Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

My friend, Sydney, used to talk about how much she loved our Christmas tree.... the colorful lights and assorted decorations on an indoor, 6 foot tall bush simply fascinated this Jewish girl. She talked about wanting one, but she said it wouldn't be as good as ours. Having seen thousands of Christmas trees in my life, I wasn't entirely positive how to judge a Christmas tree... but somehow, Sydney knew ours was perfect... well, ALMOST perfect. Finally, a few years ago, she decided it was time to perfect our tree. When she came jumping in my front door one day, box in hand, I knew she was up to something. "I made this for you!" she exclaimed, glowingly, to my family. We opened the box, only to find the same Sydney face staring at us in paper form, Santa hat on, saying "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" and dangling from a string. It was a Christmas ornament, made by our favorite little Jewish girl for our tree. My mom burst out laughing and said "Oh, Syd, you GOTTA hang this up!" And she did- front and center, robbing the giant, colorful tree of any attention it may have gotten that Christmas season. The Sydney scale of judging trees had now declared the Petry Christmas tree perfection. It became a tradition for our Sydney to come over and hang it up in the perfect spot for the world to see. Every year, as our family and friends came over, they'd walk into the living room and marvel at the beauty/hilarity that was Sydney's tree decoration. It grew a fan base over the years... and so did Sydney. In true Sydney form, she found a way to bring happiness and smiles to (in some cases) people she did not even know on a holiday she didn't celebrate...

We hung up her ornament for her this year. It's always been the best one up there.

I love you, Cobrah.... thanks for making my life that much better.
Merry Christmas, my favorite Jew!!!!! <3333

Sydney Lynn Gross
5/2/90 - 7/24/09

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Busy, busy, busy....

doing a lot of this with Cait....

wrap, bake, wrap, shop, wrap, clean, bake, shop, eat, bake, etc. etc. etc.
wish me luck!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The boys are back in town...

Cash Cash hometown show at School of Rock was last nite! They ruled, as usual.....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"The Sugarplum Fairy herself could have made no grander gesture"

Its Nutcracker season and I still can't seem to figure out the plot... and I like that. This year, instead of simply watching it, I photographed professional dancer, Nicole Graniero as the Sugarplum Fairy...

Monday, December 14, 2009

We came to dance

The Gaslight Anthem is one of my favorite bands ever and I got to photograph their hometown show on Friday night. Over 2000 people piled into the sold out Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ to see the New Brunswick band... and they totally ROCKED. They opened with one of my favorite songs, "Old White Lincoln" so my multitasking skills were put to the test while I photographed, danced, and sang all at the same time.

Here are a few pictures that are ALSO featured on !

more photos in the same place as usual...


Old White Lincoln
Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
High Lonesome
We Came to Dance
Film Noir
I'da Called You Woody, Joe
Great Expectations
Miles Davis & The Cool
Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts
Meet Me by the River's Edge
Here's Looking At You, Kid
The '59 Sound


Casanova, Baby!
Bring it On (new song)
The Navesink Banks
Refugee (Tom Petty cover)
Say I Won't (Recognize)
We're Getting A Divorce, You Keep the Diner
The Backseat

Oh and I don't know if you've heard about it yet... but I will SO be attending this....

Be my date?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Stories from the kids table

Last nite, I went to a bar with a bunch of great people to see Frank Graniero ( Mov Mou / Stay Awake ) play an acoustic set. Lindsay, Chloe, Allison, and I were all under 21, which resulted in rubber ducky stamps on our hands... as if we didn't feel young enough. I snuck a naked juice in and was freaking out the whole time that I was going to get kicked out... all while Allison was keeping us updated on Jersey Shore via everyone's tweets. Frank played an AWESOME set including a great cover of "Crossed Out Name" by Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. It was worth having to catch the 2am repeat of Jersey Shore....

Chloe and Allison love Frank...

naked juice anxiety by Allison...

the weirdest faces/dudes ever....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

You got eyes...

I went on a field trip with the photo majors to see the Robert Frank show at the MET along with a few other galleries around the city. Words can't describe how amazing the show/day was....