Unlimited Earth Care 20th Anniversary Open House Celebration – PHOTOS!

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Photos from the Unlimited Earth Care 20th Anniversary Open House Celebration Party

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Hampton Classic 2012 Grand Prix Sunday- Society-In-Focus to Photograph!

Hey everyone!  Sorry I haven’t had a chance to write much lately…this past month has been crazy busy (in a good way), but I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on what we’ve got coming up!

First of all, can you believe the summer is almost over?!  Where did the time go?!  While we are all sad to soon be saying goodbye to the warm weather and the parties under the tents, we still have one more big Hamptons event lined up!

The 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton runs through Sunday, September 2 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

The highlight of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2 and Society-In-Focus will be there to capture all the goings-on in the VIP tent, especially the crazy hats!  The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully complete Friday’s $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World Champions and other show jumping veterans, such as defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward.  This year, the Grand Prix is part of the new Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Antares F in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Antares F to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

Scroll down to see some of our photos from last year’s Grand Prix Sunday and check back to see whose smiling faces we capture this year and who wins the competition!

Darragh Kenny Riding "Wannahave"
Darragh Kenny Riding “Wannahave”
David Tromp Riding "Casey"
David Tromp Riding “Casey”
Schuyler Riley Riding "Lapacco"
Schuyler Riley Riding “Lapacco”
Ljubov Kochetova Riding "Royce"
Ljubov Kochetova Riding “Royce”
Andrew Bourns Riding "Gowray Park"
Andrew Bourns Riding “Gowray Park”
McLain Ward Riding "Antares F"
McLain Ward Riding “Antares F”
East End Redi Mix Tablescape
East End Redi Mix Tablescape

Photos from the 2011 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday

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8th Annual Hamptons Happening – “Jean-Georges á la carte” – PHOTOS!

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Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman
Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman
Chef Jean-Georges, Ramona Singer
Chef Jean-Georges, Ramona Singer
Chris Wragge, Dr. Samuel Waxman
Chris Wragge, Dr. Samuel Waxman
Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel
Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel
Robert Kantor, Chef Jean-Georges, Mary Kantor, Adrienne Kantor
Robert Kantor, Chef Jean-Georges, Mary Kantor, Adrienne Kantor

DJ Phresh
DJ Phresh

Photos from the 8th Annual Hamptons Happening Event

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8th Annual Hamptons Happening – Society-In-Focus to Photograph!

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, the 8th Annual Hamptons Happening event will take place at the Bridgehampton home of Maria & Kenneth Fishel and Society-In-Focus will be there to capture all the fun!  This year’s event is honoring Chef Jean-Georges and featuring seven of his restaurants and their chefs.  Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS News at 6 will be the Master of Ceremonies and music will be provided by DJ Phresh and 4 AM DJs.

Chris Wragge
Chris Wragge
DJ Phresh
DJ Phresh

A “Hamptons Happening” benefits the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation which is a nonprofit supporting cancer research focused on reprogramming cancer cells and eradicating the root cause of cancer.

This year’s auction will feature a 1966 Mercedes 230SL, a 1972 BMW 2002 courtesy of Aventura Motors and a Smart Car Cabriolet courtesy of Benzel-Busch Smart Center. For more information or to place a bid please call the Foundation at 212.867.4502

Tickets are sold out online, but you can still purchase tickets at the door.  Tickets are $275 ($150 for 35 and under)

900 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton, NY

8th Annual Hamptons Happening

Hampton Classic Horse Show 2011

On Sunday, September 4th, we drove out to the Hampton Classic Horse Show grounds in Bridgehampton, NY.  The weather was picture perfect, sunny and in the low 80’s for Grand Prix Sunday.  We received our press badges in the Press Tent and listened to the security briefing before making our way over to the VIP tent.

Once inside the VIP tent, we decided to walk the full length of it (and the smaller VIP tent connected to it) to first check out all the beautiful tablescapes.  Table after table was decorated with such a range of centerpieces created with everything from seasonal flowers to colorful glassware to vegetables and bread and even Nespresso machines!  Each one was more intriguing than the next!

Tablescape
Tablescape

Soon the tent started filling up with hundreds of VIP guests including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, James Lipton, Rosanna ScottoMatt Lauer, and Nacho Figueras.  We saw many familiar faces, people we have met over the years and over this summer, and many new friends as well.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Diana Taylor
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Diana Taylor
James Lipton, Rosanna Scotto
James Lipton, Rosanna Scotto

Around 2PM, we made our way back over to the Press Tent to change lenses to capture the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier event.  Rider after rider took to the ring to navigate their horses through the 16 jump course.  There were 33 competitors in all.  It was so exciting to be up close right on the field level to witness this event!  We could hear the horses galloping past, snorting as they breathed heavily, and could see the grass and dirt being kicked up as they made their jump attempts.  It was an aerial act like no other I’ve ever seen in person.  I think you forget just how large these beautiful animals are when you watch something like this on TV and it is so impressive to see them leaping so high in the air from such a short distance!

Seven riders completed Round 1 with zero faults which forced a second jump-off round.  First up was Kent Farrington riding “Uceko” who completed the modified course in a super fast time of 32.96 seconds.  Up fourth was the crowd favorite, two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY riding “Antares F.”  We were all on the edges of our seats as we could hear the announcer say that he had just completed one stretch of the course in 7 strides instead of 8 like Farrington had.  The crowd was practically silent as Ward navigated the course perfectly, but erupted in cheers when the final time on the board was less than two tenths of a second faster than Farrington’s at 32.78!  Ward won the event for the third year in a row and a record breaking sixth time overall.  What a show!

Grand Prix Winner McLain Ward Riding Antares F
Grand Prix Winner McLain Ward Riding Antares F

C.C. Carr
C.C. Carr
Norman Dello Joio Riding Notre Star
Norman Dello Joio Riding Notre Star

The photos from this event are available for purchase to media outlets only.  Although photos of the horses and riders are not displayed on our website, they too are available for purchase by media outlets.  Please contact us for more information.

Society-In-Focus Attends the Inagural Festive in Flip Flops Event

On Saturday, August 20th, we drove out to the exclusive Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club to photograph the first ever Festive in Flip Flops event to benefit the American Cancer Society and to highlight ACS’s efforts on Eastern Long Island.  Usually the ACS NY area events are held in New York City, but so much of their work benefits our local Hamptons and East End communities that it was finally time to have a local event in recognition.

We arrived a little early while the beautiful dining room was still being set up.  Crisp white tablecloths and turquoise linen napkins, white votive candles, and centerpieces of metal buckets containing FlipOut Sandals flip-flops created a lovely tablescape.  The flip-flops were given to all the women in attendance.  In the next room was a large bar where rows and rows of sparkling wine glasses were lined up ready to be filled.  Along two edges of this room and a smaller adjoining room were tons of items for the silent auction.  Autographed sports memorabilia, an original painting by Diane Romanello, gift baskets, and jewelry were just some of the items available to bid on.

"Paradise Dreams" by Diane Romanello
"Paradise Dreams" by Diane Romanello

Soon the guests began arriving dressed in summery, festive attire.  They were greeted with refreshments and filtered in through the auction table room and then onto the outdoor deck overlooking the beach.  We met co-chairs Sherri Abruzzese and Gopa Dobson, as well as Buddy Valastro, the “Cake Boss” from Carlo’s Bakery, Ronnie Rothstein from Kleinfeld’s and “Say Yes to the Dress,” designer Carmen Marc Valvo, sports broadcaster Ann Liguori, Bill Koenigsberg from Horizon Media, actor Mark Feuerstein, star of “Royal Pains” who emceed this event, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, and over 200 other sponsors and guests.

Bill Koenigsberg, Joe Abruzzese, Rick Passarelli, Joseph Smith, Buddy Valastro, Greg D'Alba, David Levey, Ronnie Rothstein
Bill Koenigsberg, Joe Abruzzese, Rick Passarelli, Joseph Smith, Buddy Valastro, Greg D'Alba, David Levey, Ronnie Rothstein
Mark Feuerstein, Gopa Dobson
Mark Feuerstein, Gopa Dobson

The outdoor deck definitely seemed like the most popular spot to hang out that evening.  There was a beautiful cool breeze outside and a smaller bar was set up on the deck as well.  The cocktail hour was only scheduled for 6:30-7:30, but everyone was having such a good time mingling that the dinner portion of the evening didn’t really get underway until closer to 8:30 when popular cover band The Touch began their set.  A child from Camp Adventure was scheduled to give a speech followed by a balloon auction to send another child to the sleep-away camp on Shelter Island.

Frank Weiser, Myra Weiser, Sherri Abruzzese
Frank Weiser, Myra Weiser, Sherri Abruzzese
Buddy Valastro, Mady Schuman
Buddy Valastro, Mady Schuman

For an inaugural event, this summer bash seemed to go off without a hitch with a wonderfully large turnout.  We were happy to attend this summer party and we hope our photos can help bring further recognition to the American Cancer Society and encourage more support for its critical programs and services on Long Island.

This Weekend…Society-In-Focus to Shoot “Festive in Flip Flops”

On Saturday, August 20th, Society-In-Focus will be attending the inaugural “Festive in Flip Flops” Hamptons summer bash to benefit the American Cancer Society at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club.

The event is being held to recognize over 50 years of service by the American Cancer Society on Long Island.  During the past year alone, they have provided cancer patients with nearly 2,000 rides to and from their treatments.  Camp Adventure on Shelter Island hosts 150 children with cancer and their siblings in August each year. The Society also has six active grants at two Long Island research facilities – Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.  This represents a current, local investment of more than $3 million.  Proceeds will help support its services in the area including the North and South Fork.

The festivities kick off at 6:30 with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and dancing at 7:30 featuring music by The Touch.  The emcee for the evening will be Mark Feuerstein, star of TV’s “Royal Pains.”  Co-chairs are Discovery Channel’s executive Joe Abruzzese’s wife, Sheri Abruzzese, and Gopa Dobson.  Silver sponsors include Bobby Van’s Restaurants, Carlo’s Bakery (Buddy Valastro from “Cake Boss” is scheduled to be in attendance), Ronnie Rothstein from “Say Yes to the Dress,” Kleinfeld, Michael and Mary Levine Foundation, Turner Broadcasting/CNN, and Vivaki.  Among the other 250 guests expected to attend are designer Carmen Marc Valvo and sports broadcaster Ann Liguori as well as many other important people in the cable TV industry.  Both live and silent auctions will take place to raise money for the ACS.

The event will be presented by Discovery Communications and Horizon Media.

Be sure to check back with us after the event to see all of the photos!

The Hampton Classic

Time flies when you’re having fun…can you believe we’re already halfway through the summer already?! Before you know it we’ll be nearing the end and you know what that means…time for the annual Hampton Classic! This year the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton, August 28-September 4 for an entire week of exciting equestrian competition.

The Hampton Classic is a world-class competition on 60 acres of showgrounds featuring six show rings. The nation’s top professional and amateur riders will compete in various events such as the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier on Friday, September 2nd, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World CupT Qualifier on Sunday, September 4th, and for the first time, the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday, September 3rd.

The Classic also features entertainment, first class dining, and a Boutique Garden with more than 70 high-end vendors. Monday, August 29th will provide an opportunity to adopt animals from local dog and cat shelters and horse rescue groups. This ASPCA Adoption Day will be hosted by Grand Prix rider Georgina Bloomberg and “Today Show” correspondent Jill Rappaport. Cablevision Kids’ Day on Saturday, September 3rd will feature children’s activities all day.

In 2009 we were happy to shoot the 34th Annual Hampton Classic. That same year the Hampton Classic became only the second horse show ever to receive the status of Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation. Here are some photos from in and around the VIP tent…

Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos
Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos

Hampton Classic

Whitney Fairchild, James Fairchild
Whitney Fairchild, James Fairchild

Hampton Classic

Estelita “Dushy” Roth
Estelita “Dushy” Roth

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Society-In-Focus Attends the HEAT Cocktail Party in Support of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation

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On Saturday, July 30th, we had the privilege of attending the annual HEAT gala cocktail party benefiting the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital and Ellen’s Well.

We arrived at the gorgeous West Kill Farm estate of photographer Steven Klein in Bridgehampton around 6PM.  A golf cart whisked us through a tiki torch lit vineyard and up to the party area.  The tent quickly filled with guests all enjoying the beautiful summer weather and music provided by DJ Chachi.

Hostess Rosanna Scotto kicked off the event by mentioning the live auctions taking place and then later introduced Ellen Hermanson’s sister and Chair of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Julie Ratner. Julie welcomed everyone to the benefit and called her sister and Vice Chair, Emily Levin, up to the stage to stand by her.

Emily Levin, Julie Ratner
Emily Levin, Julie Ratner

This year’s event honored Kim Cattrall for “Friendship Extraordinaire”, Kathie Lee Gifford for her “Humanitarian Efforts on Behalf of Children” and Hoda Kotb for “Inspiring Us With Her Grace, Grit, and Courage”.  All three women were presented with beautiful singing bowls featuring a plaque with these words on them.  Honorary Chair, Donna Karan, was also in attendance.

Hoda Kotb, Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford
Hoda Kotb, Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford
Donna Karan and Her Granddaughter McKenzie
Donna Karan and Her Granddaughter McKenzie

Following the award ceremony, Julie reminded everyone of a past auction that sold for $20,000 when Kim Cattrall offered to throw in lunch.  This year Kathie Lee and Hoda came up with an impromptu offer to take someone out to lunch and a Broadway show if they could get a $10,000 donation.  Kim Cattrall said she’d join them for lunch as well.  Corcoran Group’s Robby Browne quickly raised his hand  and won the lunch date with the ladies.  It was a pretty exciting moment for everyone!

The rest of the evening was spent photographing and mingling with more guests.  Steven Klein made an appearance with his two Great Danes, “Krueger” and “Brando,” and the party started spilling out of the tent onto his sprawling property to enjoy the sunset.  A bonfire pit, a beautiful infinity pool, and even a teepee were points of interest for all the guests.

Steven Klein
Steven Klein

Overall it seemed like a successful event which hopefully raised a lot of money for the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center and Ellen’s Well.  The party was also the kickoff to the 16th Annual Ellen’s Run on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 9AM starting at Parrish Memorial Hall at Southampton Hospital in Southampton, NY.  Below are some additional photos from the evening and click here for the full gallery:

Hoda Kotb, Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford
Hoda Kotb, Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford
Singing Bowls Awarded to Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb
Singing Bowls Awarded to Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb
Julie Ratner, Kim Cattrall
Julie Ratner, Kim Cattrall
Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Robby Browne, Kim Cattrall
Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Robby Browne, Kim Cattrall
Joe Radano, Cassie Spreitzer (Plum TV)
Joe Radano, Cassie Spreitzer (Plum TV)

This Weekend…Society-In-Focus to Shoot the HEAT Cocktail Party

This Saturday, July 30th, Society-In-Focus will be out in Bridgehampton at the West Kill Farm home of  Steven Klein to support the Ellen Hermanson Foundation at their HEAT gala cocktail party.  The fundraising event will honor Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb with honorary chairs Donna Karan and Laura Linney.  Also scheduled to attend is singer Michael Bolton and the Mistress of Ceremonies will be Rosanna Scotto.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation helps breast cancer patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional aspects of the disease and also educates the importance of early detection and promotes research on improving understanding of pain management.  We’re very happy to be covering this event and hope that we can provide more exposure to this important cause.  We’ll let you know how it went in a few days after the pictures have been posted!