Ethan's Senior Portraits
Ethan's mom, Holly, reached out to me about a month before they were to be in NYC for a family trip, and wanted to book me to work with Ethan for his Senior Portraits. I'm used to working with excited people, but Holly took it to the next level. Each email she sent was more excited that the last, and her enthusiasm was infectious meaning I got more and more excited to work with Ethan as time went on.
The day we met, Ethan and Holly came into the Starbucks where we were to meet, and Holly was just beaming. Ethan, in typical Senior fashion was reserved, and I could tell a little uncomfortable with the idea of three hours of walking around NYC being photographed. And really, I can't blame him. There's no way I would do that, myself!
We started off in Madison Square Park shooting some photos of Ethan on a bench, then walking down the sidewalk with the beautiful brownstones behind him. After that, we walked over to Christopher Park in the West Village for some more photos and tried to take advantage of the setting sun along with the nice brick sidewalk. When I wrapped up those photos, I mentioned that it would be great to find some cobblestones, and Ethan agreed, so I used google to find a nearby cobblestone street. As it turns out, this was the decision of the day. On the way we found a great location with some scaffolding and great backlighting to work with.
When we arrived at the cobblestone street, the sun was very low, and gave a nice warm backlight to the scene. To top that off, the street was lined on one side with large colorful planters that really worked to set off Ethan's clothing choice. Given that I like to wear colorful outfits, especially during the winter when so many New Yorkers are wearing grays and blacks, I was happy to see Ethan proudly wearing bright reds and blues.
For our final location, we crossed back over Manhattan and into Brooklyn to work on the Brooklyn Bridge with the Manhattan skyline behind us. Shooting around rush hour commuters and tourists was a challenge, but well worth it. Ethan was a trooper, sitting in the middle of the walking path while bikers whirred past him as I took photo after photo. As we wrapped up, Holly couldn't contain her excitement, and kept telling me how excited they were that the shoot was so much fun. We were treated by a great sunset over Manhattan, and all stopped to take a few pictures before moving on.
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