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Episode 42: Michele Celentano

June 26, 2008

michelecelentano.jpg“This whole blogging thing is new to me. It’s like I don’t have enough to do, now I gotta go blog!” Michele Celentano commenting on starting her new blog.

Michele Celentano’s life is like a Woody Allen movie. Growing up in Brooklyn, New Yawk as an only child, she had an abusive father and her parents divorced when she was young. She’d often play hooky from school to see ticker tape parades or visit the museum (why should she listen to some teacher teach about Van Gogh when she can go and see his work in person). She was a spunky, independent teen who after discovering she didn’t quite have enough talent to become a Broadway star, instead went into photography. She’s still good friends with her ex-husband and his new wife. And wait until you hear how she met her current boyfriend. She lets us in on the secret. The situation behind how it happens is right out of an Allen film.

But, despite her quirky relationships and jubilant personality, there’s a serious side to her as well. In this, our final episode in a series on photographers going above and beyond the call of duty to give back to society, Michele also shares with us about her new organization, I Will Remember You. IWRY plans to go to Africa and other poor nations to take photos of people who otherwise would have no photos of their loves ones. Next week Michele takes her first trip to Uganda to start the mission with Hope 4 Kids. And in keeping with Michele Celentano’s personality, it was humorous to learn her inspiration for starting this organization was watching Idol Gives Back. You rock Michele!

Next week we take a break for the July 4 holiday. After that, we start a new themed series on photographer entrepreneurs. Our scheduled guests will include Scott Bourne, Liana Lehman, Jared Bauman, and Jim Kennedy. The theme will correspond with the premier of our first F-Stop Beyond:In Living Color episode with uber-photographer entrepreneur David Jay. July will be a most exciting month. Stay tuned!


Below are links to the three videos I had the pleasure to shoot with Michele. Many of you may have already seen them. But, they’re so funny, it’s always fun to revisit:

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  1. June 27, 2008 at 11:52 am

    great interview… that was fun to listen too! Good to hear an AZ photog!

  2. June 30, 2008 at 9:51 am

    this was a great interview, she is very funny

  3. melanie mauer
    July 13, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Loved hearing from Michele – i so appreciate her darling mix of confidence, genuine heart and straight-talking 🙂 -melanie-

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