Early on the morning of Eimear and Jon’s wedding they called me to confirm a change of plans: their elopement was NOT happening in Central Park. I grabbed my glasses off of the nightstand and peered out of my window to see what we were up against. Brooklyn was covered in several inches of snow, and it was coming down hard.
I mean, we could have made it work. Whatever you want for your elopement, as long as it is legal, moral, and at least somewhat reasonably safe, I’m in. Bundling up so you can say “I do” in the middle of a snowstorm is absolutely in my wheelhouse. Judie the officiant confirmed she would, too (last winter she shared some of her hand warmers with me and they are a total game changer; between them and my unsexy oversize puffer coat, I can run around anywhere in frigid temps). However, this duo opted for a Grand Central Terminal wedding instead, and it worked out beautifully.
Eimear’s anemone, lambs ear, rose and ranunculus bouquet was crafted by Michelle Edgemont. It coordinated nicely with her vintage-y bridal ensemble and the classic art deco details of Grand Central Terminal.
We made it to the park afterward. Jon and Eimear wanted some outdoor shots, and to be honest, I really wanted to run around in the snow for a little bit, too. We bought the last clear umbrella from an umbrella/shoe shine/flower salesman (only in New York!) and caught a cab to a pretty corner of Central Park. There we were able to take a few brave shots with the snow swirling around us.
It was epic.
On my 25th birthday I took a photo of myself in a mirror and I’ve been doing it every year since. I plan to do this for the rest of my life.
On Friday I turned 33.
This year I got a blowout; a drastic difference from my natural spiral curls that freaked my friends out in the best way.
I can’t stop running my fingers through it! I am growing my hair long for the first time in my life, and it’s reached the point that I have NO IDEA what to do with it, so I’ve been piling it in a bun on top of my head and calling it good. For my party, though, I wanted to wear it down for the first time in months, but styling it was less “fabulous curly locks” and more “drowned rat”.
Luckily getting a blowout in New York City is pretty simple; virtually any salon will pop you into a chair with little-to-no notice and send you on your way half an hour later looking fabulous for about forty bucks. I’ve saved a LOT of out-of-town elopement brides with this trick. There’s always a salon nearby when you’re in Manhattan, and you can make online appointments at DryBar – a salon that does blowouts and updos exclusively – which has locations all over the City.
My portfolio is getting an update, and in the process of gathering photos from my 2014 weddings one thing stood out to me: photos of hands are kind of my jam. This is not a theme I’ve consciously set out to photograph, and to discover this about myself and my work is a delight. I think it’s just that it’s more moving to me to take a photo of the best man holding the rings or a bride showing off her perfume than it is to take a staged shot of these things. I’m in this job because I really love people, so it makes sense.
I have a new logo and new stationary to match. It’s not a total rebrand, but it’s a little business “facelift” for 2015, and I’m thrilled!
First, I turned to Leslie Fandrich for the logo. I went through brainstorming a bunch of different fonts before realizing I wanted something custom, and then I knew exactly who to call. Leslie is an artist, writer, and illustrator whose hand-lettering I’ve admired for a long time; it’s exciting to have something designed by her exclusively for me. She and I took a couple of passes, and when we got the logo just right, Tracy Apps, a graphic designer who has been a dear friend since 2008, laid it out for me and picked the font for the words underneath.
Igloo Letterpress took care of printing, and we had a whole conversation about ink colors! We settled on what Pantone calls “Warm Red C”, but frankly I like to think of it as “Marlow Orange”. It’s been my favorite color since pre-school when I admired the monarch butterflies in my grandmas yard and was wearing out the red-orange crayon before all of the other ones. They chose a charcoal grey for the accent color to keep the look soft and modern; they also picked spot where my logo would sit on my note cards, down on the left bottom (I couldn’t decide where to put it, so they surprised me!) They did an amazing job. Isn’t letterpress stunning? I love the tactile quality.
My quest for the Meaningful Engagement Shoot continues with this engagement session at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I met Caroline and Nick on the steps just as the doors opened and we made a beeline to the Impressionist paintings before the galleries got crowded. Caroline is actually writing a dissertation on Still Life with Teapot and Fruit, a piece by Paul Gauguin that we were able to visit; clearly it was the perfect place for them to this only-in-New-York engagement session.
The Impressionism galleries at the Met are my happy place; I can’t tell you how many times since college I’ve wandered the rooms. This trip, however, was extra special because while I was making my own art, I got to listen to Caroline talk about the art she has an academic appreciation for with incredible insight. It was one of the most amazing museum trips of my life.
The idea for a shoot like this was born years ago, in the spring of 2011 when I took my grandmother to Paris for her birthday. It was the first trip there for both of us, and we of course went to see the Mona Lisa. I saw it, then moved to stand next to it, and watched other people seeing it, which, for me, was way more fun. I’ve been dreaming about a shoot like this since.