Rachel and her husband of ten years came to New York City to celebrate their anniversary, and wanted a photo shoot to commemorate the occasion. They are from the UK originally, and have chosen to live in Thailand with their two children for the past fourteen years, so they popped home before flying here, and met me right at the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge early in the morning.
In their emails, they told me they had their hearts set on the Brooklyn Bridge. I told honestly that the bridge doesn't always work out that well for photos. In midsummer it's hot, crowded with tourists from all over the world, and the bicyclists get really angry if you accidentally step in their lane.
"The only way it would work," I told them "is if we start at sunrise." Sunrise in mid July in New York City is about quarter past five in the morning, so we met right at five o'clock.
Rachel had her hair and makeup done in her hotel room by Sharon Becker (who texted me the day before, asking me if I was out of my mind for that call time. Sorry Sharon!)
But look at this empty bridge, that sees an average of eight thousand visitors per day in the summer but, that morning, was just for us. Look at the blue sky giving way to pink and yellow and orange and then blue again. Look at the lights of Manhattan were twinkling in the background as they kissed and the breeze swirled off the East River, still cool, but not for long. It was magical, beautiful, and could not have turned out any better for these two.
Her dress is a custom cocktail dress made in Thailand by their local tailor, and I'm completly in love with it. The next time I'm in that part of the world, I'm having a dress made, too.