The other day I spotted a line of pumpkins outside a bodega in Hell’s Kitchen. For some people… the start of autumn is when Starbucks starts selling the pumpkin spice latte, or the first day they can comfortably wear tights and boots. For me, I always decide it’s officially fall in New York City when I see the first pumpkin display of the year. It’s been lovely and cool in New York the last two weeks, the leaves on the trees just started changing, and the memories of this horrible, sweltering summer are fading. It’s finally autumn. And I am so ready. There is literally nothing I look forward to more every year than fall weather in New York City – it’s better than my birthday and Christmas combined.
Tomorrow is my second to last BIG wedding EVER and the start of what will be the busiest four weeks in my career thus far. I feel surprisingly emotional about the end of this chapter. Much more emotional than I thought I’d be. As I cleaned my gear and packed my giant bag for tomorrow, I felt a little sad. I’ll only get to do this one more time. I travel light to elopements – 2 cameras and three lenses: 105mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, 24mm 1.4. But I have SO much gear that I only ever get to break out for big weddings – mainly lighting stuff. And I’ll miss that. I’ll miss shooting in the middle of a dance floor. I’ll miss photographing my clients’ faces during toasts – always one of my favorite things. I’ll miss seeing my clients’ visions come to life in their wedding decor.
I don’t regret my decision at all. Elopements are the greatest thing to ever happen to me. But I’ve enjoyed photographing big events, and I’ve loved the couples I’ve worked with over the last three years. Oh my gosh, they have all been amazing. And so many of them have stayed on in my life as friends, and I am grateful for that. So the wind down of this particular part of my career feels very bittersweet. There will be tears at my next two big weddings – and a lot of them will be mine.
And finally – changing gears completely – an opportunity just came up for me to spend a few days in Chicago in November, so I jumped at the chance. It will be mostly work related, but I will have a morning to sightsee. I’ve never been to Chicago before, and I am suuuuper excited! So if you only had about four hours to see the city – what would you do? I do want to go to Millenium Park and see The Bean – but other than that, I know nothing about Chicago. So all suggestions welcome.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend! And I will see you back here on Sunday with a sneak peek from what I can already tell will be an incredible wedding tomorrow!