I just got the great opportunity to spend seven days in New York City! What an incredible experience. I was able to do so many amazing things in the short amount of time I was there.
Exploring the city. While I was there I stayed in Staten Island with some family friends, which I loved every second of! The family has a two-year-old boy and a six-year-old boy, both have amazing personalities. Everyday we went into the city and they showed me the sights! I simply couldn’t get enough of the fast paced life, the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city, and no matter when you went in there was always something to do!
The Empire State Building. Going to the 82nd Floor Outside Observation Deck and being able to be outside in the wind and be able to see for miles. Getting to look down at buildings that you were looking up at just less than an hour ago was an amazing thought. After spending a while up on the 82nd floor I took the much smaller elevator to the 102nd Floor! Seeing the Taxi’s below that seems like ants, and almost not being able to see the people below!
Photographing Hunter. When I told people I was going to photograph Hunter in the middle of Time Square I wish you could have seen the reactions they gave me. It was hectic yes but an amazing experience. He did so well with so many distractions. We spend a couple hours shooting in Time Square and Central Park for his portfolio and I think the photos turned out great! When I flew back Hunter and his mom and dad went on a Cruise where Hunter competed and was awarded Overall Child Model of 2014! Great job buddy!
Macy’s July 4th Fireworks. My schedule first only allowed me to stay in New York until July 3rd, but thanks to the first wave of Hurricane Arthur coming into the city my flight was postponed until July 5th. I was probably the only person who thought that news was exciting. That meant I would get to see the 4th of July from New York City! With Kim’s help we quickly started planning out how and where would be the best place to shot! Getting to the Brooklyn side of The East River at 3:30 in the afternoon while it was still raining was interesting to say the least. That led the great opportunity to meet and chat with other photographers from New York, one even went and bought me coffee! The fireworks started shooting off the Brooklyn Bridge (Which I got to talk across the day before) around 9:30pm with no rain or clouds in sight! What a blessing to have the storm clear right before the show started, to meet great people, and to celebrate the fourth of July in New York City! This was also the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, which led to more unique features like a waterfall of fireworks colored to look like the Flag cascading into the East River from The Brooklyn Bridge!
I got to see so many beautiful parts of New York while I was there, below is what I got to see and experience. I wish I had the time to explain and tell more stories from this trip but maybe another time!
September 11th Memorial and Museum. The Freedom Tower. Touring an NYPD Precinct House. Coney Island. Nathan’s Hot Dog’s. The Subway. The USS Intrepid. Central Park. The Brooklyn Bridge. Time Square. Juniors. B & H Photo. Lunch at Michael Jordan’s Steak House inside Grand Central Terminal. F.A.O Schwarz.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to Michael, Kim, Tara, Matthew, and Adam for showing me around the city and opening your home up for me to stay and feel at home around you guys! And thank you to Rick, Roseann, and Hunter for allowing me to come with you guys and for always making me feel like family! Love you all very much! And Miss you guys already!
If you would like to see more of my photos from New York I will have some on display and for sale at Elevate Coffee Company at Norterra on August 9th at 7pm!