So, an Edinburgh wedding photographer working in New York? Well, that would be telling – but these are some of my favourite photographs that I took on my few days free in the city.
For a change, I’ve added captions under most of the photos.
Grand Central Station – using a 30 sec shutter speed. That’s an Apple store under the windows at the back!
The whispering arch in Grand Central Station. It’s just like the whispering gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral in London: whisper into the arch and the person standing diagonally opposite can hear you. Although, in this case it looks as though someone didn’t make the restrooms in time…..
Taken from the Staten Island ferry, this is 36 photos joined together in Photoshop. Shot handheld from a moving (up and down as well as towards the subject) boat, it’s amazing what modern technology can do nowadays!
This reminded me of the “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash
There’s a message here, somewhere….
A few great murals in the Chelsea area
Some arty graffiti on a lamp post….
It was Halloween while I was there. The Pirates of
The New York Marathon went straight past where I was staying in Brooklyn.
And some people came out to watch as the 10,000 runners streamed past.
The view of the Empire State Building from Peggy’s flat.
‘The Ride’ is a bus tour with a difference: all the seats face sideways and are arranged as a terrace so everyone gets a view. They then stop in front of designated street entertainers who perform for them.
This was in Times Square. And it was several days after Halloween. I think he was emphasising the 50% cuts throughout the store.
My favourite journey was the East River Ferry. The nearest pier was just a 10 minute walk from Peggy’s apartment and it took about 15-20 minutes to get to south Manhattan. The views from the open back deck were amazing. These four photos were all taken as the sun sank into the autumnal sky.
An Edinburgh wedding photographer at yet another destination wedding? Well, if you’ve looked at the pictures first, you may be thinking that it was one of those weddings that I’m not allowed to show in any media of any kind, nor mention any names (of which I’ve had a few this year.) And I’m not going to tell you any more!
Suffice to say I have just returned from a few days in the Greatest City in the World (after Edinburgh) where I managed to spend some time with my friend Peggy. I haven’t been in NYC for 15 years so there was plenty for us to see and do and Peggy, a long term resident, was an excellent guide.
Photographically, I have a problem with the city. Almost every view is one I have seen before, whether on TV or in the cinema and I wanted to remember something different.
A piece of advice from a friend came to mind – “Always remember to look up;” they’d said, because with such tall buildings the view of the sky is always varied and interesting. And while looking up, I discovered that those tall buildings reflected other buildings (thanks to modern architect’s predeliction for glass.) So I started hunting for interesting reflections. The amazing weather helped enormously (22c and blue skies almost the whole time!) and a trip to Central Park to view the Fall Colours added a bit of variety to my project.
Finally I have added one of the final ‘reflection’ pictures I took – of the two of us reflected in the window of a subway carriage.
All in all, a wonderful few days reflecting (see what I did there?) on the wonders of being an Edinburgh Wedding Photographer!
Being an East Lothian wedding photographer has many advantages. It’s not just the many fantastic venues, but the fantastic scenery as well. And when Autumn is in full swing – then wow, it just looks glorious!
Lesley and Gordon were married at Haddingtom Registry Office and from there made their way to Craigielaw Golf Club. The previous day I drove various routes between the two looking for the best locations with Autumn colours. Unfortunately, a gale was blowing, and I was beginning to think I would have to find a pile of fallen leaves for them to kick about! Luckily I found two locations which were relatively sheltered, with a third in mind, ‘just in case.’
In fact, the weather defies the forecast and the sun came out as we left Haddington. Low autumnal sunshine is one of my favourites – not too bright, and not too high.
Lesley’s two children did an amazing job at the wedding. Young Kyle not only walked his mother down the aisle, he later gave the first speech of the evening with Caroline looking on with pride. Kyle’s elder sister Sophie looked amazing as the bridesmaid – even if she did try and sneak a pair of Doc Martins on under her dress!
And Best Man Michael, from Sweden – whose day started with losing his rental car keys somewhere on the golf course – ended his speach with praise for Tennants lager! To make his day better, someone found his car keys and they were returned to him with a round of applause from all the guests.
Being an East Lothian wedding photographer is never boring!