New Kids on the Block

I was a HUGE fan back in the day but due to random circumstances I was never able to see them live in concert as a kid.  I would have been elated to have nosebleeds but it never worked out for me.  I was able to see a few Joe McIntyre shows when he was solo (and met him many times) but I never did get to see the entire band and I always wished that I had got the chance.

When I found out that they were reuniting and were having a concert for the Today Show, I HAD to go!  So I booked my hotel, rounded up some friends and went to the show on Friday morning.  We camped out old school for the show (like you had to do to get tickets before the days of online ordering!) and had a great time.  We all had brought things to keep us occupied but chatted so much we never were bored.

The concert was great, the guys were great and we had a blast!  I got to relive my childhood a bit and take some pics so I was a happy camper!  I was about 4 rows back on the side of the stage but thanks to my 200mm zoom I was able to get a few decent shots through the mass of people.  I figured that I am not the only fan around so I’d post these for you all to enjoy.  Of course I took a LOT more than these but this is just a tasting of what I saw!  Enjoy!


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  • DeannaMay 20, 2008 - 11:19 AM

    omg!!! i am soooo jealous! those are awesome pics…. i, too, was (and am still) a new kids fan! i remember begging my mom for some overpriced cheap-looking hat simply because it had the new kids logo on the band! i still have that hat!!! i totally missed the concert, both in person and on tv!!!i caught the very end of it, having not heard about it. i know, i know. some fan i am!!! haha. still, thanx for the chance to “see” them vicariously through your pics!!!ReplyCancel

  • CoreyMay 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM

    Deanna thanks for the lovely comment! Glad I’m not the only fan 😉 The Today Show has the concert online as well as People Magazine I believe. There’s also videos all over You Tube from their concerts all weekend. They are touring in the fall – keep your eye out for a concert near you! 🙂 I’m definately going to the Cleveland show!ReplyCancel

  • KellyMay 20, 2008 - 8:22 PM

    haha! That’s too funny!
    Back in the day I had a neon pink NKOTB fanny pack. Now I realize that thing is dated in every way possible.
    What’s really funny is how wrinkly the guys are now.
    I hope you had fun in NYC!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth PMay 20, 2008 - 9:53 PM

    I saw girls with signs from Ohio, I wonder if it was you! 😀ReplyCancel

  • CoreyMay 20, 2008 - 10:42 PM

    Elizabeth – nope that wasn’t me! There were a LOT of girls from Ohio there, but I’m not the sign kind of gal. I feel that it’s rude to the people behind me. That and one year a friend of mine went a step above the “signs” and made a “sign”on a HUGE pair of undies, tie-dyed them and threw them on stage at Joe (in his solo years). There’s nothing in my mind that will top watching him read those (they could have fit about 5 of him in them). 🙂ReplyCancel

  • KateMay 21, 2008 - 1:45 AM

    Haha, love it! My first ever non-mix album was their Merry Merry Xmas album, a gift from my parents. I was totally bummed that I got that instead of one of the real albums. 🙂 Love the shots, you tell such a great story. And, hey, they’re still pretty cute, those kids.ReplyCancel

  • CoreyMay 21, 2008 - 1:49 AM

    Kate – ha ha, poor you! Someone perpetually “borrowed” my Merry, Merry Christmas tape and I never got it back! For nearing 40 they are actually looking pretty darn good (especially in real life which my 12 year old little self is still giddy about).ReplyCancel

  • […] the past year I’ve seen New Kids On the Block – with all band members – for their first performance since breaking up, in Cleveland for their Fall Tour, in Columbus for their Spring Tour and in June I attended their […]ReplyCancel

  • NKOTB Town Hall « Corey AnnMarch 25, 2012 - 6:51 PM

    […] in the 90s (maybe I’ll tell the sob story about that another time) but I DID get to go to the first reunion show they performed in NYC for the Today Show in 2008 and I’ve been lucky enough to see them a few times after that (along with Joe solo, whom I […]ReplyCancel

Cooking 101

Tonight I took the lazy way out of making dinner and threw in some frozen yummies in the oven for dinner for me and my hubby.  The kitchen smelled… odd.  When it came time to take out the dinner and give it a stir, I was startled to find something stuck to the bottom of the pan!

Do you think they will still accept it?  Rest assured, I will not be catering your event!!!  😉 

In other news, I’ve been cooking up a storm on the business planning end of things and am happy to announce that I have came to some conclusions on pricing.  The new pricing that I am sticking with (but reserve the right to change in the future) is located on the investment page of my website.  I’ve decided to go with a more streamlined package lineup and allow my couples to choose their addons.  If you do decide to choose an addon (albums or gallery wraps for example) than you can include that upfront for a 10% discount. 

I hope you are pleased with the route I have chose to make… and that I am NOT in your kitchen tonight!

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  • ShilohJune 6, 2008 - 1:02 PM

    This is hilarious! Looks like something I would do.ReplyCancel

Calling All Readers!!!

I have a question for you all.  I am a photographer and also I have to sell myself.  I am not great at putting a pricetag on myself as my fellow photographers have gently put it (much love to all of you, I needed that).  I recently raised my prices but one thing that I changed was that I included more “stuff” when making packages.  However… do people (ok sorry, specifically brides, to-be-brides, has-been-brides etc.) WANT that stuff?  TELL ME!!  I WANT TO KNOW!!!!! 

Essentially would you rather book me for a lower rate for the day and have the option to create a package up front (with a discount) or decide later if you really need all that stuff that photographers seem to include.  I know that a few of my brides this summer have virtually NO interest in the albums that are all-the-rage now and were really glad to find out that I wasn’t including one and making them pay for it. 

My rates are still changing for next year/the remainder of this year.  I love this job dearly but to be honest, I simply cannoy afford to work for more than one year at these rates.  I needed more wedding experience and I certainly will be on my way after the next month and I can’t charge the bottom feeder rates forever.  I hope you all understand that.  However you do have a say in things and that’s what that comment button is for below!  USE IT!  Or email me and tell me what you think.  I know it’s a bit outside of the box for a vendor to ask its customer/peer base what they look for when booking a photographer but hey, I am not known for being normal. 

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Brooke MayoApril 28, 2008 - 5:45 PM

    hey bug,
    it seems to work best to have packages that have nothing included and just a few hours and then have larger packages, more hours with lots of fun stuff included. make sure you know EXACTLY what each item costs you and what you charge your client so if they want to take something off the large package you know the amount to take off. hope this helps! huge congrats on your publication!!! soo proud!ReplyCancel

  • chuck arlundApril 29, 2008 - 4:15 AM

    corey, i started doing all al a carte pricing. i love it. i give my clients a 10% incentive if they pre pay for any albums.
    thanks for the recent comments

  • mcApril 29, 2008 - 5:18 AM

    I know I’m late, but absolutely I think many brides (including me) like less “stuff.”
    I know I’m not into all of the albums and prints–especially as it is very possible for brides and grooms to take creative control in creating those themselves these days…
    I would definitely go for maximum shooting coverage–ala your 10-hour option which lets the RD be covered….
    Hope that makes sense!ReplyCancel

  • KateMay 12, 2008 - 1:32 PM

    I’m late to this too! But I wanted to say that I’m using an a la carte pricing system and it works great for the most part. I think most of today’s brides are looking for a good amount of coverage and the image files on disk. I know this has been frowned upon by many, but we’re living in a digital age, and I think our couples want to know that they can play a role in safeguarding their images for the future. I used to include prints, but most of my couples asked to switch them out or not include anything and get a reduction on the package amount … so I no longer include them. Just make sure that your base amount covers your time and any additional costs.

    You take beautiful photographs and have an amazing personality – your couples know this, and this is why they book you. You don’t need to include extra incentives, IMHO. Let your couples choose what they want to add on. And hopefully at least a few will realize the huge benefit of adding an album to their package a la carte.ReplyCancel