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Prenatal Photo Contest

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Here is one of a friend of mine

Hey gang. I’m judging a “cutest baby contest” for Brainstrong, which is a DHA supplement. They’re giving the winner $5000! Woot!

Here’s what makes this contest unique: It’s for a baby-in-utero. It’s the first time they’re doing it, and the first time I’ve been asked to judge something like this. My co-judge is Nate Stolldorf, the Head Booking Agent for the Children’s Division at Product Model Management.

If you or anyone you know has a good picture to submit, go to this link for details.

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Nursery Contest–Part 1

Friday, July 29th, 2011

I arrived at LaGuardia at 10 a.m. I got to my gate just in time to notice the sky turning black. The board was flashing delay delay delay. I was due in a small Alabama town at 8 a.m. the next morning for a shoot with a mommy blogger, Trisha. It’s part of a contest that is going on now, where three mommy bloggers from across the country designed a nursery for their second baby. We were shooting video on each of them, then asking all of you to vote on which one we like best. I was hired to host the three videos in three very remote parts of the country. We’re not disclosing the exact towns where we shot in, but for the first one I needed to connect in Atlanta.

It’s very rare in television that it takes you longer to get to a shoot than actually shoot the piece itself. But that’s exactly what happened with all of these.

My delay at LaGuardia dragged on for 5 hours. I knew I’d miss my connection in Atlanta. But there were more connections later in the day.

We finally boarded in NY, waited an hour on the tarmac, wheeled out, only to be told a light was blinking in the cockpit. One that wasn’t supposed to. The whole plane collectively groaned.

By the time I got to Atlanta the connections had all left. I crashed at an airport hotel at midnight, up at the crack of dawn on the first flight to Alabama. In all, it took me 24 hours to get there and about 3 hours to shoot the piece. (Which by the way, never happens. But when you have a good crew and a great interviewee, miracles can happen. And I had fun to boot.)

Trisha is an energetic tiny thing—one of those adorable pregnant women—who started blogging for fun. Now it’s her career.  Her blog is momdot.com. She is about to have her second baby—a boy—Phoenyx. She has a beautiful 6-year-old daughter Charlotte. You can see her nursery pictures and vote here.

For the next shoot, click here.

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Nursery Contest–Part 3

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

This one didn’t involve an airport. Just me driving into rural Pennsylvania, getting lost, ending up in a severe thunderstorm and stumbling into my crew at a bar. (The best place to find your coworkers, by the way!).

The next morning we met Kathleen and her family. They live in a beautiful old home in a quaint town surrounded by rolling hills…it reminds me of where I grew up in State College.

Kathleen is an artist and creates a lot of cool stuff. Her website is Katydidandkid.com. A lot of her nursery was inspired by her own artwork and I think she did a fabulous job. Not only that, but she now has it in full use. Baby Jude was born this July. He’s so cute and the family seems to be doing well.

I loved meeting all three of our moms. They were so gracious and patient. Having a TV crew invade your space isn’t typically that much fun. But we really did all have a good time. And I find it so cool that these moms who live away from the big cities have carved out their niche in the blogosphere.  It shows ingenuity, risk, and creativity can happen anywhere. Well, at least anywhere there’s wireless.

So don’t forget to vote. And while you’re there, check out the videos we shot. Thanks moms!

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