Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Celebrity Sightings Continue in Philadelphia - Rachael Ray

At the Rocky Premiere someone mentioned that Rachael Ray was having a book signing the next day at Barnes & Noble. So after my 4 hr nap I just trekked over there. Having no press credentials, but a persuasive talk and my Rocky Press Pass and that big camera I just bought, they granted me access. I was the only photographer there, which was great practice for me when the fun started. RR was about 45 minutes late, did a little TV interview, didn't pose for me when I asked for a quick shot, saying there were a lot of people waiting. She apologized to the crowd, and sometimes thank each one for waiting for her. Occasionally she would sign the wrong thing in a book and yell out "Gravy!" or "Oh my lucky stars", channeling her best Samantha Stevens from Bewitched impression. She mentioned her mother and how much she loved her about 1000 times, and mentioned her husband and her love for him about 200 times. She still can't believe she's married, and its been a joy. She's making lasagna for Christmas. She believes her fans are devoted to her because they are all in this cooking thing together, they discover new recipes together and they all want the same things from life. She's the new Gidget, Katie Couric and Rosie in one package (and look what happened to them).
Rachael Ray does not pose for photos, except with little kids. Here I shot my friend David F (a photographer that I admire greatly), remember I wrote about him two weeks back how I ran into him out of the blue in NYC when we were both shooting the moon, wait that doesn't sound correct, when we were photographing the full moon over the ESB. Well I ran into him again yesterday, he was among the 200 people waiting to meet RR and get a few books signed. She never looked up once from signing. But she does a cute picture with kids. (I wish I had this kids name, I think it would've have been the shot to make me millions, or er a hundred.) After shooting RR for an hour, I guess she got tired of me. Had she gave me more than a handful of decent shots, I maybe would have left earlier, do any of my friends believe that, nah I didn't think so? I had to leave to get ready for a Christmas party last night at the Westin, la de dah!!See some of my best images at I mention that RR loves her mother and told the crowd over and over again, and emphatically told this women after the women asked about RR's mom. Today she missed her mother a lot, and hoped that she wasn't suffering any pain at the dentist as she had an appt.


Blogger moviemerlin said...

Er, is it bad that I don't know who she is?!

12/21/2006 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She seems like she's tired...

Great pics though hughe!

12/21/2006 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I want for Christmas is for this bar hag to go away. What a way to fame, to cook slop in thirty minutes which is all a lie anyway. This is how she really looks, fat, old and bloated. NOBODY photoshopped these mug shots. EWWWW...

12/22/2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Brad B said...

again, there you go - Mrs. PerkyHappinessCheerleader. Wow, this is really interesting to watch the evolution of a Paparazzi. I feel so privileged. Glad you stumbled on my blog, Hughe!

12/23/2006 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a friend who met Rachel Ray and oh my gosh she said she was SO mean and we're only teenagers too and my friend was a really big fan of hers! If you're looking for a nice star who CARES about their fans and is happy and chipper, talk about Marie Osmond! I've never met her, but I've only heard good things about her! That and Weird Al Yankovic! I hear he's nice to his fans too!

3/19/2008 9:57 PM  

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