As some of you know, I just spent 6 weeks living and working in Brooklyn. Why did I leave my happy home (husband and cat) and move 3,000 miles to live in a noisy studio apartment?
It all came from a car ride taken down the frozen West Side highway last January. My agent, Lewis, was driving me home from a client dinner. We were talking about how a West Coast photographer could start making stronger inroads into the NYC photo world.
He laid it on the line: My occasional visits to NYC were just not enough. To really make a mark, I had to be on the ground.
So, I rented a Carroll Garden apartment (Smith Street) and spend a big part of the spring immersing myself in doing more of what I do every time I visit NYC: show my portfolio to PEs and Ads, meet and learn from amazing NYC talent and crew, and be part of the fabric of the best photo town in the world.
On this trip, I had the added advantage of time. I met stylists for coffee. I visited every model agency in town. I did portfolios shoots for my book.
The test shoots have been the best part of the trip! I’ve worked with some really great models and crews, and it has been a lot of fun bringing my West coast visual sensibility to Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The locations are amazing and so different from my usual California spots. I have been very inspired by the brownstones, the cobblestone streets, the iron railings, the people. The studios are super-professional, and leave nothing to chance. They make your job so much easier (a shout-out at this point to Shoot Digital on East 4th!). And the City of NYC and the Park itself have been super easy to deal – one result, I’m sure, of there relentless use in film and advertising over the years.
Far and away my favorite shoot was the day I spent in Central Park with up and coming Ford model Kylie Prusack. So much fun.
Listen, I am not the first photographer to shoot in Central Park (nor the last!) but I have always wanted to have my chance. I’m heading home soon, but I’ll be bringing lots of NYC back with me. (And I won’t be gone for long.)