“Welcome to New York” were the famous words of Taylor Swift, and probably a million other people, but on the airplane, it was her song that kept playing on repeat in my head. We had been waiting to get here for months to see family and tour the city, so getting up at 4 AM to catch a flight was more exhilarating than tiring. 1 Uber, 2 trains and a 4-hour flight across the country and we were finally in NYC ready to be the city’s biggest tourists, “Welcome to New York”.
While we saw all the big sights to be seen; Radio City, Time Square, Central Park, The Empire State Building, The State of Liberty, The Freedom Towers and everything in-between none of it was as inspiring as the outlying cities. It was Brooklyn and Hoboken that really stole my heart. I’m not a real city girl, so being in the hectic part of the city for more than a few hours felt overwhelming. But in these parts of New York and New Jersey, there were little pieces that I just fell in love with. The cobblestone streets and ocean side seats in DUMBO or sitting at the end of New Jersey overlooking Manhattan as the sunset. It was these places where I could clear my head and see the beauty around me. The short cruise we took around Manhattan was also the perfect place to have some space to drink wine, eat great food and get away from it all!
At the beginning of the trip, we made a stop at Revo sunglasses to meet the team I’ve been corresponding with and talk more about the photography they were looking for. We had a blast seeing their offices and checking out all this sunglasses (and there were a lot to see). It was sitting in that office that I knew I was where I was supposed to be. Shooting commercial photography has really become my home. It’s funny where this journey of life takes you and it’s taken awhile for me to find my niche but I’m home now.
Commercial photography offers up the ability to tell stories while working creatively to capture the product in the right light. I propose the challenge of using light to better tell a story. It also matches perfectly with my love of marketing and helping businesses succeed. But enough about life realizations, and profound wisdom about my life’s purpose. Let’s get to the photos!