While I love my little home here in VA, for those of you who don’t know I love traveling. It’s what’s set my soul on fire, my will to live… well that and my hubby, Cody. All of that is to say that I love to travel.. like a lot. So much so that I even offer discounted rates to get married at some of my bucket list locations. To read more about that, just click here! However todays blog is not a wedding, but in fact an engagement. Cameron and Paul inquired with me to do their engagement photos in the big apple, New York City. Halfway through reading their inquiry my bags were already half packed because I was SO ready to go. Cameron and Paul’s New York City Spring engagement was one for the books, and I can’t wait for you guys to see it.
Cameron and I met a few years ago when she asked me to shoot her senior photos. Since then, we have continued to stay in touch. Even to the day that she got engaged and asked ME to photograph them. It seriously was a “pinch me, am I dreaming?” type moment. Of course I said yes, and the planning began. Cameron and Paul currently reside in Hells Kitchen in New York City, along with their adorable doodle pup, Wallace. Although Cameron and Paul live in NYC right now, their wedding will be in Richmond, Virginia as that’s where most of their friends and family live.
For this engagement session, Cameron and Paul were so kind enough to invite me to stay with them. We enjoyed hanging out, getting to know each other better and exploring the many wonders of the city. I had actually never tried Boba before, so we can check that off of my “things to do before I die” list. If you’re wondering what I thought… it was pretty good! I even discovered one of my new fave places to eat, Tacoba — just trust me.
We first started off their session in Central Park, of course one of the main attractions of New York City. The weather on this day was just chefs kiss beautiful, we couldn’t have been more lucky. Running throughout the streets of New York taking photos may seem a bit nerve wracking at first. However you quickly realize that, well… how do I put this lightly? That people don’t really care! Trust me though that is a good thing. That means you can pretty much do what you want and no one will think any different! Using this to our advantage we did not hold back AT ALL. Cameron and Paul moved so fluidly I front of the camera, like absolute perfection. I was obsessed.
Later on, we decided to head to SoHo for the second portion of their engagement session. Just as magical as before if I’m being honest. New York City has so much art and different cultures and truly is a melting pot of everything and anything. It makes for the scenery and atmosphere to change within just a few feet. Essentially giving you the sensation that every move you make, you’re entering into another place completely. It’s kind blowing how magical this city truly can be.
However, if you’re planning on going to the big apple for your engagement and wedding photos and want some photos throughout the city, LISTEN UP. Always shoot earlier than later and here’s why. Since you are surrounded by skyscrapers, light down my street can become very limited even in broad daylight. Now add in the mix of the sun going down below the buildings, the only way you can get decently lit photos are when you shoot when the sun is at its peak. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
It gets me feeling sappy, but I truly feel honored that my couple entrust me with such precious memories. Cameron and Paul welcomed me into their home with open arms and I will forever be grateful for that. I am beyond thrilled for Cameron and Paul’s next step in their crazy life adventure and I can’t wait for their wedding day. Cheers to C+P!
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