Ah, the New York humidity. It’s been nine long months since the last time I was in New York, and even longer since I’ve felt that warm, moist dampness of summer. I’d forgotten how sticky it can make a person feel, but even then I was happy to be back. I’ve been getting a little too spoiled with the dry heat of LA.
Edwin and I were lucky enough to spend a relaxing Labor Day weekend in NYC, catching up with friends, visiting old haunts, and, of course, eating. It was fun, if just a little unsettling, to notice how things have changed but have also stayed so much the same. And I finally, finally got to visit the Highline, which opened after I moved from the city – it is officially my favorite NYC park. Walking on the Highline, I couldn’t get over what a great place it would be for an engagement shoot, so of course I had to drag Nat and Pat over there for some photos.
When I met Pat several years ago, he was already engaged to Natalie. They had been together forever – really, since their freshman year of college. Back then I was just starting to take photography a little more seriously and half-jokingly offered to take some engagement photos for them. I was excited (and a little scared) when Pat readily agreed – he seemed more ecstatic about it than I did!
Let’s just say that the first engagement shoot we had planned…didn’t happen. Thankfully, things worked out as they were meant to be, and Nat and Pat will be tying the knot at the end of this month. They’ve commissioned the amazing Jose Villa to document their special day, and took some beautiful engagement photos out in Santa Barbara a few months back. So while I’m not photographing their wedding, I was happy to capture some engagement photos for them in New York.
A big thank you to Nat and Pat for putting up with me and the NYC crowds (in hindsight, I guess shooting in the city on a holiday weekend was probably less than ideal!). I know how uncomfortable you guys feel in front of the camera, but really there is no reason to be. You guys rocked it.
Our last shot of the day. We hoofed it from the Highline over to the Brooklyn Bridge and caught the last rays of light. I’ve never seen the bridge so crowded, but managed to get this shot back towards the Financial District.
To see a slideshow of Nat & Pat’s NYC engagement session, just click here!