This winter has been a busy one. Albums, portraits, marketing, bookings, prints and a little snowboarding and P90X thrown in for good measure. After the Photo North East Convention, it was time for a vacation around the East coast. So many friends that I haven’t seen in years…
My first visit was in NYC to visit my Aunts Collen & Nora, down in the Village. Colleen is recently retired, but was a Photographer’s Representative and has a unique perspective on my career path. It is amazing thinking about the journey to get where I am now. The first time I visited with them in NYC, I was 18 and a freshman at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Now, I’m running a successful wedding photography business in Rochester, NY and teaching other Photographers how to run a more efficient and profitable business.
NYC was wonderful. I loved having a change of scenery and seeing what a big city has to offer visually. I went walking around the Village looking for a new messenger bag and ended up with two hats instead. I vowed to bring my camera everywhere and re-inspire myself and I ended up buying someone else’s photography! A very old RIT photography friend and established band photographer, Alyssa Scheinson, witnessed the impulse buy. Alyssa and I haven’t seen each other in at least a decade, but reconnected on Facebook a while back. We found some high end toys designed by another old RIT student and that was cool to see. It was nice walking around NYC with her, talking about art, photography, Rochester, singledom, taxes, licensing fees, music, cameras. Turns out there isn’t much difference between living in Rochester or NYC and she’s thinking of moving back.
That was the word on the street from everyone on the East coast… that people are moving BACK to Rochester! I’m stoked to hear it since I feel this underlying vibe here that we are primed to explode. In a good way.
Other highlights of NYC were seeing my friend, Greg Fair, who recently moved to the big apple. Also, my Aunts and their friends went out to Dizzie Gillespie’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center to celebrate a birthday. I really felt like I was in NYC. The band played with a view of Central Park and NYC behind them. So magical.
Here are a few images from my visit to NYC. Notice the many amazing baked items that I did not eat. Everything reminded me of Europe.