Random Images I found in Rhode Island today

Business skater

Business man takes a skate during his lunch break in downtown Providence, RI.

So after a routine assignment for one of my clients, I dropped off a CD of the images to their offices. While walking back to my car I saw this guys skating on the ice rink in downtown Providence, RI, in full suit and tie. He noticed me after a few laps and waved.

business skater

Business man skates alone during his lunch break in downtown Providence, RI.

The business man was a pretty good skater. He was the only one on the ice and watching him just made me smile.

1963 MG

An original 1963 MGB convertible sitting outside Moses Brown.

And then onto my next random sighting in Rhode Island. I was delivering a DVD of images to Brown University and I saw this 1963 MGB convertible parked outside the gates of Moses Brown school. It brought back fond memories of my dad’s 1966 MGB GT hatchback that I learned to drive a manual on. Same color too. I got to drive it for a few years before it fell apart due to rust. The engine was great, but too many winters in Montreal took it’s tole on the body. What a fun car to drive.

 

X-Factor Providence Auditions — Day #1, the arrivals

X-Factor Providence auditions

X-Factor fans hold up signs as they wait for the judges to arrive in Providence, RI.

 

So my work on the MTV show The Pauly D Project lead to being called by FOX to shoot the X-Factor auditions in Providence. The auditions were held over three days in June, with two sessions held each day. For this post, I’m just going to show some of the arrivals of the judges and the introductions of the judges to the audience inside the arena.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi fans

Fans of Demi Lovato cheer for her while waiting her arrival at the Providence, RI auditions of the X-Factor

There was huge crowd gathered outside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence, waiting for the chance to get a glimpse of the judges.

 

X-Factor Providence auditions

X-Factor judge L.A. Reid stops for photos as he arrives in Providence, RI.

L.A. Reid arrived first. I was restricted to an area with the rest of the media to shoot the arrivals. Originally I was allowed to be in the path from the limo to the door, but the production crew wanted as few as people as possible in the area.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

X-Factor judge Demi Lovato poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

I shot this wide to show the X-Factor sign above and to show the crowd. At this point near the door, they didn’t allow many people.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

X-Factor judge Demi Lovato poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

The cell phone papparazzi were out.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

X-Factor judge Demi Lovato poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

At this point Demi was posing for the other FOX photographer, before stepping inside the arena.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

X-Factor judge Demi Lovato poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

A full body shot to show the outfit. The judges wore the same outfit over the three days of auditions in Providence for continuity sake.

X-Factor Providence auditions. - Britney Spears

X-Factor judge Britney Spears poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

The biggest cheers from the crowd were for Britney Spears. I shot this wide to show the X-Factor signage as well. I’m not sure what the girl behind Britney is looking at.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Britney Spears

X-Factor judge Britney Spears poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

This photo made my laugh. The expression on the older lady’s face is precious. I could tell she didn’t care for Britney.  Simon Cowell did not arrive through the front with the rest of the judges.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato points to someone in the audience during the introductions of the X-Factor judges in Providence.

On the inside of the arena the judges were introduced after a lengthy video to ear splitting screams.

X-Factor Providence auditions

X-Factor judges L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato during introductions of the judges.

L.A. Reid points out a sign to Demi.

X-Factor Providence auditions

The X-Factor judges talk to the audience before the taping of a show in Providence.

All four judges on stage prior to the first session starting. They talked to the crowd a little. During this portion the audience was encouraged to take photos with their cell phones and tweet the photos.

X-Factor Providence auditions

FOX photographer Ray Mickshaw takes a photo of the judges prior to the show starting.

I’ll end this post with a shot of FOX photographer Ray Mickshaw. He shot all the contestants and the judges from the front, right next to the stage.

On the next post, I’ll add some photos of the backstage area. Thanks for looking.

The Pauly D Project: Unaired scenes from Newport, RI.

Pauly D and his mother get pedicures at a spa in Newport, RI.

In mid-December Pauly and his mother Donna had a day out in Newport. They started at
Wave Lengths Salon & Spa for a pedi/manicure.

Pauly D receives a manicure at a spa in Newport, RI.

After the pedicure, Pauly and Donna enjoyed a relaxing manicure with many laughs.

 

Pauly and his mother get manicures.

Notice the black thing on the camera person’s right hip? That’s a cool gadget that connects to the belt that flips out and you can rest the camera on it for a hip level angle.

The 495 Productions crew capture every angle.

Besides the large HDTV video cameras that the crew uses (left) some of the producers also shoot on smaller cameras to get a different angle or to roll while the second camera has to change batteries or storage media.

Pauly poses for a photos with the spa owner and staff.

After the pedi/manicures Pauly posed for a photo with the spa owner and staff.

Outside the spa a random fan asked for an autograph.

As Pauly and Donna were leaving the spa, this guy ran up to get an autograph. If you know Newport, RI, this is the parking lot across from the Tennis Hall of Fame and Casino.

Pauly and his mother walk through the wharfs of Newport.

As you can see the cameraman is pretty close to Pauly and Donna. He has to walk backwards to get this shot. Luckily he has a handler that watches out for him and guide him around obstacles. In the background to the left is a 495 Productions producer.

Pauly and his mother do a little shopping.

It was winter time, so not many people were in Newport.

Pauly and Donna stop into a skin care store.

Pauly and Donna stop into this skin care store to look around. The guy working there obviously had a sales pitch he uses on everyone. He had them soak their hands in some solution and try some rubs on their skin.  I’m sure Pauly didn’t want to mess up the manicure he just received, but he played along anyway. He also bought some of the product.

Pauly and Donna walk the wharfs of Newport.

The production crew never knows which was the talent is going to turn. In this photo you can see Sheonna Mix (background) hoping not to show up in the background of the shot. She avoided being in the video, but I managed to get her in my shot. I like how she’s trying to blend in.

Changing a battery on the fly.

While following Pauly and Donna this assistant changed out the battery of the camera women while walking. The gallery in the background is of Onne van der Wal, famous sailing photographer.

Passing by a famous sculpture.

On their way to a late lunch, Pauly and Donna, followed by the production crew pass “The Wave” sculpture by Kay Worden. The feet are still shiny, because everyone rubs them.

Autograph.

Pauly and Donna ate at The Red Parrot on Thames St. in Newport. At the end of the meal, Pauly signed a few shirts for the owner.

Saying good-bye to Mom.

After driving back up to the Providence area, Pauly said good night to his Mom. There’s still more shooting from this day, but I’ll save that for another post. All photos © Stew Milne 2011.

The Pauly D Project: Episode #3

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D looks through his closet for clothes for going out to club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

Episode #3 appears to all take place in Vegas. I’m watching it as I type this. Since I don’t have any photos from Vegas, I’m just going to post a few more from Rhode Island.

DJ Pauly D

A 495 Productions videographer, I believe his name was Brian, records as DJ Pauly D washes his face at his home in Johnston, RI. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D talks with Biggie on the phone prior to a guest DJ spot at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew MilneDJ Pauly D, still on the phone with Biggie. © 2011 Stew Milne

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DJ Pauly D fixes his signature hair style. © 2011 Stew Milne

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DJ Pauly D accessorizes with a bit of bling. © 2011 Stew Milne

 

DJ Pauly D

There are a lot of mirrors in Pauly's house. © 2011 Stew Milne

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Brian, with 495 Productions films Pauly D relaxing with some deejaying at his home in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

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DJ Pauly D's custom laptop cover. If you notice on the show, they blur out the DJ Pauly D part. © 2011 Stew Milne

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DJ Pauly D at hise home in Johnston. He's leaning on the tanning bed and notice the hair products on the shelf behind him. © 2011 Stew Milne

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DJ Pauly D turns on his tanning bed. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D relaxes while watching TV. Pauly was waiting for his friends to arrive. © 2011 Stew Milne

Back to the turn tables with DJ Pauly D. © 2011 Stew Milne

Ryan Labbe is fairly tattooed. © 2011 Stew Milne

It got a little crowded in Pauly's living room with two video guys and three cast members, oh and one still photographer. © 2011 Stew Milne

Still life. Ryan on couch, tweeting. I love the wedding photo next to him. © 2011 Stew Milne

Ryan shows an inappropriate photo on Jerry's phone. © 2011 Stew Milne

Shots . © 2011 Stew MilneJerry delivers more shots. © 2011 Stew MilnePauly D and Ryan are bored as they wait for the taxi to arrive. © 2011 Stew Milne DJ Pauly D watches as Jerry gets a quick tan in the bed. © 2011 Stew Milne

Jerry works hard protecting DJ Pauly D at club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

A few girls were able to sit with DJ Pauly D and enjoy some drinks. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D was popular with the ladies. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D works his way up to the DJ booth at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

Biggie waits for DJ Pauly D to arrive to deejay at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D spins the vinyl as Biggie and Jerry enjoy. © 2011 Stew Milne

Peace. © 2011 Stew Milne

Ryan is high-fiving a 495 Productions video guy. © 2011 Stew Milne

Gestures from Ryan. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D meets the employees of club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne