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.