The time I spent with Shannon and Ken was so short compared to what I would have wished, were we not a country apart. We had a brief but memorable meeting and a dimly lit restaurant at their recommendation, where the food was superb (almost ALWAYS a sign that we are made for each other), and the company bright, shining, and happy in love. The both of them are easy to laugh and smile, they make you feel like a part of their club while flitting meaningful, loving, amazed glances at each other so full of the love they’ve discovered in one another. But these two – are filled with love, in fact, they are beacons of shining love so bright you couldn’t miss them with your eyes closed. Man! I was SO excited to be their wedding photographer, to finding my own self shining in that light, blazed between those stolen glances with my trusty camera. And this is what I found.
In the final days of September, I was lucky enough to spend a day with Sarah and Howard. I told Sarah, as I tell all my clients who have me for an engagement session, that this day is so much more than taking pictures. It’s a memorable day – a day that goes down in the catalogue of your experiences together, and me and my fancy camera just happen to be along. This session was an adventure of great fun, from brunch to dinner, we got to know each other. And what I love most about that day? I, who lived in this great city of New York for 10 years, with Sarah and Howard, stumbled upon places I’d never known existed – a market under the high line with delightful little shop stands, and I beckoned them to come see the bathrooms at the penthouse bar at The Standard Hotel, where we did a couple of shots of Tequila beneath a golden trumpeted ceiling surrounded by humongous windows giving us an tremendous birds eye of this city. We snuck all three of us into one of the spectacular bathrooms and took pictures. We traversed uptown to the NY Public Library and were reprimanded by a guard while some extravagant wedding photographer was bowling into me to take pictures of another bride and groom. And we ended the day in my most favorite place, Long Island City, for one last glimpse of the skyline as dusk approached. Yes. It was a memorable day, and I’m so grateful to have spent it in such great company.
Erica and Marco have been together since just after they graduated high school in Windsor. Now they live in New York City, and to meet them you would think they only just discovered each other. I look at their faces. Their elation, their love, palpable. I go through these images to make a blog post, and it was so hard not to post every beaming smile, tender look, sideways glance, deep, breath. It was pretty amazing to be at this wedding, with Erica and Marco, and their dearest friends and family.
This is my friend Brittney, and her family. She and Vero took in my dear kitties for a whole year! When we transplanted ourselves from East to West, and made a cry for help on Facebook, little did I know that I would have the chance to reconnect with one of the coolest girls I ever knew from high school, and get to know Vero, each of them whose easy laughter and enthusiasm make you feel like an awesome person. I’m so grateful to have met four generations of Brittney’s family – an insight I was never privy to until now.
Brittney’s grandmother came to the states from a small fishing village in Germany. And this is the family she made.