A few weeks ago, I booked a flight out to NYC and wandered the streets by myself. Getting on a plane and exploring a city completely solo is something I’ve always wanted to do. Definitely the introvert in me. I went out to New York for the day mainly to scout locations for an upcoming wedding I have booked for early October. I’m so excited for this wedding and to say how I know the bride is so incredibly random. I met Jessica while I was standing in line with an old college friend of mine nearly 10 years ago. Megan and I had driven down to Illinois to meet Sarah Jessica Parker. She was signing autographs at Steve and Barry’s to debut her clothing line there. Jessica was there with her cousin. We got to talking and became Facebook friends. Our love of SJP and New York City kept us in touch throughout the years, so I find it very fitting that I will be photographing her wedding in NYC.
My first stop was Central Park. I’ve visited Central Park 3 times now and each time I’ve discovered something new that I have never seen before. This park is HUGE! After spending a few hours walking around there, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), walked around the Upper West Side, took a cab to Chelsea Market, then walked back up to Central Park area. My Apple Watch told me that I clocked in just a little over 14 miles! I ended my trip with a visit to Sprinkles for a cupcake sundae. It’s a cupcake top cut off with ice cream in the middle. It was amazing! I had a pumpkin cupcake with salted caramel ice cream. The closest Sprinkles to Milwaukee is in Chicago, but they don’t offer ice cream, so I had to try this out. It didn’t disappoint.
I’m so happy that I decided to go out there and scout. I feel more comfortable now knowing the places I’ll be shooting and having seen them. As much as I enjoy the quiet at times, my heart will always belong to the hustle and bustle of the city.