First of all, I realize how ridiculously lucky I am that I get to live and work in New York City. It is such an incredible place – the parks, the architecture, the history… everyday I get to go outside and photograph an elopement here, I am so grateful. And although I often shoot in the same places over and over – Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, City Hall – it’s always such a fun challenge to walk away with different photos each time. But – like every single photographer – I have a wishlist of places I’d love to photograph elopements in the near future. A few spots are in New York City, a few spots are outside of the city. Here is my ever growing photography wishlist! And if you can help me cross one of these places off the list, that would be pretty amazing! Let’s make it happen!
- An elopement at San Francisco City Hall: Once a year I have a passionate affair with San Francisco behind New York City’s back. It is the only place other than New York I would ever consider living. San Francisco has a gorgeous City Hall, and I am so jealous every time I see an elopement photographed there by one of my west coast friends. I’ve never had a chance to professionally shoot in San Francisco at all, so this would be a real dream come true.
- A ceremony at Glen Span Arch in Central Park: It’s very rare that I get to shoot anywhere above 72nd Street in Central Park. Bethesda Terrace and Gapstow Bridge are well trodden territory when it comes to elopements, but people always forget about the Glen Span Arch, The Pool, and the Children’s Glade in the north part of Central Park. It’s such a beautiful spot, and I’d love to see it stop getting overlooked this year.
- Portraits in Riverside Park and along the Westside Trail: I recently took up biking, and I’ve been spending a lot of time in Riverside Park and along the Westside Trail, and I am just amazed by how beautiful it is over there. There are some spots on the Hudson River along the trail’s edge that would be so perfect for portraits.
- An elopement on Governor’s Island: Governor’s Island is one of my favorite spots in the city. It’s a magical oasis in New York Harbor, and I would absolutely love to photograph an elopement there this summer.
- An elopement in Rome, Italy: John and I went to Italy on our honeymoon, and so Rome is a special city to me. The whole time I was there, I kept thinking about how wonderful it would be to get to photograph a couple there. I would happily waive travel fees to photograph an elopement in Rome.
- An elopement in Iceland: I’ve never been to Iceland, but it’s been on my list for a long time. Especially since it’s a relatively short flight from New York City. The landscape seems so wild and beautiful – I would just love to photograph an elopement there. (And yes, I’d waive travel fees to do that too.)
- A desert elopement: I would love to photograph an elopement – or portrait session – anywhere out west in the desert. I’ve always loved the desert, and I think it would be just magical to have the opportunity to shoot out west. Nevada, Utah, Arizona (coincidentally I’ll be in Arizona next February… hint hint), New Mexico – I really want to capture the spirit of the Southwest with my lens.
Truthfully my wishlist goes on and on and on and looks something like: Fiji, Southeast Asia, Morocco, France, Sweden, Portugal, Montreal, so I’ll spare you and you can just assume I would basically like to photograph an elopement EVERYWHERE! But this list is a good start.
So… how can we make this happen? Have camera will travel… even if it’s just to the northern reaches of Central Park.