

Summer Stars 2018 Head Shot Link

 

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Sweet! Philadelphia Wedding and Event Photography

Woodmere Cake Show- Sweet Inspiration

Woodmere Art Museum hosted local cake artists Sweet Inspiration, in their beautiful museum.

This year’s theme was based on the stunning children’s book illustrations by Philadelphia artist, Charles Santore, for books such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, Snow White and more. Ten of the Philadelphia area’s top cake artists created whimsical cakes inspired by one of the illustrations of their choice, and the results were spectacular cakes highlighting the artistry of cake decorating.

There was a fun and fabulous opening reception, where each cake artist had a chance to describe their cake and some of the advanced cake decorating techniques they used, as well as what inspired them about the illustration they used as the basis for their cakes.

Satin Ice, which is made in the USA and exported to over 65 distributors worldwide, Satin Ice has a long running history of being the professional’s choice for premium quality fondant and gum paste. Check out the Satin Ice’s blog post about the event:

http://www.satinice.com/fondant-blog/sweet-inspiration

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Chestnut Hill • Philadelphia, PA 19118
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KISMET, a 6,000-square-foot coworking space, opened up shop last week

“Can this real estate developer make coworking stick in Chestnut Hill?” 

By Roberto Torres / reporter

Photos by Brian James Photo Studio

 

Christopher Plant’s KISMET, a Northwest Philly coworking center.

(Photo by Brian James)

 

If you’ve ever been referred to as a “coworking purist,” odds are you’re going to shudder when you read this next sentence: a Philly real estate developer just opened up a 6,000-square-foot coworking space in Northwest Philly called KISMET.

Christopher Plant, a Chestnut Hill resident who’s not a stranger to the local tech scene, launched the coworking spot on March 17 featuring an eclectic cohort of 11 companies/members: from marketing agencies and engineering companies to a college professor and a writer.

A self-proclaimed “fan of Indy Hall and Benjamin’s Desk,” Plant had done some leases before in that building — 12 West Willow Grove, a few minutes’ walk away from the Wyndmoor Station — as part of his work with Elfant Wissahickon Realtors.

“There was an old self-storage space that was not a best use and so I convinced the landlord to let me make a run at coworking,” said Plant in an email. “With my work in commercial real estate with a focus in Northwest Philadelphia, I knew there was a need for the type of space that I wanted to build.”

Desks line up at KISMET. (Photo by Brian James)

Desks line up at KISMET. (Photo by Brian James)

Full disclosure: We haven’t yet made the trek out to visit the space but — from the pictures — you could describe KISMET’s decoration as WeWork-y, what with its high ceilings, exposed airducts, polished surfaces and lounge-esque lighting. As usual, there’s a kitchen space and conference rooms, along with the ever-more-present indoor bike rack.

As for pricing, a floating desk at the Chestnut Hill space will run you about $350 monthly. Private offices start at $800.

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WeWork-y, no? (Photo by Brian James)

For a quick look at the space, here’s a flashy “hyperlapse walkthrough” vid put together by Villanova, Pa.-based production company Creative Outfit.

Mind you, former attempts at posting up a coworking space in Northwest Philadelphia have not fared well in the past. For example, in 2013, an attempt to band together coworking moms and dads in the suburbs called Coworking for Parents called it quits before settling in on a space, citing difficulties finding a proper venue that could work financially. Manayunk’s Transfer Station shuttered in 2014 .

Can KISMET make its model stick? Is Northwest Philly’s quarry of mobile workers sufficiently large to keep those fancy lights on? Plant says yes (because of course he does). And the slate of customers he has already signed up is a good sign.

“I believe that there will be a great market for a more intimate coworking model on the fringes of traditional business districts and quasi-suburban commercial districts,” said Plant. “That is where we see ourselves. We also want to have a robust calendar of programming and content that helps foster a deep and committed connection with our tenants.”

At first glance, it sure seems that KISMET has all the makings of being another corporate play on the bubbling coworking biz. Plant will be the first to point out that initial impression.

“Many will consider my move into coworking as another example of a developer keeping on-trend, but I think I come to this naturally,” said Plant. “I have always been a connector and this is all about that.”

Maybe Wayne Kimmel was right. It is “all about staying in the mix.”

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Kismet Co-Work brings a taste of big city entrepreneurship to the Hill

Check it out!

Photos by Brian James Photo Studio

Kismet Co-Work brings a taste of big city entrepreneurship to the Hill

To learn more about Kismet, visit kismetcowork.com. To try the space out with a one-day free pass, call 215-934-9772.

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Philadelphia, PA Photography | Chef Al Paris visits NEST CH|

Do you remember when you were little, between 3-5 years old? Then on a random Wednesday in July you would go to an awesome indoor play space, and have a professional chef teach you how to prepare a delicious dish?  I don’t either!

Last night at NEST Chestnut Hill, Chef Al Paris of Paris Bistro lead a cooking lesson to a bunch of cute kids!

On the menu, Roasted Salmon with Zucchini Noodles and a sauce with Honey and Thyme.  At first a few of the kids looked concerned. At the end of the lesson they were using words like “plating”, “emulsification”, and “essential oils”!

Check out a few of the adorable pics here!

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Great Success!

What a wonderful experience it was to be a part of this year’s Chestnut Hill’s fall for the Arts festival!

A big Thanks to Dave Barrus, My parents Ron and Janie James for all of their help and the many friends who came to support me!

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