Category Archives: Lessons Learned

LBBC ‘pre-party’ – Nova Center, Philadelphia, PA

Honored to photograph this “pre Butterfly Ball” soiree at the Nova Center.  What a great group of people donating their time, talent and funding to benefit a great cause.  Thank you Megan and everyone involved for allowing us to be a part.

Run With the Docs 2018 – Virtua Hospital, Voorhees, NJ

Covering an event like Run with the Docs has special meaning for us. It is for good cause, the people are great, and the benefit to those in need is immeasurable.  We are blessed to help.

Milestones never stop happening at Capone Photography

A blessed event for a blessed family

Another milestone – First Holy Communion

Seems like just yesterday when we photographed the weddings of Cory and Chris, and Lauren and Steve.  Fast forward 10 years, and these two couples have raised great families, including these fine young men. Thank you to both families. We are proud to still be a part of creating memories of milestones.

Congratulations Nolan and Cole.

 

 

Oh, the pageantry.

Congratulations Alexis Lomanno, Miss Stratford 2018

In honor of a Soldier, a Father, and a Friend

Blessed to be in Philly

The likelihood of overwhelming crowds wasn’t influential.  The panic ridden media hype wasn’t a deterrent.  The historic event of Pope Francis visiting Philadelphia was not to be missed.  It was, and will be, something to remember.

for weeks before the event, signs warned of the large crowds
for weeks before the event, signs warned of the large crowds
Even the entire Ben Franklin Bridge was closed to vehicular traffic
Even the entire Ben Franklin Bridge was closed to vehicular traffic
got our tickets to ride
got our tickets to ride

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walking up to street level at 9th and Locust Street

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all kinds of vendors hawking all kinds of wares
all kinds of vendors hawking all kinds of wares

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media coverage was intense
media coverage was intense
the immense crowds were orderly and patient
the immense crowds were orderly and patient
even the staff at Hotel Monaco took a break to photograph the historic event
even the staff at Hotel Monaco took a break to photograph the historic event
Pope Francis arrives at Independence Hall
Pope Francis arrives at Independence Hall

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Pope Francis up close. Very cool.
Pope Francis up close. Very cool.

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everyone wanted to get a photo of the pontiff
Everyone wanted to get a photo of the pontiff
The Pope speaks to the crowd and dignitaries at Independence Mall
The Pope speaks to the crowd and dignitaries at Independence Mall

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Thanks Caite, Jay, Natalie and all the amazing people at Hotel Monaco and Red Owl Tavern!

CHOP Voorhees 2012

It means so much to us to be able to give back. Christmas wouldn’t feel the same without us helping our friends at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Voorhees Division. The annual holiday event makes a wonderful evening for those in need with leukemia, and other blood disorders.  Shirley Landgraff has done an amazing job at coordinating this event, but after nearly 16 years, she is retiring to spend more time with her family. All of the amazing volunteers, from the Waterford Woman’s Club to the “elves”  from a local school help to make the season bright. And, let’s not forget Santa!!  After 7 years, we are blessed to be a part.

TOYS, FOOD, GAMES & MUSIC.
And of course a PICTURE WITH SANTA!

The AFTER PARTYING

OK, so DJ graduated. Hoo-Haah!!

After all that hard work and great accomplishment, the plan was ambitious, but simple.

Have a drink.

But that was the simple part.

The ambitious part was to have 12 drinks. (because of graduating in ’12)

At 12 different places!

So, after the actual graduation ceremony and stopping at a reception held at the Pennoni Honors hall, the journey began.

We made our way down Chestnut Street into center city.  How could we resist getting a picture of the graduate on the Chestnut Street bridge?

The new graduate ready to set the world on fire. Iconic Amtrak and 30th Street Station buildings in the background

First stop, but not officially “a” stop (because they didn’t serve cocktails), was “Fuego”, at 21st and Chestnut. Got some tortilla chips and guac, and a few bottles of Mexican soda.

ONE – First official stop was at Drinkers Pub, 19th and Chestnut. 5 pm. Local hangout. Loud and casual. Shots of Jameson.

TWO – NoChe was next. Right next to stop one, upstairs. 5:30 pm. Very cool place. Great space. Bright and hip. And how great when we found out that Happy Hour started just as we walked in. $3 beers, $5 drinks and half price on brick oven pizzas. The drinks and food were awesome. I smell a return trip here : )

man those $5 pizzas were great

THREE – Alpha was next. 17th and Walnut. 7:05 pm Way too crowded. So it was a quick shot of SoCo and Lime. One and done.

FOUR – The Happy Rooster. 16th and Sansom. 7:20 pm. Cool little place. Nice barmaid. Miserable waitress. This is where we met up with Robyn. Also, a shout out to the cool customer from Haddon Township who also was a Drexel grad and bought DJ a drink.

FIVE – Nodding Head Brewery. 15th and Sansom. 8 pm. Nice place to hang out. Super nice bartender (nice enough to take the group photo). Here’s where we met up with another of Djs classmates and her friend from Cali.

A jaunt in Philly isn’t complete without a stop on Broad with Billy Penn in the background!!

DJ and Lindsey hamming it up on Broad

SIX – Tavern on Broad. Broad Street and Walnut. What else can you say about this underground, bustling sports bar but FUN. We were singing, dancing and having a blast. Kudos to the bartender for buying DJ a redheaded slut (that’s the name of a shot, yo)

SEVEN – XIX. Broad and Walnut inside the Hyatt at the Bellevue. 9:15 pm Breathtaking view of the city from the 19th floor (hence the name). The single malt scotch tasted that much better with the amazing vista.

EIGHT – Locust Rendezvous. Locust, between 14th and 15th. 10:00 pm. Divy little bar. Noisy and crowded, but fun. Time for more drinks and more food. Cucumber melon shots, beer, loaded fries, wings, and a sampler of a bunch of stuff. Gosh, don’t recall most of this. Hmmm…..And where else can you get a set of giant beads from a total stranger at 11 pm?

NINE – Parc Rittenhouse. 18th and Walnut. 11:30 pm More drinks and more food? Basilics around the board, tuna carpaccio, wild mushroom tart, fresh baked breads and infused butter. Ooo-la-la

TEN – Wrap Shack. 18th Street, just off of Sansom. 12:30 pm.   Lagunitas IPA, Dogfish 90 min, and vodkas. Nice and informative barmaid.

ELEVEN – the Dandelion. Corner of 18th and Sansom. 1 am. Steven Starr English pub. Beer of course.

TWELVE – It became quite a challenge to find #12. Most places were closed, at least in the area we were. We walked for a bunch of blocks with no success. Closed, closed, closed, you just missed it. Then, in the distance we heard some faint noise. Down a dark, dirty alley at 13th and Drury Street we came upon McGillin’s Olde Ale House. The place was jumping!! The final stop. At 1:50 am What better way to end the night, just as we started, than with a round of Jameson shots.

As the clock on City Hall showed, it was 2:07 when we finished.

Final call was heading back home via the Speedline at 8th and Market.

What an unbelievably momentous night. That was so much fun.

Thanks DJ and congratulations again on graduating summa cum laude, with honors, and a Masters Degree from Drexel University.

DJ graduates college

The day finally arrived —  Friday, June 15, 2012.

Not just any other Friday. This day was special.

It was the day Daniel James Capone would graduate from Drexel University.

Five solid years of hard work and determination, and one of only a handful of students, DJ graduated summa cum laude,  with honors, AND a MASTERS DEGREE.

Drexel Banner, Master Degree, Honors College, Summa Cum Laude

Incredible!

So at 1:30 in the afternoon, the stage was set, the place was packed, and the students began to enter into the room. It was a great moment when the students graduating summa cum laude were asked to stand up..

stage, students enter, a packed room, DJ stands for summa cum laude announcement

The keynote speaker was internationally recognized environmentalist, biologist, and author Dr. Paul Ehrlich.

Afterwards, DJ accepts his diploma from school president, John Fry.

DJ gets his diploma from school president John Fry

then congratulated by Provost Mark Greenberg, College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Donna Murasko, and Dean of Students, David Ruth.

….and of course mugging for the crowd  : )

DJ mugs for the audience

Afterward, DJ poses with “Mario” the Drexel dragon statue.

DJ and “Mario”, Drexel Dragon mascot and statue on campus at 33rd and Market

CONGRATULATIONS, DJ!!!

DJ in cap and gown