Today was a pretty fantastic day. I had an amazing engagement session with my APW Giveaway Winners (more on that later) and then I met my friend Lily near Union Square for coffee. Lily is one of my favorite people in the universe and she was one of my bridesmaids at my wedding. She was my very first New York City friend.

When I moved here, I felt totally isolated and alone. Yes, I had John, but I really really missed my girlfriends. Lily just happened to move to NYC literally the same week as us. She is an amazing artist and musician, and John knew her from when he used to play music and tour with his band. We all got together for drinks soon after moving here, and I loved Lily instantly. She is kind and funny and incredibly passionate about her work. She’s also one of the bravest people I’ve ever known.

After coffee, we decided to take some portraits. Lily was one of my first models years ago when I was putting together my portfolio and deciding to do this photography thing for a living. It was rainy and muggy this morning, but I had so much fun walking around with her. Here is a little sneak peek! Love you times a million, Lily.