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About a week after same sex marriage was made legal in Pennsylvania, my phone rang.  Steven and his partner David (and by the way, can we officially stop using the term “partner” now?) had just gotten married in New York in early March, and wanted to have a reception celebration in Philly.  After laughing at the irony that they had to leave the state to be married only a few weeks before it was made legal in their home state, Steven told me the venue for the event was The National Constitution Center.  I was speechless.  Not only was this the first of BWR’s same sex wedding celebrations, but to be celebrating at a venue dedicated to the history of our country, 2 weeks after Pennsylvania made such a union possible, was an absolute dream come true.

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It was an elegant event, filled with family and friends and a joy that was palpable.  I left feeling remarkably proud of our state, and our country and the strides that we’ve made on our journey of marriage equality.  A few days after the event Steven emailed me that he had just discovered that he and David were the first same sex wedding celebration at the National Constitution Center since the historic reversal on the ban of same sex marriages in Pennsylvania was declared unconstitutional.  I couldn’t be any more humbled and proud to have been a part of it.  Thank you, gentlemen for allowing us to capture your historic celebration!

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PROVACATIVE:  Causing annoyance, anger, or another strong reaction, especially deliberately.  I think this word describes our work with Reverend MacKenzie Moltov better than any other.  Whether breaking into abandoned amusement parks, cavorting naked around Center City, or shooting her as she swallows swords 7 months pregnant, MacKenzie is all about breaking the rules and challenging what the perception of pregnant women and ultimately motherhood is all about.

In our latest shoot with MacKenzie entitled “Bad Mommy”, MacKenzie is joined by daughter Ulee, as she deliciously sinks into the character many of the general public perceive her to be:  A self-centered, self indulgent, sex pot, interested only in drinking, partying and being fabulous, much to the dangerous neglect of her infant.

As we went about the planning of this shoot, complete with Ulee being roasted in a pan, aborted on a bathroom floor, grilled on a barbecue and choked by a strand of pearls, I asked MacKenzie “Is it bad that all I think about is various ways to kill your baby?” “No”, she replied coyly.  “I do too”.  And of course, Paul couldn’t resist digitally adding a few elements to further disgust, annoy, and generally piss people off.

We stepped up our clothing game this time with stylist Joey Mason armed with loads of amazing looks from Philly Aids Thrift.  I think we may have found the perfect collaborators for our twisted little team.  This one we’ll be needing to revisit.  And next time, it’ll be in public.

*no clown babies were harmed in the making of these photos