In early 1998, Richard FitzGerald told me to contact Susan B. Acton to "figure out this Design Manager thing"!
I met with Susan who gave me a brief introduction to a computerized design business model.
By 1999, R. FitzGerald & Company was fully computerized (though Serena refused to give up her typewriter)...
I had photographed a few projects for Susan in New England and so when Susan asked if I'd be willing to go to Wellington Florida to photograph two projects she had just finished,
My wife, Jennifer, was 8 months pregnant with our second child at the time but the Gynecologist the day before I left said "Oh don't worry, your wife isn't due for 2 weeks" (did I just give away the ending).
After two days of shooting and diner at the International Polo Club in Wellington, I said goodnight to Jennifer on the phone and went to bed at 11:30pm. At 12:34am my phone rang, "MY WATER JUST BROKE!!!"
With the gracious assistance of Florence at Jet Blue I was booked on the first flight out that morning, now what, I'm wide awake...
So I went with Susan's trusted associate, Liz, to the house we had been shooting and from 1:15am - 4:30am took night shots of the exterior and the landscape. I of course got to the hospital with plenty of time to welcome our second daughter Eloise Catherine Lee!
Oh and Susan B. Acton's project was published in Wellington Magazine.
On Thursday, I will be returning to Florida again, this time Palm Beach, to photograph over 3 days a wonderful project by Susan B. Acton and I am looking forward to a very uneventful shoot!
Michael J. Lee