There is something enchanting about wandering the streets of New York without having a place to be. Opposite of most ladies and gentlemen hustling around. Earphones in ears, all dancing the streets at the same pace. Not taking the time to look up and observe what is around them, because that’s everyday for them.
I loved Brooklyn the most. New York felt too “hustle or go home” for me. But when I crossed that bridge to the other side, it felt like it was right where I belonged. Quieter streets, more urban landscape. I even told Asher, “I feel like I’m on an episode of Law and Order now”. If any of you know me, you know that’s basically a dream come true. Before heading to New York, I contacted my friend Asher to see if she would hang out with me and let me snap some photos of her gorgeous self. She kindly agreed and that’s what sparked our adventure to Brooklyn. We mainly walked and talked the whole time. Not really trying to take pictures very much. I hadn’t seen Asher face to face in about two years so catching up was our priority.
Stepping into a new place, with new walls, new aesthetics is one of the most energizing/terrifying things for me as a photographer. Scary, because I don’t know what it’s going to be like. Energizing, because I know I can make it happen. I know I can produce a product that will make your jaw drop. Just give me the opportunity. I had an inquiry the other day for a venue that I’ve been dyyyingggg to shoot at, but because I had never shot there before the bride found someone who had. Unfortunately, I knew I could produce outstanding work in that particular venue and explained that to the bride, but she felt more comfortable with the photographer who had been there before. Here’s the thing, to bring in a confident creative into a new space is like a new adventure for us. It’s unchartered territory. No previous client has received images like this before. I don’t know “the best spots” (which often times are not the best spots…..) I don’t have any go-to poses by certain areas. I just hop in that new space and do a totally new dance in it. I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum and hate repeating spaces and venues for weddings. I love the challenge of new.
I say all that to say, this was my first time in Brooklyn. I had zero idea of where to go and what to do, but boy did we make some gorgeous images.