I've known Michelle Pantoliano for almost two years now.
When I first met her she was very serious and professional. However, as time
went on she became more comfortable with me and began to let her hair down.
Looking back, I don't think I was prepared for how close we
would ultimately become.
We became great friends spending tonnes of time together. We'd meet for lunch,
hit a local club, and/or just hang out and chat.
What a pair we make.
Being friends with Michelle has certainly had it's benefits
as a photographer. We both enjoyed working together and would, without fail,
always end up with fantastic photos.
The biggest shame is I can't include more pictures.
Together, we have probably taken over 3000 pictures!
As I sit here recalling some of the crazier and more
memorable things we've done, I'm reminded of this one time we harassed the
locals on film.
We had borrowed some video and audio gear from a close
friend and hit the streets asking people trivia questions.
Michelle was at her top game and I swear, she had me crying from laughter the
This was one of the first times I used the camera as well as editing the final
It's a little choppy but well worth it.
Click pic above to see the clip.
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Here's another little story that's worth mentioning.
Michelle is from New York. When she first arrived to Toronto she became a bit
confused about a TV commercial she saw.
The commercial was a parody that entailed two adults dressed like bunnies going
door to door asking for chocolate eggs. This commercial was geared to sell
Cadbury's Easter Creme Eggs around Easter.
Michelle had telephoned me asking if people go, "Trick or treating like
Halloween" on Easter.
As Easter was a week away I said, in a very honest and serious manner, "Of
course we do, don't you do that in New York?" and left it at that.
A day or two later Michelle approaches me all huffy puffy because in a
conversation with someone else she had mentioned that she had to buy chocolate
eggs for the kids that will be coming soon....
You can kinda' figure out the rest.
I've had my site up since January 2003. In that time I even started a journal
wherein I had been requesting models to step forward to have their pictures
One would have figured that being a friend, Michelle would have volunteered to
pose for me.
But that's not how it happened.
I had to beg and plead for her to pose for me on my site. (Well not really, I
just like the sympathy).
Anyhow Michelle agreed and we set a date.
I picked her up for the SESSION at 11:00 am.
We have a routine whenever I pick her up. Because she lives on a busy street
downtown, I call her on my cell to let her know I've arrived and wait in the
car. This is to avoid getting towed.
Luckily, I brought my camera along. I decided to get a picture of her as she
left he building - And good thing I did.
I couldn't help chuckle at her uncanny resemblance to a Hooter's girl. When I
commented on this, she asked me not to tell anyone.
"Me? Of course not".
We had been working for quite some time before we finally decided to break for
lunch. Michelle likes to eat Japanese food - Something I very rarely do.
Because of my lack of knowledge of Japanese cuisine I asked Michelle if she
would be so kind as to order a lunch for me, "Surprise me".
We ate so much food that I thought we were both going to explode. To top it all
off, I made the mistake of sampling something on her plate. I found out later
it was some kind of cabbage with hot sauce. I don't know if I mentioned it yet
but I don't take well to spicy foods. I ended up spitting it out into my
I am such a baboon!
Here we are at the offending restaurant.
Michelle said we look like we're on a honeymoon in this picture. I think she's