I’ve lost count of how many photo shoots I’ve been on in the past year… the words hundreds comes immediately to mind. In all of those photo shoots, I’ve never had more people ask to be my assistant at a shoot then for this one. Rachel Ray came into town promoting her latest book with a signing at the Barnes & Noble in Cary. My wife, relatives and even people standing in line all wanted to help the photographer. Most of the time I enjoy staying relatively hidden behind the camera but basking in the reflected glow from Rachel was a nice change of pace. 🙂
Let me say this – for all of those people that think celebrities have it so easy… first, her flight from NY was delayed so the signing that was supposed to start @ 7 ended up starting around 7:30. She was meant to have a few minutes resting and talking with the media before the signing started, but it was canceled due to the delays. So she literally comes into the store, walks into a crowd of hundreds of people and says a few words then gets down to signing books. Here’s a math equation – the signing was limited to 375 people who could each bring a maximum of 10 books each. Thats 3750 yummo’s to write in about 4 hours time. I really had to hand it to her.. she smiled away, chatted with her fans and really made a great showing.
One side note, we did get a little freezing rain here last night and at least three of her fans waited, OUTSIDE Barnes & Noble to get the first spot in line.
Here’s a couple of shots from the signing: