Ding ding ding-- happy 2018, friends! It's been a ~ m i n u t e ~ since I've written on this blog, no?... And by a "minute", I honestly mean years. How've you all been? (Well, I can only hope!)
The last time I'd written on this blog, I was in a completely different frame of mind, mainly with my future endeavors in life but also in a frenzy with what exactly I wanted to do with this whole photography gig. Until that point, I'd done a few birthday parties, portrait sessions, and a family session here or there. They were definitely great experiences, but I knew leaving those sessions I wasn't fully happy, and I wasn't happy with where I was in my progress.
Why am I not improving?
Why am I watching my fellow creative friends seem to grow more and more in their exposure and experience?
These questions, while constructive on some level, ended up preventing me from growing as much as I wanted to; in other words, they limited me from starting to learn from others and step out of the small box I had created for myself.
Since then, though, so much has changed. I really want to make a 2017 introspection video for my photography, because even when I looked at my first and last sessions from this past year, I was amazed by how much I had improved simply by observing others in similar fields do their thing. Initially, I was fearful that I would end up lacking my own personal style and echo mimicry from others' works... but without me even realizing it, I've successfully been able to start that journey of fusing my own preferences with those of other creatives, and that's a pretty awesome feeling. :) But more on that in the future!
It's time to talk about this first shoot I'm blogging about in 2018!
Although this was not my first portrait session of the year (isn't that crazy to believe? And it's only mid-January!), this was a wonderful session with an awesome girl named Toni-- I connected with her through a mutual friend of ours, Jasmine (all the shoutouts hehe), who gave me brief insight and context into why Toni was looking for a shoot. I highly recommend y'all check her blog out (link here), she really has a way with her words... BUT ANYWAYS I read through her most recent post detailed as a rhetorical letter addressed to her ex, and to meet the girl behind such articulate and powerful words was truly an honor for me.
Before we started shooting, she and I met up at Birch Coffee and chatted for a bit about life living in New York City, and comparing the paces of the East and West Coast folk. She talked a bit about the possibility of living in LA, and conversations like that always give me windows of opportunity to ponder over those 972454 hypothetical scenarios I might see myself walking into if I ever decide to move there in the future. For now, though, I'll be sticking around in Manhattan. :)
After getting some great talking in, Toni and I started shooting and WOW like she picked a great location to start! We wanted to highlight the cozy aspect of the corner library-inspired nook Birch Coffee has, and well, I can only hope that we did a decent job! Here are just a few of my personal favorites:
After darting back and forth from one end of that space to another, we packed our stuff up and opted to walk towards Madison Square Park, which was conveniently located only blocks away! And something else I haven't noted in this post yet is how uncharacteristically warm that day was-- I mean, this was just last week, and we're already back to the sad 10s-20s... Regardless, we took the opportunity and ran with it! We took our time to shoot and I'm glad we did, because we captured some STUNNING shots while taking breaks to laugh, say hi to the cute doggies strolling by, and coo at the adorable little kids wobbling around with their parents. Isn't it great what just a bit of sunshine does to people? The increased motivation is SO REAL HAHAHA.
So, uh, I guess this is the end of the blog post?
I don't expect to carry a super polished and "professional" voice on this blog, but what I DO want to do with these posts is shed some insight on how my shoots go and my personal thoughts on everything! I also don't really anticipate how often I'll be doing this, but I love getting to speak my mind a bit more on these shoots and also show y'all additional goodies that I don't have a chance to show on my Instagram. In any case, hope y'all had an awesome weekend-- another week, another chance to create opportunity!