Wednesday, 2 April 2014
This is a shoot that I won't forget - an absolute gem in terms of the gorgeous couple - Caroline & Gabe, the location - New York City and the golden hour light....
I met Caroline and her lovely mum on a very wet day last year near Henley to talk about photographing her wedding this summer. She told me about how her and Gabe are based in New York and during the conversation we discussed the possibility of doing an engagement shoot out there.
A couple of weeks ago we made it happen and I remember sitting on the plane thinking about the shoot and hoping for good weather. The forecast wasn't looking great and during my stay we emailed back and forth about a plan 'B'. My golden hour app suggested that, if the skies were clear, we would have 35 minutes of beautiful light the night before our scheduled shoot.
I warned Caroline that we would need to work fast and I was very aware of the pressure this put all of us under - I hadn't met Gabe and I don't like to start shooting until I have spent some time chatting to a couple. However - they were both amazing and so willing to listen to my suggestions and put their trust in me.
So - the light.....Truly breathtaking and rare. Their apartment block had an amazing roof terrace with incredible views and this is where we started. After shooting for a while we headed out into the streets and down towards the Hudson - all 3 of us watching the sun sinking at an alarming rate, very aware of the lanes of rush hour traffic between us and the pier. Caroline and Gabe were brilliant and totally understood the time pressure - running with me to grab the last moments of golden hour and sunset.
And that's what happens - one minute you have amazing light and the next it is gone. We had a chilly hug goodbye and made a plan to meet the next morning on Downing Street - Caroline wanted a shot of the street sign because it's her maiden name... As I walked back to Soho where I was staying I took pictures of sunset - just incredible.
The plan the next day was to head towards Meatpacking District - stopping at Oscar's where they regularly have brunch, bars where they have spent evenings, the Magnolia Bakery and so on until we had reached the start of the High Line. We had more time during this shoot to get some lovely portraits and talk about wedding day details.
I really can't wait to see them both again and photograph them against a British rural backdrop - it will be a wonderful contrast to this. I only hope that the UK delivers a little bit of magic light for them again.
I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed making them. Click for a larger view. xx