The Pauly D Project: Season Finale

Jerry the Christmas Ball King

Jerry tries on the Christmas Ball King sash while preparing for the big night. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

For the season finale of The Pauly D Project, Pauly D went back to Rhode Island to surprise his former high school by guest deejaying during their winter dance. In preparation for the big night, Jerry and Biggie had a lot of setup at the hotel where the dance was being held.

Santa Jerry

Jerry wears a Santa hat while talking to Biggie, while preparing for Pauly D's surprise appearance at his former high School's winter dance. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Pauly D

Pauly D waits in the back room to surprise his old high school at their winter dance. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

The students kept asking me and the 495 Productions crew if Pauly D was there. We had to tell them that their high school was picked to be part of an MTV show. For the most part they believed us. It’s a little hard to be discreet with 3 camera crews and a photog running around a high school dance.

Pauly D waits

Pauly D waits behind the doors to surprise his old high school by guest deejaying at their winter dance. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Pauly D waits to be announced to the crowd of high schoolers behind the double doors.

Pauly surprises

Surprised teenagers take photos and videos of Pauly D as he surprises them as a guest deejay during their winter dance. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

When Pauly D was announced, the kids stormed the stage and started taking photos and video.

DJ Pauly D

Pauly D rocks the house at his former high school's winter dance. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Security was good to keep back the screaming teenagers as Pauly D entertained them.

The fans go wild

The fans go wild. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Pauly D

Pauly D fist pumps during a surprise visit to his former high school dacne. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Pauly and his biology teacher

Pauly D and his former biology teacher. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Pauly D and his biology teacher. The day before Pauly D toured his old high school and talked with his old teacher. I’ll get those pix in another post soon.

Fist pumping

Pauly D gets his former teacher to fist pump. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Pauly, Ryan and Biggie

Pauly D, Ryan and Biggie celebrate a fantastic appearance. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

It was a successful night for Pauly and the crew.

Jerry and jail bait

Jerry has a hard time containing the screaming teenagers. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Jerry was surrounded by scantily clad screaming teenagers while he protected DJ Pauly D. Tough job.

Keep away

Pauly D and Ryan play keep-a-way with Jerry's shoe. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

After the show Pauly and the crew went back to a secluded room, where they played keep away with Jerry’s shoe.

Jerry's hair

Pauly D comments on Jerry hair to the Johnston H.S. students after a winter dance. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Afterwards some of the students got to meet Pauly and the crew. Here Pauly is making a joke about Jerry’s lack of hair.

Old high school

Pauly D poses with Johnston H.S. students. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Pauly posed for photographs with all the students.

Pauly D new jersey

Pauly D receives a Johnston H.S. jersey. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Pauly D Finale

Pauly D, Biggie, Ryan and Jerry outside the hotel in Warwick in the final scene of the first season of the Pauly D Project. Pauly D Project. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Photo/Stew Milne)

Let’s hope there’s a season two. I had a great time shooting stills while they filmed the show in Rhode Island.

HDR of downtown Providence as springtime arrives.

Storm clouds roll over downtown Providence as the spring blooms on the trees of Pratt St. © Stew Milne 2012

Springtime in New England is beautiful. Especially after a long grey winter. This year we had very little snow to cover the ground, so we were without color on the trees for a good five months. This year we had an unseasonably warm March, which lead to an early spring and blossoms. If you know Providence, they you’ve probably viewed the city from Prospect Park on Congdon St. It’s a great view, but cliche if you shoot photographs from there. This photograph was taken from just below the park on Pratt St. I love the juxtaposition of the blossoms on the tree with the mostly dead limbs framing the city as the storm clouds roll in. This is an HDR image shot using six exposures, processed in Photomatix and finished in Photoshop.

The tragic death of Sgt. Max Dorley

Deadly crash

Providence police survey the scene of a police cruiser accident on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

This morning I was sitting down with an espresso editing over 800 photos from a shoot the day before when I hear a couple of police cars with sirens blaring drive by my house. This is not an uncommon event, as emergency vehicles use my street all the time. Then another couple of police cars, including undercover cars scream by. After watching 12 police cars speed up my street, I got my clothes on and grabbed my gear. I made call to the AP office, to see if they knew of anything. Since I didn’t know which direction they actually went, it took me a few minutes to find the scene they were heading to. As I arrived, six police cruisers escorted an ambulance away from the scene. Below are the photos from the scene.

 

Police crash

A police cruiser lays on a retaining wall after snapping a telephone pole on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. The police officer was extracted with the "jaws of life" and taken to the hospital. © Stew Milne

A time to mourn

A Providence police detective sits on a retaining wall near the scene of a police cruiser accident on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

Witnesses say the officer, Max Dorley, had his sirens on and a car in front of him pulled off to the right while another made a left turn in front him. Dorley had to swerve to miss hitting that vehicle and lost control, hitting the curb and becoming airborne.

Police crash

Providence Police chief Col. Hugh Clements, Jr., talks on the phone at the scene of a police cruiser accident on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

Police crash

A Providence police officer looks at the scene of a police cruiser accident on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

After extracting Dorley from the mangled vehicle, he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Dorley leaves behind a wife and two children.

Police officer killed

The head light of a police cruiser lies 100 feet from where the vehicle hit a utility pole on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

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

DJ Pauly D

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

DJ Pauly D

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

DJ Pauly D

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

DJ Pauly D

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

DJ Pauly D

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

DJ Pauly D

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

Providence College Campus

Harkins Hall

Spring clouds move past Harkins Hall on the campus of Providence College. © 2012 Stew Milne

The other day I walked over to the Providence College campus to take some photos and entertain my two sons. They both brought along their cameras as well. I was hoping to get some nice images of the campus as spring had arrived and many of the trees were starting to bloom. Unfortunately there aren’t any trees near Harkins Hall.

St. Dominic Chapel

The trees are abloom as spring arrives around St. Dominic Chapel on the campus of Providence College. © 2012 Stew Milne

However, over at St. Dominic Chapel the trees out front were covered in beautiful pink blooms. The ones out back were all white and I’ll take a photo of those soon, but when I was there the sun was in the wrong position to make a nice photo from behind the chapel.

Both of these images are HDR, or high dynamic range photos. If you aren’t familiar with this term, it’s a process where the photographer takes several, anywhere from 3 to 7 photos, of the same scene with different exposures. The exposures range from underexposed to overexposed. Later all the photos are combined with photo software to create an image that displays the full dynamic range of the scene. Typical digital cameras only capture a small portion of the dynamic range.

The Pauly D Project: Episode #2

Shoes

Pauly D looks through his closet for the right pair of shoes for the night. © 2011 Stew Milne

So here are some more behind the scenes photos of The Pauly D Project. Just a small portion of the second episode was filmed in Rhode Island, but I thought you would all like to see more of Pauly D and crew.

watches

Pauly D's collection of watches. © 2011 Stew Milne

Above is a photo of Pauly’s watches. He has everything meticulously laid out in his house, from shoes, to hair products.

Pauly's house

A 495 Productions videographer works it from the hip while shooting Pauly D and Jerry at Pauly's house in Johnston. I'm not sure if Jerry is sticking to his diet or not.© 2011 Stew Milne

Jerry and Ryan were over prior to all of them heading out to club Ultra. They were hungry so they ordered some food. It looks like Jerry is sticking to his diet.

house sitting

A 495 Productions videographer works it from the hip while shooting Pauly D and Jerry at Pauly's house in Johnston. In the background are a couple of sound guys. © 2011 Stew Milne

There are a lot of people that come with the 495 productions crew. I’m not sure where they all fit in Pauly’s house. Mostly in the kitchen, because no one ever really went in there.

pool hazard

Ryan takes a shot while avoiding the tanning bed at Pauly's house in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

The tanning bed was a bit of a hazard.

tanning

Jerry decides to get a quick tanning in the tanning bed at Pauly's house in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

So Jerry decided to get a quick tan while waiting for the taxi. He shouldn’t leave his phone out for the other two to play with.

tanning

Jerry decides to get a quick tanning in the tanning bed at Pauly's house in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

That’s Jerry in the tanning bed. I think he fell asleep.

tweet this

While Jerry tans in the tanning bed, Ryan and Pauly tweet inappropriate messages from Jerry's phone at Pauly's house in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

So while Jerry was tanning, Ryan and Pauly sent inappropriate tweets from Jerry’s phone.

Security

Jerry works security at Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

The gang finally made it to club Ultra, where Jerry was protecting Pauly and the crew from the mad fans.

the boys

Ryan, Pauly and Jerry at club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

Having some fun at club Ultra.

DJ

DJ Pauly D deejays at club Ultra in Providence. Notice the MTV camera at the bottom left.. © 2011 Stew Milne

 

Biggie rocks with DJ Pauly D at club Ultra.

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D and Biggie at club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D’s custom headphone.

What up?

I can't remember his name, but he's part of the 495 production crew. He was working a camera next to Pauly in the DJ booth at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

Part of the 495 Production crew pops up during shooting.

Biggie and MJ

Biggie talks with his girlfriend Mary Jane, following a show at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

A nice moment between Biggie and his girlfriend Mary Jane after DJ Pauly D performed at club Ultra.

Fans

DJ Pauly D poses with some fans after a show at club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

Pauly takes a photo with a fan after a hsow at club Ultra in Providence.

So, not sure what next week will bring. It all depends on the show.

Saying goodbye to Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr.

Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr

Nicholas Weichel, son of Rhode Island National Guard Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., who was killed in Afghanistan, stands next to his father's casket during funerl services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

I got a last minute call while heading to a doctor’s appointment to cover the funeral of a Rhode Island National Guardsman who lost his life while saving that of an Afghan boy. The top four photos are what I turned into the Associated Press.

Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr

An Honor Guard carries the body of Rhode Island National Guardsman Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr. to his burial plot during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., Monday, April 2, 2012. Weichel Jr. was struck and killed by an armored vehicle on March 22, 2012, while trying to save an Afghan boy. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr

Rhode Island National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride, right, present a United States Flag to Dennis Weichel , left, father of Guardsman Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr

Dennis Weichel, sitting left, father of Rhode Island National Guardsman Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., watches as the flag covering his son's casket is folded during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

The images below I added to this gallery, as I thought they were nice images that captured the mood of today’s funeral to a fallen hero.

Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr

Rhode Island National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride, right, presents a U.S. Flag to Nicholas Weichel, left, son of Guardsman Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr

A hearse carrying the remains of Rhode Island National Guardsman Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., arrives at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., for final funeral services, Monday, April 2, 2012. Weichel Jr. was struck and killed by an armored vehicle on March 22, 2012, while trying to save an Afghan boy. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr

A small patch of blue sky is seen above the burial plot of Rhode Island National Guardsman Sgt. Dennis as his remains arrive at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., for final funeral services, Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Sgt. Dennis Weichel

Dennis Weichel, center, father of Rhode Island National Guardsman Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., wipes away tears from his eyes during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr

Nicholas Weichel, son of Rhode Island National Guardsman Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., who died in Afghanistan is hugged by an unidentified person during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Sgt. Dennis Weichel

Family, friends and Rhode Island dignitaries pay their last respects to Rhode Island National Guardsman Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

 

 

The Pauly D Project

DJ Pauly D works on his signature hairstyle in the bathroom of his house, prior to going out to DJ at a local club in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

Back in early October 2011, I got a call from an agency out on California wanting to hire me to shoot the stills during filming of a MTV reality show in Rhode Island. After confirming I was available on the dates they were filming in RI, I was told to keep this silent. My contact at MTV told me where and when to meet them so I could ride along with the crew from 495 Productions to the home of Jersey Shore cast member, Paul DelVecchio, or DJ Pauly D.

DJ Pauly D shows off the tanning bed in his living room. © 2011 Stew Milne

There’s a lot to the crew that produces these reality show for MTV. We arrived at DJ Pauly’s home in Johnston in four vans. They had two camera operators, two sounds guys to go with them, and about eight other people, from assistants to producers all crammed in  Pauly’s house. My purpose was to shoot what the video guys were shooting and stay out of their way. So when we walk into Pauly D’s living room there is a pool table and the above tanning bed. In future posts all add some behind the scenes action showing the camera crew in operation.

DJ Pauly D relaxes by spinning some vinyl at his house in Johnston prior to going out to DJ at a local club in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

While waiting for his manager to show up, DJ Pauly D relaxed by spinning a bit. Lucky for him, his father lives upstairs and doesn’t complain about the loud music.

DJ Pauly D talks with road manager Mike 'Biggie' Morgan about Pauly's show that night at a local club in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

So that night DJ Pauly D was getting ready at his house to do a send off party at an old club in Providence he used to DJ at, Ultra. His mentor and now manager Mike “Biggie” Morgan came over to discuss the night and grab Pauly’s gear to take over to the club.

DJ Pauly D pins the sleeves of Ryan Labbe's shirt prior to going out to DJ at a local club in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

After Biggie left with the DJ gear, Pauly’s friend and “social coordinator” Ryan Labbe dropped by. Pauly was making fun of Ryan’s loose sleeves and showed him a trick to make them snug on Ryan’s arms.

DJ Pauly D, Jerry Gialanella, and Ryan Labbe toast to the night prior to going out to DJ at a local club in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

Soon DJ Pauly’s friend and head of security, Jerry Gialanella showed up. The three of them drank a few shots, played pool and played jokes on Jerry until the taxi showed up to take them to Ultra.

DJ Pauly D performs at a local club in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D entered the mobbed club and was secured in a private booth until his time to DJ. Above is DJ Pauly D deejaying with Biggie in the booth with him. The crowd was going crazy.

DJ Pauly D performs at a local club in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

This above photo is one of my favorite shots from the night.

DJ Pauly D and Jerry wait at the coat check after Pauly performed at a local club in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

After the show and after the crowd had gone home, DJ Pauly and Jerry goofed off at the coat check waiting for their taxi.

In future posts, I’ll add some scenes that didn’t make the show and behind the scenes images. I spent eight hours with the 495 Productions crew and DJ Pauly D that night. In the premiere episode of The Pauly D Project, it was edited down to the last 2:10 of the show.