High line Park Engagement Session | Ava + Hemang
January is perhaps the least booked month when it comes to E-sessions here on the East coast, U.S. The midst of winter isn’t a period we typically think about having portraits taken, especially not outdoors! However, I am personally seeing an increase in the amount of inquiries I get for E-sessions at the beginning of the year.
I’m actually pretty eager to exercise my eye outdoors – even when it’s cold. Perhaps especially when it’s cold out. I tend to get mired handling administrative, marketing strategy, or professional educational stuff in the winter months just before wedding season starts. So I welcome the chance to get out there and actually do something interactive.
Ava and Hemang contacted me a few weeks ago, wondering how soon we could set up a shoot. Their wedding is in May of 2013 and they expressed that they basically wanted to use E-session photos for their wedding website. They’re having a huge traditional Indian wedding, but it’ll take place in Michigan and sadly, I’m not the photographer booked for that event. Even so, I’ll be in touch with them so that I can get a peek at how their wedding day went. Michele and I heard about what they have planned and it sounded beautiful..can’t wait to see it.
Our E-session location was chosen by our couple this time, and it was the first time I’d ever held an E-session in the Meat packing district. Fortunately, the day we decided to shoot turned out to be rather mild for January. Unfortunately, it was a Sunday afternoon and it seemed that all of New York City wanted to enjoy the day outdoors with us.
As you might imagine, a crowded outdoor space can present unique challenges for E-session photography, but we made the best of it and even found a room inside the Standard hotel where we decided to warm up when the wind outdoors became too much to deal with. We continued the shoot indoors just before sunset.
Michele and I often encourage couples to share with us any ideas or concepts for a photo that they’ve seen and want to try to reproduce. Ava had an example of a shot similar to the one I took below. It involved a lot of post-processing to attempt to replicate it, but I was happy to try it for them.